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Going with the Flow | 6 Estates with Private Lakes – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

09/14/2019 sothebysrealty

Few things can compare to time spent by a lake. The relaxing sound of fresh water, the cool shade of trees, and soothing sylvan scents create the most tranquil settings at these six estates, each of which includes its own peaceful private lake. Sonoma Mountain Ranch Petaluma, California | Sheri Morgensen, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage In the foothills of Read more…

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week of September 2019 – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

Erik Weinbrecht

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. La Romana, Dominican Republic | Sergio Llach, Dominican Republic Sotheby’s International Realty  ‘Golf homes have consistently been one of our top-selling categories,’ said Philip A. White Jr., the company’s president and an avid golfer. They May Not Golf, but They Like the Lifestyle – New York Read more…

From CEOWORLD Magazine | 3 Ways To Prepare For A Smooth M&A – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

Philip A. White

The projected value of global mergers and acquisitions is on a significant upswing. In the first half of 2018, M&A deals soared past 2017 numbers from the same period — landing around the $2.5 trillion mark. Yes, staying independent certainly has its benefits, but the rise of M&As means that, at some point, executives in every industry need to ask themselves Read more…

From CEOWORLD Magazine | 3 Ways To Prepare For A Smooth M&A – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

09/13/2019 Philip A. White

The projected value of global mergers and acquisitions is on a significant upswing. In the first half of 2018, M&A deals soared past 2017 numbers from the same period — landing around the $2.5 trillion mark. Yes, staying independent certainly has its benefits, but the rise of M&As means that, at some point, executives in every industry need to ask themselves Read more…

11 Fall Maintenance Tasks to Do This Weekend

09/12/2019 Amy Dobson

Put down that pumpkin spiced beverage and take care of these maintenance to-dos before winter sets in. By Shannon Ireland The scent of pumpkin spice has begun to fill the air, sweaters are moving toward the front of the closet, and leaves are changing from their summer green to the vibrant hues of fall. But before you cozy up with Read more…

5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

Amy Dobson

The days may be getting shorter, but the list of home-shopping benefits is getting longer. Real estate markets ebb and flow, just like the seasons. The spring market blooms right along with the flowers, but the fall market often dwindles with the leaves — and this slower pace could be good for buyers. If you’re in the market for a Read more…

Landmarked Chicago Church More Than A Century Old Sees New Life As Condos

09/04/2019 Brenda Richardson

The landmarked St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago has been transformed into luxury condos. Regency Development Group There’s no place like home, especially if it’s a landmark structure. A historic church in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood is starting a new life as a luxury condominium development with unique features such as stained glass windows and, yes, a bell tower. Read more…

Why You Might Want A Bidet-Style Toilet

Jamie Gold

Perhaps you experienced a bidet while traveling in Europe or Asia, where they’re fairly common. On first glance at your hotel’s bathroom, you might have wondered why there seemed to be a second, mini  toilet in the room. (That was my befuddled reaction as a recent college graduate visiting Italy in the early 1980s.) These fixtures are used for personal hygiene, Read more…

Trump’s housing-finance plan aims to curb GSE lending in areas with rent control

09/14/2019 Housing Wire

Buckle your seatbelts, California. You may be in for another showdown with the Trump administration. You too, New York and Oregon. When Treasury released its housing finance reform plan a week ago, there was one proposal buried in the middle that didn’t get much attention: curbing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily lending in areas that adopt rent control. It Read more…

Homeownership investment startup Landed launches in Portland

Housing Wire

Public school teachers and faculty in the Portland may be eligible to have half of the down payment on a home paid for them, thanks to the recent partnership of Landed and Multnomah County.  Landed, a homeownership investment startup, first launched in 2015 with the goal of helping educators afford homes in the communities in which they work. With backing from Read more…

Analyst names the best home improvement stocks

09/15/2019 Amy Dobson

CNBC’s “Power Lunch” team talks about which home improvement retail stocks are doing the best and why the industry is a good place to invest with Brian Nagel of Oppenheimer.

Here’s how long it takes to improve your credit score

09/14/2019 Amy Dobson

David Young-Wolff | Getty Images Generally speaking, the higher your credit score, the better off you are when seeking a loan. But the recovery time from a missed payment or financial setback of any kind differs for everyone. As many consumers know, your credit score plays a big role in daily life. It can determine the interest rate you’ll pay Read more…

Ginnie Pooling, Credit and Broker Products; Wholesale News

08/28/2019 bcoester

For readers who deny climate change is real, natural or manmade, sinking cities around the world (including Houston and New Orleans) can be attributed to groundwater issues (public and private wells pulling water out of aquafers), another long-term trend that lenders could worry about, or at least be aware of. But one thing that lenders are not worried about are Read more…

Customer Retention, Broker Products; Yield Curve and Mortgage Rates

08/21/2019 bcoester

Congratulations to Hawaii which became a state fifty years ago today. We’ve had plenty of economic cycles, small and large, in fifty years, although in general rates have been coming down since 1981. And we’ve had a flat or inverted U.S. yield curve for several months. Inverted yield curves don’t cause a recession: Two consecutive quarters of negative growth is Read more…

Opendoor and Redfin Partner to Provide More Options to Home Sellers

07/12/2019 bcoester

Opendoor and Redfin, two of the nation’s largest technology-powered real estate companies, today announced home sellers in Phoenix and Atlanta can now request an Opendoor offer through Redfin’s site and mobile apps. By coming together, we are giving homeowners more options for selling their home in a simple and convenient way. Redfin will also continue to expand RedfinNow, its own Read more…

Just 1 in 8 Home-Purchase Offers Submitted by Redfin Agents in June Faced Competition, Down from 1 in 2 a Year Earlier

07/10/2019 bcoester

In San Jose, the change is even more drastic, with just 6% of Redfin offers facing bidding wars last month, down from 74% in June 2018 The housing market in San Francisco tapped the brakes in June as just 28 percent of offers written by Redfin agents on behalf of their home-buying customers faced a bidding war. This was down Read more…