Archive for September, 2017


5 lessons I wish I’d known as a new real estate agent

If you are new to real estate, your head is probably spinning from all the information thrown your way. I bet you figured it wouldn’t be easy, but did you anticipate how baffling it would be? There is a big gap between real estate school and being a real estate agent in the real world. […]

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US Existing-Home Sales Fall to a One-Year Low After Harvey

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined to a one-year low in August as affordability continued to hamper demand and Hurricane Harvey caused a slump in Houston-area purchases, a National Association of Realtors report showed Wednesday. Key Takeaways While decreased purchase activity in Houston helped push down the sales count nationwide, and may continue to […]

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Realtors, Teachers Jump in Fight for $1.8 Trillion Tax Break …

The National Association of Realtors and the American Federation of Teachers have joined a coalition to preserve a federal tax deduction for the state and local taxes that individuals pay, according to a Thursday release announcing the group. That coalition, Americans Against Double Taxation, also includes groups of state and local officials and is the […]

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Strategic plans, handy deterrents best ways for Realtors — often working on their own — to be safe on the job

The real estate business tends to be a solitary profession, enough so that agents can find themselves in potentially vulnerable settings. Associates meet one-on-one with clients, in some cases for the first time, at vacant houses. The get-togethers can be after dark, in secluded parts of town or way out in the country. In the […]

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Jensen, Patricia Bailey

Pat “Dancing Queen” Jensen, 72, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at her home in Charlottesville, Va. Holding her hand as she crossed over was her husband and soulmate, Doug. Pat was born on February 11, 1945, to Alise and Sam Bailey. She grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She graduated from Rockhill Academy in […]

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Home sales steady, prices up in August

Andrew Steele Andrew covers transportation, real estate, casinos and other topics for The Times business section. A Crown Point native, he joined The Times in 2014, and has more than 15 years experience as a reporter and editor at Region newspapers. Follow Andrew Steele Whenever Andrew Steele posts new content, you’ll get an email delivered […]

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Freddie Mac Prices $464 Million Multifamily K-Deal, K-MP1, Backed by Properties Controlled by Morgan Properties

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Sep 22, 2017) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) recently priced a new offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates (K Certificates), backed by fixed-rate multifamily mortgages with seven-year terms. The approximately $464 million in K Certificates (K-MP1 Certificates) are backed by fourteen properties indirectly controlled by Morgan Properties or their affiliates. K-MP1 is expected […]

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Here’s why some homeowners still can’t sell – CNBC.com

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Trump mortgage review draws Realtors’ notice – News

Possible changes to the cap for mortgage interest deductions have local Realtors worried for their clients’ dreams of pursuing home ownership. The Trump administration has floated consideration of reducing interest costs up to the current $1 million of mortgage debt as part of a tax reform package under scrutiny. Yet the tax break has proven […]

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What is the Portage County Association of Realtors?

For the past several years Portage County Association of Realtors (PCAR) has been providing educational material to the public through press releases and now through electronic media as well. It occurs to me that many of you might not understand what this organization is, or what it does. I thought it would be helpful for […]

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