Mortgage rates rise for 4th consecutive week

The 30-year fixed rate has not been this high since May, says Freddie Mac BYVERONIKA BONDARENKO Mortgage rates have risen rapidly for the past four weeks, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac. The rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.65 percent for the week of September 20 — the highest since May. Last […]

9 tips for filing insurance claims after a catastrophe

The damage has been done — now it’s time to make the rebuilding process as painless as possible  (By BERNICE ROSS) Whether it’s a hurricane like Florence, a tropical storm like Lane or a flood, tornado, earthquake or fire, it can take years to resolve a major insurance claim and restore your property. In 1994, I […]

The .realestate pre-sale starts Sept.18 at 11 a.m.

Next week, REALTORS® will have the first chance to be able to take advantage of next-level digital marketing and branding with a new top-level domain from NAR and industry leader Second Generation, Ltd., .realestate. The .realestate domain is set to launch with an NAR member pre-sale on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and then to the public on […]

Master the Art of the Open-Concept Kitchen – from a local CT Kitchen Designer

Cook up the open layout of your dreams using these tips from a Canton designer Who: Erica Caserta of Showcase Kitchens Where: Canton, Connecticut In her own words: “A lot of people have older homes, such as Capes and Colonials, with smaller rooms that they want to incorporate into one big space.”A maze of parlors, formal dining rooms and […]

Permitting slowdown has cost the US 6.3M new homes

The country still hasn’t recovered from the shock of the 2008 financial crisis BY PATRICK KEARNS Single-family home construction in the U.S. has never really recovered from the 2008 market crash. In fact, ever since that year, permits for new single-family homes have been issued at significantly lower rates, causing the U.S. to miss out on an estimated 6.3 […]

5 ways to calm your sellers’ nerves when showings slow down

By Missy Yost Recently, in a very hot market with low inventory, I listed an amazing townhome. We did everything right. It was priced well, advertised, located in a popular neighborhood, and the home was completely updated for the contemporary buyer. Within a week of listing, I held an open house and solicited feedback from visitors as they came through. The turnout […]

Fighting back: Investing in technology and efficiency

Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union International, Inc., believes in embracing change and making his agents more productive with technology by Inman News This is part of “Fighting back,” a new series of profiles on how broker-owners are responding to industry disruption. Mark A. McLaughlin is chief executive officer of Pacific Union International, Inc. […]