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Hurricane Michael Claims at Least 18 Lives and Demolishes Homes

Hurricane Michael—a Category 4 mammoth storm and the first of its strength to hit the Florida Gulf Coast with such force since 1851, when recordkeeping began—swept through the Florida Panhandle on October 10 with winds over 155 mph, leaving Mexico Beach in piles of rubble and claiming the lives of at least 18 people, as […]

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Historic Inventory Shortage Across U.S., realtor.com Reports

Inventory on a nationwide basis is low; in fact, shortages are at their worst in 20 years. What is the current market climate? Looking at the first six months of 2018, inventory listed on realtor.com® is 18.2 percent lower than it was during the same period of 2015. And the raw number for homes on […]

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Move? No Thanks, Homeowners Say

Are you happy in your home, or are you looking to move? If your answer to the first question is yes, you’re in the company of 83 percent of homeowners, according to Zillow’s annual report on Consumer Housing Trends. In fact, 63 percent have no intention of moving, either because they’re content with their current […]

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A House to Build a Dream On

Bob and Laura Keane’s Nantucket Getaway Delivers a Promise for Generations to Come For Bob and Laura Keane, it’s all about family; cookouts on the beach with happy kids splashing in the surf, the annual family tennis tournament and generations of extended family simply spending time together. It’s why the Connecticut-based Keanes have vacationed in […]

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Cost-Cutting Is the New Normal in Relocation: Survey

With the economy on a historic run and employment at milestone numbers, companies are firming up their resources and talent. For corporate mobility professionals, a combination of factors is shaping strategy—and the most significant is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to new research. Approximately three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents in the 2018 Atlas […]

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Rebecca Dewey: Building a Winning Team

Vitals: RE/MAX Anchor Realty Years in Business: 25 Size: 7 offices, 110 agents Regions Served: Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Lee and Collier counties, Fla. 2017 Sales Volume: $420,288,938 2017 Transactions: 1,518 www.anchorrealtyfl.com Rebecca Dewey is celebrating her 25th year in the real estate industry, currently serving as managing broker of RE/MAX Anchor Realty in North Port, […]

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4 Keys to Leveraging Your Success

Success isn’t something that comes about by coincidence, a happy accident or a stroke of luck. The reality is that long-lasting success is a learned skill that comes about from hard work and determination. Learning how to leverage that success is the next step, and should become part of a business plan that focuses on […]

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Mortgage Affordability: Homebuyers in Suburban Metros Spread Thin

Amid market challenges like rising interest rates and inventory shortages lies another top concern for today’s homebuyer: affordability. Location can have a significant impact on budgeting and how much buyers are able to afford. A recent analysis by Zillow considers financial constraints related to mortgage payments across urban, suburban and rural areas of the U.S. […]

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Fostering Success Through a Supportive Culture

In the following interview, B. John Duffy, broker/owner of Duffy Real Estate, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) in Narberth, Pa., discusses the advantages of the global network, community involvement, and more. Region Served: Greater Philadelphia Years in Real Estate: 46 Number of Offices: 2 Number of Agents: 32 Best […]

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Compared to Homeowner Opinions, Appraisals Come in Just Shy

Appraisals came in 0.29 percent shy of what homeowners perceived in terms of value, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 5.69 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI). “A wide gap between the estimated home value and the appraised value can cause […]

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