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Understanding The Three Rs: REITs, The Real Estate Recovery And Rising Interest Rates

When the Federal Reserve suggested in June that they may consider tapering their massive, monthly bond buying program sooner than expected, market investors interpreted their optimism as a sign that interest rates would likely be rising in the short term. As weeks passed, investors came to the …

Here's The Real Cost Of Sitting On Cash

In the latest financial security index by Bankrate.com, more than a quarter of Americans said they'd rather keep their savings in cold hard cash, even if they wouldn't need the money for more than 10 years down the line.<p>After cash, real estate garnered 23% of the vote, followed by gold and other …

5 Best Practices for Real Estate Pros on Facebook

According to recent research by Postling, nearly 80% of real estate agents are using Facebook to market their practice and properties.<p>“Social media …

What’s the deal with discount or flat-fee real-estate companies?

<b>Question:</b><p><b>I keep seeing all these discount real-estate companies popping up advertising that they will sell your house for 1 per cent or a flat fee. What is the deal with that?</b><p><b>Answer:</b><p>This is a question I get a lot. And as with everything else in life – it pays to read the fine print, and you get …

Use your smartphone as a real estate agent

Battling the real estate market isn’t easy, but these two apps chosen by TODAY’s Sara Haines include features like constantly updated listings and mobile tour scheduling that will help you pick your new home at the touch of a button.

The Real Estate Mini-Bubble Will Be Economy's Next Problem

The housing and automobile industries are the main driving forces of the economy – in both directions. That makes sense since consumer spending accounts for 70% of the economy, and homes and cars are the biggest ticket items consumers spend money on. More importantly, unlike most purchases, it’s …

Here's How To Win A Real Estate Bidding War

According to Redfin, an online real-estate brokerage company, more than 69% of homes that were up for sale in June had multiple offers. Until recently, bidding wars have typically been more common for lower-end properties, but they're now becoming increasingly popular for higher-priced housing as …