Continuing Education & Training Opportunities

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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal is dedicated to providing training and Continuing Education opportunities for their real estate brokers in the Pacific Northwest, including FREE clock hour classes & non-clock hour workshops on important business tools.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for clock hours to renew your license, or just need to brush up on your marketing or tech skills, check out the info below.   Note:  We add courses on a regular basis. Please plan ahead by pre-registering and referencing these calendars.  Also, some classes includes clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering!

http://cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com/

Coldwell Banker BAIN – Live Classes & Online Webinars:

Coldwell Banker SEAL – Live Classes and Online Webinars:

Other Events:

  • REALTOR® | Broker Summit & Tech Edge Summit | Seattle Airport Marriott | Aug 17th to 19th
  • Coldwell Banker “National” | GenBlue 2015 | Chicago | Sept 16th – 18th
  • Real Estate Success 2015 Conference | Bellevue | Hyatt Regency | Sept 25th-28th

Non CB Bain | CB Seal Clock Hours:
Below is more information about upcoming real estate clock hours if you need to get clock hours.  NOTE: these cost money and are not connected with Coldwell Banker Bain or Coldwell Banker Seal.

Relevant News Links: Friday, July 17th

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Note: No news links next week 07/24/15

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts

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Will Chinese buyers flee or flood US housing?
Turmoil in the Chinese stock market could have a quick and direct effect on U.S. housing. From newly built homes in Irvine, California, to Miami condos to Manhattan luxury towers
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/09/will-chinese-buyers-flee-or-flood-us-housing.html

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6 Things Your Home Stager Wishes You Knew
If you’ve never seen the work of professional stagers—those magical designer/decorators charged with making your house more marketable—prepare to be mystified, enthralled, and maybe a bit scared
http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/6-things-your-home-stager-wishes-you-knew/

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The Ranch House, Reinvented
The ranch house, a single-story home typically with low ceilings and overhanging roof lines, became “prototypical of suburban development in the 1960s and ’70s,” especially in the West, said Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Los Angeles. It later fell out of favor, as buyers eschewed its association with mass-produced tract
housing and higher land costs made it uneconomical for developers

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/06/portland-council-votes-to-create-housing-safety-office/

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A Family Friendly Home That Conquers Clutter
This Charlotte, N.C. house includes a pantry that hides the refrigerator, a children’s library with built-in homework stations—even a packing station for travel
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-family-friendly-home-that-conquers-clutter-1437055989?mod=realtor

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Mortgage Limits May Increase
Jumbo mortgages for single-family residences exceed $417,000 in most parts of the country and $625,500 in high-price markets. But with home prices climbing back to prerecession peaks in some markets, baseline jumbo thresholds may be raised for the first time in a decade.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/mortgage-limits-may-increase-1436970136

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Housing Starts in U.S. Surge to Second-Highest Level Since 2007
New-home construction in the U.S. climbed in June to the second-highest level since November 2007 as builders stepped up work on apartment projects.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-17/housing-starts-in-u-s-climb-on-surge-in-apartment-building

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Dear fancy tiny house people: Do you think “I’ve made a huge mistake?”
Hipstercrite writer slays the tiny house fad
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34418-dear-fancy-tiny-house-people-do-you-think-ive-made-a-huge-mistake

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Bright Ideas for Decorating a Swinging Outdoor Deck
For an inviting outdoor space, hang a bench-swing from a pergola, lay down a stylish carpet and mix patterns breezily
http://www.wsj.com/articles/bright-ideas-for-decorating-a-swinging-outdoor-deck-1437164507

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The House That Saved Their Marriage
One couple’s secret: a loft divided into two separate living areas, each with its own bedroom, kitchen, dining nook and work space
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-house-that-saved-their-marriage-1437054227

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July/August 2015 Market Pulse
Check out Lawrence Yun’s snapshot of the current housing market
http://realtormag.realtor.org/news-and-commentary/market-pulse/article/julyaugust-2015-market-pulse

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Sound familiar? Rising prices, dropping inventory in Portland’s housing market
The latest numbers from RMLS show that Portland’s housing scene is tighter and hotter than ever.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/industry-news/residential-real-estate

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The Really Big One
An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one?mbid=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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If you read the New Yorker’s Pacific Northwest earthquake story, this city program is probably for you
If you’ve read this week’s frightening piece in The New Yorker about the impending seismic doom that’s bound to visit the Pacific Northwest, you’ve likely started gathering water jugs, stockpiling cans of food and at least thought about bolting your home to its foundation.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/07/if-you-read-the-new-yorkers-pacific.html?iana=ind_rre

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Selling Seattle: Can you guess how much these homes sold for? Prepare for sticker shock (slideshow)
Our Cover Story this week is all about the extremes to which home buyers, real estate agents and lenders are going in order to close deals in the Seattle area’s exploding housing market
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/07/17/selling-seattle-can-you-guess-how-much-these-homes.html?iana=ind_rre

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Home is where the highest bidder lives: Superheated market unsettles Realtors, thwarts buyers, makes recruiting a challenge
The Pied Piper is jobs. The Seattle area ranks No. 1 in the nation in technology job growth, according to Forbes. In just two years, tech jobs in the Seattle area have increased 12 percent, surpassing even Silicon Valley’s growth rate.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2015/07/17/home-is-where-the-highest-bidder-lives-superheated.html

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Mortgage Rates Seesaw Higher
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates reversing course and moving to their highest level this year amid ongoing volatility in bond markets.
http://freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com/press-releases/mortgage-rates-seesaw-higher-otcqb-fmcc-1207046

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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU

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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

Everything you need to know about Previews?

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What is the “baseline” reference?

  •  It is the lowest price point a specific zip code demands.  No matter what the zip code is, the lowest price point for ANY PREVIEWS property is $500,000.  The entire list of zip codes, along with the baseline price, is on the PREVIEWS section of the Marketing Intranet page.  If your zip code is not on the list, please do let us know, so we can add it! (Email to PaulaFortier@cbbainseal.com)

How is the baseline determined?

  • It’s the top 10% of sold prices within the zip code during the previous twelve months (the lowest price of the top 10% determines the baseline).  It must be a residential home, with exceptional style and quality, with features expected in a luxury home.
  • As long as the property qualifies, the property can be promoted as a PREVIEWS listing.  If you, as the listing agent, do not have your certification as a Previews Property Specialist, you can still promote the home (you simply cannot promote yourself as a certified broker).  However, you can use the Previews listing presentation, yard signs and marketing materials available at Express Docs.  The Previews website will promote your listing, using office information in place of agent contact info.

How do you get certified?

  • Step One; completion of the PREVIEWS certification course is.  Our team of educators are offering this course on September 25th in the Portland area, and again on November 19th in our Kirkland Training Center.  Click the hyperlinks to register now!
  •  Step Two;  is a verification process that you have either listed or sold four PREVIEWS qualified homes within the past 24 months (two of which you were responsible for developing the marketing plan for the listings).  Verification must be supported by your branch manager’s written acknowledgement of the production.  Furthermore, Coldwell Banker Previews International headquarters must approve the production form delivered and signed by your manager.  This process can also happen prior to taking the certification course – but the course must be taken within six months of production approval.

Real Estate Continuing Education Clock Hour Classes

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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal is dedicated to providing training and Continuing Education opportunities for their real estate brokers in the Pacific Northwest, including FREE clock hour classes & non-clock-hour workshops on important business tools.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for clock hours to renew your license, or just need to brush up on your marketing or tech skills, check out the info below.   Note:  We add courses on a regular basis. Please plan ahead by pre-registering and referencing these calendars.  Also, some classes include clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering!

http://cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com/

Coldwell Banker BAIN – Live Classes & Online Webinars:

Coldwell Banker SEAL – Live Classes and Online Webinars:

Other Events:

  • REALTOR® | Broker Summit & Tech Edge Summit | Seattle Airport Marriott | Aug 17th to 19th
  • Coldwell Banker “National” | GenBlue 2015 | Chicago | Sept 16th – 18th
  • Real Estate Success 2015 Conference | Bellevue | Hyatt Regency | Sept 25th-28th

Non CB Bain | CB Seal Clock Hours:
Below is more information about upcoming real estate clock hours if you need to get clock hours.  NOTE: these cost money and are not connected with Coldwell Banker Bain or Coldwell Banker Seal.

Relevant News Links: Friday, July 10th

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”  –Stephen Hawking

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Home Price Index Report price index.
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/home-price-index-report.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_150707_aOJCp&elq=3e06cf3462f1400dadaac670a674d729&elqCampaignId=2039&elqaid=6881&elqat=1&elqTrackId=c74a13aba0c844eda8426c95e8ae5731#

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How Fast Internet Affects Home Prices
In May, Kara Burke and Tom Cairns thought they had found their ideal house: a nicely-updated older three-bedroom home in Worthington, Mass. But they didn’t make an offer because it didn’t have high speed Internet.
http://www.realtor.com/news/how-fast-internet-affects-home-prices/

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Portland council votes to create housing safety office
The new department, formed in response to last year’s deadly fire on Noyes Street, will inspect rental units and enforce housing codes
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/06/portland-council-votes-to-create-housing-safety-office/

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Seattle’s Luxury Homes Get a Tech Boom Boost
The city’s high-end real-estate market is on the rise, as executives relocate from pricier locales like Silicon Valley
http://www.wsj.com/articles/seattles-luxury-homes-get-a-tech-boom-boost-1436449162

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America’s Most Overpriced Cities In 2015

  1. Seattle, Wash.
    MSA: Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

http://www3.forbes.com/business/americas-most-overpriced-cities-in-2015/11/

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Ditch the Tent: Spend Summer in One of These Rustic Cabins
If you’re ready to embrace nature all year long, you can celebrate the great outdoors every day with these eight rustic cabin homes in gorgeous, wooded settings.
http://www.trulia.com/blog/pitch-tent-spend-summer-one-cozy-cabins/?ecampaign=con_eyecandy&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2Fpitch-tent-spend-summer-one-cozy-cabins%2F

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Zillow CFO Chad Cohen resigns to ‘pursue other business interests’
Chad Cohen is resigning his position as chief financial officer of Seattle-based Zillow Group (Nasdaq: Z)
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/07/zillow-cfo-chad-cohen-resigns-to-pursue-other.html?ana=e_tf&s=newsletter&ed=2015-07-09&u=iT6Ej9T4EYz1/uAD4leF5qEYhm3&t=1436486113

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Consumer Attitudes on Housing May Signal Healthier Purchase Market Ahead
Americans’ outlook toward the current home selling market and the future of home rental prices may bode well for purchase activity this year, according to results from Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey™
http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/media/corporate-news/2015/6267.html

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Fallout over leaked Seattle housing recommendation
One day after a leaked report on the future of housing in the Seattle, KING 5 has learned more about possible zoning changes which will be up for debate.
http://news.yahoo.com/flood-londoners-boats-escape-rising-housing-costs-040302624.html

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Flood of Londoners take to boats to escape rising housing costs
Rocketing housing costs in Britain’s capital have fuelled a surge in Londoners seeking cheaper accommodation on boats, with increased numbers putting pressure on the city’s historic network of rivers and canal
http://news.yahoo.com/flood-londoners-boats-escape-rising-housing-costs-040302624.html

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San Francisco exhibiting potential signs of a housing bubble
The San Francisco Bay Area is showing some warning signs of a bubble, according to Collateral Analytics’ California Home Price Forecast Models.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34405-san-francisco-exhibiting-potential-signs-of-a-housing-bubble

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HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule to equip communities that receive HUD funding with the data and tools that will help them to meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds
http://www.huduser.org/portal/affht_pt2.html

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Obama Administration Announces Fair Housing Rule
The Obama administration announced Wednesday a new rule aimed at strengthening fair housing practices and helping end racial segregation in neighborhoods.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-administration-announces-fair-housing-rule-n388871

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The Supreme Court’s Challenge to Housing Segregation
For decades, the Fair Housing Act’s potential was squandered. A recent Court decision may finally change that.
http://prospect.org/article/supreme-courts-challenge-housing-segregation

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Prolonged Housing Crisis Diminishes Confidence in the American Dream, 2015 Housing Matters Survey
A significant majority of Americans believes the country is still not past the housing crisis that began seven years ago, according to a new survey of housing attitudes released today by
http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/prolonged-housing-crisis-diminishes-confidence-american-dream-2015-housing-matters-survey-finds/

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It’s 2015 — You’d Think We’d Have Figured Out How To Measure Web Traffic By Now
In May, a Vanity Fair article about Bill Simmons’s departure from ESPN said that Grantland had 6 million unique visitors in March but that “ESPN’s internal numbers … had the site reaching 10 million uniques in April.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-we-still-cant-agree-on-web-metrics/

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5 Housing Tips to Make Your SXSW Rock
Allow me to introduce the SXSW Housing Department where our first priority is helping you find and book the right hotel to accommodate your SXSW …
http://www.sxsw.com/news/2015/5-housing-tips-make-your-sxsw-rock

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Some U.S. Housing Markets Get Red Hot
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman weighs in on the U.S. housing market. He speaks on “Bloomberg Markets.”
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/some-us-housing-markets-get-red-hot/vi-AAcFTC1

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Airbnb isn’t helping, but NIMBYs are worse for affordable housing, New York Times op-ed says
Airbnb-style rentals are exacerbating a housing crisis in big American cities, taking properties off the market that could otherwise go to long-term tenants, but a larger, underlying supply problem is the true culprit of crushing rents
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/airbnb_isnt_helping_but_nimbys_1.html

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‘Flat-pack’ homes could help solve UK’s housing crisis
Prefabricated homes have advanced hugely and could provide houses that are cheaper and greener than those built using conventional methods, say engineering experts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11716733/Flat-pack-homes-could-help-solve-UKs-housing-crisis.html

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Guide for Energy Efficiency Buyers
If you’re serious about purchasing an energy-efficient house — and surveys indicate that more and more people are — you’ll want to download a copy of the Checklist for Home Energy Efficient Attributes.
http://neep.org/blog/comprehensive-checklist-enables-real-estate-professionals-assess-home-energy-attributes

Download the checklist for real estate professionals:
http://www.neep.org/sites/default/files/resources/Guidance%20for%20Real%20Estate%20Professionals%20on%20Home%20Energy%20Efficient%20Attributes.pdf

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In Nature We Trust: Conservationists Aim to Buy Private Islands
Nonprofit land trusts step up to protect pristine areas from developers
http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-nature-we-trust-conservationists-aim-to-buy-private-islands-1436234649

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Condo Pitch: We’ll Donate to Charity for Every Property Sold
High-end developers add philanthropy angle in bid to appeal to socially conscious buyers
http://www.wsj.com/articles/condo-pitch-well-donate-to-charity-for-every-property-sold-1436302885

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The New Markets for Jumbo Loans
Buyers in Denver, Portland, Ore., and even Detroit are increasingly getting jumbo mortgages.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-markets-for-jumbo-loans-1436366090

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3-D Printing Adds Depth to Home Décor
Wider access to the technology gives luxury shoppers and manufacturers more choices
http://www.wsj.com/articles/3-d-printing-adds-depth-to-home-decor-1436366930

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First-time buyers finding a way back in
The rise in home prices is good news for owners, but renters are being squeezed by the housing gains of owners and buyers. Despite this, there’s been a rising number of first-time buyers.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/first-time-buyers-finding-a-way-back-in/

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World Population Distributed by Latitude and Longitude –
David Taylor and the team at CityMetric have recently posted a simple and effective chart to show that the population of Canada is not as north as we might think. This reminded me of a another map, that we posted almost five years ago ….
http://urbandemographics.blogspot.com/2015/07/world-population-distributed-by.html

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Upgrading a Deck to Avoid Headaches and Bump Up Home Value
Options for decks are numerous and can be expensive, but choosing the right material and add-ons can prevent maintenance woes and help homeowners profit.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/your-money/upgrading-a-deck-to-avoid-headaches-and-bump-up-home-value.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150710&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU

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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

Relevant News Links: Friday, July 2nd

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RNL“Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society.”  – James Madison

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On Housing, Signs of Health and Signs of Harm
Fallout from the housing crash continues to affect old and young, renters and buyers
http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/on-housing-signs-of-health-and-signs-of-harm/?emc=edit_tnt_20150701&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets in June 2015
Emboldened by a rebounding market, some luxury homeowners are bypassing real-estate agents and trying to sell their own homes.
Summer is officially here, and just like the heat waves sweeping through much of the country, the real estate market shows no sign of cooling off any time soon, according to a preliminary analysis of June data for realtor.com®.

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How Fast Internet Affects Home Prices
In May, Kara Burke and Tom Cairns thought they had found their ideal house: a nicely-updated older three-bedroom home in Worthington, Mass. But they didn’t make an offer because it didn’t have high speed Internet.
http://www.realtor.com/news/how-fast-internet-affects-home-prices/

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U.S. Home Builder Confidence Rises to Highest Level in Nine Months
Confidence among U.S. home builders in June rose to its highest level in nine months, a sign the housing market may be picking up steam after a sluggish winter.
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/u-s-home-builder-confidence-rises-to-highest-level-in-nine-months/

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House Hunting in … Italy
Umbria has long played second fiddle to Tuscany, but that has worked to buyers’ advantage in a number of ways.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/realestate/real-estate-in-umbria-italy.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150701&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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In St. Louis, an Urban Farmer Uses a Rooftop and Food to Spur Renewal
An architect has led an effort to dump some 40 tons of dirt on the roof of a three-story building and grow organic vegetables.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/realestate/commercial/in-st-louis-an-urban-farmer-uses-a-rooftop-and-food-to-spur-renewal.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150630&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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U.S. pending home sales hit nine-year high
“An important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history,” said Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO. “A strong credit score can open doors to better homes and lower mortgage rates.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/29/us-usa-economy-housing-idUSKCN0P91R220150629

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Seattle’s Little ‘Up’ House Faces Razing After Buyers Back Out
The house, popular with locals and tourists for its resemblance to the one in the Disney movie, could be demolished after a recent sale fell through.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/us/seattles-little-up-house-faces-razing-after-buyers-back-out.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150629&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Confusion Amid New Disclosures
Confusion about the intricacies of upcoming consumer disclosure rules is causing at least one lender to pull back from certain loan products, at least temporarily.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/realestate/confusion-amid-new-disclosures.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150626&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Justices Back Broad Interpretation of Housing Law
The Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 vote, endorsed a legal theory that civil rights groups say is crucial to fighting housing discrimination.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/26/us/justices-back-broad-interpretation-of-housing-law.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150625&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Housing Discrimination: The Next Hurdle For LGBT Couples
LGBT couples can now marry in all 50 states, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court ruling, but they can still face housing discrimination — legally — when they try to buy or rent homes in much of the country.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/07/02/housing-discrimination-the-next-hurdle-for-lgbt-couples/

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More Americans Are Renting, and Paying More, as Homeownership Falls
Millions of Americans are unwillingly stuck in rental housing, even as the housing market is starting to improve.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/business/economy/more-americans-are-renting-and-paying-more-as-homeownership-falls.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150624&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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CEOs Of Fannie And Freddie Get Big Raises
The CEOs of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting large raises, to about $4 million a year, as the government relaxes rules that were imposed on the companies after they suffered big losses and were bailed out.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/01/ceo-fannie-freddie-raise_n_7709188.html

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Bob Shiller on Home Prices and Job Growth
These charts are from Bob Shiller. The first scatter gram compares the unemployment rate with the change in home prices in the 12 months through April, 2015
http://www.housingviews.com/2015/07/01/bob-shiller-on-home-prices-and-job-growth/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HousingViews+%28HousingViews+-+S%26P%27s+Blog+on+the+Housing+Market%29

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Apple HomeKit Review: Siri’s New Smart Home Already Needs Renovation
The new system isn’t reliable enough yet to get you talking to your connected home
http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-homekit-review-siris-new-smart-home-already-needs-renovation-1435077442

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Millennials Turn to Video When Making Purchases
Generation Y is a demographic coveted by retailers and marketers for their purchasing power.
http://blog.realestatebook.com/2015/07/01/millennials-turn-to-video-when-making-purchases/

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Here are the answers to the emoji homebuyer challenge
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which might have worked against you on the emoji homebuyer challenge HousingWire published on Tuesday
http://www.housingwire.com/blogs/1-rewired/post/34317-here-are-the-answers-to-the-emoji-challenge

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The Future of Banking
Fewer banks and branches, but more wearables? Convenience and mobile tech are driving this industry’s evolution.
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/06/29/the-future-of-banking

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The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets in June 2015
Summer is officially here, and just like the heat waves sweeping through much of the country, the real estate market shows no sign of cooling off any time soon, according to a preliminary analysis of June data for realtor.com®.
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/hottest-housing-markets-june-2015/

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Regulators: Banks still failing mortgage service tests
Four years after pledging to clean up wide-ranging foreclosure abuses, Wells Fargo & Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and four other banks still aren’t complying with customer-service standards imposed by a federal regulator.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2015/06/29/regulators-banks-still-failing-mortgage-service-tests/29442025/

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Contracts to Buy Homes Reaches 9-Year High
Pending home sales continued to make gains last month, rising to the highest level since April 2006, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/06/30/contracts-buy-homes-reaches-9-year-high

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New Orleans adjudicated property auctioneer replaces title insurance provider
The auctioneer in charge of New Orleans’ highly anticipated adjudicated property auction has replaced the insurance company meant to guarantee titles to the parcels.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/new_orleans_property_auctionee.html

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Fed’s Bullard Shrugs Off Greek Events, Points to Chance of Sept Rate Increase

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said Tuesday Greek economic problems are unlikely to affect the U.S., leaving the Fed on track for rate rises later this year.

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/30/feds-bullard-shrugs-off-greek-events-points-to-chance-of-sept-rate-increase/

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USDA Increases Costs of Guarantees for 0% Down Mortgages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service is raising the cost of its home-loan guarantees that enable borrowers to purchase homes in certain areas without down payments.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-26/usda-increases-costs-of-guarantees-for-0-down-mortgages

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S&P/CASE-SHILLER HOME PRICE INDICES
The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are the leading measures of U.S. residential real estate prices, tracking changes in the value of residential real estate both nationally as well as in 20 metropolitan regions
http://us.spindices.com/index-family/real-estate/sp-case-shiller

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New Jersey Family Flees Home After Terrifying Threats From ‘The Watcher’
Derek and Maria Broaddus of Westfield, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit in Union County civil court earlier this month against the previous owners of their home. The couple alleged that the former owners did not warn them about the threats from “The Watcher.”
http://m.snopes.com/2015/06/24/westfield-watcher/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nj-family-flees-home-after-threats-watcher-n381796

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Foreclosures continue to fall for Portland area homeowners
The latest data from CoreLogic show that Portland’s rate is also under the national level.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/06/foreclosures-continue-to-fall-for-portland-area.html?iana=ind_rre

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Developers: Density is here to stay
Four prominent developers weighed in at a Puget Sound Business Journal panel.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/06/developers-density-is-here-to-stay.html?iana=ind_rre

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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU

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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

Summer School – Learn our Company Tools!

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To enroll in an online tutorial, click the link under each respective date & signup.
Webinars will start at 10 am and will be held for approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour.

These sessions are for COLDWELL BANKER BAIN | COLDWELL BANKER SEAL real estate brokers & staff personnel ONLY, thank you! Please register using your company email to confirm as such.

* = topics switched on 7/8/15

Relevant News Links: Friday, June 19th

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“Without my dad, I wouldn’t be here.”

 –Maria Sharapova

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Federal Reserve Report on Household Economic Well-Being

According to a Federal Reserve analysis, U.S. households surveyed during October 2014 reported only modest improvements with respect to economic well-being but felt increasingly optimistic about the future.

http://eyeonhousing.org/2015/06/federal-reserve-report-on-household-economic-well-being/

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Some Homeowners Go Solo to Sell Their Real Estate

Emboldened by a rebounding market, some luxury homeowners are bypassing real-estate agents and trying to sell their own homes.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/some-homeowners-go-solo-to-sell-their-real-estate-1434635270

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Rise in Bank Repossessions Fuels 1 Percent Increase in Foreclosure Activity to 19-Month High in May

Foreclosure Starts Below Pre-Crisis Levels, Scheduled Auctions and REOs Above;

13 of 20 Largest Metro Areas Post Annual Increases in Foreclosure Activity

http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/may-2015-foreclosure-market-report/

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Top 10 Housing Markets with Home Prices Furthest Below Pre-Crisis Peaks

Using data from its February 2015 U.S. Home Price Appreciation Analysis, RealtyTrac identified the top 10 markets that are still furthest below their pre-housing crisis peaks. Many of these markets were among those where home prices were most inflated during the housing bubble and most decimated during the housing crisis.

http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/top-10-housing-markets-with-home-prices-furthest-below-pre-crisis-peaks/

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Top 10 Housing Markets with Home Prices Above Pre-Crisis Peaks

Using data from its February 2015 U.S. Home Price Appreciation Analysis, RealtyTrac identified the top 10 markets that have exceeded their pre-housing crisis peaks in the last year. Probably not a big surprise is San Jose, California with all its Facebook millionaires at the top of the list.

http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/top-10-housing-markets-with-home-prices-above-pre-crisis-peaks/

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1.5 Million Homeowners Negatively Impacted by Mortgage Crisis Could Re-Enter Housing Market in Next Three Years

More than 1.5 million home buyers negatively impacted by the financial crisis could potentially re-enter the mortgage market in the next three years, according to a new study from TransUnion. http://newsroom.transunion.com/transunion-15-million-homeowners-negatively-impacted-by-mortgage-crisis-could-re-enter-housing-market-in-next-three-years

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6 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

“An important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history,” said Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO. “A strong credit score can open doors to better homes and lower mortgage rates.”

http://www.aba.com/Press/Pages/0618156WaystoBoostCreditScore.aspx

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National Community Reinvestment Coalition Launches GROWTH Initiative to Provide Pathways to Homeownership in Partnership with Financial Institutions and Local Communities

Low- and moderate-income communities are focus of transformative program designed to increase homeownership, provide financial counseling, create jobs and revitalize local economies

http://www.growthbyncrc.org/2015/06/15/national-community-reinvestment-coalition-launches-growth-initiative-to-provide-pathways-to-homeownership-in-partnership-with-financial-institutions-and-local-communities/

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Why you need a mobile app!

Smartphones changed our lives. There is no argument here. They are useful in many ways and they seem to be more and more used – and the “traditional” internet access is yesterday’s news. Now it looks like it is all about mobile apps. And realtors need to be – if they aren’t already – on the mobile apps bandwagon.

http://realtybiznews.com/mobile-apps-infographic/98728577/

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Alan Greenspan: US real estate is stagnating

Construction usually pulls America out of a recession, but not this time.

It’s Alan Greenspan’s top concern right now. The former chairman of the Federal Reserve says real estate in the U.S. is stagnating.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/10/investing/alan-greenspan-housing-stagnation/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28CNNMoney%3A+Real+Estate%29

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Govt lifts ‘robosigning’ restrictions on certain banks

Restrictions placed on certain banks for mortgage “robosigning” will lift as the firms have taken steps to fix their processes and pay restitution, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Wednesday.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102766772

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Our Most Fabulous Foyers

Ideas and design tips to create an impressive home entry

http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/foyer-decorating

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The pot effect on Denver’s housing market

While the legalization of marijuana isn’t the only thing driving the market, it has contributed to job growth in the area that has people flocking to Denver.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/04/real_estate/marijuana-denver-housing-market/index.html

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After a Million-Dollar Makeover, Behold the Party Barn

With their wide-open spaces, soaring ceilings and weathered wood, antique post-and-beam barns of centuries past are being reborn into party barns.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/after-a-million-dollar-makeover-behold-the-party-barn-1434639141

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Johnny Depp Lists His French Estate for $26 Million

The sale includes the actor’s furniture, books, art and other personal items.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/johnny-depp-lists-his-french-estate-for-26-million-1434651883

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Guernsey: Where Home Buyers Find Shelter (From Taxes)

Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, has a cap on income tax and no inheritance or capital-gains taxes. But buying a home isn’t easy in this 30-square-mile tax haven.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/guernsey-where-home-buyers-find-shelter-from-taxes-1434641495

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The Dog Days of Summer: Luxury Homes Featuring Four-Legged Friends

A look at dogs lounging in high-end properties around the globe

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-dog-days-of-summer-luxury-homes-featuring-four-legged-friends-1434724528
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Summer Getaways in New York’s Adirondacks

Luxury properties that offer spacious getaways set in the cool mountain air, close to lakes

http://www.wsj.com/articles/summer-getaways-in-new-yorks-adirondacks-1434565145

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Is Getting A Mortgage Easier Than Consumers Think?

Some lenders over the last couple years have eased requirements to get mortgages, but most Americans still think getting a loan is very difficult, according to a survey released Tuesday by Wells Fargo WFC -1.13% Home Mortgage and Ipsos Public Affairs.

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2015/06/16/is-getting-a-mortgage-easier-than-consumers-think/

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9 Homes for Sale With Epic Water Slides

Splash your way into summer with these 9 luxe homes — each with its own pool and water slide

http://www.trulia.com/blog/9-homes-for-sale-with-epic-water-slides/?ecampaign=con_eyecandy&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2F9-homes-for-sale-with-epic-water-slides%2F

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Portlanders regaining equity in their homes

The slow return of a more solid economy has helped Portland homeowners get their heads above water when it comes to equity in their homes.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/06/portlanders-regaining-equity-in-their-homes.html?iana=ind_rre

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Selling Seattle: Chinese now top foreign buyers list of U.S. homes and this broker understands why

For the first time, people from China make up the largest segment of foreign buyers of U.S. homes, surpassing Canada, the National Association of Realtors reported this week.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/06/selling-seattle-chinese-now-top-foreign-buyers.html

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Big fees won’t make Seattle housing more affordable

Driven by a politically charged environment anxious for new ways to extract millions of dollars from unpopular developers, we’re quickly approaching irresponsible territory where facts matter very little and the politics of divisiveness rule the day.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2015/06/19/big-fees-won-t-make-seattle-housing-more.html?iana=ind_rre

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How to Get Ready for Rising Interest Rates

The past few months haven’t been so good for bonds.  The 10-year Treasury yield has surged from 1.68% on Jan. 31 to 2.28%.  Rising rates cause bonds and bond funds to decline in value, as illustrated by the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond exchange-traded fund (AGG), now down 0.25% for the year to date, according to Morningstar.

http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2015/06/19/how-to-get-ready-for-rising-interest-rates/?KEYWORDS=Interest+Rates

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Selling Seattle: The neighborhood drawing most interest from Bay Area buyers isn’t Capitol Hill, Queen Anne or Ballard

When it comes to residential real estate, West Seattle is booming, especially for people leaving the San Francisco Bay Area. What might surprise you further is that millennials are becoming a bigger group of home-seekers in the area.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/06/17/selling-seattle-the-neighborhood-drawing-most.html?iana=ind_rre

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How Much Does That House Project Really Cost?

You may field such cost questions from potential buyers, and some new online resources may help you gather quotes for your buyers in a hurry — or at least give you a resource to point them to

http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2015/06/15/how-much-does-that-house-project-cost/

 

http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/

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Fed keeps rates unchanged as it still eyes hikes this year

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and her gang are not ready to raise interest rates just yet.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-keeps-rates-unchanged-as-it-still-eyes-hikes-this-year-2015-06-17

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June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/june-solstice.html

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The MarketPulse

The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU

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HOUSING STATISTICS

Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.

http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Economy at a Glance

http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker

The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.

http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive

Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015

http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

Real Estate Classes & CE Clock Hour Courses

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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal is dedicated to providing training and Continuing Education opportunities for their real estate brokers in the Pacific Northwest, including FREE clock hour classes & non-clock-hour workshops on important business tools.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for clock hours to renew your license, or just need to brush up on your marketing or tech skills, check out the info below.   Note:  We add courses on a regular basis. Please plan ahead by pre-registering and referencing these calendars.  Also, some classes include clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering!

http://cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com/

Coldwell Banker BAIN – Live Classes & Online Webinars:

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Other Events:

  • REALTOR® | Broker Summit & Tech Edge Summit | Seattle Airport Marriott | Aug 17th to 19th
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  • Real Estate Success 2015 Conference | Bellevue | Hyatt Regency | Sept 25th-28th

Non CB Bain | CB Seal Clock Hours:
Below is more information about upcoming real estate clock hours if you need to get clock hours.  NOTE: these cost money and are not connected with Coldwell Banker Bain or Coldwell Banker Seal.

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11415504_803870675336_7537278949783312944_oConsider this a shout-out to every Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal broker: it matters not whether you are new(er) to the company, a seasoned broker who hasn’t been to Coldwell Banker’s
Generation Blue conference in awhile or if you just went to the most recent GenBlue.  Regardless of your status in real estate life, GenBlue is worth every cent of your investment, for the following reasons:

  • You will learn things that you won’t learn anywhere else.  The speakers vetted for their expertise and unique perspective are offering the very latest information in their respective fields. They are skilled speakers as well as highly informative.  The learning workshops are efficiently paced and exceptionally delivered.  The knowledge you gain can be put to work immediately to benefit your business and, most importantly, your clients.
  • The timing is good!  Just in time for 2016 Planning, GenBlue in September offers the perfect opportunity to brush off your business plan and fine-tune it for 2016.
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  • You will meet the most amazing people.  Let’s face it, going to GenBlue will provide you the rare opportunity to meet people in the industry from all over the US and abroad.  If you do not have a referral network outside of your immediate market, you are missing out.

Join me, won’t you?  Let’s bring an impressive contingent of Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal representatives to GenBlue Chicago!

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