This Week’s Relevant News: 4/22 – 4/28

 “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

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US home-buying season finally signaling a recovery

the spring home-buying season is pointing to a long-awaited recovery

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9U5D9D80.htm

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On loans, right stuff gets tougher

valuable benchmarks for anyone thinking about financing a home purchase

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017946164_harney15.html

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Existing home sales dip 2.6 percent in March

Home resales fell in March but the supply of properties on the market tightened and prices inched higher

http://economywatch.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11285745-existing-home-sales-dip-26-percent-in-march?lite

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Homebuying warms up in many parts of nation

Reduced prices, record-low mortgage rates, higher rents and an improving job market appear to be emboldening many would-be buyers

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017991284_homesales16.html

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Big weekend for open houses is coming up

part of a nationwide open-house event sponsored by local Realtor associations.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2018003861_realbrownbox22.html

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Putting new shingles over old is unwise

Check if there is a manufacturer’s warranty before anything is done to make sure that you don’t inadvertently void it

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2018024632_realhomefix22.html

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Consumer default rates almost back to levels seen before the housing crisis

a sharp decline in the composite index, led by a 14 basis point drop in first mortgage default rates

http://www.housingviews.com/2012/04/19/consumer-default-rates-almost-back-to-levels-seen-before-the-housing-crisis/?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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Lay groundwork carefully on buying your first home

It’s a process that’s frightening, somewhat frustrating and fun — all at the same time

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017996531_realfirsthome22.html

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Renters Scramble as Market Takes Off

In San Francisco, Big Demand for Apartments Boosts Prices, Putting the Squeeze on Tenants

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304299304577348033620139396.html?mod=WSJ_RealEstate_LeftTopNews

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Breaking Down Existing Home Sales

Podcast, Diane Swonk talks with Jim Chesko about today’s report showing that existing-home sales were weaker than expected in March

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/04/19/breaking-down-existing-home-sales/

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Ultramodern Seattle Home Looks Like Robot

http://www.aol.com/video/ultramodern-seattle-home-looks-like-robot/517332267/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl5|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D151996

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Rental property investing 101 – tips for future property moguls

The media and real estate professionals continually report that 2012 is the year to buy real estate

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/04/15/rental-property-investing-101-tips-for-future-property-moguls/

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott List Their Malibu Home

and has listed it with Coldwell Banker agent and star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, Madison Hildebrand

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304356604577337782928579536.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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So you want to re-create ‘Mad Men’ style at home?

Start by looking at books and magazines from the period to see what real interiors looked like

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2018024598_realmadmen22.html

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6 Worst Home Fixes for the Money

“We’ll get it back when we sell.”!?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/6-worst-home-fixes-money-070151422.html

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“Links” are edited each week by John Deely 

About John Deely

John is the Principal Managing Broker for the CB Bain Seattle-Metro Lake Union and Magnolia offices and he has been a real estate licensee in the state of Washington since 1978 and a licensed real estate Broker since 1983.

John is an expert on real estate markets and in preparing/analyzing statistical trends and conducting market research. He provides market information and statistical trend analyst for local and national news sources including syndicated TV programs, such as: Seattle Times/PI, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s News Letter, The Wall Street Journal, King County Journal, Mercer Island Reporter and the Puget Sound Business Journal, Trade Journals include the Real Estate Insider Newsletter, the Washington Realtor® Puget Sound multiple listing Association newsletter Soundings, Seattle King County Realtor® and the Washington Realtor® newsletter.

http://www.cbbain.com/lakeunion

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