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Congress still trying to pass long-term flood insurance solution
Congress still trying to pass long-term flood insurance solution

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been a subject of debate for years in Congress, gaining temporary funding multiple times without any permanent solutions. Recently, representatives across political lines have shown interest in finally reaching a long-term resolution, according...

Remote workers more likely to own than rent
Remote workers more likely to own than rent

For most Americans, the average commute is less than 90 minutes. However, extreme commuters exist on either end of this spectrum, with telecommuters (who work from home) experiencing no travel time and so-called “super commuters” traveling over 90 minutes to...

Real Estrange: Space for your helicopter and cows
Real Estrange: Space for your helicopter and cows

This farm, which sits off the coast of the Pacific Ocean, comes with two Spanish-style villas, an avocado and persimmon farm, and 120 cows.

Real Estrange: A brick beauty, space for your helicopter and cows
Real Estrange: A brick beauty, space for your helicopter and cows

This old power plant in Astoria, Oregon, was recently converted into a residence with an industrial farmhouse flair.

Global wealth growth could offset ultra-lux home glut
Global wealth growth could offset ultra-lux home glut

Not only are the rich getting richer around the world, more people are joining the illustrious ranks of high- and ultra-high net worth individuals. That’s according to the 2019 Wealth Report from Knight Frank, a real estate and financial services...

Real Estate in Brief: Lender sentiment, housing starts and more
Real Estate in Brief: Lender sentiment, housing starts and more

Lender optimism jumps as rates drift lower The latest survey of mortgage industry sentiment from Fannie Mae found lenders markedly more optimistic about their business prospects at the start of 2019. While still negative overall, the results of Fannie Mae’s...

Real Estate in Brief: Insurance bills, photo fraud and more
Real Estate in Brief: Insurance bills, photo fraud and more

Agents warn of misleading listing photos Has photo retouching gone too far? Some brokers and buyers think so, according to a feature in The Wall Street Journal this week discussing the growing popularity of simple photo editing tools used for...

Why technology (probably) can’t replace agents
Why technology (probably) can’t replace agents

Will technology one day replace the role of the real estate agent? In an era of rapidly evolving customer relationship management software, iBuyers and the constant specter of brokerage mergers and acquisitions—always, it seems, with tech bandied about as part...

How Freddie Mac is leading the way for women in real estate
How Freddie Mac is leading the way for women in real estate

Although most Americans alive today have never known a world where women are absent from the workforce, most are still well aware of the discrimination and injustice that continues to plague working women. Though gender norms continue to be broken...

New 2019 housing forecasts reflect brighter outlook
New 2019 housing forecasts reflect brighter outlook

Only three months ago, the consensus among economists studying the U.S. housing market was that 2019 would be, at best, unimpressive. Given prevailing trends at the time, it looked as though rising interest rates would continue driving up the cost...

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