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18
Dec
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Four Predictions For 2014

SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow is making four, bold housing predictions for 2014, and has determined which housing markets will be the hottest this coming year.
2014 Predictions
U.S. home values will increase by 3 percent.
Mortgage rates will reach 5 percent by the end of the year.
It will be easier for borrowers to get a mortgage in 2014.
Homeownership rates will fall to their lowest point in nearly two decades.
2014's Hottest Housing Markets
To determine which markets will be the hottest in 2014, Zillow combined data on unemployment rates, population growth and the Zillow® Home Value Forecast.1 The list is intended to give an early view into housing markets that are likely to experience heavy demand for homes, as well as increasing home values.
2014's Hottest Housing Markets
1.
Salt Lake City
6.
Raleigh, N.C.
2.
Seattle
7.
Jacksonville, Fla.
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Tue
17
Dec
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Slow and Steady Growth of U.S. Economy Lays Positive Foundation for Economic Outlook in 2014

Transwestern Releases December Edition of "the BRIEFING"

HOUSTON, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Neither downgrades, cliffs, tapering defaults or political theater have been able to stop the slow and steady growth of the U.S. economy. Despite this ongoing uncertainty, it's business as usual for Wall Street and Main Street, according to the December edition of "the BRIEFING" report compiled by Transwestern.

A more favorable global economic outlook is also coming into focus as the Eurozone shows its first improvement in unemployment and Japan's outlook is on the rise. This, paired with a U.S. consumer who is now armed with lower debt levels and rising income, stock and home prices, should provide the foundation for continued growth in 2014.

Mon
16
Dec
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Tips for Property Managers During the Slow Winter Season

The holidays are here and while they bring a lot of happiness and excitement, they also bring the most dreaded season for landlords and property managers who are trying to fill vacant units. People just don’t like to move between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and who could blame them, but this makes renting property both challenging and stressful. If you have any empty units right now I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, here are some of the various strategies used by seasoned property managers to overcome this problem.

Fri
06
Dec
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HFO-TV:Apartment Fire Safety Tips

HFO discusses fire safety with USI VP Ted Stark.

Thu
05
Dec
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Homebuyer Demand Dropped Less Than Expected In November In Latest Redfin Report

Home Tours Down just 7.2% from October, Compared to 11% Last Year

Wed
04
Dec
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D&Z Present What Were You Thinking? Moments: THINK This Holiday Season

D & Z “What Were You Thinking Moments”

Hello Property Management Industry!  So, as 2013 comes to a close and we prepare for a prosperous 2014, the goal should be to minimize those “What Were You Thinking Moments”.

Budgets are complete, the cold weather and holidays are coming.  The office will be filled with deliveries of residents boxes with bows, complaints of appliances not working to prepare the holiday feast, slippery stairways, walkways and residents trying to heat their apartments with space heaters. Then you have New Years Eve and the day after, with remnants of sparklers (Fire Hazard) and recycling, guests sleeping it off at the pool, you know the drill. This is a “What Were You Thinking Moment” waiting to happen!

Wed
04
Dec
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LandLady Katie: Be A Giving Landlord.

The holidays are a time of giving and also a time of thanks. To give to those, through gestures large and small, and thank others for their friendship, hard work, and good service. This holiday season I have decided to gift my tenants for their continued support and service.

Many landlords may consider this notion an absurd waste of money., and that is certainly their prerogative. But, I look at gifting the residents differently. I see this gesture as similar to a tip or a bonus. You tip for good service even though you’ve already paid for the meal. Most of us appreciate bonuses this time of year in our paycheck even though we have already performed the job that is expected of us. So, in addition to providing a nice place to live, why not give them a “thank you” for helping pay your mortgage, insurance, and property taxes?

Sat
30
Nov
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHY AREN’T THERE MORE SALES?

Sales activity has picked up over the past few years. But given the strength of the apartment market right now, there are fewer apartment sales this year than we expected. Here are five reasons why.

Fri
29
Nov
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U.S. Counties Report Higher Property Values, Increased Property Transactions, and a Leveling of Foreclosure Rates, According to a Thomson Reuters and NACo Survey

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters and the National Association of Counties (NACo) today released the results of their Annual Local Property Markets Survey.

The survey results indicate a strengthening recovery for local property markets. Key findings include:

72 percent of U.S. counties surveyed reported an increase in assessed property values.

64 percent of counties reported an increase in the volume of records processed in the last year, a good indicator of the overall economic activity for local property markets.

29 percent of counties reported an increase in foreclosures, versus 23 percent reporting a decrease.

Wed
27
Nov
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October Marks Second Straight Month of Falling U.S. Home Values

First Time in Two Years Home Values Fall Two Months in a Row, According to Zillow

- Home values rise 5.2 percent year-over-year in October; annual appreciation expected to slow to 2.7 percent by Oct. 2014.

- Half of metros analyzed showed depreciation from September to October.

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