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Get Ready for 2018 with IKEA’s New Catalog
Posted Monday August 14, 2017 in Home + Lifestyle

“Make room for life” is the newest theme to be unveiled by the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA. The IKEA 2018 catalog was recently released featuring space-saving ideas for rooms of any size. Real Simple magazine highlighted 9 of their favorite items from the new catalog, everything from sofas to side tables and clocks. Which… Read more »

Get Ready for 2018 with IKEA’s New Catalog
Posted in Home + Lifestyle

“Make room for life” is the newest theme to be unveiled by the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA. The IKEA 2018 catalog was recently released featuring space-saving ideas for rooms of any size. Real Simple magazine highlighted 9 of their favorite items from the new catalog, everything from sofas to side tables and clocks. Which… Read more »

MBA: Housing shortage boosts demand for new home purchases
Posted Thursday August 10, 2017 in Industry News

The demand from consumers who are looking to buy an existing home is spilling over into new home purchases, according to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA’s latest Builder Applications Survey tracks the current homebuilder trends across the country. Here’s what the association expects to see moving into the second half… Read more »

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Posted Friday August 4, 2017 in Home + Lifestyle

On Monday, Aug. 21, the contiguous U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. The eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, will cross the country from the West Coast to the East Coast, leaving portions of 14 states momentarily immersed in darkness. Even those states… Read more »

Senate to consider bill to end “FICO monopoly” at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Posted Wednesday August 2, 2017 in Industry News

Earlier this year, a bipartisan group reintroduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to consider alternative credit-scoring models beyond the FICO credit score the government-sponsored enterprises currently use. Now, a companion bill is being introduced in the Senate as well, with the backing of Senators from… Read more »

Will the home appraisal industry be replaced by technology?
Posted Friday July 28, 2017 in Industry News

Automation haunts many discussions about the future of work, employment, and the economy. But technological advances may soon hit homes in an unexpected way: could real estate appraisers be replaced by robots? That’s the conclusion of a recent article in Bloomberg, which discusses how advances in big data and computing are helping automate this knowledge-based job, perhaps… Read more »

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