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Homeowners Who Remodel Gain Equity and Enjoyment, Say Realtors®

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2017) — Homeowners who take on remodeling projects gain not only equity and more resale value in their home, they are also more likely to find satisfaction and enjoyment from their home, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, www.nar.realtor/reports/remodeling-impact, the second of its kind from NAR, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have completed... Read More

Millions of Middle-Income Homeowners Stand to Lose Under “Big 6” Tax Proposal

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2017) – A group of legislators and administration leaders known as the “Big 6” today released an outline for comprehensive tax reform that if enacted, according to the National Association of Realtors®, could lead to a tax on homeownership for millions.

According to the Big 6’s framework for tax reform, changes to the current tax code... Read More

Pending Home Sales Fall 2.6 Percent in August; 2017 Forecast Downgraded

Pending home sales sank in August for the fifth time in six months, and slower activity in the areas hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pull existing sales for the year below the pace set in 2016, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,*www.nar.realtor/topics/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, retreated 2.6 percent to 106.3 in August from 109.1 in July. The index is now at its lowest reading since January 2016 (... Read More

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"Working with Brian was a real pleasure. When he mentions the "team concept," he means it. We looked at several homes until we found one, which was actually one of his listings. When I was ready to buy the home, he helped me with the financing, by using one of his mortgage contacts, then set up the home inspection for me, and even referred me to another specialist to ensure that the appliances were in good working order. Once all that was done, he even arranged for the closing. From start to finish, he was with me every step of the way, and helped with every aspect of the purchase of my new home! It made the whole process much easier and very convenient for me. I would recommend him to anyone, and would add that he made what is normally a nerve-wracking process, seem almost effortless." Heather Livesay, Northfield, MN
"Brian was great at helping us both sell our home and get our new one as well. First, he helped us buy our land that we built our home on, and helped us with that from start to finish, including Title work and all the details that needed to be done. Then, when we were ready to sell our home, we first tried to do what we were told would save us money, by using a discount agency. It was a miserable experience and we were disgusted with the service we received; there wasn´t any. What a waste of time, effort and lost money that was. After terminating that listing, we then called Brian and he put it on the market right away, held several open houses, advertised it in the newspapers, kept brochures in our yard sign in stock and worked hard to make sure our home sold. When we received an offer, it was a bit of a messy offer. But Brian never gave up and stuck with it, making sure that we received what we wanted, and made sure that we were protected from anything that could terminate the sale. He made it happen and the house sold!! We were very thankful to have him working for us, he handled everything from start-to-finish for both our purchase, and the sale of our home! Thanks Brian for helping us achieve our goal of building our dream home!!" Jesse & Christina Simon, Faribault, MN -- Christina Simon, Customer Relations, D
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