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Today’s News 4-21-2011

21 Apr

Today’s news that may be of interest to you:

In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow take a look at the “No More Utility Bills? More Builders Spotlight ‘Green'” article. Net-zero housing is a new “green” type of housing where a home produces as much energy as it uses. Do you think net-zero housing units would do well in the Washington market? How well do you think this type of net-zero housing would do in Spokane?

Home buyers Try to Beat ‘Jumbo’ Loans Squeeze
Reuters | April 20, 2011
Beginning on October 1, the government will dial back on the size of mortgages it guarantees in high-cost areas like San Francisco, New York and Washington.

Analysts Weigh in on NAR’s Existing-Home Sales Report
DSNews | April 20, 2011
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Wednesday that sales of previously owned homes rose 3.7 percent last month, following the 9.6 drop recorded in February.

5 Steps to Make Your Property a Hot Rental
Reuters | April 21, 2011
If you have a second home that you’re considering renting out for extra income, there’s no time to waste. With summer vacation season just around the corner, now is the time to get it on the market and attract top dollar.

Obama: Housing Biggest Drag on U.S. Economy
Reuters | April 21, 2011
President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the sluggish housing market is probably the biggest drag on the U.S. economy right now.

No More Utility Bills? More Builders Spotlight ‘Green’
“Shiny granite can only go so far” to lure buyers from low-price foreclosures, says one housing expert. That’s why more new-home builders are betting on homes with ultra-low utility costs and ‘sustainability’ features to stand out.

From the National Association of Realtors®:

No More Utility Bills? More Builders Spotlight ‘Green’
“Shiny granite can only go so far” to lure buyers from low-price foreclosures, says one housing expert. That’s why more new-home builders are betting on homes with ultra-low utility costs and ‘sustainability’ features to stand out.

NAR: March Existing-Home Sales Rise 3.7%
All-cash sales were at a record market share of 35 percent, up from 27 percent in March 2010.

Top 10 Real Estate Web Sites
Which real estate web sites are garnering most of the traffic on the Web? Here’s the latest report.

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