Archive for April, 2014

The Worst Designed Buildings In America

Traditionally, office blocks and commercial buildings have been rectangular, concrete-based and relatively uninspiring. However over the years there have been numerous attempts to blend a more aesthetically pleasing design with business needs: the Petronas Towers and the world’s tallest skyscraper…

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Alternative Net Lease Assets Gaining Traction

Fitness centers, education facilities and specialty medical buildings that emerged as alternative net lease assets a few years ago are showing up in more property portfolios as investors hunt for yield in an increasingly crowded conventional net lease market. Investors may not consider the properties…

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Foreign Investors Boosting Miami Property Market – Now Up 28 Straight Months

Median sale prices again increased for both single family homes and condominiums in March in Miami, one of the US’s most dynamic housing markets that continues to attract investors and overseas buyers. The median sale price for single family homes increased 4.4%, up to $235,000 from $225,000…

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The Impact Of Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae Reform On Multifamily Lending

Congress may actually pass legislation this spring to break up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “We have a chance to bring this across the finish line,” Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, told the audience at an event hosted by…

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Housing Sales Slow Ahead Of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Vote

Put another nail in the coffin of President Obama’s efforts to wind down Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). Housing numbers released by the U.S.

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Home Sales Down 14.5% In March

Eyebrows were raised all over Wall Street this week, and likely on Main Street, too, after the U.S. Commerce Department released its single-family home sales figure for March. The news wasn’t good for the real estate market, as sales fell by 14.5% for the month, and 13.3% against March 2013 figures…

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Mortgages may be easier to get than potential home buyers believe

Many potential buyers think they need near-perfect credit scores to get a home loan.

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Repay loans or invest in the market? What to do with a tax refund

One of the best uses for a windfall is to boost retirement savings. But what’s going on with that student loan?

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Board lets attorney take advantage

Association attorneys are vendors who must be managed and supervised by the board. Question: Our homeowner association board is impetuous and wastes association money.

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A classic Mediterranean, with a twist

The updated multi-story home in Hollywood Hills West features interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a “transitional take on a classic Mediterranean,” the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof.

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