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High Costs And Emotions Are Driving Aging-In-Place Preferences

Data from research organizations and aging advocacy groups is clear: More older Americans want to age in place in their own homes, as opposed to living in dedicated care facilities. To get a better grasp on this preference, Chicago-based National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station WBEZ recently featured a dedicated

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Another Homeowners’ Insurance Carrier Leaves California

Homeowners in California now have even fewer choices in homeowners insurance carriers. The Hartford Financial Services Group, better known as The Hartford, announced Wednesday that it would no longer issue new homeowners insurance policies in California starting in February 2024. The firm noted that this change would also impact The

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Mortgage Rates Tick Up Ahead Of FOMC Meeting

Mortgage rates stabilized in the past week but remain close to the narrow range observed since the start of this month. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.69% as of Jan. 25, an increase from last week’s figure of 6.60%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey released on Thursday.

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Recruiting Real Estate Agents: A Complete Roadmap For 2024

If you’re a new broker or team leader you might not realize just how competitive recruiting was in 2023. The data are sobering: The Agent Movement Index, the number of experienced Realtors switching brokerages each month, was at its lowest level since 2016. Throw in the recent explosion of boutique

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Matt VanFossen On Farm-To-Table Programming

Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler sat down with Matt VanFossen, CEO of Absolute Home Mortgage and Mortgage Automation Technologies, to talk about his unique view of the housing ecosystem and how it influences how he builds technology. Van Fossen not only heads a mortgage lender and a tech company, but

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Senate Considers Flood Insurance Reforms, But Roadblocks Remain

The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing on Thursday that focused on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), showing that its bipartisan support is generally intact. But senators also expressed concerns about affordability after a new ratings methodology led to higher

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