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  • To Get Higher Sale Price, Client Could Refinish the Floor
    What does it cost to make old hardwood floors look new again? Let’s say it costs $3,000. That’s a lot of money, especially for owners who just want to get their house on the market and be done with it. But of all the remodeling projects homeowners can do to increase the resale value of […]
  • What Does President Trump’s Association Health Plan Executive Order Do?
    The executive order President Trump signed on Oct. 12 to expand association health plans (AHPs) is of interest to REALTORS® because NAR has a longstanding interest in these types of health plans. But it’s important for real estate professionals to know what the executive order does and doesn’t do. First, it doesn’t itself expand association […]
  • Why Doubling the Standard Deduction Won’t Help Most Homeowners
    One of the most talked-about provisions in the tax reform framework that the Trump Administration and Republican congressional leadership released a few weeks ago is the doubling of the standard deduction. Of all the changes the framework would make, this one is presented as something that will help middle-income households. And that is true, but […]
  • If You’re In a Hurricane-Hit Area, the Federal Government Might Have a Job for You
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is looking for damage verifiers in the parts of Texas and Florida that were hit by hurricanes. Damage verifiers are people who use their knowledge about real estate to give the agency their assessment of how much damage a structure  sustained in the storm. By one estimate, almost 150,000 structures […]
  • Small Markets See 4% Gain in Commercial Property Sales
    Smaller commercial properties in secondary markets are still attracting buyers at good prices, but demand for big-market mega-properties appears to be easing, NAR second-quarter data suggest. Large markets saw a 5 percent annual decline in sales, while smaller markets saw a sales boost of 4 percent. “Shrinking cap rates and the higher interest rate environment […]