New fee for self-insured health plan sponsors

If you employ your spouse in your real estate business you have the option of providing him or her with tax-free employee fringe benefits, including health benefits. This can include not only health insurance that covers your spouse and the …
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‘Latte Vision’: More than 10% of Starbucks transactions now by phone

If the real estate industry is looking to the ease with which some coffee shops handle transactions as a model for streamlining the home-buying process, news about Starbucks today should prompt it to pay even more attention that it already …

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Low appraisal killing a deal? Try a ‘rebuttal letter’

With the market picking up and the recent influx of relatively inexperienced appraisers, buyers and sellers should keep in mind that they can formally appeal an appraisal that comes in lower than they expected, according to a Wall Street Journal …

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Teasing data from the cloud

Radka loved the view from the office. The west-facing windows on this floor of the Avallónë Data Cloud Inc. tower swept out over the Grand Park with its comprehensive trail and networked education system. Beyond the park, the city itself …

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One in three buyers would bid above asking price

One in three buyers are willing to bid higher than a home’s asking price, according to a survey conducted by Trulia in partnership with Harris Interactive. That was just one of several other findings of the survey that appear to …

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Realogy net income jumps, buoyed by housing recovery

Real estate giant Realogy posted a profit in the second quarter of 2013, as a recovering housing market boosted business for its brokerage operations and the company enjoyed the benefit of a reduced debt burden, the company reported. Realogy said its …

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Mortgage rates dip as fears over Fed pullback ease

As concerns over a Fed pullback from the mortgage and Treasury markets eased, mortgage rates dipped this week, Freddie Mac reported. Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.37 percent with an average point of 0.7 percent for the week ending …

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