Real Estate, Updates, News & Tips - Hans Grevenstrale - iPro Real Estate

Mortgage Rates Slip, Helping Spring Home Purchase Activity

Mortgage rates moved down a bit this week, in line with the benchmark 10-year Treasury, as the markets continue to digest comments from Federal Reserve members.The 30-year fixed loan averaged 6.79% as of Thursday morning, down 8 basis points from the previous week's 6.87%, according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. For the same period last year, the average was 6.32%.Meanwhile the 15-year FRM averaged 6.11%, down from

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iPro's Enhanced Website Experience

We've upgraded our website with a newly advanced AI-induced listing search engine along with additional features throughout the website that offer a more captivating experience. The new search capabilities include an inviting process that accepts more usual search engine lingo and can be activated with standard search prompts. For example, you can search: "Looking for a 4 bedroom 3 bath house within 30 miles of Los Angeles for $2-5 million with a

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Happy Hoppy Easter Sunday!

From our home to yours... We hope you have a fun and lovely Easter Sunday.

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New-Home Buyers May Want to Consider ‘Phase Inspections’

Newly built properties are not flawless. Bringing in an inspector for multiple checkups during construction can solve problems early.New-home buyers may want to bring an inspector into the construction process earlier and at multiple intervals—such as when the foundation is poured and again before the walls are sealed.Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service, which has 200-plus offices nationwide, says “phase inspections” can off

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Best Time to Sell a Home in 2024 is Coming Soon

A new realtor.com® analysis looks at historical listing metrics to pinpoint when sellers have the biggest advantage this spring.Mark your calendar: The week of April 14 could offer the perfect mix of market conditions for home sellers, according to a new realtor.com® study(link is external).The study, an analysis of trends in home sales, finds that sellers could potentially fetch as much as $34,000 more for their home if they list between

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Federal Judge Finds Home Insurers Can Be Sued for Discriminatory Risk Assessment

The judge's ruling supports a federal rule that opens insurers to legal liability for disparate-impact claims.A federal judge in Illinois ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday, concluding a 10-year-old case brought against it by a major insurance industry lobbyist group.The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America first filed the suit against the Housing Department in November 2013, a

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Fed’s Operating Losses Swelled to Record $114.3 Billion in 2023

Interest expenses exceeded earnings as rates climbedCentral bank boosted interest rates to fight inflationThe Federal Reserve’s expenses exceeded its earnings in 2023 by $114.3 billion, its largest operating loss ever, forcing the US central bank to forgo remittances to the Treasury as interest rates remain elevated.Interest expenses, which includes reserves balances at the Fed’s reverse repo operations, nearly tripled to a $281.1 billio

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Be Aware of Physical Hazards Inside Aging Homes

Listen to the very real dangers a real estate professional and a home inspector have faced when working with homes in disrepair.Older homes and fixer-uppers, which buyers are turning to for greater affordability, are often in disrepair and can present hazardous safety conditions during a showing or inspection. One Florida real estate broker recalls a home inspector falling through the floor of an attic, landing on the agent in the garag

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Hints of Jewel Tones Add Rich Luxury to Interiors

Try this color trend to bring quiet luxury to your listing.More designers are using jewel tones to elevate otherwise neutral spaces. From sapphire blues and ruby reds to emerald greens and amethyst, designers are incorporating jewel tones for a deeper, dramatic flair. Take a look at examples from top Manhattan luxury developments to see how designers are showing off this latest trend.Staged by IMG, rich orange and deep purple accents add depth to

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Existing-Home Sales Rose 9.5% Amid Winter Inventory Boost

Existing-home sales decreased 3.3% annually in February, according to the National Association of Realtors. However, sales did improve 9.5% from January — signaling that recovery won't be linear Existing-home sales were on the upswing in February, according to a National Association of Realtors report published on Thursday.The sale of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops declined 3.3 percent year-over-year

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