Backyard Parties: 7 Ways to Light It Up

Backyard Parties: 7 Ways to Light It Up

Have a lush and inviting outdoor space that's gorgeous in the daytime, but loses that vibe after the sun goes down? Adding light to your backyard doesn't have to mean major rewiring or costly fixtures to create blinding results. For ideas, take a look at what we've rounded up from around the Web that will give your backyard a dazzling glow.

 

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Named Brand of The Year

   

 


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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Named
‘Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year’ in 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

New real estate brokerage network tops category in first year of operation

IRVINE, CA (Mar. 19, 2014) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced it was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest ranking in the Real Estate Agency category based on consumers’ perception of its brand familiarity, quality and purchasing consideration, among other qualifying elements. The study was based on opinions of more than 40,000 U.S. consumers surveyed online earlier this year.

“We are delighted to be recognized by consumers in the venerable Harris Poll EquiTrend® study,” said Earl Lee, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, which operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “This terrific honor by consumers is a tribute to our powerful brand – whose namesake is the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – and the top-quality affiliates and agents who represent it.”

Added Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices: “We are humbled by the honor, particularly since our brand was not even a year old at the time of the study. We look forward to a bright future as part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.” 

The brand received the highest numerical Equity Score among large real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, which measures and compares the brand health of more than 1,500 brands across 170 categories from airlines and apparel to retailers and real estate. Consumers responded with their brand perceptions, gauging their emotional connection to the brand, plus brand awareness, influence and familiarity. According to Harris, a brand is defined as a set of persuasive promises about a product, service or organization that differentiates it from others in a universally positive, contextually relevant or personally compelling way.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, which transitioned its first affiliates in September 2013, has grown exponentially with independently owned brokerages operating across America. The network is built on a foundation of quality with rigorous standards for affiliation. “Our network members clearly understand the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ brand promise and the responsibility to uphold it,” said Phillips. “We all believe it’s an honor to be part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.”

About 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among Real Estate Agency brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 41,806 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online Jan. 3 through Jan. 31, 2014. Your opinion may differ. “Highest Ranked” was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of Real Estate Agency brands.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit
www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

 

Mortgage Availability Improves

Mortgage Availability Improves

According to a new survey from Fannie Mae, credit availability is improving. For the first time in over three years, the majority of consumers believe it's easier to get a mortgage.

Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist said, "The gradual upward trend in this indicator during the last few months bodes well for the housing recovery and may be contributing to this month's increase in consumers' intention to buy rather than rent their next home."

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HOUSING OUTLOOK: PRICE GAINS IN DOUBLE DIGITS

HOUSING OUTLOOK: PRICE GAINS IN DOUBLE DIGITS

According to Core Logic's Home Price Index (HPI), the 11 percent increase in December home prices represented the 22nd consecutive monthly year-over-year increase.

Freezing temperatures did little to cool the housing market in January. The Pending HPI forecasts home prices to have risen 10.2 percent higher than the year before.

Read more…http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/sellersadvice1/item/27609-20140217-housing-outlook-price-gains-in-double-digits

 

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Influx of Commercial Real Estate Lending Expected in 2014

Influx of Commercial Real Estate Lending Expected in 2014

After three years of momentum building in commercial property lending, analysts are projecting that institutional lenders will place what could be record amounts of capital into commercial real estate in 2014.

Read more…http://www.reit.com/Articles/Influx-of-Commercial-Real-Estate-Lending-Expected-in-2014.aspx

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U.S. Property Markets Post Strongest Sales Volume Since 2007

U.S. Property Markets Post Strongest Sales Volume Since 2007
 
For buyers and sellers of commercial property, 2013 was a very good year. By the time all CRE sales are tallied, total commercial real estate sales are expected to be more than 18% higher in 2013 from the previous year as U.S. property fundamentals and the economy continued to improve and investors in all property types fanned out into smaller markets in search of higher returns.
 
Read More…http://www.costar.com/News/Article/US-Property-Markets-Post-Strongest-Sales-Volume-Since-2007/156179
 
 
 

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Mortgage Rates Push Well Into New 2014 Lows

Mortgage Rates Push Well Into New 2014 Lows

Mortgage Rates continued a strong move lower today, benefiting from a global sell-off in risk-related assets.  What's a risk-related asset?  In this case, it's a catch-all term for investments that carry greater risk and greater reward, such as stocks and emerging market currencies.  When risk-assets get trounced, bond markets are often one of the safe-haven beneficiaries, and stronger bond markets mean lower mortgage rates.

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Mortgage Monday: Appraisals No Longer a Secret

Mortgage Monday: Appraisals No Longer a Secret

Thanks to the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, home buyers can now receive a copy of their appraisal without having to ask. Prior to January 18, 2014, your lender did not have to provide you with the appraisal report unless you requested the report from your lender. They must now inform you that you are entitled to receive a copy of the appraisal, reviews, computer valuations and other data used in the transaction to determine the value of the home you are purchasing.

All of this will be mandatory. You must be provided with any significant information that was integral in the valuation of the property even if you did not know it existed. This new rule to the mortgage process will be overseen by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The lender must provide you with the full appraisal report soon after receiving and reviewing it. You and your real estate broker and/or other advisors will have time to find errors if any exist.

This only applies to a mortgage that is the first lien on the home, including reverse mortgages and construction loans.

Commercial Real Estate Recovery To Accelerate In 2014

Commercial Real Estate Recovery To Accelerate In 2014

Jones Lang LaSalle's top researchers believe the “global real estate disconnect” between buoyant investment markets and more cautious leasing markets that existed during 2013, is narrowing in the United States as the nation's recovery broadly diversifies ahead of it's global counterparts.

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is narrowing in the United States as the nation’s recovery broadly diversifies ahead of many of its global counterparts. – See more at: http://businessfacilities.com/commercial-real-estate-recovery-accelerate-2014/#sthash.WErrmdVg.dpuf
Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) research experts have polished off the firm’s crystal ball and it reveals a clear path to stronger performance expectations for commercial real estate in 2014. The firm’s top researchers believe the “global real estate disconnect” between buoyant investment markets and more cautious leasing markets that existed during 2013, is narrowing in the United States as the nation’s recovery broadly diversifies ahead of many of its global counterparts. – See more at: http://businessfacilities.com/commercial-real-estate-recovery-accelerate-2014/#sthash.WErrmdVg.dpuf
Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) research experts have polished off the firm’s crystal ball and it reveals a clear path to stronger performance expectations for commercial real estate in 2014. The firm’s top researchers believe the “global real estate disconnect” between buoyant investment markets and more cautious leasing markets that existed during 2013, is narrowing in the United States as the nation’s recovery broadly diversifies ahead of many of its global counterparts. – See more at: http://businessfacilities.com/commercial-real-estate-recovery-accelerate-2014/#sthash.WErrmdVg.dpuf

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15 Life Changing Storage Ideas For The Kitchen

15 Life-Changing Storage Ideas For The Kitchen

If you've perused Pinterest lately in search of kitchen storage ideas, you know there are thousands of space-saving tricks floating around. Here's a roundup of our current favorites (we're filing them away for any future kitchen remodels).

Read more…http://www.remodelista.com/posts/15-life-changing-storage-ideas-for-the-kitchen

 

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2014—A Time for Change In the Real Estate Market

2014—A Time for Change In the Real Estate Market

It’s time to look ahead to 2014 and what is coming in the real estate market. The Urban Land Institute recently released its closely followed annual “Trends in Real Estate 2014 Report.” While most investors are interested in their local market, this report looks at the big picture.

Read more…http://www.uli.org/research/centers-initiatives/center-for-capital-markets/emerging-trends-in-real-estate/americas/

The Upside to Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

The Upside to Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

Most Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) are originated with a fixed interest rate that lasts a few years before it becomes variable, then typically change once every 12 months. But now, more jumbo borrowers are sticking with their adjustable rates after the initial fixed-rate period ends rather than refinancing into a new loan. The savings over time can be significant, since variable rates have been lower than the fixed rates a homeowner who refinanced would get. And since they’re no longer refinancing, they don’t have to pay closing costs.

Read more…http://the-upside-to-adjustable-rate-mortgages-2013-12-04

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Mortgage Monday: Housing Data Brightens U.S. Economic Growth Outlook

Housing data brightens U.S. economic growth outlook

Permits for future U.S. home construction hit a near 5-1/2-year-high in October and prices for single-family homes notched big gains in September, suggesting a run-up in mortgage interest rates has not derailed the housing recovery.

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