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10 Reasons You Should Never Buy Or Sell Without An Agent

As with most important things in life, you wouldn’t try to handle a legal situation without an attorney, build your own house or take on the IRS solo to challenge a tax matter. Well, buying or selling a home is no different. Here are 10 reasons you should never buy or sell a home without an agent.

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https://www.inman.com/2016/06/06/zillow-move-settle-trade-secrets-lawsuit/?utm_source=20160611

Zillow And Move Settle Trade Secrets Lawsuit

Key Takeaways The deal resolves all claims in litigation that began with Move and its co-plaintiff, the National Association of Realtors, filing a lawsuit against Zillow and Zillow executive Errol Samuelson in March 2014 for misappropriation of trade secrets. Luxury Connect Meet the Luxury Leaders | October 19-20 | Beverly Hills Archrivals Zillow and realtor.com operator Move Inc.

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These 7 Charts Show Why the Rent Is Too Damn High

These 7 charts show why the rent is too damn highMore Americans than ever before are unable to afford rent. Here’s a look at why the rent is too damn high and what can be done about it. Part of the problem has to do with simple supply and demand. Millions of Americans lost their homes during the foreclosure crisis, and many of those folks flooded into the rental market.

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U.S. existing home sales fall, investors pulling back

U.S. existing home sales fall, investors pulling backAn existing home for sale is seen in Henderson, Nevada April 8, 2013. REUTER/Steve Marcus The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 5.05 million units. The decrease was the first in four months, although the sales pace was still the second highest for the year.

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Renting drives U.S. homeownership to 19-year low

Renting drives U.S. homeownership to 19-year lowA vacant home is shown in North Las Vegas, Nevada April 2, 2013. REUTER/Steve Marcus The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 64.8 percent, the lowest level since the second quarter of 1995, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. That compared to 65.0 percent in the first three months of 2014 and 65.1 percent a year ago.

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‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-quarter of public company deals involve insider trading

‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-quarter of public company deals involve insider tradingAndrew Burton / Getty Images / AFP An award-winning new study claims that more than a quarter of all public company deals involve transactions that could be consider examples of insider trading. The recently published report from Menachem Brenner and Marti G.

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Blackstone unit Invitation Homes sued over rental house’s condition

Blackstone unit Invitation Homes sued over rental house’s conditionLast spring, Edit Novshadyan and her husband were happy to land a Sun Valley three-bedroom house, with enough room for their son to play and their family to grow. Another child was on the way. So they signed a one-year lease with Invitation Homes, an arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group and the largest player in the emerging single-family home rental industry.

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Laura Gottesdiener, Wall Street’s Rental Empire

Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, Wall Street’s Rental Empire | TomDispatchNote for TomDispatch Readers: Our next piece will be posted on Sunday evening, December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving! Tom] “One shitty deal.” “Shitty deal.” “Shitty.” The date was April 27, 2010, and Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was pissed as he launched into a rant with those pungent quotes in it.

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http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/07/banks-now-outbidding-private-equity-funds-at-foreclosures-either-believing-they-can-beat-them-at-the-pump-and-dump-game-or-deferring-losses.html

Banks Outbidding Private Equity Funds at Foreclosures, Believing They Can Beat Them at the Pump and Dump Game

naked capitalismIt’s conventional to deem local journalism to be dead, but Josh Salman at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has written well-researched investigative story on bank bidding at foreclosures in his neck of the woods, Big lenders bidding to keep homes, that has national implications.

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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/behind-the-rise-in-house-prices-wall-street-buyers/

Behind the Rise in House Prices, Wall Street BuyersThe last time the housing market was this hot in Phoenix and Las Vegas, the buyers pushing up prices were mostly small time. Nowadays, they are big time – Wall Street big. Large investment firms have spent billions of dollars over the last year buying homes in some of the nation’s most depressed markets.

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