Friday, September 16, 2011

Real estate round-up: Septmeber 16

Check in every business day for the latest edition of Real Estate Round-up, where we post a list of our favorite real estate news stories from DC and beyond.

Headlines from the DC Metro Area:

Agents embrace social media
Washington Times

Approximately 84 percent of agents use social media in some form, according to November statistics from the National Association of Realtors.

Young homeowners zero in on region's urban areas
Washington Examiner

The shift is a product of changing population trends�� including the rise of the city during the last decade�� and the housing crisis that left many potential homeowners gun-shy.

Is green good for home resale value?
Washington Post

"The case needs to be made [to lenders] that, hey, these [highly efficient] houses will cost less to operate, so they should be worth more."

National real estate news stories:

Straightening out a wrong property line
Chicago Tribune

The title insurance policy is the document issued by the closing agent or title company that guarantees your ownership to the land

When real estate agents make referrals
The New York Times

Called the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or RESPA, the law also requires disclosures of affiliated or shared ownership businesses and a good-faith estimate on closing costs.

More home sellers paying full real estate commissions
Sun Sentinel

Agents also have to help arrange financing and title insurance to keep the sales moving toward the closing table.

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