Monthly Archives: July 2013

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 [..]

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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 [..]

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C.A.R.?s zipForm(R) Ecosytem Protects Members

July 26, 2013 As a member of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, one of the most important benefits you receive is free access to zipForm®, the "gold standard" [..]

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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 [..]

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Laughter, business’s best medicine [VIDEO]

Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh built a massive business on the simple idea of giving people something to laugh at every day. Learn how creating delight can turn [..]

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Homes.com turns on feeds from 9 MLSs

Homes.com has added direct listing feeds from nine multiple listing services that will provide more than 135,000 listings to the site, which will provide exclusive branding and clear [..]

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HomeAway beats on revenue and earnings, then gets beat down by investors

Vacation rental website HomeAway reported 20.9 percent year-over-year revenue growth Thursday and also beat analysts’ earnings expectations, only to see the company’s share price plunge 7 percent in [..]

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Making progress, in our uniquely wacky way

Fun week! New data were soft, but not enough by miles to break Fed-fear, so interest rates stayed put. The entertainment lay in the politics of U.S. economic [..]

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Take collapsing ceilings, hidden drug money, and ferrets in stride

This time of year, my workweek never ends. When the weekend comes, I notice it because of the difference in the traffic patterns — and because my schedule [..]

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New twist on homebuyer ‘love letter’: author an 11-year-old girl

It’s not at all unusual for sellers to get “love letters” accompanying offers from would-be homebuyers trying to get a leg up in bidding wars by gushing about [..]

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