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National HouseCheck Bringing Home Inspection Services to Houston

National HouseCheck Bringing Home Inspection Services to Houston

 

BOISE, IDAHO/ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

Boise-based National HouseCheck is on the move again, expanding its home inspection services to Houston, Texas. Following their recent launch in Austin, this will be the organization’s second territory beyond Boise in which HouseCheck home inspections will be available to real estate consumers.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring HouseCheck into Houston,” says National HouseCheck Chairman and CEO, Dennis Conforto.

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Cloudstar Launches Mortgagephish to Protect Homebuyers

Cloudstar Launches Mortgagephish to Protect Homebuyers

 

JACKSONVILLE, FLA./ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

Cloudstar, a leading provider of technology solutions for the Land Title, Mortgage Banking, and Real Estate industries has just announced a new way to protect home-buyers against what could be their worst nightmare; wire fraud. According to CNBC, scammers are deceiving people out of enormous down payments within days or hours of sitting down at the closing table. Homebuyers are often tricked into wiring funds into fraudulent offshore accounts and these victims often report unrecoverable losses in the six-figures.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Offices and Agents in Chicago, Illinois Receive Industry Recognition

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Offices and Agents in Chicago, Illinois Receive Industry Recognition

 

CHICAGO/ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group offices and agents in the greater Chicago, Illinois area were recognized across multiple categories in Chicago Agent Magazine’s 2019 Real Data Report. The firm’s Michigan Avenue office ranked among the Top 10 in Chicagoland and Top 5 in Cook County and Lincoln Park ranked among the Top 15 offices in Chicagoland and the Top 10 in Cook County. The Hinsdale office ranked among the Top 10 offices in DuPage County and the Lake Forest office ranked among the Top 2 offices in Lake County.

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JP & Associates REALTORS® Announces Agent Health Care & Retirement Plans

JP & Associates REALTORS® Announces Agent Health Care & Retirement Plans

 

FRISCO, TEXAS/ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

“I could not be more excited for our agents,” said Giuseppe ‘JP’ Piccinini, Founder and CEO of JP & REALTORS®. “With the latest additions to our company, our Realtors® now have options regarding health insurance and retirement plans.”

As of February 15, 2019, agents with JP & Associates REALTORS® will have access to AHP, JPAR’s
Agent Health Care Plan, and Gemini, the company’s retirement and bonus plan.

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Renters Warehouse, a RE/MAX Approved Supplier, Will Sponsor and Attend RE/MAX R4 Event in Las Vegas

Renters Warehouse, a RE/MAX Approved Supplier, Will Sponsor and Attend RE/MAX R4 Event in Las Vegas

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN./ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

Renters Warehouse, America’s leading real estate investment services company, is excited to announce that it will be sponsoring and attending the RE/MAX R4 event in Las Vegas from February 25th to 28th, 2019 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

RE/MAX R4 is the first large-scale industry event that Renters Warehouse will attend since announcing the acquisition of OwnAmerica in December 2018.

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ZorroSign Launches Worldwide Developer Program at DeveloperWeek SF Bay Area

ZorroSign Launches Worldwide Developer Program at DeveloperWeek SF Bay Area

 

SAN FRANCISCO/ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

ZorroSign, Inc., the pioneer of real electronic signature and developer of advanced DTM platform and document fraud and tampering detection system, today announced the official launch of its worldwide Developer Program, in an effort to simplify and enhance ZorroSign integrations with business systems. The primary purpose of the ZorroSign Developer Program is to inform, educate, and support the worldwide developer community as they integrate ZorroSign into various enterprise applications.

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PCI Mid-Atlantic Member Smith-Midland Lands Largest SlenderWall® Project Ever Produced

PCI Mid-Atlantic Member Smith-Midland Lands Largest SlenderWall® Project Ever Produced

 

LANCASTER, PA./ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

Smith-Midland Corporation, a PCI Mid-Atlantic Producer Member, recently announced they were selected to manufacture and install their SlenderWall envelope system for the new 800 Harbor Boulevard project at Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, NJ.

The expansive luxury residential waterfront apartment building will incorporate over 157,000 square feet of white acid-etch finished SlenderWall panels.

Partners for the 800 Harbor project include architects Marchetto Higgins Stieve, owner/developer Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc.

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Colorado Realtor Blake O’Shaughnessy Brings in Buyers with Spring Selling Tips

Colorado Realtor Blake O’Shaughnessy Brings in Buyers with Spring Selling Tips

 

DENVER/ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)

Spring is widely regarded by real estate professionals as the best time of year to sell a home. “In spring, buyers come out in force due to increased inventory, warmer weather, more daylight hours and the ability to use tax refund checks as down payments,” said O’Shaughnessy, broker associate at Kentwood City Properties.

However, just because spring is a seller’s market, with the largest number of buyers actively searching for new homes, it doesn’t mean a home will automatically sell.

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The mosaic of U.S. unemployment : Even the Great Recession didn’t stop some counties from working

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In October 2009, in the wake of the Great Recession, the U.S. unemployment rate peaked at 10%. This economy-wide number is useful but masks important regional patterns. To reveal a more detailed picture, we use GeoFRED to look back at county-level unemployment in October 2009.

In this map, counties are divided into three types, according to their unemployment rates:

a rate above the economy-wide peak of 10%a rate between 4% (the current rate as of January 2019) and 10%and a rate below 4%.

Counties in the first group, with rates above 10%, were concentrated on the West Coast and in the Midwest and South Atlantic regions. Counties in the second group, with below-average rates, include other parts of the West and a significant portion of counties in the Northeast (e.g., Wyoming, New York, and Massachusetts).

Counties in the third group, with unemployment below 4%, are concentrated in a

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Montana Luxury Condominium Building Named Community of the Year in National Design Competition

The Willson Residences in Bozeman, Mont., an outstanding example of adaptive reuse that converted the old Gallatin County High School building into 16 luxury condominiums, was named the Multifamily Community of the Year in the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Multifamily Community of the Year award was sponsored by Hotpoint.

The abandoned century-old brick building was in a dangerous state of decay before builder, developer and interior designer Bridger Builders and architect/designer Comma-Q Architecture took on its renovation.

The initial recovery of the structure—selective demolition, extensive structural strengthening and mitigation of hazardous materials—revealed striking architectural details that had been hidden for years.

Each unit within the Willson Residences is unique and is designed to highlight the character of these historic details while delivering the essence of contemporary urban loft living, complete with underground parking. Modern design features include expansive windows, private balconies, alcohol-burning fireplaces, high-end kitchen appliances and cabinetry.

“This impressive renovation is so well-executed, from the lovely symmetry to the juxtaposition of the frieze and hanging orbs,” said Don Ruthroff, Principal at Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, NAHB’s 2018 Judging Chair and 2018 Best in American Living Awards Subcommittee Chair.

In its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Additional information about the 2018 BALA winners, including photographs of the projects, can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

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