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Home prices, rents rise nationally and locally

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Give me a call wetdawgs 910-286-5764
November 07 2012
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API feed for home sales history
Do you have an API feed that can add historical sales price and year, taxes to my site?  I see your article http://www.zillow.com/howto/api/APIOverview.htm but I don't see sales price and year, taxes in the details. Is it available?
November 05 2012
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Home prices, rents rise nationally and locally
By Kathy OrtonHome prices and rents are rising nationally with rental prices outpacing home price increases, according to a report released Thursday by Trulia.Based on the for-sale homes and rentals listed on its site, the real estate Web site operator found that asking home prices have stabilized or risen this year. (For this report, Trulia tracks asking prices — the price the property is initially listed at — not sales prices.)In September, the asking prices on for-sale homes nationally increased 2.5 percent year over year. Excluding foreclosures, YOY asking prices went up 3.5 percent."As asking prices continue to climb, 2012 will almost surely be the first year of rising home prices since 2006," said Jed Kolko, Trulia's chief economist.Rents nationally gained 4.8 percent year over year in September. In the Washington metro area, rents rose at a more modest pace, 3.4 percent.
October 13 2012
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Irish Dance Class Anyone? Check out your local Recreation and Parks Center
The Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation system belongs to all of us. Enjoy year round activities at each of the eighteen centers. Irish Dance Class: Stoney Point, 7411 Rockfish Road Join this old style step dancing class as an individual or a group to help in telling the story of Irish dancing.6-12 yrs; Tues.; 4-5 pm; $25/month13+; Thurs.; 5:30-6:30 pm; $25/monthHula Dance: EE Miller, 1347 Rim RoadHula classes are offered for beginning and advanced students that are interested in learning traditional Hula dancers and the ways of the Hawaiian culture. Participants wear traditional regalia and perform at events throughout the year.16+; Beginners: Fri.; 6-8 pm; Advanced: Sat.; 10 am-noon; $25/monthTake Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): College Lakes, 4945 Rosehill Road Want to stay fit and trim? If the answer is yes, then you will want to join this group. You will meet in a group setting and learn strategies that will help you in losing that extra, unwanted weight.18+; Tues.; 6-7 pm; See instructor for fee informationShake & Bake: Stedman,175 Circle Drive, Stedman Aspiring young cooks will love this class! Young Chefs will join us in preparing a variety of foods. Participants will then enjoy their family-style meal! Pre-registration is required. 9-12 yrs; Fri.; Sept. 7, Nov. 2, Jan. 4; 6-8 pm; $8/child per classIncluded in some of the centes are large and small program/meeting rooms, a kitchen and gymnasium.Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information: http://www.fcpr.us/recreation_centers_.aspx
October 13 2012
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What is the best way to find a buyers agent in the area I would like to buy a house.

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Choosing a realtor is an important part of the home buying process. With tools like Zillow you can evaluate realtors before you make contact. Check referencesDoes the agent work in your prices rangeExperience is importantDeal with a full time agentDoes the agent educate clientsHow much does the agent know about the community
October 12 2012
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Do Trulia and Zillow help the market or hurt it?

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Thanks for your comments and feedback everyone.
October 12 2012
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Do Trulia and Zillow help the market or hurt it?

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I regulary use both Zillow and Trulia and talk with clients about how they begin their search for homes.  Many, if not all say online, and most users start with Realtor.com, Trulia or Zillow. I can't support the argument that these sites don't offer useful informaton and are a detriment to the real estate industry.  The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and consumers (the bread and butter of the industry) seem to have spoken.
October 12 2012
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Buyers: Withdrawing an Offer
Can you take back an offer? In most cases the answer is yes, right up until the moment it is accepted, or even in some cases, if you haven't yet been notified of acceptance. If you do want to revoke your offer, be sure to do so only after consulting a lawyer who is experienced in real estate matters. You don't want to lose your earnest money deposit or find yourself being sued for damages the seller may have suffered by relying on your actions.
October 12 2012
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Sellers: Calculating Your Net Proceeds
When an offer comes in, you can accept it exactly as it stands, refuse it (seldom a useful response) or make a counteroffer to the buyers with the changes you want. In evaluating a purchase offer, you should estimate the amount of cash you'll walk away with when the transaction is complete. For example, when you're presented with two offers at the same time, you may discover you're better off accepting the one with the lower sale price if the other asks you to pay points to the buyer's lending institution.Once you have a specific proposal before you, calculating net proceeds becomes simple. From the proposed purchase price you can subtract the following costs:payoff amount on present mortgageany other liens (equity loan, judgments)broker's commissionlegal costs of selling (attorney, escrow agent)transfer taxesunpaid property taxes and water and other utility billsif required by the contract: cost of survey, termite inspection, buyer's closing costs, repairs, etc.Your present mortgage lender may maintain an escrow account into which you deposit money to be used for property tax bills and homeowner's insurance. In that case, remember that you will receive a refund of money left in that account, which will add to your proceeds.
October 12 2012
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Sellers: Counteroffers
When you receive a purchase offer from a would-be buyer, remember that unless you accept it exactly as it stands, unconditionally, the buyer is free to walk away. Any change you make in a counteroffer puts you at risk of losing that chance to sell.Who pays for what items is often determined by local custom. You can, however, negotiate with the buyer any agreement you want about who pays for the following costs:termite inspectionsurveybuyer's closing costspoints paid to the buyer's lenderbuyer's broker feesrepairs required by the lenderhome protection policyYou may feel some of these costs are none of your business, but many buyers - particularly first-timer buyers - are short of cash. Helping them may be the best way to get your home sold.
October 12 2012
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