5 Reasons to Resolve to Hire a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

* As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team!
* There are many benefits to using a local professional!
* Pick a pro who knows your local market and can help you navigate the housing market! http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2016/12/30/5-reasons-to-resolve-to-hire-a-real-estate-professional-infographic/?a=242769-4eb2112ad1caac540e99a63dd199d5ed ❤️ #share #mortgage

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House flipping is back…in California, at least

House flipping, which served as one of the canaries in the coal mine before the house collapse, is apparently back on the map, in California, at least. In the words of one flipper, “the floodgates have opened” when it comes to finding financing for flipping. http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38851-house-flipping-is-backin-california-at-least ❤️ #share #mortgage

Connecticut real estate agent arrested for allegedly abusing access to rob homes

A Connecticut real estate agent is facing charges that he abused the access granted to him as an agent to rob a number of homes. Here are the details on John Rose, who is facing a series of charges after being arrested on Christmas Eve in an apparent burglary attempt of a home that he had access to as an agent. http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38850-connecticut-real-estate-agent-arrested-for-allegedly-abusing-access-to-rob-homes ❤️ #share #mortgage

Redfin: Here are 2016’s hottest neighborhoods

As 2016 comes to a close, it will be remembered as a year of low interest rates (for the most part) combining with tight inventory to turn some markets into a cutthroat competition for those seeking to buy a home. But what areas were truly the hottest of the year, with homes flying off the market in less than a week and often well-above asking price? Here’s your answer. http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38849-redfin-here-are-2016s-hottest-neighborhoods ❤️ #share #mortgage

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Say ‘Oh, Bye!’ to Ojai Weekend Estate

The girl on the train has finally blown the whistle on her country estate.

Emily Blunt and her actor hubby, John Krasinski, fetched $2.4 million on the property — a big step down from the $4.25-million price tag they hung on it a year ago.

Set on the 5-acre site of the historic Ojai Foothills Hotel, the colonial home spans more than 4,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. It also boasts 4 fireplaces and a private guest wing.

High ceilings, hardwood floors and a sweeping staircase evoke an earlier era, while a backyard pool and spa call to mind a relaxing vacation.

In the wake of their move to New York — and the purchase of a new home in Brooklyn — the couple has been on a listing tear. In the past year, they’ve sold a home near Mulholland Drive for $3.5 million, an ultra-modern remodeled mansion in the Hollywood Hills that Kendall Jenner reportedly bought for $6.5 million, and now this Ojai spread.

Patty Waltcher of Coldwell Banker Previews International was the listing agent in Ojai, a getaway nestled in the hills between Los Angeles and Montecito. Props to Variety’s Real Estalker for spotting the sale.

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from Zillow Porchlight http://www.zillow.com/blog/blunt-krasinski-sell-ojai-209715/

U.S. serves as “global policeman” for financial crimes

“There’s a kind of fundamentalism to U.S. law,” said Nicolas Veron, a senior fellow at the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel and the Washington-based Peterson Institute. “If you break the law, punishment comes down.” So why doesn’t the rest of the world agree? http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38848-us-serves-as-global-policeman-for-financial-crimes ❤️ #share #mortgage

Quicken Loans’ In-House Realty seeks to be one-stop home buying shop with OpenHouse acquisition

In-House Realty, a member of the “Quicken Loans family of companies,” announced this week that it plans to acquire the Toronto-based technology group and its proprietary technology platform from OpenHouse Realty, a Santa Monica, California-based residential real estate company http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38847-quicken-loans-in-house-realty-seeks-to-be-one-stop-home-buying-shop-with-openhouse-acquisition ❤️ #share #mortgage