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Foreclosure Info via iPhone and The Weekend Poll

An iPhone is now your ticket to more on-the-go info on home prices and foreclosures. First American CoreLogic released a free iPhone app, RealQuest Home Value Pro, that lets you tap into estimated values for specific addresses and neighboring properties as well as data on nearby foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, auctions and bank-owned properties.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  August 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying , Foreclosure , Poll , The economy , Weekend Poll  
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New Survey Ranks Moving Companies

If you're going to hire a big, full-service moving company, Mayflower Transit looks like your best bet. J.D. Power and Associates, a marketing information company, just released results of its consumer satisfaction survey, and Mayflower pulled in the top score across the board.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  August 13, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Buying , Selling  
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Price Increases Coming in Foreclosure Hot Spots?

Another report based on Metropolitan Regional Information Systems data says the supply of for-sale homes in the Washington area fell in July, to 5.3 months' worth. "That level of supply is considered at or below equilibrium," according to the folks at Metrostudy, a consultant hired by MRIS, the local multiple listings service. And because supply is below the six-month threshold that marks a balanced market, they expected prices to rise soon. However, not everyone agrees.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  August 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Foreclosure , Mortgages , Statistics , The economy , The market  
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When the Tree Branch Hits the Power Line

I'll tell you, it looked harmless. My husband and I looked out the front window on Sunday to discover a very long, dead maple branch resting against the electric wire running to our house. One end of the dead branch touched the ground, and it looked almost as if someone had deliberately propped a long pole against the power line. Our power was still on. My husband considered moving it; I considered the prospect of our children being orphaned and called Dominion Virginia Power's emergency line.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  August 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Home features , Outdoors , Remodeling and repair  
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Chat Plus: Finding the Right Balance in a Remodel

From Alexandria: We have a nice four-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home, about 2,000 sq. ft., that was built in 1984. We bought in 1988. The family room and the living room are both about 19' x 11 1/2', in other words long and narrow. We have often wished the family room were about twice the width, but if we expand, the fireplace, now centered on one of the shorter walls, will be very much off-center. Do you think it's a good idea to add square footage like that, even if it throws off what was previously a symmetrical arrangement? People around us have added on sunrooms and porches, and a few have expanded their family rooms, so looks like it's an okay thing in the neighborhood in general to add space.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  August 10, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chat Plus , Home features , Remodeling and repair  
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