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Governor Jack Markell signs HB 29, the Commercial Lien Bill into law.  

Pictured from left to right are:  Peter Davisson, Phil McGinnis, Representative Bryon Short, Andy Taylor, and Greg Ellis.  Seated:  Governor Jack Markell.

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In the News...

Solar Panels Becoming Standard for New Homes
9/18/2013:  Six of the 10 largest U.S. homebuilders say they now include solar panels in new construction, and consumer demand for them is expected to soar 56 percent nationwide this year.

Housing Frenzy Starting to Slow?
9/18/2013:  The rapid gains in home prices — by double-digit percentages in some areas — may be showing signs of easing in many housing markets.

Number of Underwater Homeowners Down 42%
9/18/2013:  The number of home owners who owe more on their mortgage than their home is currently worth has dropped from 12.1 million to 7.1 million as of the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest housing scorecard from the Obama administration.

Teams Up to the Rescue
9/18/2013:  Meet Good Neighbor Award finalist Brenda Breit, who is giving hope to pets left behind after evictions and foreclosures.

Google-Backed Housing?
9/18/2013:  The tech giant is dabbling in real estate.

Keep Your Clients' Emotions in Check
9/18/2013:  Home buyers often let emotions cloud their judgment in real estate transactions. Here’s how to help them avoid some of the most common emotionally driven mistakes.

Survey: Online Marketing Brings Foot Traffic
9/18/2013:  A recent study shows a large increase in real estate professionals who credit their Web-based marketing campaigns with generating more walk-in customers.

New-Home Market Loses Some Momentum
8/28/2013:  Single-family housing starts fell to an eight-month low last month, prompting economists to question why new-home construction is still below rising demand.

Realtor.com® Expands New-Home Offerings
8/28/2013: With 20 percent of home buyers showing a preference for new homes, realtor.com® has added new-home plans and communities to its database.

Moderate-Income Workers Struggle to Afford Housing
8/28/2013: Home price increases are good for the overall economy, but the gap between moderate-income family earnings and the cost of housing is widening in many markets.

5 Inspection Problems Buyers Shouldn’t Ignore
8/28/2013: Home buyers who discover house flaws too late in the purchasing process may face costly repairs. Here are some things you should tell them to watch out for.

Most Renters Opt Out of Insurance Coverage
8/20/2013: Even though renters insurance is relatively affordable, 65 percent of renters don't purchase coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute

4 Exterior Areas to Not Neglect for Home Showings
8/20/2013: A home’s outdoor space will set the first impression to prospective home buyers. Make sure you take note of these four areas

Scammer Uses Fake Rental Ad to Dupe Clients
8/20/2013: New Orleans police say a man pretending to be a real estate agent conned at least four people into giving security deposits to rent out a property that was really for sale.

'Empowerhouse' Breaks Ground in Energy-Efficient Living
8/20/2013: No more heating and cooling bills? This house could pave the way.

Obama Takes on Consumers' Housing Questions
8/20/2013: President Barack Obama was peppered with consumers' concerns and questions about the housing market at an online forum Wednesday. Here's what he had to say.

Survey: Americans Upbeat on Housing, Despite Rates
8/20/2013: Consumers are bracing for a continued rise in mortgage rates, but they expect healthy home-price gains over the next year, according to Fannie Mae.

Obama Urges Access to 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage
8/7/2013:  The president placed home ownership and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at the center of his economic speech yesterday.

Housing Problems Among Top Consumer Gripes
8/7/2013:  What has consumers so upset? Six of the top 10 consumer complaints revolve around the housing sector, according to a new customer survey.
Fannie: Fast Rise in Mortgage Rates Could Hurt
7/30/2013: The rise in mortgage rates over the last coupel fo months has been "significant" and could hamper the housing recovery, economist say.
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Infographic: 2013 Home Features Survey
7/30/203: Learn what home buyers want when they're house hunting, as well as what they end up actually getting when they buy. Also, get the inside scoop on common remodeling choices, kitchen must-haves, and buyer's remorse.

Shock Treatment May Dial In Price Reduction
7/30/2013: If handled carefully, taking the blame for an overpriced listing may shock the sellers into agreeing to a price reduction.

NAR Directors 'Green Light' Realtor.com® Expansion
7/30/2013:  The National Association of REALTORS®' board of directors made a historic decision Wednesday to enable realtor.com® to compete more directly with third-party aggregators, particularly Zillow and Trulia.
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NAR's Code of Ethics Marks Historic Milestone
7/30/2013: On the occassion of the 100th birthday of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, the organization remembers its connection with its northerly neighbors as well as a famous disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.

5 Home Inspection Red Flags
7/23/2013:  Home inspections nearly always uncover something in a home that will need to be monitored or fixed, but what repairs should buyers be particularly watchful for?

A REALTOR® Boom?  More Agents Enter the Business
7/23/2013: Some housing markets are seeing a big increase in real estate professionals entering the business, as the housing market recovers.

U.S. Survey Reveals Homes' Characteristics
7/23/2013:  What's the median monthly mortgage payment of home owners?  The latest American Housing reveals what home owners are paying, as well as other charactieristics of homes recently purchased.

New Plans Allow Phone Upgrades Sooner
7/23/ 2013:  Phone carriers are tweaking their plans to allow tech-lovers the opportunity to upgrade their smartphones after just a year - and at a lower cost.

Marketing Your Listing for Today's Buyers
7/23/2013:  The real estate marketing practices of a decade ago do not measure up in today's increasingly online world.

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