This week was an exercise in perspective, stocks versus bonds and mortgages, and here versus over there. In a week with little new U.S. data (apartments hot, single-family not), bonds and mortgages stayed the same — which is remarkable, given the performance of stocks. The 10-year T-note could not break below 2.00 percent, mortgages just under 4.00 percent, but unchanged all through October while the Dow rocketed 500 points in the last two days.
If your brokerage makes use of “preferred vendor lists,” you could be extending a welcome mat to regulators, according to many compliance experts — another potential regulatory minefield for real estate brokers to avoid.
Some superstitious homebuyers may be creeped out by the knowledge that someone died in a home listed for sale, while some adventurous buyers may find the idea of owning a home with a morbid past fascinating. Either way, potential buyers and renters should know the full history of a home before committing, says DiedinHouse.com, an online service that searches public and private records to unearth information that some agents and brokers may be reluctant to disclose.