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When real estate agents didn't even need a license

When we bought that first home, agents in our state were not required to obtain a license before listing and selling residential property.

Gallup Poll: Americans choose real estate over gold, stocks

"With housing prices improving across the country, Americans are regaining faith that real estate is the best choice for long-term investments," according to Gallup.

Home-loan rates slip to a six-week low

Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.41 percent.

Dope friendly: Legal pot helps lift rental market

According to rental site Apartment Guide , searches for rental apartments in legalized- marijuana states have seen a particular resurgence in the last five months.

Calling all saints: Help sell the house

Working on a tip from an ex-Jesuit, a person I still consider very close to the Big Agent in the Sky, we buried palm leaves in the four corners of our lot to help speed its sale. It worked.

File your IRS return? Homeowners reload for property taxes

To avoid interest and penalties, at least half of the annual property tax must be paid by April 30 (if the tax is less than $50 it must be paid in full by April 30) and the balance by October 31.

Four wonderful ways to annoy a home seller

If you are seriously considering a home purchase, do you all can to start in a positive light with a seller.

New site provides data on Seattle neighborhoods

The new database, the U.S. City Open Data Census, aims to simplify the search for neighborhood information.

Check your gain if your residence has been rented

If your principal residence has been rented in the past, you may not get to exclude all of the gain.

Mixed messages: Housing confidence on uptick for now

"The housing recovery continues to proceed in fits and starts," said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist.