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How Much Real Estate Location Matters, Mortgage Applications Up, Dressing for Success, and More

real estate locationWith fall well underway and the holiday season still quite a few weeks away, you might be ready to put your nose to the grindstone—and you need to look no further than our weekly round-up of real estate news. These articles answer some burning questions: Is real estate all about location? Where are mortgage applications this week? How much do home alarm systems affect resale?Should you be working smarter rather than harder? What should be wearing for your next meeting? Happy reading!

How much does location really matter when buying a home?

As the old saying goes, it’s all about “location, location, location” when it comes to buying real estate. Purchasing a home in the wrong one means you are setting yourself up for a home-buying disaster. Or does it? Realty Times digs deep to examine whether this should be a buyer’s mantra or if it is simply a myth.

Weekly mortgage applications rise 3.6 percent after rates dip

Mortgage applications 3.6 percent for the week from the previous week, but volume is still 19 percent higher than this same week one year ago. The likely reason is the rise in interest rates. Get the Mortgage Bankers Association details here.

How much do home alarm systems affect resale?

Protection against theft is an appealing notion for buyers, but just how much do home security systems impact home prices and how long a home is on the market?

Why working hard isn’t the same as working smart

Busy real estate professionals are no stranger to hard work, but the length of your workday might not be a good indicator of how successful you are at your job. Find out why the culture of working smart beats the culture of working hard in the 21st century.

What to wear as a real estate agent

How does your wardrobe stack up when it comes to presenting yourself as a competent, professional real estate agent? Here are some ideas on what you should be wearing from head to toe when you want to put your best foot forward.

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