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Asian-Americans Looking For Service From Brokers And Agents

The study, released Nov. 8, 2004, by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center and titled “Dispelling the Model Minority Myth,” shows the real estate industry needs specialized programs “designed to reach this under-served population,” says San Francisco Realtor John Yen Wong. Wong is president of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), which commissioned the …

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In Real Estate And Elsewhere, Bigger Is Business-As-Usual

VALLEY FORGE PA – Big players in real estate got bigger this week (Nov. 8-14, 2004), as LendingTree Inc. and Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates both announced new additions to their operations. They are following a familiar trend, which one observer says results from increased competition to grow while simultaneously cutting costs. LendingTree, the online lending …

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Beware The House That Weed Built, Some Police Chiefs Warn

CALGARY, CANADA – Some homes are literally going to pot. Canadian real estate agents in two different cities recently were warned to guard their clients’ interests if they consider buying property where police arrested previous occupants for growing marijuana indoors. One police chief claimed such home-grow operations could turn homes into “toxic chemical wastelands.” A …

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Will Comptroller Office Let Banks ‘Sneak’ Into Real Estate?

WASHINGTON DC – The National Association of Realtors, which has long opposed moves by bankers to sell real estate, says select lenders may soon be able to enter the business thanks to a new ruling by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). A division of the U.S. Treasury, the office adopted …

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