New U.S. Home Sales Dip 12 Percent Annually in July

National Association of Home Builders | August 27, 2019

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of newly built, single-family U.S. homes fell 12.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units in July 2019, off a strongly revised upward reading in June 2019. On a year-to-date basis, new home sales for 2019 are 4.1 percent higher than the same period in 2018.

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Are you a new investor who gets confused by the legal mumbo jumbo that is sprinkled throughout different real estate contracts? Have you ever found yourself asking, “what does this real estate purchase agreement even mean?” If yes, you are not alone! With so many real estate contracts investors have to deal with – from assignment contracts to deeds of trust, to the power of attorneys – it can be difficult to keep it all straight. However, the most common (and arguably most important) contract of them all is the real estate purchase agreement. This contract is used during any real estate buying or selling transaction.  According to The Balance, a purchase agreement is a “binding, bilateral agreement between two or more parties with legal capacity for the purchase, exchange or other conveyance of real property.”

Spotlight

Are you a new investor who gets confused by the legal mumbo jumbo that is sprinkled throughout different real estate contracts? Have you ever found yourself asking, “what does this real estate purchase agreement even mean?” If yes, you are not alone! With so many real estate contracts investors have to deal with – from assignment contracts to deeds of trust, to the power of attorneys – it can be difficult to keep it all straight. However, the most common (and arguably most important) contract of them all is the real estate purchase agreement. This contract is used during any real estate buying or selling transaction.  According to The Balance, a purchase agreement is a “binding, bilateral agreement between two or more parties with legal capacity for the purchase, exchange or other conveyance of real property.”

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Offerpad | August 02, 2022

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LightBox Unveils New Developer Portal for API Access and Connected Data

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