By Kenneth R. Harney
Washington Post Writers Group
February 26, 2015 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON — As a home buyer or seller, do you really understand real estate commissions? Do you know how much a real estate agent who lists a house for sale typically gets? Equally important, how much the agent who brings you in as a buyer gets paid — in other words, how the total commission pie gets sliced up?
Five high-end, east-side properties, including a parcel with a house once owned by author Barbara Kingsolver, are slated for auction on Tuesday. Dubbed the Calabria Ranch Estate Homes, the properties are located on 44 acres of land on East Speedway, adjacent to Saguaro National Park East, and 4 miles north of the park’s main entrance.
A closely watched index that tracks mortgage credit availability — lender requirements on credit scores, down payments and other key loan terms — has some good news for potential homebuyers: Things are finally loosening up. After years of progressively tighter rules on borrower eligibility in the wake of the housing bust, banks and mortgage companies have begun easing their requirements and expanding the types of mortgages they offer.
If you ask master gardener Deborah North when you should pull out your winter garden and start your spring/summer garden, she’ll say it’s up to you. Unpredictable weather is the reason she can’t give you a specific date for switching over.
The Arizona Department of Real Estate has disciplined a number of Tucson real estate agents for trust account irregularities and audit violations, and others for unlicensed real estate activity. Among the most recent violations: Susan Marie Wester of Adobe Property Managers in Tucson was cited for audit violations and trust account deficiencies.
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