San Francisco Bay area is tops for sellers



San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. top Zillow’s list of the best markets for sellers. Buyers in Baltimore and Miami will have the most negotiating power when shopping for a home however, according to a new analysis. Denver, Seattle and Sacramento, Calif. join the two Bay Area metros on the list of markets that favor […]

Baltimore’s rent court accused of bias towards landlords



There are numerous legal grounds through which tenants can legally withhold rent payments in Baltimore, but nonetheless, the city sees more than 6,000 of its low-income renters evicted each year. In many cases, the city’s infamous Rent Court favors the landlords, and it has an eviction rate that’s higher than any other major city except […]

Cities Expect More Budget Cuts as Home Values Continue to Fall



The writing has been on the wall for years, but the moment when cities will have to make serious cuts to deal with falling housing prices may come in 2012. Part of the real estate market collapse that rarely gets attention is the effect it has on property taxes. Cities use those taxes to pay […]

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