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  • 3 Reasons Not to Panic About Mortgage Rates

    If you’re reading this post, betcha know what these numbers mean: May 23, 2013: 3.59% June 6, 2013: 3.91% July 3, 2013: 4.29% Yep. Those are the average interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages, according to Freddie Mac. And those gradual increases are causing some toe-tapping among buyers, sellers and real estate professionals. After months of decline, mortgage rates appear to be on the rise…

  • How To Grab Your VA Refinance Before Rates Climb Again

    These low rates: they’re a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, low rates help borrowers reduce a monthly mortgage payment, afford more “house”, and pay astoundingly less interest over the life of a loan. But on the other hand, those low rates can easily instill panic in a potential refinancer. Scared to miss out on the next rate drop, nervous consumers sit on the sidelines and wait. And wait. And wait.…

  • (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About VA Loans

    Looking for answers to your VA loan questions? Sometimes a Google search just won't do. So we've compiled the perfect database of VA loan information in one handy blog post. From prequalification to VA loan closing costs, everything military buyers and military-friendly agents need to know about VA loans can be referenced in this handy resource. The VA loan process is much less complicated than you might think…

  • Why Mortgages Baffle Borrowers

    A long-suspected fact about consumers has now been proven: We don’t really understand mortgages. A recent Zillow survey shows that potential buyers are misinformed about several key parts of the mortgage process. 34 percent of first-time homebuyers aren’t aware it’s possible to get a home loan with a down payment of less than 5 percent 26 percent of buyers incorrectly believe they are obli…

  • 4 Signs Your Military Buyer Needs Credit Help

    It ranks with nanotechnology, nuclear physics and bioengineering as one of the world’s most complex sciences. Yep, it’s credit. Credit determines much of a consumer’s financial possibilities, but can be difficult to keep in check. That’s where an experienced (and reputable) credit consultant can be a godsend. Of particular interest to our military-friendly real estate agents is the credit consulting provide…

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Real Estate is Back!

    The results of a recent survey of 2,430 real estate professionals on ActiveRain, a real estate social network, found overwhelming optimism that the U.S. housing market will improve in 2013. Survey respondents expressed confidence that every aspect of the U.S. real estate market - from home prices to new construction starts - will increase in the upcoming year. Real estate agents across most of the country believe the…

  • 4 Experts Discuss: Are We On the Verge of Another Housing Bubble?

    It’s a big question in real estate: Are we in the midst of a healthy recovery? Or on the verge of another devastating housing bubble? Analysts disagree, but it’s tough to ignore the eerily familiar signs: January 2013 prices posted the biggest year-over-year gains since June 2006 Phoenix prices climbed 23 percent from January 2012 to 2013 California prices have posted double-digit spikes in a year-over…

  • 5 Keys to a Killer VA Loan Offer

    Get ready for blood-pressure spikes, agents. As much of the country returns to a seller’s market, multiple offers are back. With fingers crossed and hands clasped, buyers are doing everything possible to shine up their offers. That goes double for VA loan offers. Although VA loans are easier to process and more seller-friendly than ever, they can still carry a bad rap. Need to put a little spit-shine on your …

  • 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Real Estate Blog

    Blogging can help real estate agents build credibility and gain referrals. Especially if you maintain a high-quality, informative, helpful real estate blog. How can you turn your real estate blog into a gold mine of great information? If you’re building or revamping your real estate blog, consider the following tips for improving the value of your blog. 1. Avoid the hard sell. Is there anything worse than …

  • Roles of a Real Estate Agent: What The TV Shows Don’t Tell You

    “WANTED: Real estate agent. Duties will include painting, cleaning, counseling, tree removal and pest control.” If only job descriptions were this truthful. Most real estate agents do far more than take a few listing photos and chauffeur clients to private showings. Dedicated agents step outside the traditional job description and do whatever it takes to satisfy a client and close a deal. Check out just a few o…