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  • Half of Americans Think Housing Market Will Improve in 2013

    What was once a trickle is now a gush: Positive housing market headlines are splashed across every major newspaper in the country. As the news spreads, housing market optimism is replacing the homeowner heartache of years past. Thanks to rising home prices and improving economic conditions, more and more Americans are speaking about homeownership in a positive way. “The Market is Good...and Getting Better!…

  • What Agents Should Never Do on Facebook and Google+

    A growing portion of a real estate agent’s time is being spent on social media marketing. And for good reason. Social networking was ranked as either a “somewhat important, important, or very important” lead generation tool for 75 percent of real estate agents in 2011 (Realtor Technology Survey). That figure is expected to grow as social media plays an increasingly vital role in the lives of consumers. …

  • How Will New Mortgage Regulations Impact You?

    Spurred by the mortgage crisis of 2008, the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) drafted new mortgage rules aimed at protecting consumers and preventing another mortgage meltdown. The regulations, which finally took effect last week, define “qualified mortgages” for lenders and provide legal safe harbor for lenders who issue these loans. Analysts and industry observers have mixed opinions on t…

  • No Bites? Here’s Why It’s Time to Slash Your List Price

    A home must be priced appropriately to sell. Easier said than done. Several factors, from seller motivation to a rapidly fluctuating market, can make it difficult to set the right initial asking price. So how do you know when it’s time to lower the listing price? If you’re running into any of the following scenarios, get set for a tough conversation with your seller: It’s time to lower the listing price. No p…

  • 6 Bold Predictions For Real Estate Agents in 2013

    A new year brings about new hope, new goals, and (most importantly) new housing market predictions. Wondering what’s ahead for the real estate industry? Real estate analysts have been hard at work, and recently announced a flurry of 2013 housing market predictions. Nationwide recovery will continue, but at a modest pace Nationwide home prices rose considerably in 2012. Year-end figures reflect a 4.9 perce…

  • What Income Will Count Toward a VA Loan?

    A mortgage involves a mutual agreement between a lender and a borrower. The lender agrees to loan money for a home purchase, and the borrower agrees to pay it back. But before a lender doles out funds, the borrower has to establish their ability to repay the loan. How? Through income assessment. By looking at an applicant's income, a VA lender determines the size of loan a service member can handle. Only certai…

  • 11 Simple Tips for a Great Open House

    Open houses can be a great way to meet new clients, generate buzz, and encourage offers. But for unprepared agents and sellers, an open house can be a nightmare. Messy closets, overwhelming odors and curb UN-appeal can send potential buyers running. What’s the best way to utilize an open house? To show your listing in the best possible light. Put a gleaming face on your listing from every vantage point with t…

  • Military Buyers: 8 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent

    Ready to make one of the biggest financial transactions of your life? When you think of a home purchase in those terms, your choice of real estate agent becomes much more crucial. A home purchase is a legal obligation, and carries lifelong financial implications. It's a process that requires the skilled, personal attention of an expert real estate agent. Before hiring a real estate agent, learn more about their…

  • How Do I Know if I Hired the Right Real Estate Agent?

    Home buyers and sellers have a lot to lose from hiring the wrong agent: a timely sale, a shot at a dream home, a pleasant transaction. But how do you know if you’ve hired the right real estate agent for your needs? Whether you’re on the hunt for an agent or wondering if you need to hire a replacement, keep these five pointers in mind. How did you find your agent? First of all, how much effort did …

  • 4 Military Nonprofits to Support Before the Tax Year Ends

    There’s something about the end of a tax year that spurs a flurry of charitable giving. If you’re in the giving mood, consider a donation to military nonprofit. Our service members give so much to our country every year, and would certainly appreciate your support. Check with your local base to determine area needs. If you’d rather support a nonprofit with nationwide reach, check out these four outstanding or…