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  • Only the Good News for the Housing Market

    This is not another article about foreclosures, tight credit, or the housing market crisis. Nope - this is a recap of all the good news surrounding the housing market. From increasing sales to shrinking unemployment rates, the real estate industry has lots of reasons to smile. Take a moment to relish in these positive findings from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Existing home sales increase …

  • 9 Real Estate Photo Errors to Avoid

    Let's face it: Every listing isn't going to be a gorgeous manor on a picturesque hillside. That's where a good feature real estate photo can make a big difference. By following a few basic tips, you can enhance any home's strong suits and minimize weaknesses. Make sure to avoid the following errors with your feature listing photos: Error 1: The hidden house Don’t leave your clients confused about wh…

  • What Agents Need to Know About VA Loan Credit Criteria

    Thanks to the recent housing meltdown, loan programs are ratcheting up restrictions and locking countless capable buyers out of loan contention. That's one reason why the VA loan program continues to boom. VA loans offer flexible terms and big savings to our nation’s military homebuyers. Eligible buyers can tap into 100 percent financing, low closing costs, no PMI (private mortgage insurance) and no prepa…

  • Top 11 Findings from the 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

    The 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers was recently released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Let’s cut down the monstrous report into the 11 most interesting findings. 1.  Median sales prices are up. Median sales prices increased from $179,000 in the 2010 report to $190,000. The increase comes after two years of steadily declining prices, raising hopes of a 2012 market rebound. 2.  F…

  • VA Loan Eligibility Basics for Agents

    Providing top-notch service to military house hunters doesn’t stop with neighborhood recommendations and home tours. Financing is often the most complex part of buying a home for new buyers. Frustrated by information overload and a lack of clear answers, confused buyers often turn to their trusted agents for mortgage advice. Make sure that you can offer sound guidance to your military clients with a basic und…