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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 5 Signs That You’re a Good Real Estate Agent

    If you’re taking the time to read this post, you’re probably a good real estate agent. You’re probably passionate about your field, your reputation, and your performance. You care about your clients, and want to serve their needs with dignity. And we commend you. Here are five other signs that you’re a good real estate agent. 1. You listen. Just because you’re not talking doesn’t mean you’r…

  • Veterans Day 2012: Real Estate Agents Say Thanks

    Every day feels like Veterans Day across the Veterans United Network. The Military-Friendly Real Estate Agents Facebook community is one special niche of that network. Each day, our member agents take time to voice their support for the military. As a special Veterans Day tribute, we're sharing a few of the thousands of "thank you" messages posted by agents to our Facebook page. Thanks for all you have …

  • 3 Pitfalls Military Buyers Need to Avoid Before Closing Day

    Military buyers who have signed a contract, gone through preapproval and passed the VA appraisal are well on their way to a closing day celebration. But we all know that a lot can change between a signed contract and closing day, especially when it comes to a mortgage. Career changes, a job loss or new debts can pop up at any time, sending a potential loan off the rails. Buyers should be aware that lenders …

  • 6 Most Patriotic U.S. Summer Olympic Moments

    There’s something about the Olympics that brings out the patriotism in all of us. With the start of the London Games just around the corner, we’re fueling the Olympic flame with a list of the most patriotic U.S. Summer Olympic moments. Enjoy (and go Team USA)! 6. The Michael Phelps Machine Creates Summer Olympic History In 2008, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history. As a swimmer…

  • Will Short Sale Policy Changes Improve the Process?

    A short sale is sometimes a homeowner’s best way out of an underwater property. But short sales aren’t all rainbows and sunshine. Unresponsive lenders, fluctuating market conditions and devilish details can stretch short sales past an agent’s breaking point. Two recent short sale policy changes aim to improve the process. One new policy gives military families greater flexibility with their mortgages, and a…

  • 5 Simple Social Media Rules Agents Need to Follow

    Real estate agents can zip through the details of a closing statement, rattle off applicable state and national laws and easily explain the intricacies of title transfer. But in this day and age, we expect more of our agents. Can they tweet? Are they using Facebook for business? Do they have a Google+ page? Maintaining a social media profile is practically mandatory these days. And the great part about social med…

  • Is Social Media Marketing Really Ruining Real Estate?

    A recent article entitled “How the Web is Ruining Real Estate” has ignited quite the firestorm among agents. The article, published by Realtor magazine, detailed comments made at the RE Tech South Conference that accused social networks of harming the real estate industry. Was Realtor magazine correct? Is social media marketing really ruining real estate? Let’s take a closer look at the debate. Is s…

  • New HomeSnap App Lets You Snap and Snoop Any Home

    Peering through the windows to get the scoop on a home? Avoid the hassle of a trespassing arrest with an ingenious app for your iPhone. HomeSnap is a new, free app that provides details on any home “snapped” by your smartphone. The best part? HomeSnap works for any home – whether it’s on the market or not. Want to know how much a home is worth? Square footage? Number of bedrooms or bathrooms? Just ta…