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Fixed-Rate Mortgages Hold Steady, Remain Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed-rate mortgages changing little amid sluggish economic, mixed housing data, and ongoing concerns over the European debt markets. The 30-year fixed remained unchanged at 4.09 percent, while the 15-year fixed dropped a single basis point to ...


Credit Unions Standardize on DocuSign for Electronic Signature

DocuSign announced recently that more than 200 of the nation's largest credit unions have standardized on DocuSign for their electronic signature solution, streamlining account openings, consumer loan processing and internal approvals. Credit unions using DocuSign to accelerate revenue, reduce cost, and enhance member satisfaction include 66 Federal, Advantage Plus Federal, ...


First-Time Buyers Losing Interest in Short Sales

Processing delays have taken their toll on first-time home buyer interest in short sales, which now account for more than one of every six house sales, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. ...


This Week’s Video Tip: Using a Strong Video Opening

If you want your on-line video viewers to hang around for more than a few seconds, don’t waste any time getting their attention. ...


Not All Home Inspections Are Made Equal

A home inspection is a crucial component of making a smart home-buying decision. According to Jay Gregg, director of marketing for Pillar To Post, not all home inspections are equal. Gregg, who has experience in home inspections, sales marketing and as a previous Pillar To Post franchisee, believes Pillar To ...


Foreclosure Lawsuits Soar

Litigation over the foreclosure process reached its highest level in the second quarter than in any quarter since MortgageDaily.com’s Mortgage Litigation Index was introduced in 2007. ...


Coldwell Banker Execs Featured in Apple iPad Discussion

The real estate industry is becoming increasingly more mobile. Coldwell Banker Real Estate has successfully adopted new Apple products and is encouraging their agents and brokers to use these tools in client engagements, the company has announced. ...


Don’t Let Focusing on Lead Generation Torpedo Your Branding, Part 2

(eM+C)—While the tough global economy has served to torpedo branding efforts at many organizations, the sometimes sticky relationship between sales teams and marketers can also torpedo a company’s lead generation efforts. If you still need more ammo to achieve your ...


Monday Morning Mobile: CBS Chooses Text Over QR

Just recently we discussed how SMS/text messaging was the old faithful of the mobile industry. While there is so much hype surrounding QR and apps (for good reason), one shouldn’t overlook the benefits that an SMS campaign can bring to the table. Perhaps CBS read that article because they have ...


5 Tips for Extending Your SEM Dollars in Uncertain Financial Times

(eM+C)—With the U.S. credit rating downgrade and the ensuing global market fluctuation, it’s a murky time for money. While this uncertainty will reverberate through some companies’ online marketing budgets, there are strategic actions you can take to maintain a valuable and efficient search engine marketing program—all while spending less. Here ...


Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Increased for First Time Since 2009

The level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased by 0.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the first quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2009, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). ...


FHFA Reports Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees Increased in 2009-2010

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its third annual report on guarantee fees (g-fees) charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), concluding that the average “g-fee” on single-family mortgages increased in 2010 relative to 2009, from ...


Luxury Sales Languish

The end of the spring-summer buying season is taking its toll on luxury properties. Median days on market for homes selling over $500,000 has fallen 40 percent since the peak of the season in May. ...


Marketing Strategies: Powerful Steps to Increase Your Income Now

If you find yourself wanting to be more proactive or have trouble taking action, then following these steps will give you the boost you’re looking for. ...


REALTORS® Call for Increased Lending

Increased lending to creditworthy homebuyers and more loan modifications and short sales are necessary to reduce the rising inventory of foreclosed homes and help stabilize and revitalize the housing industry and economy, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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