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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Swim Against the Tide with 3 Percent-Down Loans

Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This move came just days after the mortgage giants implemented less rigid lending standards in order to give Main Street citizens with ...


Your 2015 Business Plan – In Less than 5 Minutes

As we move towards the end of the year, it's time to put pen to paper about what worked (and what didn’t) this year, and our goals for next year. There’s no perfect recipe for success, but after working in this industry for ...


3 Simple Steps to Increase Your Income and Live Your Life

Larry Kendall is one of the founding partners of The Group, Inc., which has been one of the leading real estate companies in Northern Colorado for over 30 years.  In addition to growing such a successful business during his 33-year ...


In Most Major Markets, Negative Equity Has Fallen by Half Since Peak of Crisis

The number of U.S. homeowners upside down on their mortgages has fallen by more than 40 percent since early 2012, according to the third quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. ...


Real Estate Industry Applauds Legislation Approval; Housing Tax Provisions Extended

Distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions in 2014 will enjoy two more weeks of tax breaks following the approval of legislation by Congress late Tuesday. ...


Showing Your Best Online

As a real estate agent, you live and die by your referrals. Offline word-of-mouth referrals can be powerful and effective since they come from a trustworthy source, but their reach is limited to your clients’ family and friends. Online reviews have a ...


New Mobile Safety Features for Agents Released: Set Safety Timers, Alert Emergency Contacts when Showing Houses

Homesnap has just launched an agent Safety Timer and Distress Alert in its mobile agent-only Homesnap Pro app that are intended to keep agents safe when they are showing homes to unfamiliar clients. ...


Check Out What These Brokers Did to Make Their Facebook Likes Jump

If you’re not running social media advertising or driving a specific social media campaign, your Facebook likes tend to stay flat.  And when your social network doesn’t grow, you’re likely a lot less enthusiastic about staying on top of your social media. ...


Digital Basics Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Master

Do you want to improve your real estate brand’s digital presence? In this exclusive video for the HomeFinder.com Agent Makeover Sweepstakes Presented by PNC Mortgage, Chris Smith, co-founder of Curaytor and co-author of Peoplework, ...


Top 10 Priciest U.S. Cities for Renters – November 2014

With the holiday season upon us, rental markets consolidated their substantial price rises over the past year. Zumper recently released the November 2014 rent report for top 10 priciest cities in the U.S. Here are the highlights: ...


What’s Next for Real Estate? Power Broker Predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, Power Brokers are pretty pleased. While specifics vary and hurdles still exist, most brokers report important progress this year, with home prices and overall volume heading in generally positive directions. The big question: What’s next for real ...


The Ultimate Team

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Mortgage Rates Inch Up Slightly

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates slightly up from the last week, but with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remaining below four percent. ...


Three Ways to Help Millennials Enter the Housing Market

There have been so many reports in recent months about both the importance of millennials in contributing to the housing recovery and the uphill battle they face when trying to buy a home that this has become a main topic of conversation whenever I talk ...


4 Ways to Meet Google’s New Mobile-Friendly Standards

It’s not enough to have any old real estate website anymore. Consumer mobile search trends for real estate are climbing and closing the gap on desktop searches. Real estate brokers must ensure their websites are mobile-friendly and optimized to edge out the competition, ...


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