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How to Generate Leads via Social Media

It has been well reported that many agents struggle with social media. While some successfully manage their social networks to create opportunities, most feel they do not have the time nor expertise to make social media part of their day-to-day routine. Tackling ...


New Home Purchases Down by 9 Percent

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for August 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 9 percent relative to the previous month.  This change does not include any ...


Vinyl Is the Most Widely Used Siding on New Homes Started

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common exterior wall material used in homes started in 2013 (31 percent), followed by brick or brick veneer (24 percent), stucco (22 percent), and ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Increases 7 Percent in August but Overall Down from Last Year

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for August 2014, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 116,913 U.S. properties in August, an increase of 7 percent from the previous month but still down 9 percent ...


The Great Delay: Student Loan Debt and Homeownership

A record number of Millennials, individuals aged 18 to 34 years, are delaying household formation. This “Great Delay,” instead of the forbearance of impending doom, may actually be a sign of prudent economic decision ...


Final Push on 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are ...


Search Trends for Buyers

Google Says, ‘the Place to Reach Homebuyers Is on Mobile’ and What You Should Do about It ...


Prepping for Your Open House

“There is never a bad time to do an open house.” ...


How to Take Advantage of the Housing Market’s Slow Season

The housing market is subject to ebbs and flows on a seasonal basis and one of the slower seasons tends to be fall. While the housing market isn’t expected to make a massive rebound in the next couple of months, ...


The Most Affordable Cities for Millennial Buyers

It’s no secret young buyers have faced challenges when it comes to saving money to purchase a home of their own thanks to limited job opportunities and skyrocketing debt. Despite all this, the millennial generation still believes in homeownership. To help them achieve ...


CFPB Update for Real Estate Brokers

As the real estate industry continues to recover from the financial meltdown, mortgage lenders, title companies and closing professionals have been adapting to a wide variety of new regulations. And while lenders can quickly recite what they ...


2015 Housing Forecast: Recovery Will Continue Gradually

Americans’ attitudes toward the housing market continued to soften in August and suggest that housing activity may resume its modest recovery in 2015 after some pullback this year, according to results from Fannie Mae’s August 2014 National Housing Survey. Despite ongoing improvements ...


The Typical American Subdivision

Data collected during a 2014 survey allow NAHB to produce, for the first time, summary statistics that describe the typical residential subdivision being built in the United States. The results were recently published as a Special Study in HousingEconomics.com. For subdivisions of single-family detached homes, the summary ...


Commercial/Multifamily Delinquencies Continue Decline

Delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans continued to decline in the second quarter of 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report. ...


Move Over Millennials: Home-buying Dreams of Gen Z Teens Revealed

Today’s teens will likely never wait for transportation for more than two minutes, can buy nearly anything with the click of a button and have it delivered in 24 hours, and can instantly consult a cast of 1,000 of their closest friends ...


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