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Time is money — why not own yours?

"Time is money" -- Benjamin Franklin made this phrase popular long, long ago. The intention wasn't to create a buzz-worthy catch phrase but to highlight the opportunity costs of the decisions we make and the actions we take...

Copy Adwerx’s ‘Quick Adder’ on your emails to retarget real estate leads

Using retargeting technology and an uploaded database, an agent's network of contacts will see the agent's messages on an array of popular websites, such as Facebook, USAToday.com, ESPN.com., and also a host of apps and mobile-optimized websites...

It’s 1 a.m. — are you up? I’d like more information about your real estate listing

Real estate leads can come at anytime, and in today’s super-connected world it might be via email, an online internet inquiry, text message, Facebook messenger or any other number of ways people are communicating today...

The rise of the next-generation 100% commission brokerage

Those hoping that the next generation of 100-percent commission brokerages would just die a death may want to see a therapist about their denial. These thick-skinned companies are alive and well, and the tenacious breed of broker-owners who run them have gotten used to being called flat-fee scumbags...

Why explaining the appraisal process to clients early is crucial

After a seller and buyer reach a "meeting of the minds," meaning that they have agreed to a price, terms and conditions so that a sale can move forward, most purchase agreements provide each principal a number of opportunities to re-visit the agreement....

How to move your entire real estate business into the cloud

If you’ve followed along through entries one, two, three and four, you've pretty well stopped generating paper. Your calendars, notes, lists and transaction docs are in the ether...

5 family-friendly client events perfect for summer

Ah, summer: time to go on vacation, get some sun, visit the beach or pool -- and build your real estate business. Particularly for families with kids, summer is the ideal time to sell a house. So it’s also the ideal time to host a family-friendly event that brings exposure to your brand...

Daily market update: March 29, 2017

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news...

Living in a renter’s paradise: Renters now dominate over half of largest US cities. Between 2007 and 2016 approximately 7.8 million homes lost to foreclosure.

It is now official that the United States has turned into a renter’s paradise.  Think that is hyperbole?  Fifty-two of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. are now majority renter in terms of household composition.  And there is no clear pattern here.  You have places with incredibly affordable housing like Detroit tipping over into […]

Purplebricks removes ’14-day buyer claim’ from website

“We contacted the advertiser about the complaint and they agreed to remove the claim. Based on this agreement we closed the case informally” says a statement from the Advertising Standards Authority.

Housing.com on a mission to “redefine” tech in the real estate industry

"Technology has always been in the DNA of all products offered by Housing.com and with ‘Housing Partner’, we have once again redefined the role of technology within the real estate industry," Rangarajan said.

San Antonio Board of Realtors to hold vote on whether to eject directors

Here's something that doesn't happen every day: One of the largest local Realtor associations in Texas will hold an emergency meeting next week to vote on whether two of their officers should be removed from the board of directors.....

What are the top 10 cities for millennial homebuyers?

Millennials are saddling up and moving to the South and West, according to realtor.com. “High job growth in markets such as Orlando, Seattl, and Miami, and the power of affordability in places like Albany and Buffalo are making these markets magnets for millennials,” said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for realtor.com....

Amne and ZHome, Opendoor competitors, emerge in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Opendoor should be delighted by the business models of ZHome and Amne. On the heels of Knock and OfferPad, these two additional property-exchange platforms have sprung up in recent months, underscoring a groundswell of interest in a new alternative to traditional listing brokerage...

Home equity continues to strengthen, but at a slower pace

At its peak in 2012, negative equity sat at 31.4 percent. As Zillow reported in a recent update, at the end of 2016, just 10.5 percent of homeowners were still underwater, down from 13.1 percent of homeowners at the same time last year...

TPG Capital purchases shares in Fairfax, moves closer to Domain

AFR reports that the Fairfax-owned Domain, which is the second largest online property portal in Australia, "is a key to any TPG deal, and accounts for most if not all of Fairfax's $2.5 billion market capitalisation."

California Real Estate Agent Sentenced for Undisclosed Kickbacks

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Dianna Woods, 60, Citrus Heights, California, was sentenced to three years in prison for four counts of making false statements on loan applications. According to evidence presented at her four-day trial in December...Show More Summary

Short Sale Fraud Indictments and Sentencing

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Jasmin Polanco, 37, Methuen, Massachusetts, a real estate closing attorney, and Vanessa Ricci, 40, Methuen, Massachusetts. a mortgage loan officer, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud...Show More Summary

Top Alaska indie brokerage merges with Keller Williams mega team

Top independent brokerage Madden Real Estate in Fairbanks, Alaska, owned by Wes Madden, has been sold to Keller Williams Alaska, to be merged with the Dar Walden Team, a Keller Williams mega team. Madden Real Estate has been the top...

Mortgage Preflight to dish legitimate buyer lead credit scores in minutes

Soon, there will be a way for buyers to find out their mortgage scores without approaching a lender, at least not directly. It’s called Mortgage Preflight, and it’s a pre-qualification system that can be accessed by real estate agents...

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