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Second mortgages and home equity lines of credit threaten housing recovery

Second mortgages and home equity lines of credit threaten housing recovery

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“The property has pretty much been a nightmare since day one,” Joe Schwarz said of a home he bought near the height of the housing market in the Phoenix area. “I’ve wanted to be done with it for years but I couldn’t because of the second (m...
Opportunities for real estate investors seen even in markets with weak indicators

Opportunities for real estate investors seen even in markets with weak indicators

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"Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity," a new book by former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros published by the Urban Land Institute, mashes up performance indicators based on local economic and demographic trends with city-by-city r...
Title insurance agent found guilty of stealing thousands in client escrow funds

Title insurance agent found guilty of stealing thousands in client escrow funds

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A Baltimore, Maryland-area title insurance agent was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution for diverting thousands of dollars in client escrow funds for her personal use ......
6 ways millennials are impacting the global real estate market

6 ways millennials are impacting the global real estate market

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A recent National Association of Realtors report, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends 2015, revealed that the global real estate market is once again witnessing a large number of millennial homebuyers and realty investors. These young financier...
Allegations of kickbacks to condo buyers come back to haunt ex-Florida Realtor

Allegations of kickbacks to condo buyers come back to haunt ex-Florida Realtor

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A former Florida Realtor could be facing prison time over his alleged role in a mortgage fraud conspiracy at a 390-unit condo complex that prosecutors say cost mortgage lenders more than $15 million. Joseph Pasquale, 38, a resident of Worcester, ......
100,000 agents get single sign-on access to property history report tool

100,000 agents get single sign-on access to property history report tool

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Housefax, maker of property history reports, is the latest vendor to partner with the Clareity Store, giving more than 100,000 brokers and agents deeper insight into homes they plan to list right from their multiple listing service dashboard without ...
6 free social media tools for real estate agents

6 free social media tools for real estate agents

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Managing social profiles, status updates, trending topics, etc., can be daunting. Having the proper tools and infrastructure in place for your business is crucial to your marketing success ......
Mortgage industry consulting firm adds valuation services to portfolio

Mortgage industry consulting firm adds valuation services to portfolio

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Clayton Holdings LLC, an operations and risk management consultant to the mortgage and real estate industries, announced today its acquisition of Red Bell Real Estate LLC, a valuation technology provider, for an undisclosed sum ......
10 ideas for landing every listing from Tom Ferry

10 ideas for landing every listing from Tom Ferry

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"I have so much passion for this industry and helping others succeed," says Tom Ferry, co-owner and CEO of Tom Ferry -- Your Coach ......
Amazon letting homeowners order home services on demand

Amazon letting homeowners order home services on demand

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Homeowners in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. can now use Amazon to browse, purchase and schedule hundreds of tasks from home services providers including wall mounting a new TV, house cleaning, appliance installation and equipment assembly ...
Come August, there will be a new roadblock to closing a deal on a house

Come August, there will be a new roadblock to closing a deal on a house

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Everyone agrees that increasing consumer protection is a desirable goal. Nevertheless, the unforeseen ripple effects from these changes could seriously disrupt how the closing process is conducted ......
Jed Carlson: 'It's important to bring in the people who can continue our growth'

Jed Carlson: 'It's important to bring in the people who can continue our growth'

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The AdWerx CEO talks about overdelivering on the company's value proposition and why the time of day affects his relaxation technique ......
How to get real estate consumers to spend up to 90 percent more time on your website

How to get real estate consumers to spend up to 90 percent more time on your website

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As real estate, mortgage and title company professionals we are seeing marketing shifting to video more and more. Why? Video is one the most powerful and fastest ways to convey a message to your target audience ......
Video production app Ezflix makes listing videos quick and dynamic

Video production app Ezflix makes listing videos quick and dynamic

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YouTube is an Internet giant. Real estate agents should be all over it. And maybe Ezflix can help you get there ......
Melinda Goodwin: 'I like to have quality photos at my fingertips'

Melinda Goodwin: 'I like to have quality photos at my fingertips'

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Goodwin traded her Droid for a Samsung Note 4 "because when I look at listings on the MLS, I need a bigger screen," she says. "I also like the better camera. I am on the go all the time." ......
Brokers, beware: Online listing agreement could carry hidden consequences

Brokers, beware: Online listing agreement could carry hidden consequences

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Real estate listings and their associated photographs and media are very valuable content (intellectual property). This content is so valuable that some websites have built pretty large kingdoms using other people's content ......
How real estate agents can get unlimited direct mail advertising for free (Part 2)

How real estate agents can get unlimited direct mail advertising for free (Part 2)

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Yesterday, I explained how I discovered a no-cost direct mail advertising system. Today, we're going to cover how to implement that system in your own real estate business ......
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