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Suburb image via Shutterstock. Modified. Fannie, Freddie ordered to let former owners buy REOs at market value

Fannie, Freddie ordered to let former owners buy REOs at market value

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will soon be selling repossessed homes back to their previous owners for less than what they’d owed on their mortgage when they defaulted. The mortgage giants’ federal regulator this week ordered them to drop a ...
By Brittany Morris | 9 hours ago
Headset image via Shutterstock. Modified. Feds charge 16 with fraudulent flips of more than 2,000 Detroit homes

Feds charge 16 with fraudulent flips of more than 2,000 Detroit homes

A telemarketing scheme that took in more than $20 million from hundreds of victims nationwide by flipping 2,000 homes purchased for as little as $500 each also contributed to neighborhood blight in Detroit, federal prosecutors said in announcing the ...
By Brittany Morris | 10 hours ago
shutterstock_157791050 The biggest online shopping day of the year has implications for real estate

The biggest online shopping day of the year has implications for real estate

Last year's Cyber Monday sales numbered $2.29 billion, and this year, they could include real estate, too ......
By Jordan Scheltgen | 11 hours ago
shutterstock_157791050 The biggest online shopping day of the year has implications for real estate

The biggest online shopping day of the year has implications for real estate

Last year's Cyber Monday sales numbered $2.29 billion, and this year, they could include real estate, too ......
By Jordan Scheltgen | 11 hours ago
Solutionstar is set to acquire title insurance and settlement services provider Title365 Portal that has its sights set on Zillow acquires Title365 for $36 million

Portal that has its sights set on Zillow acquires Title365 for $36 million

In another step in its quest  to build an end-to-end real estate marketplace that will outdo top real estate portals Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com, HomeSearch.com operator Solutionstar is set to acquire title insurance and settlement services provi...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 12 hours ago
zapier_select How to pull contacts from 100s of Web apps into ZipForm Plus

How to pull contacts from 100s of Web apps into ZipForm Plus

Users of zipForm Plus now have an easy way to tap data from more than 100 Web apps including Gmail, LinkedIn and Twitter thanks to a new partnership between zipForm maker zipLogix Inc. and Zapier. Zapier — which charges users $49 per ......
By Paul Hagey | 13 hours ago
Interest rates image via Shutterstock. Modified. Why mortgage rates are about to drop

Why mortgage rates are about to drop

Long-term interest rates have broken a narrow, monthlong range and are headed down. The 10-year Treasury note -- the driver of the show -- is now 2.23 percent. The lowest-fee mortgages are trying to cross below 4 percent, too. This is a big move,...
By Lou Barnes | 14 hours ago
Working team Image via Shutterstock. Appointment and chat apps: Your virtual team

Appointment and chat apps: Your virtual team

Each year we look at ways to leverage our time and ability to market and sell more properties. A popular way to do this is through building a team. There's certainly nothing wrong with the team approach, and many are finding success from it. But when...
By Hank Bailey | 15 hours ago
Working team Image via Shutterstock. Can technology replace a team?

Can technology replace a team?

Each year we look at ways to leverage our time and ability to market and sell more properties. A popular way to do this is through building a team. There's certainly nothing wrong with the team approach, and many are finding success from it. But when...
By Hank Bailey | 15 hours ago
Brown_Leigh_the_one Remember, you are 'The One' to your buyers and sellers

Remember, you are 'The One' to your buyers and sellers

As a real estate broker or agent, it’s your job to understand what your clients’ needs are, whether they are buying or selling a home. Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Leigh Brown and Associates with Re/Max Executive Realty, says to remember...
By Inman | 16 hours ago
warren-hitesh-myer In memory of Warren Hitesh Myer, online mortgage pioneer

In memory of Warren Hitesh Myer, online mortgage pioneer

I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Warren Hitesh Myer. For those who never met him, Warren was one of the true pioneers of the online world of real estate ......
By Guest Contributor | 18 hours ago
warren-hitesh-myer In memory of Warren Hitesh Myer, online mortgage pioneer

In memory of Warren Hitesh Myer, online mortgage pioneer

I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Warren Hitesh Myer. For those who never met him, Warren was one of the true pioneers of the online world of real estate ......
By Guest Contributor | 18 hours ago
Beverly Carter Two suspects formally charged with murder in Beverly Carter case

Two suspects formally charged with murder in Beverly Carter case

Two people have been formally charged with murder in the death of Beverly Carter, the Arkansas Realtor whose body was found several days after she disappeared after showing a vacant home to a stranger, Arron Lewis, 33, has been formally charged wit...
By Teke Wiggin | 19 hours ago
idx The commoditization of IDX will have a major impact

The commoditization of IDX will have a major impact

I recently read a post by Joel Burslem at 1000watt titled Putting IDX out to pasture. Joel suggests that the commoditization of IDX, along with real estate consumers' shift to mobile, has made property search websites obsolete for agents and brokers ...
By Matthew Barba | 23 hours ago
idx The commoditization of IDX will have a major impact

The commoditization of IDX will have a major impact

I recently read a post by Joel Burslem at 1000watt titled Putting IDX out to pasture. Joel suggests that the commoditization of IDX, along with real estate consumers' shift to mobile, has made property search websites obsolete for agents and brokers ...
By Matthew Barba | 23 hours ago
aizen_select The reformers: Jonathan Aizen

The reformers: Jonathan Aizen

Jonathan Aizen is the founder and CEO of Amitree Inc., the developer of Amitree, a tool to help homebuyers and their agents navigate the process of buying a home, organizing the dozens of tasks into an easy-to-understand checklist that is ......
By Inman | 23 hours ago
laura brady Do you dial, swipe or text? Laura Brady

Do you dial, swipe or text? Laura Brady

Sometimes, you need to dial, swipe and text as an agent to be successful! Laura Brady talks about when she uses which tactic ......
By Inman | 23 hours ago
Jonas-Boli How a Zillow engineer goes about creating new offerings

How a Zillow engineer goes about creating new offerings

Jonas Boli, the product and engineering manager at Zillow, answers some questions ......
By Inman | 24 hours ago