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Regulators promise thaw in mortgage credit

Regulators who oversee Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration are telling mortgage lenders that they’re ready to cut them some slack, and mortgage lenders say they’re ready to run with the ball. Speaking at the Mor...
By Inman News | 12 hours ago
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Fewer homes for sale in most markets

The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com was down 2.7 percent from a year ago in September, to 1.87 million, as inventories fell in 60 percent of 144 markets tracked, according to statistics released today. Seasonal factors contributed to a...
By Inman News | 14 hours ago
era design tool Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate's luxury listings

Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate's luxury listings

Imagine you’re browsing listing photos online. The living room of a house you’re interested in looks spacious enough, but its beige walls and worn-out couch make the place look depressing. You wonder, for a moment, what the space might lo...
By Teke Wiggin | 14 hours ago
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Lead 'nurturing' platform now offered as stand-alone software

Zurple is now making its lead conversion platform available to agents for $49 a month as a stand-alone software package, without requiring that they buy leads from the company. The new offering, “Conversations by Zurple,” integrates with ...
By Inman News | 16 hours ago
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Mortgage lending startup gets $1.5M boost from investors

Mortgage lending startup Lenda has raised $1.54 million in seed funding the company says it will use to expand into new markets. The San Francisco-based firm launched a platform in July to allow borrowers to complete the home loan process online .....
By Inman News | 17 hours ago
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5 self-care tips to hit peak performance

Are you undermining your success with unconscious behaviors that are actually hurting your attention and simultaneously diminishing the gray matter in your brain? If you’re ready to shift to peak performance mode, a few simple tweaks may be all you...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, October 20, 2014
red_door2 11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

Did you know about New York's bizarre seller disclosures or who owns the world's most lucrative commercial real estate portfolio? Prepare to get your mind blown ......
By Seth Williams | Monday, October 20, 2014
red_door2 11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

Did you know about New York's bizarre seller disclosures or who owns the world's most lucrative commercial real estate portfolio? Prepare to get your mind blown ......
By Seth Williams | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Bad things can happen to good people even if they are armed

The death of a real estate agent who was murdered on the job led to a raft of articles and emails about apps designed to keep real estate agents safe. Using an app to let friends know where you are ......
By Teresa Boardman | Monday, October 20, 2014
Screen shot of BHHS New England listing on realtor.com with Showcase Listing Enhancements. See a more detailed breakdown of enhanced versus basic realtor.com listings here. New England brokerage will pay to 'enhance' realtor.com listings

New England brokerage will pay to 'enhance' realtor.com listings

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties will pay to “enhance” listings sent to realtor.com by the brokerage’s 1,500 agents in 50 offices across Connecticut and Rhode Island. Realtor.com’s “Showcase Listing...
By Inman News | Friday, October 17, 2014
Mortgaged home image via Shutterstock. Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company

Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company

Shares in fast-growing mortgage industry software developer Ellie Mae hit an all-time high today, pushing the Pleasanton, California-based company’s market capitalization over the $1 billion mark. Bloomberg News has reported that the convergenc...
By Inman News | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Europe's predicament puts Fed in a pickle

The ride wild in stock markets this week was not about the U.S. economy or mortgage rates, which are just about back to where they were before the circus. Pay as little attention as possible to the stock market. It enjoyed a one-way rally for three y...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Rivals come together at data standards 'plugfest'

Apple and Samsung do it. Google and Microsoft do it. And in the real estate industry, CoreLogic, FBS and Rapattoni do it. Next week, competitors in the industry will come together in Las Vegas for the industry’s first-ever “plugfest”...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, October 17, 2014
Group effort image via Shutterstock. Don't write agent safety off as a lost cause

Don't write agent safety off as a lost cause

Since my August article on agent safety was published, the conversation on agent safety has unfortunately included the tragic loss of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave a few days after she was killed. Sadly, the ......
By J. Philip Faranda | Friday, October 17, 2014
Curved TV displaying an ArXperience 3-D model. Latest 3-D tech triggers vertigo

Latest 3-D tech triggers vertigo

I have a mild fear of heights, so when I peered over the balcony of a luxury apartment located near the top of a high-rise in Miami, naturally I felt a bit dizzy. Except that it wasn’t natural at all. ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, October 17, 2014
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17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
Success image via Shutterstock. 17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff kicked off the event on Thursday morning. Photo by agent Michael Gardner. Agents flock to Zillow's first national agent conference

Agents flock to Zillow's first national agent conference

Today marks the “most important day in the 10-year history of (Zillow),” Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told a crowd of more than 1,000 agents at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where the portal is holding its first-ever national agent conven...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, October 16, 2014