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Mark Hayes / Shutterstock.com Mortgage defaults are up, but analysts aren't concerned

Mortgage defaults are up, but analysts aren't concerned

Mortgage default rates are seeing a slight uptick despite recent improvements in housing starts, but this news should not be a major cause of concern, according to data released last week by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and Experian ......
By Amy Swinderman | 4 hours ago
DonLand / Shutterstock.com Home prices up from May, especially in Northeast

Home prices up from May, especially in Northeast

When it came to top states and metros for home price gains in May, the Northeast and upper Mid-Atlantic dominated the list. While overall U.S. home prices were up 1.1 percent from April to May, eight states in the two regions saw month-to-month uptic...
By Erik Pisor | 5 hours ago
Aivoges / Shutterstock.com HUD rule aims to put the ‘fair’ back into Fair Housing Act

HUD rule aims to put the ‘fair’ back into Fair Housing Act

Despite four decades of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working to promote fair housing and equal opportunity under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, patterns of racial, ethnic and economic segregation persist in many areas of the c...
By Amy Swinderman | 5 hours ago
Tim Masters / Shutterstock.com How housing recovery is shifting the buy-or-rent balance

How housing recovery is shifting the buy-or-rent balance

A recent RealtyTrac buy-or-rent analysis of 285 counties nationwide showed that in 2015 the monthly house payment on a three-bedroom single-family home or condo -- assuming a 10 percent down payment and including mortgage, property taxes and insuranc...
By Daren Blomquist | 6 hours ago
Image Point Fr / Shutterstock.com Use DiSC personality profiles to make money

Use DiSC personality profiles to make money

DiSC profiles provide easy rule-of-thumb guidelines for the different personality types that you'll encounter when working with your colleagues and clients, and they'll help you tailor your communication with others to be more effective. ......
By Tim Harris | 6 hours ago
Vinogradov Illya / Shutterstock.com How to strike balance between bragging and sharing

How to strike balance between bragging and sharing

When overcome with success, it’s natural to want to share with the world. But most people reserve their personal praises for fear of looking arrogant or conceited. While the line between being proud and being a showoff is quite thin, you shouldn’...
By Jennifer Riner | 6 hours ago
Petr Kopka / Shutterstock.com Paying and collecting rent and HOA fees is simple with a new platform

Paying and collecting rent and HOA fees is simple with a new platform

Having the ability to pay bills and manage transactions through multiple platforms is a necessity for many of us, so the increasing availability of mobile payment providers is helping to take the stress off individuals on either side of the transacti...
By Kimberly Manning | 7 hours ago
kai keisuke / Shutterstock.com Sales-to-list-price ratio nears 99 percent

Sales-to-list-price ratio nears 99 percent

Data from a recent housing survey points to a market where a large percentage of homes are selling at or just below their asking prices. In June, the sales-to-list-price ratio for nondistressed properties was 98.5 percent, based on a three-month movi...
By Erik Pisor | 7 hours ago
Yuriy Kulik / Shutterstock.com 'Hot' markets increase -- except on East Coast and in rural areas

'Hot' markets increase -- except on East Coast and in rural areas

An analysis of the nation’s top 200 markets shows the average months of remaining housing inventory (MRI) sits at 6.1. According to Pro Teck Valuation Services’ Home Value Forecast, this figure represents a decrease of more than 12 percent from t...
By Erik Pisor | 7 hours ago
davemhuntphotography / Shutterstock.com Zillow + dotloop: Raising the bar or boiling your data?

Zillow + dotloop: Raising the bar or boiling your data?

Agents already have too many vendors to deal with. If Zillow can streamline services and bring more agents into the present with transaction management and e-signatures, it's good for the industry and consumer experiences. Big money backing a tool ca...
By Sam DeBord | 7 hours ago
Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock.com Down payment help for consumers integrated into MLS and association websites

Down payment help for consumers integrated into MLS and association websites

As the housing market heats up and more potential buyers learn about down payment assistance resources that can help them purchase their first homes, Down Payment Resource (DPR) has been busy partnering with multiple listing services, Realtor associa...
By Amy Swinderman | 8 hours ago
Scisetti Alfio / Shutterstock.com The power of the personal note

The power of the personal note

According to the 2012 US Postal Service Household Diary Study, personal mail is only 1 percent of the mail we receive weekly. A handwritten note is sure to stand out from the impersonal mailers and bills ......
By Brian Buffini | 8 hours ago
1984x880_RealReferrals Close a referral from your kitchen table with new all-in-one mobile app

Close a referral from your kitchen table with new all-in-one mobile app

It took four years and three developers, but real estate broker Ed DePrato's vision of an all-in-one mobile app for real estate referrals is now a reality. DePrato, who runs the eight-agent firm YEGPro Realty in Alberta, Canada, built Real Referrals ...
By Paul Hagey | 9 hours ago
Courtesy of DotLoop Dotloop defends acquisition

Dotloop defends acquisition

The commentary started swirling as soon as Zillow Group announced its intention to acquire dotloop by the end of third-quarter 2015 -- concerns about product functionality, concerns about access and, especially, concerns about how Zillow Group might ...
By Inman | 10 hours ago
racorn / Shutterstock.com Zillow and Trulia integrating agent profiles

Zillow and Trulia integrating agent profiles

Zillow Group is planning to integrate Zillow and Trulia real estate agent profiles, potentially halving the time and energy required to cultivate a positive image across the two listing portals, a Facebook thread suggests ......
By Teke Wiggin | 11 hours ago
ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com New-home sales down from May but still up from 2014

New-home sales down from May but still up from 2014

New single-family home sales in June hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000. According to estimates from U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, this figure represents a 6.8 percent decline compared to May’...
By Erik Pisor | 15 hours ago
Courtesy of DeathToStock The blogging strategy so effective you can't afford not to use it: Part 1

The blogging strategy so effective you can't afford not to use it: Part 1

So here it is, the blogging strategy so effective that you can't afford not to use it: Identify thought leaders in your market and mention them in your posts. There are several caveats to this, but we'll get into that later, as well as those actionab...
By Patrick Wiltse | 15 hours ago
Rudy Balasko / Shutterstock.com Chicago might be ideal market for rental investment -- here's why

Chicago might be ideal market for rental investment -- here's why

Just as certain markets bounced back quicker than others following the recession, some markets have become more friendly to single-family investors as a result. HomeUnion, a real estate investment management firm, recently released a report outlining...
By Kimberly Manning | 16 hours ago