Editor's note: This is the first in a five-part series. What are the latest and the greatest new technologies from Real Estate Connect in San Francisco? This year there are more great candidates than ever. Here are some of my favorite picks that can help agents do a better job in their businesses. 1. Down Payment Resource Lack of a down payment is the No. 1 obstacle to homeownership. Down Payment Resource (DPR), an Inman Innovator of the Year winner, provides buyers with access to scores of government-funded down payment assistance programs outside of FHA while working hand-in-hand with local multiple listing services. DPR displays an icon on each MLS listing indicating whether the property qualifies for down payment assistance. The system works by linking to local agencies that provide these services and then distributing this information through the MLS. The system also allows buyers to become prequalified anonymously by completing a simple online form consisting of eigh...
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