FHA to allow homebuyers to purchase private flood insurance
The proposal outlines plans to allow FHA borrowers to purchase private flood insurance, which leaders said will lower insurance prices and decrease the impact of NFIP lapses
by Marian McPherson Nov 11
Don't ignore renter leads! 6 steps for turning them into homebuyers
Helping renters become homeowners is about mindset — both yours and your clients'. Here's how to evaluate the renter leads you receive and convert them into homeowners when their lease expires
by Bernice Ross Nov 11
Temporary rental provider Tweener Homes strikes deal with Expedia
The Chandler, Arizona-based real estate company offers fully furnished homes on short-term leases for families 'in between' permanent residences
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 10
Homes sold faster in October than September for first time since 2011
For the first time in 9 years, homes sold faster in October than September as low-interest rates continue to unlock pent-up buyer demand, according to new data from realtor.com
by Marian McPherson Nov 5
How the 'House Then The Car' is changing black homeownership
When he became president of NAREB a year ago, Donnell Williams found that Black millennials with incomes over $100K are not purchasing homes. Here's what he did to shift their perspective on homeownership
by Steve Cook Oct 29
How to help clients play their cards right in today's market
With the current low-inventory market and the overall uncertainty, an agent's job has never been more important. Here's how to guide buyers and sellers while keeping their stress levels low
by Jim Manikas Oct 24
Out-of-state buyers? 5 tips for helping them in a hot seller's market
Working with buyers from hundreds or thousands of miles away can be a hectic process. However, it all becomes easier (and less stressful) when you have a well-thought-out plan in place. Here are a few tips
by John Gluch Oct 6
These 5 marketing campaigns are tailored for today's market
With the last quarter approaching, agents should strive to finish 2020 strong and step into the next year on the right foot. In other words, now's a great time to implement these marketing campaigns and generate new income streams for your business
by Bernice Ross Sep 30
Down payment assistance programs remain strong during pandemic
According to Down Payment Resource's latest report, 81% of down payment assistance programs in Q3 still had funding for homebuyers
by Marian McPherson Sep 11
Fall is the new spring in real estate
Record-low mortgage rates, skyrocketing buyer demand, and shrinking inventory have pushed the housing market's busy season forward through at least the end of the year
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 8
FHA homeowners have the most to lose during economic upheaval
Three chief economists share how FHA homeowners have been disproportionately impacted by 2020's coronavirus-induced unemployment boom and what it means for next year's market
by Marian McPherson Sep 4
I bought a home during a pandemic. Here's what I wish had been different
Opinion
I went in search of an agent the old-fashioned way, by asking for recommendations. Six agents ended up replying, and I sent them each 61 questions. Yes, 61.
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 4
With app launch, MoveEasy becomes agents' branded platform
Continuing to grow throughout the pandemic, online moving concierge company offers fully white-labeled relocation platform for real estate industry
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
WattBuy empowers better buying decisions with big data-backed energy intelligence
Seattle startup uses multiple energy and carbon tracking sources and Zillow's API to power comprehensive home energy reports
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 25
10 outrageous buyer beliefs agents should debunk ASAP
Opinion
When buyers first walk through the door, they're bringing with them a lot of false truths. It's your job to open their eyes
by Nicole Solari Aug 23
6 reasons your client should walk away from buying a house
As a buyer's agent, it's your responsibility to represent your client's best interests. If one of these scenarios presents itself, you should advise your client to rethink the sale
by Vance Kellogg Aug 23
Does the housing ladder still work?
Opinion
The idea is that most people begin their homeownership journey with a starter home and make their way up to more expensive housing. But is that theory still valid — especially now during a pandemic?
by Steve Cook Aug 11
Aiming for 21 markets by '21, Knock now swapping homes in Denver
After rebranding its Home trade-in model, Knock is now helping sellers swap homes in Denver. Its goal is to reach 11 markets before the end of 2020
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 5
5 tips for virtually hand-holding first-time homebuyers 
These tips, adapted to your personal selling style and fine-tuned to your client, can add to the buying experience despite not being physically present
by Gerard Splendore Aug 3
NY congressman announces first-time buyer coronavirus relief plan
Rep. Sean Mahoney's (NY-18) First Time Homebuyer Pandemic Savings Act would allow buyers to use retirement savings to fund their down payment penalty-free
by Marian McPherson Jul 22
Freddie Mac celebrates 50th anniversary with multifamily milestones
As the mortgage giant turns 50, the company celebrated its anniversary with a new state-by-state breakdown of the mortgages it has provided
by Patrick Kearns Jul 20
Say hello to BoxBrownie's 3D tours of virtual homes
The image marketing technology company from Down Under has combined interior rendering with the market's desire for 3D tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Compass Lens to help agents envision, value major renovations
The tech-leaning brokerage announced today the launch of a computer vision-based tool that searches and categorizes room renovations to help agents price homes
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
Making sense of the headlines: What’s holding millennials back from homeownership?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner looks at the factors that influence millennials' ability and will to buy a home
by Matthew Gardner Jul 7
This is the best city for first-time homebuyers
A new ranking from WalletHub looks at the best and worst cities for first-time homebuyers
by Patrick Kearns Jul 6
How one broker is helping immigrant buyers navigate the homebuying process
Kennedy Akinlosotu recently affiliated his brokerage Nations Realty with ERA Real Estate to help him achieve his vision
by Patrick Kearns Jun 30
5 credit myths to explain to first-time homebuyers
Before first-time homebuyers pull the trigger on buying a new home, they should understand some common misconceptions in the credit reporting industry as they go through the prequalification and preapproval process. Here's how agents can help
by Vance Kellogg Jun 30
Digs app unearths the saving secrets to homebuying
Opinion
With its own FDIC-insured savings account and a sharp, well-executed experience, Digs is part fintech, part proptech, and it's designed to help agents help clients buy their first home
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 19
NAR releases 5-point plan to bolster homeownership amid pandemic
The National Association of Realtors' plan calls for expanding down payment assistance programs, improving FHA loans and alternative credit scoring models
by Marian McPherson Jun 18
A superior virtual tour will answer these 10 questions
Answering these questions live will give your prospective buyers the best virtual tour experience
by Nicole Solari Jun 8
Homesnap's Mazur: It's time for agents to go all in
In multiple talk tracks at Tech Connect, leaders in sales, fintech and proptech all agreed on one thing: The COVID-19 pandemic has totally changed how people market, sell and buy real estate
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
Why I recommend Credit Karma to my clients
Opinion
By understanding what Credit Karma does and how it works, you'll put yourself in a better position as an agent to help potential buyers improve their credit score
by Bill Gassett May 29
Think we're headed into a buyer's market? Guess again
Four agents in Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas share how they're helping homebuyers navigate a seller's market marred by economic fear and the coronavirus
by Marian McPherson May 20
7 things your first-time buyer should know about getting a loan right now
Ohio-based loan officer Breon Price shares what your first-time buyers can do to increase their chance of approval despite tighter lending standards amid the coronavirus pandemic
by Marian McPherson May 14
One simple thing sellers can do to offer buyers peace of mind
Ben Joseph and David Moreno of Liberty Home Guard explain the importance of home warranties when selling a home
by Marian McPherson May 1
The anxiety of homebuying in the time of coronavirus
Opinion
A first-time buyer — Inman reporter Andrea Brambila — goes through a day of socially distanced showings and wonders how to make the right choice while existing in a bubble
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 23
Young buyers disproportionately impacted by economic fallout
According to Down Payment Resource's latest report, millennials and Gen-Zers were on track to hit their homebuying peak before April's record layoffs
by Marian McPherson Apr 22
Share of first-time buyers reaches highest peak since 1993
The number of first-time homebuyers exceeded 2 million for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to Genworth Mortgage Insurance
by Marian McPherson Mar 18
New housing construction drop again in February
Residential housing starts fell by 1.5%, according to the US Census Bureau