Record Number of Renters Believe Renting is More Affordable Than Owning

A recent report from CoreLogic showed that home prices increased 4% year over year in December, and projected the U.S. price index will rise by 5.2% by December 2020. As home prices continue to rise nationally, it’s little wonder that Freddie Mac’s latest “Profile of Today’s Renter and Owner” found that the majority of current renters believe renting is more […]

Make Your Home Winter Ready

Getting yourself ready for winter is a snap. Gloves? Check! Scarf? Right here. But readying your home for a long, cold season is another story. So, until someone invents a turtleneck sweater you can put around your house when it gets cold, there’s some organizing to do. We’ve got the tips to help you. Strategy […]

Mortgage Lending just had its Biggest Quarter in 14 Years

It probably won’t come as a surprise to those in the mortgage business that the fourth quarter of 2019 was a big one, considering that originations continued to rise throughout the year thanks to near-historic lows in mortgage rates. But just how big the fourth quarter actually was may make the most ardent observers stand up […]

U.S. Economy Added 225K Jobs in January

The U.S. economy added 225,000 jobs in January, boosted by mild weather, and the employment rate ticked up from a five-decade low as more people tried to enter the labor force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate rose to 3.6% from 3.5% in the prior month, according to the report. There were […]

Tips for Winter Curb Appeal

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can slack off on curb appeal. If you’re trying to sell your home during the holiday months, making a good first impression is just as crucial as ever. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing your home’s exterior for a fall or winter sale: […]

Weekly Mortgage Refi Apps Spike 15% as Interest Rates Plunge to Lowest in 4 Years

Homeowners rushed to take advantage of the sharp drop in interest rates last week. Refinance demand pushed mortgage application volume up 5% for the week to the highest level since 2013, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Purchase demand, however, dropped. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming […]

Despite Rising Home Prices, Housing is more Affordable than it’s Been in 2 Years

Low interest rates throughout the end of 2019 contributed to the largest single-month acceleration in home prices in more than six years, but despite that, housing is more affordable than it’s been in two years. The dueling factors of falling interest rates and rising home prices are at the center of an environment that’s actually […]

7 Worst Excuses Agents Make to Avoid Taking Action

As a real estate marketing coach and mentor to agents and loan officers, I’ve heard them all: All the “reasons” why you can’t do the thing you just said you wanted to do. I’ve got to give it to you all, you’re pretty creative when it comes to finding “reasons” why you can’t launch your […]

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