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2017 saw fewest foreclosure starts in nearly two decades

Black Knight Financial Services today released its latest Mortgage Monitor report, which revealed 2017 had the fewest number of foreclosure starts since 2000 (649,000), despite the negative impact Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had on areas such as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Although 2017 mortgage delinquencies ended at a 23-month high (up 164,000 from […]

What happened when I Connected: Katie’s top takeaways

Republished with permission from Katie Lance I’m a big believer in the old adage, “the more you learn, the more you earn” — and you never stop learning and growing, and Inman Connect is always one of the best places to do just that. I had the pleasure of speaking and presenting at Inman Connect […]

Homes at risk of wildfires total $1.5 trillion in value: Redfin

2017 was a record-breaking year for wildfires, with 9.8 million acres of land being destroyed over just a few months. Although California was hardest hit, other desert and plains states such as Texas and Nevada are at great risk as well, as evidenced by Redfin’s latest estimate that 7.7 percent ($1.5 trillion) of U.S. housing value […]

Real estate industry deals and partnerships: February 2018

While real estate agents chase leads and close deals on houses, there’s another level of deal-making that takes place within the real estate industry: mergers, acquisitions, integrations and partnerships. We’ll be recapping each month’s noteworthy deals here. Check back for updates. Inside Real Estate acquires RE software company Circlepix Real estate software company Inside Real […]

Mortgage financing should be plentiful this year

Despite rising interest rates, some to their highest point in seven years, there should be plenty of mortgage money to go around this year, according to a new, quick-hitting survey of major lenders by Magilla Loans. Nearly nine out of every 10 lenders polled said they expect to lend more in 2018 than they did in 2017. […]

New York Realtors aim to launch comprehensive regional listing service

Seeking to conquer a massive metropolitan market that has eluded others for decades, Realtors on Long Island and in Westchester County announced on Friday plans to launch a comprehensive, regional multiple listing service for New York City and its surrounding area in six months to a year’s time. Under a preliminary plan subject to board […]

5 home features that can save buyers money over time

The biggest concern for most homeowners is money. Buying a home is a big investment, and buyers are always looking for a better deal. Showcasing all the ways a home will save them money is a sure-fire sales tactic. Here is a quick list of home features that can be big selling points to budget-conscious […]

NAR lobbies for ‘Mortgage Choice Act’ in support of affiliated lenders

Stalled in Congress since 2013, an amendment to Dodd-Frank aimed at easing regulatory burdens against mortgage lenders was expected to go before the House Committee on Rules Monday with the full support of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). If passed later this week, House Resolution 1153, otherwise known as “The Mortgage Choice Act,” would […]

6 hidden Instagram hacks for real estate pros

The visually driven social media platform, Instagram has numerous commonly known features, but there are also many that aren’t as well-known — even to the app’s power users. Some of them are especially useful to real estate agents who want to save time and make their pictures have maximum impact. Reorder filters, and find frequent […]

5 tips to remember when making your first real estate investment

Real estate investment is considered one of best ways to achieve a steady income. According to a Bankrate national survey, Americans consider real estate to be their most favorite way to invest money not needed for a decade. Whether you’re a real estate agent or investor, getting into the investing game is a challenge that needs […]

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