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"We put together this guide with the top 43 real estate lead generation ideas to help you narrow down the options and ensure your hard earned marketing dollars get an unbeatable ROI."

43 REAL ESTATE LEAD GENERATION IDEAS
    ​​"Homeowners are ditching their 15-year mortgages at the fastest pace in a decade; what experts say about the future of U.S. mortgage rates."

REFINANCING CONSUMERS SOUR ON 15-YEAR MORTGAGES, OPT FOR 30 YEARS INSTEAD
    ​​"It’s smart to know what to expect with your first mortgage payment. The due date might be right around the corner. Or not. Learning the facts can ease your mind and prevent a late payment."

WHEN IS MY FIRST MORTGAGE PAYMENT DUE?

   
FitSmallBusiness.com
July 5, 2018 | View Article
  Growella
July 2, 2018 | View Article
  The Mortgage Reports
June 26, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"It’s a good time to sell a home in Atlanta right now, according to area real estate agents."

METRO ATLANTA AREA, NATIONAL HOME MARKET ARE TIGHT
    ​​"It can be expensive to sell your home and move today. Closing costs can take a big bite. And uprooting your family is always a hassle. Instead, why not stay in place and improve the home you’ve got?"

DON'T MOVE WHEN YOU CAN IMPROVE: HOME RENOVATION LOANS
    ​​"Planting a 'For Sale' sign in front of the house is probably the very first way anyone ever spread the word that they're selling their home, but one town in Connecticut may soon ban 'For Sale' signs completely."

SORRY SELLERS: YOUR 'FOR SALE' SIGN MAY BE 'UGLY AND DESPERATE' - HERE'S WHY

   
Atlanta Business Chronicle
June 22, 2018 | View Article
  The Mortgage Reports
June 17, 2018 | View Article
  realtor.com
June 14, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"Once you’ve decided to sell your current home and upgrade to a new one, shopping for the right residence is only one part of the process."

GOOD TIMING: HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR HOME PURCHASE
    ​​"Buying a property for your small business can be a great investment. However, just like any form of investment, commercial real estate comes with some risks."

TOP 25 MISTAKES IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INVESTING
    ​​"Preparing to rent? Then expect to fork over some extra cash early in the process. In addition to the first month’s rent, your landlord will likely require you to pay a security deposit."

PROTECTING YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT

   
Dispatch-Argus
June 13, 2018 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
June 8, 2018 | View Article
  The Mortgage Reports
May 30, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"Buying a home can be exciting. Still, coming up with the initial money needed isn’t easy. The first goal is to afford the upfront charges, like the closing costs. But your financial duties won’t stop there. That’s why it’s important to understand the true costs of owning a home before buying."

HOMEOWNER EXPENSES ARE MORE THAN YOUR MORTGAGE
    ​​"Homebuyers commonly finance a home purchase by taking out a mortgage loan. But some parts of the transaction that the loan may not cover need to be paid up front. These include earnest money, the down payment, and closing costs. Which begs the question: When are earnest money, down payments and closing costs due?"

EARNEST MONEY, DOWN PAYMENT & CLOSING COSTS: WHEN ARE THEY DUE
    ​​"In many cases, all it takes to keep a burglar out is a locked door. But some burglars are a bit craftier and may use one of these more creative methods to break into your home. These are some of the ones home security experts —and homeowners — have experienced."

7 SNEAKY WAYS BURGLARS CAN BREAK INTO YOUR HOUSE

   
The Mortgage Reports
May 24, 2018 | View Article
  NAREB Realtist
May 21, 2018 | View Article
  Reader's Digest
May 14, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"A real estate agent usually doesn’t earn an hourly wage. Instead, most make their income only after a home has been sold. This income is in the form of a commission, which equates to a percentage of the home’s selling price. So the answer to how much do real estate agents make will depend on how much the home sells for."

HOW MUCH DO REAL ESTATE AGENTS MAKE FROM MY HOME PURCHASE? AND WHO PAYS?
    ​​"When your parents pass away, you might find yourself tasked with selling their house — and if you have siblings, hopefully they will offer help on this front. Here's how to navigate selling a house with your siblings without drama— or wrestling each other to the floor like you did when you were kids."

HOW TO SELL YOUR PARENTS'
HOUSE ​WITH YOUR SIBLINGS' HELP
AND AVOID A FAMILY FEUD
    ​​"Being known for great real estate quotes can boost your credibility with colleagues and clients. And for other agents, they can help motivate you and keep you focused. We put together this list of real estate quotes from industry luminaries and other brilliant minds to guide you in your career."

30 MUST READ REAL ESTATE QUOTES
​FROM TOP PRODUCERS

   
The Mortgage Reports
May 13, 2018 | View Article
  realtor.com
May 10, 2018 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
May 7, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"Buying a home is serious business.
​It involves a lot of money and a valued property. Hence, it’s important that legal safeguards are in place.
"

UNDERSTANDING A REAL ESTATE
CONTRACT OR PURCHASE AGREEMENT
    ​​"The average tax bill in 2017 was $3,400, 3 percent higher than 2016.
If you have a higher bill than expected, consider following these expert-backed strategies."


WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR
PROPERTY TAX BILL INCREASES
    ​​"If you're thinking of selling your home, this is probably a question you've been asking yourself - and your real estate agent. The route you go will depend on numerous factors."

SHOULD YOU FIX UP YOUR HOUSE BEFORE LISTING OR SELL IT AS A FIXER UPPER?

   
The Mortgage Reports
May 4, 2018 | View Article
  U.S. News & World Report
April 27, 2018 | View Article
  Realty Times
April 25, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"As spring home shopping season ramps up and with competition for homes at an all-time high in the nation’s hottest housing markets, there’s no time for rookie mistakes. ​Debunk the most common real estate myths, and get insider tips for buying and selling a home​."

COMMON REAL ESTATE MYTHS THAT
YOU NEED TO KNOW
    ​​"At first blush, who wouldn't want to buy a home with a swimming pool? But a closer look reveals the reality (and risks) of taking on pool ownership, good and bad, and all should be factored in before diving in head first for potential homeowners."

PROS AND CONS OF BUYING A
HOME WITH A POOL
    ​​"Once you find your dream house and your purchase offer is accepted, you need to get through one more step before you move in: mortgage closing. However, not everything always goes according to plan. Here are some of the most common snafus that can delay the mortgage closing process."

14 FACTORS THAT CAN STALL THE MORTGAGE CLOSING PROCESS

   
GoBankingRates
April 25, 2018 | View Article
  TheStreet
April 25, 2018 | View Article
  realtor.com
April 24, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"If you're buying a home that needs a little TLC, a typical fixed-rate mortgage isn't going to help you pay for repairs. This can be a big obstacle for buyers who don't have extra cash to make needed renovations or repairs before moving in. But there are two loan programs that can make your dream of rehabbing a fixer-upper a reality."

HOW TO FINANCE A FIXER-UPPER
    ​​"Tarek and Christina El Moussa may be the stars of "Flip or Flop," but their own home, which just hit the market, could sell at a half-million-dollar loss—if they're lucky. Given they're pro house flippers, how can this be? Realtor.com records show that the El Moussas purchased the 6,366-square-foot house for $2 million. So, a near-million-dollar price hike seems like a fantastic profit, right?"

TAREK AND CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA'S FAMILY HOME GOES ON THE MARKET: IS IT A FLOP?
    ​​"The nation’s biggest real estate markets are powerhouses in population and economic impact, but for a higher standard of living and lower housing costs, many people choose to live in secondary markets. Secondary markets like Seattle, Washington, and Austin, Texas, took top spots over primary markets including New York City, Chicago and San Francisco in the 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report."

MARKETS TO WATCH: SECONDARY AREAS ARE BECOMING HOMEOWNERS FIRST CHOICES

   
interest.com
April 3, 2018 | View Article
  realtor.com
March 23, 2018 | View Article
  More Content Now
March 19, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"As a proud Vietnam Veteran, my father has been shot at. Hundreds of times. In order to pay tribute to our veterans in the industry and to encourage brokers to hire more, we spoke with dozens of veterans and their advocates to see what qualities veterans have that help them excel in real estate."

11 REASONS WHY MILITARY VETERANS
MAKE AMAZING REALTORS 
    ​​"If you want to buy a new home today, you have to be patient. Home prices and interest rates continue to head north. And a supply shortage can make it hard to find homes for sale within your budget.Learn what you can afford. Then, explore your options. You don’t have to feel limited to only buying a resale home."

WANT TO BUY A NEW HOME?
BUILDERS WANT TO HELP 
    ​​"In January, FEMA announced that they would be updating New York City's flood maps as a result of rising sea levels and shifting climate change forecasts. After all, in New York City, it's been estimated that approximately 80 percent of the property owners who have experienced flood damage since the maps were last updated in 1983 didn't have flood insurance."

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD IMPACT
YOUR HOME VALUE

   
The Close​
March 7, 2018 | View Article
  The Mortgage Reports
March 1, 2018 | View Article
  U.S. News & World Report
February 27, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"Calling all sinners! Don't worry, we're not here to give a lecture about how you should swear less, smile more, and be a better person. No, it's that we've found a place where you should live, a haven where your vices can thrive and flourish. (Just stay on the right side of the law, mmkay?) According to a new survey, your personal mecca is Flori​da."

10 MOST SINFUL STATES IN AMERICA: THEY'RE TOPS FOR LUST, VANITY,
AND SLOTH 
    ​​"It’s not a unique idea: leasing a home as a stepping stone to buying it. What seems new to metro Atlanta is the approach taken – and the customers targeted – by a San Francisco-based company with big ambitions in a massive market and deep pockets from venture capital backers. For starters, the renter builds equity every month."

SF COMPANY'S NEW IDEA: LEASE HOMES
TO POTENTIAL ATLANTA BUYERS 
    ​​"We started with a master list of 181 lenders, banks, and credit unions — every mortgage company we could hunt down. Then we focused in on what makes a mortgage lender the best. We looked for competitive rates, of course. But rates aren’t all that matters. Our vetting process surfaced only the most accessible, reputable, and accommodating lenders: companies that will make the transition into your new home totally smooth and painless."

THE BEST MORTGAGE LENDERS

   
realtor.com​
February 23, 2018 | View Article
  Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2018 | View Article
  Reviews.com
February 20, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"Making money flipping houses isn’t as easy as it seems on television, but it can be done. You need to know how much the renovated property can sell for as well as how much it will cost to flip. Flipping houses for a profit is possible if you do your research and understand the numbers.​"

HOW TO MAKE MONEY FLIPPING HOUSES
IN 7 STEPS 
    ​​"Adam tells us how he started buying rentals in a lower end neighborhood. The numbers looked great on paper, but after three evictions in a year and a half, he decided it wasn't worth the hassle. Adam also talks about how he shifted to a different neighborhood and is getting good returns with a lot less hassle."

WHY HE SOLD HIS RENTALS AND BOUGHT
IN ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD 
    ​​"With the marketing environment getting more and more complex, it can be confusing for a Realtor to know where and how to generate leads that convert. Luckily, we’re here to help. We put together this guide with the top 47 real estate lead generation ideas to help you narrow down the options and ensure your hard earned marketing dollars get an unbeatable ROI."

TOP 47 REAL ESTATE LEAD GENERATION IDEAS FROM THE PROS

   
FitSmallBusiness.com​
February 13, 2018 | View Article
  Rental Income Podcast
January 23, 2018 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
January 16, 2018 | View Article

 

 

"Everyone makes mistakes, even those seasoned professionals who never seem to falter—and who always seem on top of their real estate game. Perhaps what sets those great listing agents apart from the not-so-great ones is that that they learned from their mistakes."

5 OF THE BIGGEST, MOST COMMON MISTAKES LISTING AGENTS MAKE 
    ​​"If you’re working with a couple interested in buying a second home as an investment property, you might suggest they talk to a lawyer about setting up a limited liability corporation or other legal entity before they buy. That way, if they’re sued by someone who was on the property after they bought it, they can limit their damages and protect their personal assets against losses."

TURNING BUYERS INTO AN LLC 
    ​​"Let’s face facts. At the very core of your fiduciary duty to your client is the idea that you need to work hard to get them the best price. That means if you’re shying away from negotiating, you need to toughen up and learn from the best.  As John F Kennedy famously said, 'Never negotiate out of fear, but never be afraid to negotiate.' "

TOP 15 REAL ESTATE NEGOTIATION STRATEGIES FROM THE PROS

   
McKissock Learning​
January 2, 2018 | View Article
  REALTOR Mag
January 1, 2018 | View Article
  The Close
December 20, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Let’s face it. A great real estate team will outperform a great individual agent every single day of the week. Even if you’re a rainmaker, you’re still going to have to turn away leads you don’t have time for. Learning how to build a real estate team will mean you can work every single lead that comes across your desk, and generate more referrals from closing them.​"

BUILDING A REAL ESTATE TEAM IN 2018:
6 TIPS FROM THE PROS 
    ​​"Whether you’re to buy, sell, or rent property, it’s important to know the basics of choosing a realtor who suits your needs. The choice of a real estate agent or broker directly affects the outcome of both residential and commercial transactions, so we gathered a number of experts’ views to help you make the best decision."

TOP 25 TIPS FOR CHOOSING A REALTOR FROM THE PROS 
    ​​"If you want to learn how to make money in real estate, go to your nearest McDonalds. Sure, the fries are amazing, but you may be surprised to learn that the land they’re made on is far more important to the company than their french fry recipe. In fact, real estate is such a crucial part of McDonald’s bottom line that founder Ray Kroc famously quipped that he was in the real estate business, not the burger business."

35 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY IN REAL ESTATE

   
FitSmallBusiness.com​
December 15, 2017 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
December 11, 2017 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
November 30, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"I’ve gone on plenty of interviews, but it wasn’t until I started conducting interviews myself that I really realized how easy it was to put your foot in your mouth while selling yourself to a potential employer."

THE WORST THING I EVER HEARD IN A
JOB INTERVIEW 
    ​​"Bruce Ailion has marketed houses where people have died of natural causes, were murdered, and houses that sit next door to cemeteries. But this time of year, he’s reminded how many people are squeamish about death, unsure about spirits, and how the line tends to blur."

WHAT DO METRO ATLANTANS THINK ABOUT BUYING A "HAUNTED" HOME? 
    ​​"You can offer to buy a house that's not for sale, but prepare yourself for rejection—or perhaps the owner asking for more than the estimated value of the home. But nothing's stopping you from trying. The worst the owners can say is no, right?"

THE HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE -
CAN YOU STILL OFFER TO BUY IT?

   
Money & Career CheatSheet
November 13, 2017 | View Article
  Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 27, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
October 23, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Many investors (both new and experienced) are hesitant to hand over any of their cash flow to a property manager, but this is one expense that can save money, time, and maybe even your sanity.​"

DO I NEED A RENTAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY? 
    ​​"What are the best - and most creative - ways to get every dollar you can out of a house sale? See what actual real estate industry professionals would do to boost profits if they were selling their homes."

TIPS FROM REAL ESTATE INSIDERS ON SELLING YOUR HOME 
    ​​"Houses frequently make noises—a floor creaks, a pipe gurgles, a refrigerator hums—but while some sounds are harmless and even charming, others are early indicators of potential problems that warrant attention."

5 SPOOKY HOUSE NOISES YOU
SHOULD NEVER IGNORE

   
PennyMac
October 10, 2017 | View Article
  TheStreet
October 9, 2017 | View Article
  GEICO More
September 29, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"We asked leading real estate professionals for their best open house ideas, and their answers cover the basics (clean and stage the house) to the innovative (hire a drone banner to advertise your event). You’ll definitely want to take notes.​"

35 REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSE
IDEAS PEOPLE LOVE 
    ​​"Atlanta’s average has climbed 68 percent since 2012 and is now 1.8 percent above the peak. But the improvement has been uneven. Many areas on the north side of the city have seen prices rise robustly, while some areas – especially on the south side of the city and suburbs – have lagged."

METRO ATLANTA HOME PRICE COOLS A BIT 
    ​​"While cleanup efforts can't really get under way until the storm has passed, remediation companies are poised to spring into action once the flood waters have receded. Only what, exactly, will these companies do? Here are a few surprising facts about fixing a flooded home."

5 SURPRISES ABOUT FIXING A
FLOODED HOME

   
FitSmallBusiness.com
September 26, 2017 | View Article
  Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 29, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
August 29, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Before you summon the moving truck, your dream home’s seller has to pick you, too. Luckily, the key to locking down your ideal abode doesn’t always mean offering the most cash. Here are five ways to tip the odds in your favor.​"

5 SECRETS TO GET SELLERS TO CHOOSE YOUR BID IN A HOT MARKET 
    ​​"We’ve handpicked frontline insights from some of the world’s most inspiring real estate pros to help you navigate the hype, steer clear of the clickbait, and stay on track to a profitable future."

THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE: 11 GAME-CHANGING PREDICTIONS FROM THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE BIZ 
    ​​"We've all heard the saying 'Home is where the heart is.' But it could also be where you secure your financial future. Using real estate to secure your financial future isn't for the faint of heart, but it has a lot to offer."

AT 19, HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST PROPERTY FROM HIS PARENTS' BASEMENT. BUT IS
REAL ESTATE ENOUGH?

   
Burbank Real Estate Report
August 29, 2017 | View Article
  GrowthHouse
August 23, 2017 | View Article
  USA TODAY
August 16, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Americans have been told that buying a home is a good investment. However, post-2008 housing crash, would-be buyers are smart to question this assumption. New homebuyers can't assume a strong rate of return. That doesn't mean no one should buy a house — just that their primary motivation shouldn't be investment.​"

BUYING YOUR HOME AS AN INVESTMENT
IS A '1990'S MENTALITY' 
    ​​"Foreclosure" is a word no homeowner ever wants to hear. However, for a home buyer, it can mean the opportunity to buy a luxury home—likely at a steep discount. We hate to bust out a cliché, but one person's loss is another's gain."

BARGAINS FOR SMART BUYERS?
THE 9 MOST EXPENSIVE FORECLOSURES
ON THE MARKET

 
    ​​"White House renovations are afoot—and not a moment too soon... if the latest renovations are any indication, the White House really does need some work, and may indeed be a bit, yes, dumpier than you might think."

MAGGOTS AND ODORS, OH MY!
8 WHITEHOUSE FEATURES THAT NEED
'DE-DUMPING' BAD 

   
U.S. News & World Report
August 9, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
August 8, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
August 7, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"The economy is generally sound, unemployment is down and inflation modest. But what about homes? Americans were long told the home was a key investment, essential to building wealth and getting into the middle class, or staying there. Is a home a good investment, or should we have learned a hard lesson?​"

IS YOUR HOME REALLY A GOOD INVESTMENT? 
   

"Beyoncé and JAY Z might soon be homeowners—that is, if the latest rumors are true. According to anonymous real estate sources in the Los Angeles Times, the couple have put forward a bid to buy a mansion in Bel Air, CA, for $90 million."

INSIDE BEYONCE AND JAY Z'S STRUGGLE TO BUY A HOME: WHAT'S TAKING SO LONG?
    ​​"Every Monday we have our Monday Morning Motivation. This week is a little different. Instead of having a motivational video or quote, we asked entrepreneurs what they believe helps them stay motivated or if motivation is even a real thing."

23 ENTREPRENEURS EXPLAIN THEIR MOTIVATION OR 'IF MOTIVATION IS GARBAGE'

   
U.S. News & World Report
August 2, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
July 31, 2017 | View Article
  Hearpreneur
June 6, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Buying a 'for sale by owner' home can save you 6% of the cost of the house if neither side uses a real estate agent. Getting to that savings, however, comes with a few caveats buyers should understand. Here are 5 issues to consider.​"

5 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN BUYING A 'FOR SALE BY OWNER' HOME 
   

"An auction lends itself to generating a higher price point than a traditional selling situation would, because buyers bid up the price in a competitive and emotionally charged environment set up for such escalation."

'HOUSE OF CARDS' HOME FOR SALE: HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH?
    ​​"Smart home technology is like sci-fi brought to life. Apps can control everything from turning on the lights to locking the doors. There’s no doubt smart home technology makes life easier. But is it a smart investment?"

IS SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY A SMART UPGRADE FOR YOUR HOME?

   
MortgageLoan.com
June 26, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
June 12, 2017 | View Article
  Oregon Community Credit Union
June 6, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Former President Barack Obama has decided that buying beats renting. The former first family have surprised many by purchasing the Washington, DC, house they've been leasing and living in since January, coughing up $8.1 million to call the place their own.​"

FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA FINALLY BUYS THE DC HOME HE'S RENTING: 6 SMART REASONS WHY 
   

"There are a number of reasons you might find yourself having to sell a fixer-upper. Whatever the case, anyone who needs to sell an as-is property typically needs to do so relatively quickly and for as much money as possible — which is not always easy to do. Here are five tips that will help you reach those prospective buyers so you can sell your fixer-upper more quickly and at a price that’s fair to you."

SELLING A FIXER UPPER: HOW TO STAGE YOUR HOME WHEN SELLING AS-IS
    ​​"When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you've never heard before. Two rather vague but very important terms for buyer and seller alike are "earnest money deposit" and "down payment." Both have to do with cold, hard cash, but what's the difference? Here's your cheat sheet on earnest money deposit vs. down payment."

EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT VS. DOWN PAYMENT: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE

   
realtor.com
June 1, 2017 | View Article
  Extra Space Storage
May 30, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
May 12, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Buying a home can be a daunting task, especially if it's your first time. Deciding if it's a good investment or not can be more complicated. Much depends on a variety of factors including the intent of the investment, your time horizon, liquidity and other factors. Here’s what first-time home buyers should consider before making a purchase."

WHEN IS BUYING A HOME A GOOD INVESTMENT?
    ​"Recent college graduates hoping to buy a home have one more reason to toss their caps in the air these days: Programs offering home grants to new grads are popping up across the country, offering thousands of dollars in assistance that could put homeownership within reach. Talk about a nice graduation gift!"

COLLEGE GRADS CAN GET HOME GRANTS - BUT THERE'S A CATCH
    ​​"It's normal to want to make a place your own by hanging pictures or even painting an accent wall cherry red. But any changes you make may be reversed by your landlord once you move out and with your money. That's why renters have to walk a fine line between making themselves feel at home and making changes that will cost them their security deposit."

6 APARTMENT UPGRADES THAT LANDLORDS HATE (BYE-BYE SECURITY DEPOSIT)

   
U.S. News & World Report
May 10, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
May 5, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
May 4, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Traditional home-buying methods like open houses are still important, especially in hot markets. Even a weekday morning open house can draw a crowd. Want to make an offer that won’t get lost in the shuffle? Follow these tips from real estate experts on how to conquer the open-house hordes and come out with an accepted offer in hand."

6 THINGS BUYERS CAN DO TO ACE
AN OPEN HOUSE
    ​"If you've found yourself unable to afford your mortgage payments, you are not alone. In fact, 3.2 million households find themselves in that position. In the real estate world, many people refer to this as an underwater mortgage. So what does that all-too-common euphemism actually mean and what are your options?"

HAVE AN UNDERWATER MORTGAGE?
THESE SOLUTIONS CAN HELP YOU COME UP FOR AI

 
    ​​"You might think searching for a small home loan is easy. All you need is just $30,000 or $40,000 to close this deal. Lenders will love you, right? Well, not necessarily. Problem is, lenders are often reluctant to give out small home loans. Here's why, and what you can do if you need just a little cash infusion to seal the deal."

HOW TO FIND SMALL HOME LOANS: MORTGAGE ADVICE FOR REAL BARGAINS

   
Trulia
May 3, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
April 26, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
April 25, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"To judge a mortgage applicant’s ability to repay, lenders must account for the homebuyer’s assets, debt-to-income ratio and credit history. Depending on your unique situation, here are seven documents you might need when applying for a home loan."

7 DOCUMENTS YOU NEED WHEN
APPLYING FOR A HOME LOAN
    ​"When you master your sales pipeline, you’ll see at which stage any deal is, whether you have enough deals on the board to achieve your goals, and which deals need your attention now. We’ve asked several successful agents how they’re managing a pipeline for maximum returns."

5 PIPELINE MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR
REAL ESTATE AGENTS
    ​​"Blooming flowers and warmer temperatures don't just mark the start of allergy season. Spring is also peak season for real estate sales. If you're thinking of buying a home this year, you're probably wondering what the current market is like and how to navigate it."

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING
A HOME THIS SPRING

   
Credit Karma
April 20, 2017 | View Article
  Pipedrive
April 12, 2017 | View Article
  Forbes
April 11, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"The earnest money contract is one of the most important documents to understand before you sign on the dotted line, because it outlines what will happen to that cash depending on how this deal unfolds (or doesn't)."

YOUR EARNEST MONEY CONTRACT:
3 THINGS YOU MUST TRIPLE-CHECK
(OR REGRET
    ​"For most people buying a home is the single largest transaction they will ever make. Despite being such an important moment, the real estate industry has been slow to recognize and implement customer demands. Startups are recognizing the opportunity and jumping in to solve these problems."

WHAT'S THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE?
    ​​"Separate bedrooms may have a Victorian-era sensibility, but this trend is coming back in vogue thanks largely to millennials—who prefer plenty of me-time and just don't see the romance in sharing every waking (and sleeping) moment with their significant other."

5 REAL ESTATE STRATEGIES
OF THE WEALTHY

   
realtor.com
April 3, 2017 | View Article
  Future of Everything
March 30, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
March 28, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"According to Realtor.com the wealthy know a few financial real estate tactics that they typically don’t share with others. Here are 5 real estate strategies that just might help you."

5 REAL ESTATE STRATEGIES OF
THE WEALTHY
    ​"If you’ve never owned a home before and this is the first time you’ve filed your income taxes since buying, it’s important to study the tax breaks that might be coming to you as a first-time homeowner."

TAX DEDUCTIONS FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
    ​​"Learn why real estate domain names are so important to your bottom line, as well as go over the 10 rules for picking a domain that in 2017 that actually helps your branding and lead generation online."

REAL ESTATE DOMAIN NAMES 2017:
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT ONE

   
ActiveRain
March 22, 2017 | View Article
  ZING! by Quicken Loans
March 21, 2017 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
March 17, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Do you ever feel like the rich just keep getting richer? Well, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Part of the reason they keep on raking in dough is that they take advantage of real estate tax strategies that many ordinary homeowners have no clue even exist."

SHH! 5 REAL ESTATE TAX SECRETS THE RICH DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
    ​"Investors renting out property on sites such as Airbnb could generate more income by getting into the world of special-events leases. But there are a number of hurdles to clear in order to make this a winning investment strategy."

A GRANDER VISION FOR
SHORT-TERM RENTALS
    ​​"Are you house shopping and want home sellers and real estate agents to take you seriously? Pre-qualify for a home loan first. A pre-qualification letter from a mortgage lender that states the mortgage amount you qualify for proves you’re not just a looky-loo."

HOW TO GET PRE-QUALIFIED FOR
A HOME LOAN

   
realtor.com
March 14, 2017 | View Article
  REALTOR Mag
March 1, 2017 | View Article
  supermoney
February 28, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"We all know that the earnest money deposit is there to reassure the seller that a buyer is serious about purchasing a property. But what if the buyer takes a powder, or his financials fall through? Can the seller get fairly compensated for the time her property was off the market?"

EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT: HOW HOME SELLERS CAN KEEP IT FAIR AND SQUARE
    ​"Cobb County will soon be home to its newest resident, the Atlanta Braves, as the team relocates to SunTrust Park this spring. The 41,500-seat stadium and integrated mixed-use development will sit at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285."

COBB COUNTY MARKET REPORT: HOUSING MARKET ANTICIPATING A FIELD OF DREAMS
    ​​"If you haven’t taken advantage of the low mortgage rates that have blessed the real estate market in the past few years, brace yourself: You might have missed a sweet deal. Mortgage experts say the days of 3.55% financing are probably gone, as the Fed—and inflation—force rates to climb."

PRETTY FLY FOR A REFI: 5 REASONS TO REFINANCE YOUR HOME IN 2017

   
realtor.com
February 17, 2017 | View Article
  Atlanta Business Chronicle
February 1, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
January 25, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"When you wrap the covers around you at night, do dreams of townhouses, condos, ski cabins, and beach houses dance in your head? Do you fantasize about becoming the Trump of your town, but don’t know where to start in real life? If you've got the dream and the capital, it’s time to start learning about the basics of investing in real estate. We'll show you how to get the ball rolling!"

THE ROOKIE'S GUIDE TO INVESTING
IN REAL ESTATE
    ​"Cara Brookins was in a bind: After fleeing an abusive marriage with her four kids, the computer analyst settled in a small house in Little Rock, AK. Her family craved more space, but they couldn't afford a bigger place. Then one day shortly after a tornado swept through the area, Brookins drove by a ravaged house. She pulled over for a closer look, examined the ruins, and came to a life-changing realization: Beneath the surface, the home's basic construction appeared much simpler than she'd imagined."

MOM USES YOUTUBE VIDEOS TO BUILD HER OWN HOUSE - IS SHE NUTS?
    ​​"How much will modern smart home technology affect an appraisal, if at all? Nowadays, a homeowner can control just about any home device, remotely, via a smartphone: computers, HVAC, audio/visual equipment, surveillance cameras, ovens and slow cookers, you name it. Will a home that’s set up to handle all those capabilities be valued higher than one that’s still pretty 20th-century in terms of modern conveniences?"

APPRAISING SMART HOMES:
DOES 'SMART' REALLY MATTER?

   
realtor.com
January 25, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
January 23, 2017 | View Article
  McKissock Learning
January 19, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"With the marketing environment getting more and more complex, it can be confusing for a Realtor to know where and how to generate leads that convert. Luckily, we’re here to help. We put together this guide with the top 42 real estate lead generation ideas to help you narrow down the options and ensure your marketing dollars create an unbeatable ROI."

TOP 43 REAL ESTATE LEAD GENERATION IDEAS FROM THE PROS
    ​"A real estate broker salary or income can be more than double the agents’ he or she manages, according to the 2016 National Association of Realtors member profile. Brokers either earn straight commission or a salary and a percentage of sales and profits."

REAL ESTATE BROKER SALARY: MANAGING AGENTS AND ADVANCED TRAINING COMMAND HIGHER PAY
    ​​"If you're looking to buy a home in a community run by a homeowners association, or HOA, then you may have also heard that in order to join the club, you'll have to abide by its restrictive covenants. So what are restrictive covenants? Although this term may conjure up images of a satanic cult, "restrictive covenants" aren't as ominous as they sound."

WHAT ARE RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS? READ THESE RULES BEFORE YOU BUY

   
FitSmallBusiness.com
January 17, 2017 | View Article
  Real Estate Express
January 11, 2017 | View Article
  realtor.com
January 9, 2017 | View Article

 

 

"Prepare to meet your new first daughter-to-be, Washington, DC! Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have reportedly picked up a six-bedroom, seven-bath house in the upscale neighborhood of Kalorama."

AN INSIDE TOUR OF IVANKA TRUMP'S NEW HOME IN WASHINGTON, DC
    ​"If you want to buy a home, should you get a move on? Is this the last best chance to refinance? What's best, a 30-fixed loan, a 15-year, or an adjustable-rate deal? Making the wrong step could add tens of thousands to your costs over the years or diminish the home's value as an investment."

WHEN SHOULD BORROWERS REFINANCE THEIR MORTGAGES?
    ​​"The expert advice laid out in this article will be an invaluable resource for you going forward; you can refer back to it in the future and you will read each piece of advice again and it will feel new, and have new meaning, as you progress on your journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur."

20 PRACTICAL TIPS ON HOW TO START A BUSINESS FROM THE EXPERTS

   
realtor.com
January 4, 2017 | View Article
  MSN Money
December 28, 2016 | View Article
  WorkFromHomeHQ
December 22, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"You'd like help with your monthly housing costs, but don't want a roommate. You want to invest in real estate, but rental properties can be difficult to finance. Why not buy a duplex and rent out the second unit? With the right home loan, you can buy both a residence and rental -- with as little as 3.5 percent down."

BUY A DUPLEX, TRIPLEX, OR  FOURPLEX AND LET YOUR TENANTS PAY YOUR MORTGAGE
    ​"With tight budgets and limited time, small businesses often struggle to stand out against the competition. But with a little innovation and elbow grease, these folks have come up with some pretty inspiring ways to market their businesses. Check out these top 20 small business marketing ideas that will help make your business one to remember."

TOP 22 SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING
IDEAS FROM THE PROS
    ​​"Besides relying on a psychic reading, there are some real-world ways to make a fairly accurate prediction of how fast your home will sell. Heed the following information to learn how to price your home right and predict how long it'll be on the market, especially if your home is in San Jose, California, or one of the other top 10 fastest-moving markets."

6 THINGS THAT WILL DETERMINE HOW
FAST A HOME WILL SELL

   
The Mortgage Reports
December 21, 2016 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
December 19, 2016 | View Article
  Business Insider
December 15, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"CRS members who strengthen their referral business from existing clients and contacts, and also develop a stream of inbound referrals from other REALTORS®, are doing so with a combination of great service, meticulous data management and regular follow-up."

IT'S WHO YOU KNOW: BUILD A BOOMING REFERRAL-BASED SERVICE
    ​"Since 1992, the price of homeowners insurance has been determined, in part, by a seller or previous owner’s claims history. Unfortunately, the vast majority of American homebuyers are completely oblivious to that fact."

CLUE REPORT: THIS SURPRISING DATABASE CAN DRIVE UP YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE PREMIUMS
    ​​"We put together this list of real estate quotes from industry luminaries and other brilliant minds in order to get you thinking about not only why you love your career, but how you can maybe distill some of your own wisdom to become a quotable person."

29 REAL ESTATE QUOTES FROM THE PROS - INSPIRING ADVICE FOR AGENTS

   
The Residential Specialist
December 1, 2016 | View Article
  The Huffington Post
November 22, 2016 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
November 20, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Unlike romantic entanglements, breaking up with your real estate agent as a seller if you’re not getting the service or the results promised doesn’t have to be dramatic. Here’s what you can do early on to minimize the damage — and how to handle the situation if, alas, you do come to irreconcilable differences."

HOW (AND WHEN) TO FIRE YOUR
REAL ESTATE AGENT 
    ​"Renting a home in the U.S. isn’t as affordable as you might think. In fact, compared to owning a home, renting is more expensive in more than 40 states, according to a recent GOBankingRates.com study. But don’t lose hope just yet. If you’re looking for cheaper rent on a home you love, give these negotiation methods a try."

TIPS FOR NEGOTIATING CHEAPER RENT
    ​​"Many homeowners choose household upgrades with return on investment foremost in mind. But as a dizzying array of “smart home” gadgets enter the market, some homeowners are wondering: Will connecting a house to the Internet of Things (IoT) pay off when it comes time to sell?"

DOES SMART HOME TECH BOOST
YOUR HOME'S VALUE?

   
USA TODAY
November 13, 2016 | View Article
  The Seattle Times
November 5, 2016 | View Article
  Reviewed.com
November 4, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"You have an offer. But it’s not just any offer — the buyer wants everything included. As in, really, everything: your couch, curtains, kitchen table, the works. Just pack the clothes in your closet and head to your next home. It sounds like the perfect scenario, right? Not so fast."

IS BUYING (OR SELLING) A TURNKEY
HOME RIGHT FOR YOU?
    ​"Real estate is such a crucial part of McDonald’s bottom line that founder Ray Kroc famously quipped that he was in the real estate business, not the burger business. In order to get you inspired enough to start your own real estate empire, we interviewed 25 CEOs, investors, brokers, and tech gurus to see how they are making money in real estate."

HOW TO MAKE MONEY IN REAL ESTATE:
27 IDEAS FROM THE PROS
   

​​"Selling or buying a turnkey home isn’t for everyone. While buying a home fully furnished is not the norm in real estate sales, it does happen. And depending on the outlook of the seller and buyer, these sales can be either exciting or daunting.  Consider these perks (and pitfalls) to decide if it’s right for you."

I SOLD MY HOUSE (AND EVERYTHING IN IT!)


   
Forbes
October 25, 2016 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
October 24, 2016 | View Article
  Trulia
October 19, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"In the fast-paced world of real estate, brokers are often at their most competitive when it comes to battling for the best agents. These are the men and women on the front lines of the industry, representing the company and tasked with bringing in revenue."

THE WAR FOR TOP-EARNING AGENTS
    ​"Halloween is the one time of the year when homeowners are allowed—heck, even encouraged—to freak out friends and neighbors with a bountiful display of blood, gore, ghouls, and other scary decorations in their front yard. Yet one display may have gone a bit too far."

WHEN A HOME'S HALLOWEEN
DECORATIONS GO TOO FAR
    ​​"Renting a home in the U.S. isn’t as affordable as you might think. But don’t lose hope just yet. If you’re on the fence between renting and owning, or if you have your eye on a dream home with a ridiculously high rent, there are proven ways you can lower your rent."

PROVEN WAYS TO NEGOTIATE
CHEAPER RENT

   
RIS Media
October 17, 2016 | View Article
  realtor.com
October 17, 2016 | View Article
  GoBankingRates
October 17, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Scoring a rate cut from your real estate agent doesn’t always come easy. But there are a few reasons your agent may be willing to take a pay cut, leaving you with more money in your pocket (and more money for the down payment on your next home). Here are three main factors to consider."

THE SECRET WAY TO SAVE MONEY
ON YOUR HOME SALE
    ​"In a hot real estate market where you keep losing out to other buyers, you might fantasize about taking a hint from The Godfather and making the next seller an offer they can’t refuse. But since you live on the right side of the law, you need to play fair. Learn how to make an offer on a house that gets the job done with these eight tips."

HOW TO (FINALLY) GET YOUR
OFFER ACCEPTED
    ​​"When any homeowning couple break up, the biggest question is usually 'Who gets the house?' While divorce law is still state-specific, here are some issues that a judge will likely take into consideration when deciding which spouse gets the house."

GETTING A DIVORCE? HERE'S WHY YOU MIGHT NOT GET THE HOUSE

   
Forbes
October 11, 2016 | View Article
  Yahoo! Finance
October 3, 2016 | View Article
  Fox News
September 21, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"If you own a property that's close to a major university, it will always be in demand from renters," Ailion says. And it could be a good investment. He estimates that the value of his family's 1,200 sf townhome has skyrocketed to $85,000 in just four years."

STUDENTS SHARE STRATEGIES FOR
MAKING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE
    ​"If you’re shopping for a condominium, you’ll see enticing prices, landscaped grounds and shimmering pools that you don’t have to sweat every weekend to maintain. But buying without doing your research first can lead to unexpected financial burdens or trouble reselling."

8 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE
BUYING A CONDO
    ​​"After viewing one too many photos of your toilets (and let’s keep in mind that one is really one too many), it seemed like a good idea to address the top 4 don’ts for your home listing photos."

TOP 4 DON'TS FOR YOUR HOME
LISTING PHOTOS

   
U.S. News & World Report
September 14, 2016 | View Article
  SelfStorage.com Blog
September 6, 2016 | View Article
  Military Spouse
September 1, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"With the marketing environment getting more and more diverse, it can be confusing for a realtor to know where and how to generate real estate leads. Narrow down the options and to ensure that your marketing dollars are spent effectively."

TOP 39 REAL ESTATE LEAD GENERATION IDEAS FROM THE PROS
    ​"The listing price is the foundation when you’re selling your home. It’s the base upon which your entire home selling strategy is built, ultimately determining how long your home will be on the market and the price for which your home will be sold."

OVERPRICING YOUR HOME:
A PRICE YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY
    ​​"For years, it’s been widely reported that women typically earn less in the workplace than men — as evidenced by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Now, it’s apparent there’s a housing gender gap, too, indicating that men are benefiting more from real estate than women."

HOW TO FIX A GENDER GAP IN THE
HOUSING MARKET
   
FitSmallBusiness.com
August 24, 2016 | View Article
  Saving Thousands
August 19, 2016 | View Article
  NMG Media Group
August 16, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"We asked leading real estate professionals for their best open house ideas, and their answers cover the basics (clean and stage the house) to the innovative (hire a drone banner to advertise your event)."

REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSE
IDEAS & TIPS FROM THE PROS 
    ​"Selling your home in a competitive market doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get offers for more than your asking price. When a reasonable offer from a strong buyer comes in, the sellers who expect extravagant offers often turn it down. What happens then?"

5 WAYS A HOT MARKET HURTS SELLERS
    ​​"Investors are often torn between their guts and their heads. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with consulting your emotions when making purchasing decisions, stock buyers do need to beware of relying too heavily on their guts."

8 WAYS YOUR EMOTIONS ARE
KILLING YOUR INVESTMENTS
   
FitSmallBusiness.com
August 15, 2016 | View Article
  Forbes
August 9, 2016 | View Article
  GOBankingRates
August 5, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you probably know that the seller has to disclose any major problems before the sale can go through."

BAD NEIGHBORS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES YOU MIGHT NEED TO DISCLOSE TO BUYERS
    ​"Signs show another bubble coming. Let's explore four reasons the housing bubble burst and whether we're experiencing the same conditions today."

WARNING SIGNS: ANOTHER
HOUSING BUBBLE IS COMING
    ​​"Your home is falling apart, and you're almost positive you can't afford to repair it. Here's what you need to know about getting the most out of your fixer-upper when you sell."

HOW TO SELL YOUR HOUSE,
EVEN IF IT'S FALLING APART
   
realtor.com
July 28, 2016 | View Article
  BeSmartee
July 26, 2016 | View Article
  Fox News
July 19, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"You love the house sooo much. The problem is, lots of other people probably do, too. How can you stand out in a competitive environment? Try writing an offer letter that knocks the seller's socks off."

HOW TO WRITE AN OFFER LETTER
THAT WILL WIN THE HOUSE
    ​"Astronomical student loan debt is a growing burden.The stifling debt has cramped the ability for Americans to save long-term for retirement — a potentially ruinous cycle."

75% OF U.S. WORKERS SAY HIGH
STUDENT LOAN DEBT IS CRIPPLING
THEIR RETIREMENT SAVING
    ​​"The real-estate market in the second half of 2016 favors sellers. Banks now fix up foreclosed properties, so they can charge more for them in competitive markets. However, whether they represent a bargain depends on where you live."

HOMEBUYER'S GUIDE 2016
   
Fox News
July 18, 2016 | View Article
  US Student Loan Solution Center
July 11, 2016 | View Article
  Consumers Digest
July 2, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Is it possible to buy a bigger home without having to pay big bucks? Realtor.com offers some tips to potential buyers who are looking for a larger home on a smaller budget."

FOR BUYERS WHO WANT TO UPSIZE
ON THE CHEAP
    ​"A home seller’s market is simply a matter of economics. It’s still possible to buy a home in a seller’s market, though it’s obviously more difficult than it is in a buyer’s market or otherwise."

8 TIPS FOR HOME BUYING IN A
SELLER'S MARKET
    ​​"Whether you’re managing debt, living paycheck-to-paycheck, or considering a bankruptcy, practice these expert tips to deal with financial stress in the best way possible."

10 BEST AND WORST WAYS TO
HANDLE FINANCIAL STRESS

   
REALTOR Mag
June 30, 2016 | View Article
  MortgageLoan.com
June 27, 2016 | View Article
  GOBankingRates
June 25, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"What are the common mistakes people make when trying to invest in real estate?"

THE TAX LIEN AND REAL ESTATE INVESTING PODCAST WITH TED THOMAS
    ​"So you're ready to buy a home. Congrats! You know you need a great Realtor by your side, and odds are you need a loan. But from whom?"

IS A BIG BANK OR LOCAL
LENDER BETTER FOR A MORTGAGE?
    ​​"If you're buying a home that needs a little TLC, a typical fixed-rate mortgage isn't going to help you pay for repairs."

HOW TO FINANCE A FIXER UPPER

   
The Tax Lien & Real Estate
Investing Podcast with Ted Thomas

June 9, 2016 | View Article
  realtor.com
June 8, 2016 | View Article
  interest.com
June 3, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"As technology advances and the ability to communicate with clients and co-workers becomes easier and easier it begs the question: is the traditional office dead?"

15 ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONAL OFFICE SPACES
    ​"Since sale-leasebacks can be complex transactions, buyers and sellers should work with a real estate agent to hash out the details."

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT LEASING A HOME BACK TO ITS PREVIOUS OWNER
    ​​"Are you a real estate professional who’s looking for an inspirational real estate quote to hang on your wall or share with your clients?"

TOP 25 REAL ESTATE QUOTES
FROM THE PROS
​​   ​​  
Rescue A CEO News
June 1, 2016 | View Article
  U.S. News & World Report
June 1, 2016 | View Article
  FitSmallBusiness.com
May 31, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"We know, we know—you love your house. The kitchen is the perfect size, your weekly summer barbecues give your neighbors patio envy, and your ’70s-style conversation pit is totally coming back into vogue—as you knew it would."

5 COMMON (BUT TERRIBLE) REASONS FOR OVERPRICING YOUR HOME
    ​"You can flip a coin, flip-flop on a political position, or flip someone the bird. But only one type of flip potentially reaps thousands of dollars in sweet, sweet profits: flipping a house."

HOUSE FLIPPING: BEFORE AND AFTER PICS AND TIPS TO TRY YOURSELF
    ​​"You’ve seen the comps for your neighborhood, but you just know your home is worth more, so you’re going to list it at a higher price. This is one of a few reasons why sellers overprice their home, and none of them is smart."

5 COMMON (BUT TERRIBLE) REASONS FOR OVERPRICING YOUR HOME

   
Yahoo! News
May 17, 2016 | View Article
  Fox News
May 17, 2016 | View Article
  realtor.com
May 17, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Mortgage rates are at their lowest levels since 2013, according to Realtor.com. That means lower monthly payments for homebuyers and refinancing consumers, along with more money in their pockets as a result."

WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY A HOUSE
    ​"Mortgages are low but won't be for long. The message to buyers: 'Act fast.' So expect the good times to keep right on rolling, mortgage rate-wise, at least through the next six months."

U.S. MORTGAGE RATES AT THREE-YEAR
LOW, BUT LONG-TERM VOLATILITY LIES AHEAD LONG-TERM
    ​​"Over the decade-plus since I graduated from college, I’ve gone on plenty of interviews, but it wasn’t until I started conducting interviews myself that I really realized how easy it was to put your foot in your mouth while selling yourself to a potential employer – and cost yourself the job in the process."

THE WORST THING I EVER HEARD
IN A JOB INTERVIEW

   
MainStreet
May 16, 2016 | View Article
  TheStreet
May 16, 2016 | View Article
  CheatSheet
May 15, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Spring is busy ticking off the season’s milestones: We’re watching the cherry blossoms, celebrating Mother’s Day, and tossing graduation caps. Another item you may want to add to your list? Putting your home up for sale."

SIX REASONS MAY IS THE BEST MONTH
TO LIST YOUR HOME
    ​"Unfortunately, many people stay trapped in a job they hate because they are anxious about the uncertain income of self-employment. I interviewed business owners about how they overcame this type of anxiety. Here are their best tips:"

HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY
ABOUT UNCERTAIN INCOME
    ​​"Why is May the best time to sell a house? We’ve asked real estate agents from several metro areas to chime in on why it’s such a magical month for home sales."

MAY IS THE BEST MONTH TO LIST
YOUR HOME FOR SALE

   
Forbes
May 10, 2016 | View Article
  VocationVillage.com
May 10, 2016 | View Article
  Money
May 5, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Most home buyers or sellers turn to a real estate agent to help. In the world of professionals, a typical employee or specialist will bill an hourly rate for their time and efforts. Real estate agents follow a different payment structure. How do they get paid?"

HOW REAL ESTATE AGENTS GET PAID
    ​"Call it the paradox of today's housing market. It is very easy to sell a house - many sell in days, some in hours. But that means it is more difficult to buy a house. And so some sellers are beginning to hang back and deciding not to sell."

DON'T SELL YOUR HOME, THERE MAY
BE NOTHING TO BUY
    ​​"For motivation to clear away the cobwebs, consider the fact that updating a basement could net you a 72.8% return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine—that’s higher than a rehabbed kitchen or bathroom!"

8 BASEMENT RENOVATIONS THAT
REALLY PAY OFF

   
Realtor Age
April 28, 2016 | View Article
  MSN Money
April 27, 2016 | View Article
  realtor.com
April 26, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"If you’re considering selling your own house and you want to know what you’re about to get into, here are some of the pros and cons of going it alone."

THE PROS AND CONS OF SELLING
YOUR OWN HOME
    ​"Nobody ever said raising children was easy. But at an average cost of about $225,000 from ages one-to-18, raising kids certainly is expensive."

THE REAL COST OF RAISING A CHILD
TO AGE 18? TRY $225,000
    ​​"How you negotiate when buying a home isn’t just about the price. It’s about being nice. Here are five ways to tip the odds in your favor."

HOW SELLERS CHOOSE THEIR BUYERS
(IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE HIGHEST BID!)

   
The Hartford
April 25, 2016 | View Article
  TheStreet
April 25, 2016 | View Article
  49Miles.com
April 19, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Everyone makes mistakes, even those seasoned professionals who never seem to falter—and who always seem on top of their real estate game. Perhaps what sets those great listing agents apart from the not-so-great ones is that that they learned from their mistakes. "

5 OF THE BIGGEST, MOST COMMON MISTAKES LISTING AGENTS MAKE
    ​"If you’ve started your own business but don’t yet have a business checking account, you could be missing a critical and highly beneficial part of running a professional service. Here are six reasons why a business bank account is a necessary tool for business owners."

6 REASONS TO OPEN A BUSINESS CHECKING
    ​​"Many homeowners choose household upgrades with return on investment foremost in mind. But as a dizzying array of “smart home” gadgets enter the market, some homeowners are wondering: Will connecting a house to the Internet of Things pay off when it comes time to sell?"

DOES SMART HOME TECH BOOST
YOUR HOME'S VALUE?

   
Real Estate Leader
April 18, 2016 | View Article
  GOBankingRates
April 9, 2016 | View Article
  Reviewed.com
April 9, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"There's plenty to like about apartment living, from enjoying rent payments that are often cheaper than a monthly mortgage to never having to mow the lawn or shovel the driveway. But when things do go wrong – often stemming from financial disputes with a landlord or building manager – apartment life can suddenly become no fun."

HOW TO HANDLE BILLING DISPUTES
WITH YOUR LANDLORD
    ​"When you’re buying a home, there are plenty of fun things to focus on, like putting in an outdoor fire pit, chilling a bottle in that fancy new wine fridge, or relaxing in a soaker tub, to name a few. But before you start envisioning organizing your clothes in that fabulous walk-in closet, drop your eyes down a bit to focus on the home’s foundation."

FOUNDATION DANGER: FIVE THINGS
BUYERS AND SELLERS NEED TO KNOW
    ​​"The housing market is, increasingly, back. In some markets, with a vengeance. More quality inventory is available, and buyers– particularly young ones — increasingly see homebuying as a good investment. Here’s what we can expect to see on the real estate front in 2016."

SEVEN REAL ESTATE TRENDS YOU'LL
SEE IN 2016

   
U.S. News & World Report
April 8, 2016 | View Article
  Trulia
April 7, 2016 | View Article
  Inman
April 4, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"American parents love to complain about the high cost of college, but what if there was a way to recoup those costs, and maybe earn a few dollars more, with a fairly traditional financial move made on a regular basis across the fruited plains?"

TUITION MISSION: WHY YOU SHOULD BUY RENTAL PROPERTY IN A COLLEGE TOWN
    ​"Rates are important, absolutely. But they're not the only thing that matters. We talked with realtors, kicked out any lenders with multiple regulatory actions, then got pre-approved eight times ourselves. The most helpful lenders with competitive rates made the cut."

THE BEST MORTGAGE COMPANIES
    ​​"If you’re thinking about downsizing to a smaller home, then you’ve probably considered renting. It’s not a simple decision to make; there are a lot of questions to be answered. How much space do I really need? Are the neighbors noisy? What’s the right renter’s insurance?"

RENOVATING YOUR RENTAL: HOME IMPROVEMENT FOR THE NON-OWNER

   
TheStreet
April 5, 2016 | View Article
  Reviews.com
March 31, 2016 | View Article
  Extra Mile
March 24, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"​Today, many buyers, especially first time buyers, begin their home search on the Internet rather than consulting a Realtor or a mortgage banker. Here they click on a paid link and get an inferior lender that may not meet their needs."

HOW ARE YOU BEGINNING YOUR
HOME SEARCH? (pages 20-23)
    ​"The homebuying process can feel cutthroat, especially in certain cities, but you’ll be in a better position to win the house you want with a knowledgeable realtor and a few simple tricks."

HOUSING MARKET TOO HOT? SIX WAYS
TO WIN A BIDDING WAR
    ​​"With the U.S. presidential campaign in full swing, here's another election tidbit for political buffs on both sides of the aisle -- who you support for president may be directly tied to your personal credit health."

WHICH POLITICAL CANDIDATE'S FOLLOWERS HAVE THE BEST AND WORST CREDIT?

   
The Real Estate Book
March 20, 2016 | View Article
  Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2016 | View Article
  TheStreet
March 16, 2016 | View Article

 

 

​​"​If you’re shopping for a house in one of the country’s hottest real estate markets, where the supply of houses is low and demand is high, you may find yourself in a bidding war, with multiple offers pushing prices ever higher."

6 WAYS TO WIN A BIDDING WAR
IN A HOT HOUSING MARKET
    ​"As homes become bigger and mortgages grow to match, more and more homeowners are going to something much simpler and smaller: The tiny house.But is the tiny house movement really all it appears to be? As with any new trend, it's important to seriously consider the pros and cons."

SIX 6 PROS AND CONS TO LIVING LARGE
IN A TINY HOUSE
    ​​"As a seller, you might think you have the knowledge and experience to sell your home yourself. Even if you live in a great neighborhood, you’re going to encounter obstacles throughout the selling process that could hurt the deal, and ultimately lose you some serious money."

FSBO: FINANCIAL PITFALLS OF SELLING
YOUR HOME YOURSELF

   
NerdWallet
March 15, 2016 | View Article
  Clark Howard
March 14, 2016 | View Article
  Saving Thousands
March 11, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"​If you're buying a home that needs a little TLC, a typical fixed-rate mortgage isn't going to help you pay for repairs. This can be a big obstacle for buyers who don't have extra cash to make needed renovations or repairs before moving in."

HOW TO FINANCE A FIXER-UPPER
    ​"Are you planning for retirement as well as you think you are? Here are steps to make sure you're protected well after you list or sell your last property."

BUILD A SOLID FINANCIAL FUTURE:
EIGHT DOS AND DON'TS
    ​​"No, you don’t have to be The Donald to make good money investing in real estate—but if you’re not throwing around billions of dollars, don’t expect to blazon your name on any high-rises, either."

FOUR EASY WAYS TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE IF YOU'RE NOT DONALD TRUMP

   
Interest.com
March 3, 2016 | View Article
  Real Estate Business
March 1, 2016 | View Article
  realtor.com
March 1, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"​The real-estate industry has been plagued by hackers who target closings on home purchases. One of the common methods is a scammer will gain access to an attorney's or real-estate broker's email account."

SCAMMERS STEALING HOME
DOWN PAYMENTS
    ​"Aside from the malls, office buildings, or ultraluxe residences preferred by the 1% of the 1%, there are plenty of opportunities that are more realistic for the rest of us. Here's a look at some of the most common options for a rookie to invest in real estate..."

4 EASY WAYS TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE
IF YOU'RE NOT DONALD TRUMP
    ​​"In a dream world, nothing external will affect the value of your home. As long as you’ve kept the place in tip-top condition and the market’s on your side, you should have no problem selling at or above the listing price—right?"

3 NASTY NEIGHBORS WHO CAN BLOCK
YOUR HOME SALE - AND HOW TO DEAL

   
Consumers Digest
March 1, 2016 | View Article
  Fox News
March 1, 2016 | View Article
  realtor.com
February 16, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"​You’ve probably heard that foreclosures and bank-owned homes are a quick way to get a great home well below market price."

HOW TO FIND AND BUY FORECLOSURES
THE RIGHT WAY
    ​"Don't assume a transaction is a done deal until is is — or it may be derailed by these frustrating failures."

HOW TO HEAD OFF COMMON DEAL KILLERS
    ​​"On the advertising side, many people say print is dead, but not everybody is on the Internet."

MAINTAINING A HIGH LEVEL OF RECOGNITION

   
Trusted Choice
February 5, 2016 | View Article
  Real Estate Business
February 5, 2016 | View Article
  RIS Media
February 4, 2016 | View Article

 

 

​"The housing market is back on its feet -- or is it? Is the apparent rebound just another illusion?"

FORECLOSURE PREDICTIONS FOR 2016
    ​"On the advertising side, many people say print is dead, but not everybody is on the Internet."

HOW TO FINANCE A FIXER-UPPER
    "Looking to add new reps to your company this year? Seek out people with these characteristics."

HOW TO HIRE SUCCESSFUL SALESPEOPLE

   
Clark Howard
February 4, 2016 | View Article
  Interest.com
February 3, 2016 | View Article
  AIS Central
February 1, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"Things might be looking good for most, but the threat of foreclosure hasn't abated for many who are still living paycheck-to-paycheck."

FORECLOSURE PREDICTIONS FOR 2016
    "On the advertising side, many people say print is dead, but not everybody is on the Internet."

HOW TO BUY A HOME WITH FRIENDS - AND WHY YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN'T
    "There are signs that an agent could be sabotaging your home sale, and the signs are there almost before you even sign the listing."

IS YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT
SABOTAGING YOUR HOME SALE?
   
Improvement Center
January 28, 2016 | View Article
  NewsLiving
January 27, 2016 | View Article
  Yahoo! News
December 31, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"Things might be looking good for most, but the threat of foreclosure hasn't abated for many who are still living paycheck-to-paycheck."

EIGHT 8 REASONS WINTER IS THE
BEST TIME TO SELL YOUR HOUSE
    ​"Think foreclosed homes are always ramshackle properties with overgrown lawns, boarded-up windows, and hordes of squatters? On the contrary, they can also be mansions on the beach or stately apartments..."

FORECLOSURES JUST GOT WAY FANCIER: HOW TO SCORE A DEAL ON A LUXURY HOME
    ​"You’re going to need more than a pretty picture to convince people to invest in your real estate crowdfunding venture."

HOW TO CROWDFUND YOUR NEW HOME

   
SheKnows
December 24, 2015 | View Article
  Fox News
December 22, 2015 | View Article
  American Dream
December 5, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"Can’t afford that down payment? Try crowdfunding for your new pad. Here are some tips on how you should go about crowdfunding a real estate purchase."

HOW TO CROWDFUND YOUR
REAL ESTATE PURCHASE
    ​"Before you summon the moving truck, your dream home’s seller has to pick you, too. Luckily, the key to locking down your ideal abode doesn’t always mean offering the most cash. Here are five ways to tip the odds in your favor."

THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW SELLERS
CHOOSE THEIR BUYERS
    ​"Hooray — it’s tax time! OK, few people get quite that excited about filling out government forms, but there’s good reason to appreciate the annual ritual. Tax deductions are a serious perk for homeowners, and they can be a major boon to your family’s finances."

6 HOMEOWNER MISTAKES
ACCOUNTANTS SAY TO WATCH

   
Trulia
December 2, 2015 | View Article
  Choice One Real Estate
November 19, 2015 | View Article
  HouseLogic
November 14, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"It’s tough to start over after your home didn’t sell, especially if you had an offer that ended without a closing. If you had backup offers waiting in the wings, lucky you! But if you didn’t, you’ve still got a few options for relisting your home after a sale falls through."

5 TIPS FOR RELISTING AFTER
A SALE FALLS THROUGH
    ​"You’ve seen these signs. They promise to buy your home for cash. They don’t care if your home is ugly; in fact, some prefer the uglier, the better. They’ll close a deal quickly. It seems like a great deal, right? Well...yes and no."

WHO'S BEHIND THE
"WE BUY HOUSES" SIGNS?
    ​"At best, the military clause is confusing; at worst, it offers conflicting information, requiring a trip to the legal office for an interpretation."

THE MILITARY CLAUSE:
A LANDLORD'S PERSPECTIVE

   
Trulia
November 11, 2015 | View Article
  Military By Owner
November 10, 2015 | View Article
  Military By Owner
November 10, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"So, what's the draw of homeowners' associations? By the same token, what are the drawbacks? Here, real estate agents and homeowners weigh in on the blessings and the curses of HOAs.

5 PROS AND CONS OF
HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS
    ​"Would the material I’d learn be so earth-shattering that it would skyrocket my business to new heights, moreso than investing those hours and dollars directly into the business itself?"

SHOULD I GET AN MBA OR
START A BUSINESS?
    ​"Across the U.S., homeowners' associations are on the ascent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59% of newly constructed homes in 2014 were part of a homeowners' association."

5 PROS AND CONS OF
HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS

  ​​  
Desert Pride
November 10, 2015 | View Article
  Side Hustle Nation
November 9, 2015 | View Article
  RIS Media
November 1, 2016 | View Article

 

 

"It’s unfortunate but true: Scammers, posing as would-be cash buyers, are out there. And these all-cash home sale scammers are hoping to swindle sellers — and their agents — out of their hard-earned cash."

9 SIGNS A CASH HOME BUYER IS A SCAMMER
 
    ​"This is something that every renter should have on hand if you live in an uber-competitive rental market or just want your renter’s application to stand out from the pack."

WHY AND HOW YOU SHOULD
CREATE A RENTER'S RESUME
    ​"In a tight rental market, owning a dog or cat may be pricier than you think. Boomers may encounter an unanticipated recurring cost that's increasingly common..."

PET RENT PUTS THE BITE
ON EMPTY NESTERS
   
Money
October 29, 2015 | View Article
  ForRent.com
October 20, 2015 | View Article
  NextAvenue
October 15, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"Sometimes you can't sell the house you want to sell. You have to sell the house you have... your not-so-awesome house. What do you do?"

HOW TO SELL AN UGLY HOUSE
    ​"Besides getting a psychic reading, there are some real-world ways to make a fairly accurate prediction of how fast your home will sell. Examine these factors to get a handle on how long your home will be on the market."

6 THINGS THAT DETERMINE
HOW FAST A HOUSE WILL SELL
    ​"How can real estate investors, especially newer ones, take advantage of an opportunistic U.S. real estate climate? An insider's knowledge of real estate is a great place to start. "

HOME APPRECIATION: INSIDER TIPS ON REAL ESTATE INVESTING IN A HOT MARKET
   
U.S. News & World Report
October 14, 2015 | View Article
  Trulia
October 6, 2015 | View Article
  TheStreet
September 16, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"There are jobs beyond Walmart and McDonald's for retirees. That is good news, because the evidence is plentiful that many of us -- most of us, in some surveys -- lack a credible plan for a comfortable retirement and, for sure, lots of us lack the savings. "

5 GREAT JOBS FOR RETIREES
    ​"While you know that you have to pony up some amount of money upfront for application fee, broker's fee, or moving cost if you hire help, most landlords demand security deposit in case the new tenants cause any damage or issue to the rental.."

SECURITY DEPOSIT ALTERNATIVES: MONEY SAVERS OR MONEY DRAINERS?
    ​"The legalization of marijuana in many states has led owners of cannabis-related enterprises to seek out commercial practitioners for help in securing property."

POT BUSINESSES NEED YOU TO
CLEAR THE HAZE
   
TheStreet
September 10, 2015 | View Article
  Realty Today
August 26, 2015 | View Article
  realtor.com
August 17, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"With the Federal Reserve planning to raise short-term interest rates by the end of the year, now may be a good time to get a good rate on a home equity loan."

GOOD AND BAD REASONS FOR
TAPPING HOME EQUITY
    ​"A Quick Guide to Getting Started on the Path of Property Management (For both the Reluctant Landlord and the Intentional Investor)."

THE INDEPENDENT LANDLORD
    ​"How you negotiate when buying a home isn’t just about the price. It’s about being nice."

THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW SELLERS CHOOSE
THEIR BUYERS (IT'S NOT ALWAYS
THE HIGHEST BID)
   
MortgageLoan.com
August 10, 2015 | View Article
  Military By Owner
August 5, 2015 | View Article
  HouseLogic
August 1, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"When homes are selling like hotcakes, there can still be some sticky real estate situations to wade through."

5 WAYS A HOT MARKET HURTS SELLERS
    ​"Although over-40 first-time home buyers face concerns that younger generations do not, buying a first home at any age is an opportunity to manage finances, and it can be a step in preparing for retirement.."

HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME AFTER 40
    ​"Unlike negotiating with sellers at garage sales, flea markets, and antique stores, real estate negotiations take a lot more patience, confidence, and guts, or you could end up in the middle of a nightmare situation."

REAL ESTATE TIP: 7 WINNING IDEAS TO AVOID NEGOTIATION NIGHTMARES
   
Trulia
July 22, 2015 | View Article
  GOBankingRates
July 22, 2015 | View Article
  Realty Today
July 16, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"Tuition is only the tip of a very expensive iceberg. College costs go beyond room and board, tuition and textbooks."

THOSE OTHER COLLEGE EXPENSES YOU AREN'T THINKING ABOUT
    ​"Owning a home can be a risky venture, considering all the hazards and uncertainties that can imperil your property—from burglars and hail storms to a furnace that suddenly breaks down in the middle of winter."

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE VS. HOME WARRANTY COVERAGE
    ​"If you live in an uber-competitive rental market or just want your renter’s application to stand out from the pack, you may want to create a renter’s resume. "

TIPS ON PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT RENTER'S RESUME
   
Money
July 16, 2015 | View Article
  Value Penguin
July 9, 2015 | View Article
  ForRent.com
July 6, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"We’ve heard the stories of seemingly unsellable homes. The homes that are said to be haunted or the site of a murder. How about the listings complete with insect or snake infestations? Sometimes, homes are just plain odd. We asked real estate agents around the country to share their quirky home sale stories and how they overcame those challenges."

SELLING QUIRKY HOMES
    ​"The national unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in April, a far drop from the 10 percent seen in 2009, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.That lower rate, however, could be enough to keep first-time homebuyers up at night, or even prevent them from buying a home. Unemployment insurance could make that decision a lot easier, along with preventing foreclosures."

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CAN HELP FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS
    ​"Duplexes are attractive investments because one of the units can be rented out, bringing in cash; meanwhile, duplexes are "exempt from much of the municipal regulation that most states impose on housing structures of three or more units."

OWNING A DUPLEX CAN HELP YOU SAVE AND MAKE MONEY
   
OnCourse Learning
July 1, 2015 | View Article
  MortgageLoan.com
May 18, 2015 | View Article
  Bankrate
May 8, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"In a housing market where inventory is low and demand and prices are high, it's still possible to get a fair price as a buyer if you have the right negotiating tactics. Having a good real estate agent is an important start."

7 PRICE NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES
​FOR HOMEBUYERS
    ​"Real estate and hiring pros share their expertise to give you a leg up on recruiting."

WHERE ONLINE SHOULD YOU BE RECRUITING AGENTS?
    ​"If you look carefully - or at least your real estate agent does - you can find signs that a neighborhood is improving and buy property before everyone else wants in and prices rise dramatically."

7 SIGNS A NEIGHBORHOOD IS IMPROVING
   
MortgageLoan.com
May 4, 2015 | View Article
  Real Estate Business Institute
May 1, 2015 | View Article
  MortgageLoan.com
April 6, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"Buying a new home and need to sell the first? Here’s how to schedule your purchase and sale for a smooth transition."

HOW TO TIME MULTIPLE MORTGAGES
    ​"Searching for a new home is exciting — and overwhelming. Your search for a new home will be more productive (and less aggravating) if you follow the advice of seasoned sales professionals."

SHOP LIKE A PRO: HOME SHOPPING TIPS FROM REALTORS
    ​"Find out the two steps you need to take now so you’ll be prepared to fix or replace your water heater, HVAC, roof and more."

CAN YOU AFFORD YOUR NEXT HOME REPAIR?

  ​​  
Independent
March 19, 2015 | View Article
  Move New Homes
March 18, 2015 | View Article
  NEA
March 2015 | View Article

 

 

"This week, we talked with Bruce Ailion, the associate broker of RE/MAX Town and Country in Woodstock, for his tips on career longevity in real estate."

THE SHORT LIST: BRUCE AILION'S TIPS FOR CAREER LONGEVITY IN REAL ESTATE
    ​"Where the norm used to be, 'First comes marriage, then comes the mortgage,' a recent survey found that for one in four married couples, joint homeownership came before wedding bells."

WHY MILLENNIALS PUT MORTGAGE BEFORE MARRIAGE
    ​"The expectation of marriage as a forever proposition has changed and thus
, they are not holding off on making major life decisions till marriage — whether that is moving in together, having children, starting a business, or
 buying a house."

BUYING A HOUSE BEFORE MARRIAGE: WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING TREND?

   
Atlanta Agent Magazine
February 23, 2015 | View Article
  The Motley Fool
February 15, 2015 | View Article
  GOBankingRates
February 7, 2015 | View Article

 

 

"​There’s more to a house than what first meets the eye. You don’t want to be stuck living in a money pit when you thought you were buying something move-in ready.."

DON'T GET SCREWED ON YOUR HOME INSPECTION
    ​"Rent or buy? It’s a question about as confounding as the chicken or the egg. Deciding whether to maintain mobility or put down some roots can’t be answered simply financially or emotionally."

IS IT BETTER TO RENT OR TO BUY?
    ​"Even if you’re not a social-networking genius, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to make connections and drum up new clients."

SO YOU'RE ON LINKEDIN - NOW USE IT
   
Trulia
February 3, 2015 | View Article
  Money Cynic
Date | View Article
  REALTOR Mag
March 6, 2014 | View Article

 

 

"The housing market is heading into recovery, and many areas across the country have high demand and low inventory: these are the basic ingredients for multiple-offer situations. Agents with a strong sense of the market can guide their sellers on how to get the best bid — and their buyers on how to ensure they make the right offer."

DEALING WITH MULTIPLE OFFERS
    ​"Brokers with too many balls in the air risk missing company goals. Consider hiring a manager so you can focus on your strengths."

WHEN YOU CAN'T DO IT ALL
    ​"The overall value across most markets in Georgia will continue to increase and investors will continue to be a dominant factor in many of the larger markets."

2014 PROPERTY PREDICTIONS FOR GEORGIA

   
CRS
January 15, 2014 | View Article
  REALTOR Mag
January 14, 2014 | View Article
  FFORWARD
January 17, 2014 | View Article

 

 

"Bruce Ailion of RE/MAX discusses the Atlanta market and his outlook for 2014."

2014 OUTLOOK FOR ATLANTA
    ​"Real estate sales tend to slow down around the holidays, but if your goal is to increase your brokerage’s profitability in 2014, the end of the year is vital to your team's success."

8 SECRETS EVERY REAL ESTATE AGENT NEEDS TO KNOW
    ​"Set the scene for a prosperous 2014, by encouraging your agents to incorporate the tips below into their year-end business goals."

8 SECRETS FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2014

   
MOR Financial
December 14, 2013 | View Video
  RIS Media
November 25, 2013 | View Article
  REAL Trends
November 25, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"On older homes, the front door is usually not a stock size that can be picked up at a big-box store and installed. You may get more value from repairing or painting your front door instead of replacing it."

OLDER HOMES CAN BE TRICKY
    ​"Recent national numbers on unpaid child support are hard to come by, but $108 billion in back payments was owed to parents with custody of children in 2009, according to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement."

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX WON'T (OR CAN'T) PAY CHILD SUPPORT
    ​"Study trends, read extensively, and attend seminars, webinars and conferences to have a pulse on what is on in the industry."

8 SECRETS EVERY REAL ESTATE AGENT NEEDS TO KNOW FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2014
   
Interest.com
November 23, 2013 | View Article
  Yahoo! Finance
November 20, 2013 | View Article
  HomeFinder.com
November 18, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"The inventory of unsold U.S. homes climbed in September from a year earlier for the first time since 2011, while contracts to buy previously owned residences plunged the most in three years, data from the National Association of Realtors show."

BID WARS WANE IN U.S. HOUSING
MARKETS ON SUPPLY RISE
    ​"We're hearing credit unions picked up a lot of market share following the global financial crisis and the subsequent refinance boom. The question is, can they maintain that progress now that refis have dried up and a greater percentage of the market is in purchase mortgages?"

CREDIT UNIONS CONFIDENT OF
BIGGER MORTGAGE SHARE
    ​"Is your home steeped in spookiness? Here’s how to find out more about its dark past...if you're going to buy or sell a house with a questionable history, here are some helpful tips."

HOW TO BUY OR SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE

   
Bloomberg Business
November 14, 2013 | View Article
  National Mortgage News
November 5, 2013 | View Article
  U.S. News & World Report
October 29, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"When people look to buy a home, they sometimes want to save money. This doesn’t mean that they buy a home that is too small for them. Rather, it means that they focus on options that will cost less money than alternatives."

GETTING HOME LOANS FOR FORECLOSURES AND DISTRESSED PROPERTIES
    ​"Even though rates have gone up from where they were in March and April, they are still at a historic low relative to where they've been for the last 20 to 30 years."

4 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT
FALL HOME BUYING
    ​"Leaves are turning colors, there's a chill in the air, and autumn is upon us. It's time for the seasons to change, and if you are a homebuyer, many real estate experts say it is also time to change your home-buying strategies"

FALL HOME BUYING STRATEGIES
   
loans.org
October 8, 2013 | View Article
  Fox Business
October 4, 2013 | View Article
  TheStreet
October 4, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"As the housing recovery continues in many parts of the country and mortgage rates inch upward, homebuyers are seeing their window of opportunity narrowing if they want to snag a deal."

COMPETING WITH CASH BUYERS IN A
TIGHT HOUSING MARKET
    ​"Fall can be a great time of year to buy a home if you're motivated to get a good deal from an equally motivated seller. And while no one can predict how mortgage rates will move in the future, at least you'll know you've locked in a historically low mortgage rate this fall."

FALL HOME BUYING
    ​"Every day HUD has for sale many thousands of foreclosed homes at prices that sometimes are in the hundreds of dollars. Rarely are prices over $200,000. Many condominiums and free-standing homes sell for well under $50,000."

HUD HOMES: HOUSES OF HORRORS
OR BARGAINS?

   
Auction.com
October 1, 2013 | View Article
  HSH.com
September 30, 2013 | View Article
  MainStreet
September 17, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"While most agents value professionalism above all else when it comes to their ads, some subscribe to the theory that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Which is probably what these agents were thinking when they cooked up their zany schemes to get noticed in a competitive real estate market."

ZANY WAYS THAT AGENTS TRY
TO GET NOTICED
    ​"The fact is, buying a home today is absolutely, totally different from buying one in 2003. And right there is why so many myths swirl around a process that, in many ways, is utterly novel from what it has been. What was true isn't anymore."

TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT HOME BUYING TODAY
    ​"Record low mortgage rates were available to homebuyers last year, but those who purchased property also forked over more in closing costs, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.com, a financial rate and personal finance website."

HIGH-COST CLOSING
   
Bankrate
September 19, 2013 | View Article
  MainStreet
September 9, 2013 | View Article
  Daily Herald
August 31, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"Over the past year, closing costs averaged more than $2,400 across the country, a 6 percent increase from 2012 — based on good faith estimates for a $200,000 mortgage and 20 percent down payment for purchasers with preferred credit."

HIGH-COST CLOSING
    ​"Just because the condo meets your needs doesn't mean it will be easy to sell when the time comes. That's why you need to consider the location, layout and amenities that will appeal to future potential buyers. These 8 smart moves will help you think through these issues so you can buy a unit that will sell quickly for a profit."

DON'T GET STUCK WITH A TOUGH-TO-SELL CONDO
    ​"When it comes to refinancing, being ready for the unexpected is part of the key to success.With paperwork, credit verifications, and even getting finger-printed, refinancing can be a daunting process. So what can you do to make refinancing as seamless as possible?"

4 TIPS FOR AN EASIER MORTGAGE REFINANCE

   
NWI Times
August 31, 2013 | View Article
  Interest.com
August 26, 2013 | View Article
  Yahoo! Finance
August 15, 2013 | View Article

 

 

""n areas dominated by cash buyers, homebuyers who plan to get a mortgage need to go the extra mile.As the housing recovery continues in many parts of the country and mortgage rates inch upward, homebuyers are seeing their window of opportunity narrowing if they want to snag a deal."

COMPETING WITH CASH BUYERS IN A
TIGHT HOUSING MARKET
    ​"When each of Bruce Ailion’s children hit their teens, each received a credit card with a clear explanation of what’s permissible—food, gas, movies, reasonable clothing. Before purchasing anything costly or unusual, they were asked to check in first."

WHEN'S THE RIGHT TIME TO GIVE
YOUR KIDS CREDIT CARDS?
    ​"Bruce Ailion, an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta-Cobb and a Board or Directors member with the Cobb Association of Realtors, met with Senators Johnny Isakson, Saxby Chambliss and Congressman Phil Gingrey on Capitol Hill Thursday to discuss the housing issues critical to the Marietta community."

BEWARE OF THE LEMON HOUSE

   
U.S. News & World Report
July 29, 2013 | View Article
  LearnVest
July 24, 2013 | View Article
  East Cobb Patch
May 20, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"From mold to meth lab contamination, termites to title defects, and lead-based paint to latent sinkholes, defects and damage can be hard to identify prior to purchase.So-called 'lemons' are consumer goods that fail quality and performance standards soon after purchased."

BEWARE OF THE LEMON HOUSE
    ​"It isn't easy to decide to pay off a mortgage early or to invest that money instead. Just comparing the interest rate on the loan versus a projected interest rate on an investment isn't enough."

HOME NO LOAN: SHOULD YOU PAY OFF
YOUR MORTGAGE EARLY?
    ​"Why the upswing in single women buying homes? We think the answer is simple. A single woman walking into a bank in pursuit of a mortgage or contacting a real estate agent to begin a search for the perfect home just isn’t something that’s frowned upon anymore by most of society."

SINGLE WOMEN ARE BUYING HOMES.
DEAL WITH IT.

   
The Morning Call
May 10, 2013 | View Article
  Deseret News
May 7, 2013 | View Article
  MyMove.com
April 25, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"Postal engineer Roy Joroleman created the classic, tunnel-shaped mailbox in 1915. His creation followed the heyday of mailbox design patents."

CHOOSING A MAILBOX THAT'S WORTH WRITING HOME ABOUT
    ​"For sale by owner (FSBO) is touted as a great way to save thousands of dollars when you sell your home. Here are eight reasons why you should think again."

8 REASONS NOT TO SELL YOUR HOME WITHOUT AN AGENT
    ​"Adding rental and property management services can boost your profitability. Be sure to protect those gains with these 12 risk-management ideas."

12 TIPS FOR REDUCING YOUR RENTAL MANAGEMENT LIABILITY

 
 
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2013 | View Article
  Investopedia
April 2013 | View Article
  Real Estate Business
March 14, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"If you're feeling like your debts are spiraling out of control, you're not alone: Nearly 1.2 million people filed for bankruptcy last year. Unfortunately, many of them filed without fully understanding the repercussions of bankruptcy -- and some of them would have been better off not filing at all."

THINKING ABOUT BANKRUPTCY?
    ​"Renting a home or apartment can feel restricting. For one, it’s difficult to customize a space with paint or architectural changes that don’t violate the rental agreement. What’s more, few people want to spend time adjusting a rental unit, when their time their is so temporary. Leases have different durations and properties can be sold, forcing moves."

RENTER'S RIGHTS 101
    ​"The financial crisis of 2008 was terrible for homeowners saddled with heavy mortgage payments, especially the millions of low-income, first-time buyers who were tempted to buy in with deceptive loans during the height of the housing bubble."

WHY THE HOUSING RECOVERY IS
NEARLY HOMEOWNER-LESS
   
DebtConsolidation.com
February 19, 2013 | View Article
  eLocal.com
February 4, 2013 | View Article
  Peace Of Mind
February 1, 2013 | View Article

 

 

"If home prices are truly embarked on a sustained rise, the big gains in any new equity created will likely accrue to a smaller number of owners, many of them corporate investor-landlords, and to a few elite financial speculators positioned to make complex derivatives bets on housing bonds. "

WHY THE HOUSING RECOVER IS NEARLY HOMEOWNER-LESS
    ​"The indicators of a housing recovery are both plentiful and nationwide. According to the most recent Fiserv Case-Shiller data, the real estate market during the spring and summer this year was the strongest since the peak of the housing bubble in 2006.."

INVESTORS FUEL U.S. HOUSING RECOVERY
    ​"As the real estate industry looks for new ways to market and sell property during the downturn, technology firms are launching ways to use social media — like FavRav’s new Facebook referral tool – to help businesses grow. "

CAN SOCIAL MEDIA HELP REVIVE
REAL ESTATE?

   
Truthout
January 14, 2013 | View Article
  CBS News
December 13, 2012 | View Article
  HousingWire
June 28, 2010 | View Article

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