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"DPA programs provide grants or loans that can be applied toward your down payment and closing costs.One popular option is Chenoa Fund. The Chenoa Fund provides up to 3.5% of your purchase price — which could cover your whole down payment if you’re using an FHA loan. "

HOW TO GET CHENOA FUND DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE


"Americans are likely to see more “for rent” signs in the coming months as many businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic abandon offices and storefronts and potentially end a long boom in the nation’s commercial real estate market."

BUSINESSES DEVASTATED: VIRUS COULD END LONG REAL ESTATE BOOM


In a competitive field like real estate, any advantage an agent can get over their competition is a good thing. But, with so many designations out there, it’s hard to tell exactly which ones are worth your time, effort, and money."

8 REAL ESTATE DESIGNATIONS THAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOU MONEY




The Mortgage Reports
July 6, 2020 | View Article

Tribune Chronicle
July 5, 2020 | View Article

The Close
June 9, 2020 | View Article



"Practically everyone loves the smell, crackle, and pop of a warm blaze in a fireplace during the colder months, especially around the holidays. But offering a fireplace in your home or unit for rent can be risky. "

APARTMENT FIREPLACE CONSIDERATIONS FOR LANDLORDS


"Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms valued by home buyers or renters. But a stained, worn, or ugly tub can significantly decrease a bath's aesthetic appeal."

BATHTUB REFINISHING CAN ADD NEW LIFE TO AN OLD TUB


"When mortgage rates strike record lows, homeowners find themselves wondering, 'how soon can you refinance?' Maybe you just bought a house, or even refinanced recently. The good news is, it might not be too soon to refinance again."

HOW SOON CAN YOU REFINANCE? NO WAITING PERIOD FOR SOME




Millionacres
May 27, 2020 | View Article

Millionacres
May 23, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
May 21, 2020 | View Article



"Long before COVID-19 hit, there was a day when clients signed a carbon copy contract with a blue pen to ink the deal and a time when you hoped your associate locked the filing cabinet before leaving the office at night. "

8 PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE


"Some homeowners are able to simply remove PMI. Others will need to refinance out of it. With mortgage rates at historic lows, it’s a smart time to get rid of your PMI and lock in a lower rate at the same time."

4 WAYS TO GET RID OF PMI


"When scouting out homes to buy or lots to build on, it's easy to overlook or underestimate a key component of the property: the garage."

ATTACHED VS. DETACHED GARAGES: WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUILD OR BUY0




dotloop
May 20, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
May 14, 2020 | View Article

Millionacres
May 9, 2020 | View Article



"It's every buyer or investor's worst nightmare: You eagerly purchase a property only to eventually learn after closing that the residence was once a meth lab or drug-making headquarters. "

HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOUR POTENTIAL NEW HOME OR INVESTMENT WAS USED TO MAKE DRUGS


"Treasury bond yields and mortgage rates typically move in tandem, but the gap between them has ballooned to its widest point since 2009. That’s an eerie parallel to the Great Recession. But don’t expect it to stop the housing market from snapping back quickly."

WHY THE HOUSING MARKET WILL DEFY THIS SPOOKY GREAT RECESSION ECHO


"In the world of interest rates, so much can change in a relatively short amount of time. Leading housing authorities now have new mortgage rate predictions for the post-coronavirus market."

WILL MORTGAGE RATES PLUMMET AFTER COVID-19? MORTGAGE RATE PREDICTIONS FOR LATE-2020




Millionacres
May 7, 2020 | View Article

CCN
May 5, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
April 29, 2020 | View Article



"Learning about deed restrictions and restrictive covenants is crucial. That’s because accidentally breaking one could lead to fines or even (in a worst-case scenario) foreclosure. Here’s how to do your due diligence before closing. "

FIND OUT ABOUT DEED RESTRICTIONS ON YOUR PROPERTY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE


"Tiny homes are proving to be increasingly popular among a small contingent of home shoppers today. They are compact and efficient. Plus, they're affordable and easy to maintain. And you don't necessarily need to take out a mortgage loan to buy one."

HOW TO GET A PERSONAL LOAN FOR TINY HOUSES


"Many U.S. homeowners are currently out of the job or working reduced hours because of COVID-19. If you find yourself in this situation, and you’re worried about paying your mortgage, you’re not alone. And you have options."

HOW TO PAUSE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS IF YOU’RE LAID OFF DUE TO COVID-19




The Mortgage Reports
April 14, 2020 | View Article

MoneyRates
April 9, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
March 24, 2020 | View Article



"It might be tempting to visit open houses, drive through neighborhoods where you’d like to live and talk to neighbors and friends. But your transaction will go much smoother if you get your ducks in a row first. "

COMMON REAL ESTATE MYTHS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


"In theory, good home warranty coverage shields you from expensive repairs that homeowners insurance won't cover. However, warranty providers too often exclude assumed coverage for questionable reasons..."

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE VS. HOME WARRANTY COVERAGE


"Mortgage rates hit record lows recently — as low as 3% for a 30-year fixed loan, according to some sources. It might seem like refinancing right now is a no-brainer. But the thing is, rates have been low for months now."

IS IT WORTH REFINANCING FOR 0.5 PERCENT? OR SHOULD I WAIT FOR 1 PERCENT OR MORE?




GOBankingRates
March 10, 2020 | View Article

ValuePenguin
March 10, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
March 5, 2020 | View Article



"Home renovations can be spendy. The good news is, you don’t have to produce the cash out of pocket. There are a number of home improvement loans that let you finance the cost of your upgrades. "

HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS: 6 TYPES AND WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU


"Did Bezos, who has cannily guided Amazon to supreme retail dominance, really get played by Geffen? Indeed, some real estate experts think that Bezos' latest real estate purchase could be a risky one, at least from an investment perspective."

DID AMAZON'S JEFF BEZOS HUGELY OVERPAY FOR HIS LATEST HOUSE?


"Real estate agents make a commission on each home they successfully sell. That commission is generally around 5-6% of the sales price. But, one agent won’t necessarily walk away with that 5-6% in their pocket."

HOW MUCH DO REAL ESTATE AGENTS MAKE? AND WHO PAYS?




The Mortgage Reports
February 21, 2020 | View Article

realtor.com
February 13, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
February 7, 2020 | View Article



"Up to 65% of people polled felt like they didn’t have a handle on things like the mortgage process, loan types, or interest rates — information that can save you thousands... "

THESE FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER CLASSES SAVE YOU MONEY AND HELP YOU BUY A HOUSE SOONER


"Here’s everything a home seller needs to know about earnest money, and how to keep the funds if possible when a sale goes south."

EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT: HOW HOME SELLERS CAN KEEP IT FAIR AND SQUARE


"Generation Z is in its teens and early twenties — not the age you’d typically think about buying a house. So will Gen Z live up to its own aspirations and outpace Millennial homeownership?"

ARE GEN Z HOMEBUYERS ON TRACK TO OUTPACE MILLENNIALS?




The Mortgage Reports
January 29, 2020 | View Article

Harker Heights Homes
January 29, 2020 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
January 8, 2020 | View Article



"Real estate professionals from around the nation and beyond share their great ideas, noble goals and practical plans for 2020."

WE CROWDSOURCED YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS: HERE'S WHAT 30 REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS TOLD US


"It's important to prepare and market your home to appeal to a wide range of buyers. But don't overlook young twentysomethings. A recent study by Homes.com lists some interesting findings. Here's what it reveals about Gen Zers polled."

SELLING A HOME: WHAT DOES GENERATION Z WANT?


"Nearly 200 CAR Members and Guests gathered at the Olde Towne Athletic Club for our Annual Installation and Awards Luncheon, where we recognized our 2019 Leadership and Award winners, and installed our 2020 Officers and Directors."

2020 INSTALLATION AND AWARDS LUNCHEON




Inman
December 31, 2019 | View Article

HSH
December 30, 2019 | View Article

Cobb Association of Realtors®
December 13, 2019 | View Article



"It can be tough to buy a house. Modest income, low credit scores, and high home prices can all stand in the way. But if you find a co-borrower, those issues might suddenly disappear. "

BUYING A HOUSE WITH LOW INCOME OR POOR CREDIT? CONSIDER A CO-BORROWER


"If you are in the market to purchase a home, you may not want to wait for rates to drop any lower. Still, it may be helpful to know where the pros think rates will land next year. Read on for guidance."

MORTGAGE RATE PREDICTIONS FOR 2020: EXPERT ROUNDUP


"For the right buyer, getting a foreclosed home can be an amazing deal. You can likely purchase a foreclosed house at a major discount, fix it up, and then live in it or sell it for a tidy profit."

CHEAP, FORECLOSED HOMES ARE HARD TO FIND. HERE’S WHERE TO LOOK AND HOW TO BUY ONE




The Mortgage Reports
December 11, 2019 | View Article

HSH
December 10, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
December 2, 2019 | View Article



"For a variety of reasons—for tax purposes, a home equity loan, or retirement planning—you might want to understand how much your home is worth. Here’s how you can try to figure out just how much your home is worth. "

HOW MUCH IS MY HOME WORTH?


"Every homeowner likes to save a buck. But new research suggests that for dangerous or tricky jobs, it's often worthwhile hiring a pro from the start."

FAIL! WORST DIY HOME IMPROVEMENT MISTAKES


"Along With the Federal Book intending to elevate short-term interest rates by the end of the year, now may be a great time to get a great fee on a home equity lending."

GOOD AND BAD REASONS FOR TAPPING HOME EQUITY




Ownerly
November 20, 2019 | View Article

HSH
November 18, 2019 | View Article

Home Loan 911
November 18, 2019 | View Article



"Buyer agency has become very popular since it was introduced to consumers in the early 1990s. However, consumers need to ask some questions of their buyer’s agent to better understand the level of representation they will be getting. "

WHAT IS AN EXCLUSIVE BUYERS AGENT?


"The U.S. is still enjoying ultra-low interest rates. But history shows that presidential influence over the Fed has the potential to backlash and cause rates to skyrocket."

STUDY SAYS TRUMP IS NUDGING INTEREST RATES DOWN — WITH POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES


"Replacing your front door is the most valuable home improvement you can make, according to Remodeling Magazine. Our 10 smart moves will help you get the best value from a front door replacement project."

THE SCOOP! BLOG BY CHANGEMYRATE.COM®




Carolina Buyer's Agent
November 2, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
October 31, 2019 | View Article

ChangeMyRate.com
October 20, 2019 | View Article



"Is my property in a flood zone? That's a question that concerns both homeowners and home shoppers—and not just those near large bodies of water. So how do you find out if your home is in a flood zone, and what type of flood zone it is? "

'IS MY PROPERTY IN A FLOOD ZONE?' THE EASIEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF YOU'RE AT RISK


"If you have multiple high-interest loans to pay each month, the costs can quickly become overwhelming. For some, the best road out of this situation is debt consolidation."

REFINANCING YOUR MORTGAGE TO CONSOLIDATE DEBT: PROS, CONS, AND ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS


"Fueled by strong job growth and low mortgage rates, the metro Atlanta housing market last month recorded its biggest jump in home prices since January. At least in part, the price increase reflects the interplay between supply and demand."

METRO ATLANTA HOME PRICES POST BIGGEST INCREASE SINCE START OF YEAR




realtor.com
October 9, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
October 4, 2019 | View Article

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 24, 2019 | View Article



"Understanding how to make money flipping houses isn’t as easy as it seems. Profitable house flipping is possible if you do your research and understand the numbers."

HOW TO MAKE MONEY FLIPPING HOUSES
IN 7 STEPS


"Tech workers flock to San Francisco, San Jose, CA, and the gaggle of nearby suburbs that make up Silicon Valley, but eventually flee in search of more affordable housing and better lifestyles."

TOP 10 CITIES WHERE TECHIES CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD TO LIVE


"Autumn is here. Kids are back at school, football season is starting up, and the weather is cooling off. But one thing that could heat up is your chance to claim a great deal on a new home."

EXPERTS: DON’T WAIT UNTIL SPRING TO BUY A HOME. BUY IN FALL INSTEAD




Fit Small Business
September 23, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
September 16, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
September 16, 2019 | View Article



"There are signs in the Smyrna and Vinings neighborhoods that some residents are unhappy living, working and sending their children to school there because of increased cancer risks identified in a national air toxics survey. "

REALTORS, SCHOOL STAFF FEEL IMPACT OF SMYRNA PLANT'S TOXIC EMISSIONS


"Flipping a property in quick fashion for profit can be a smart move. With the right planning and wise spending of your dollars, you can earn a pretty nifty return on your investment."

SELLING THE UNSELLABLE


"Flipping a property in quick fashion for profit can be a smart move. With the right planning and wise spending of your dollars, you can earn a pretty nifty return on your investment."

8 TIPS TO MAKE FLIPPING A PROPERTY A LOW-RISK/HIGH-REWARD PROPOSITION




Marietta Daily Journal
September 8, 2019 | View Article

The Residential Specialist
September 5, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
September 4, 2019 | View Article



"Many homes across the United States are part of an HOA, or homeowners association. So what does that mean?"

A HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO HOAS: HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS, EXPLAINED


"Every real estate agent knows that spooky monster stories aren’t true. They know that the real monsters come out on Sunday mornings, not in the dead of the night."

REAL ESTATE NIGHTMARES: AGENTS DISH ON THEIR WORST CUSTOMERS EVER


"When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you've never heard before. Here's your cheat sheet on earnest money deposit vs. down payment."

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




realtor.com
August 30, 2019 | View Article

The Close
August 23, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
August 19, 2019 | View Article



"Buying a condo vs. renting is a tough decision in much of the country. But condos do offer some advantages that rentals don’t."

BUYING A CONDO VS. RENTING: WHAT’S RIGHT FOR THIS STAGE IN YOUR LIFE?


"Here's everything a home seller needs to know about earnest money, and how to keep the funds if possible when a sale goes south."

EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT: HOW HOME SELLERS CAN KEEP IT FAIR AND SQUARE


"Whether you’re a real estate agent, mechanic, or even a doctor, chances are you spend a good portion of your day dispelling common myths about your job."

25 HOME SELLING MYTHS THAT JUST WON’T DIE




The Mortgage Reports
August 12, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
August 6, 2019 | View Article

The Close
July 31, 2019 | View Article



You may be wondering why rent prices differ across the country or even between different neighborhoods. Several factors can influence fluctuations, so let's talk a look at some of the main reasons why rent prices are different. "

WHY DO RENT PRICES FLUCTUATE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY?


"New research by Fannie Mae suggests that folks are feeling good about buying a home. That’s based on the latest monthly poll of 1,000 consumers, some of the results of which comprise Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI).

CONSUMERS AGREE: BUY NOW BEFORE HOME PRICES RISE


Don’t rule out buying a home because you think you’re ineligible for a loan. Chances are that, armed with knowledge and the right guidance, you can buy that home you’ve been thinking about. New research indicates that consumers think it’s harder to qualify for a mortgage loan than it actually is.

IT’S EASIER TO GET A MORTGAGE THAN YOU THINK




Apartment Guide
July 29, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
July 24, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
July 12, 2019 | View Article



"Have you always dreamed of escaping your unruly neighbors, the restrictions of your homeowners association or the hubbub of city life? If so, building your dream home on your own plot of land could be the best option for you. "

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING LAND TO BUILD A HOUSE


"Ten years. That’s the average amount of time a homeowner stays in a house before a sale, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Think that sounds shockingly short? Or way too long? The fact is, people's reasons for selling their homes are different, as are their time frames."

SHOULD I SELL MY HOUSE? 6 SIGNS IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON


"Those with money in a home, apartment, building, or parcel of land should be aware of what the markets are saying. For those not inclined, it's not always fun trolling Zillow to monitor changes in home values or rent prices. That's why we've turned to industry insiders to fill us in."

WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE? 18 EXPERTS SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS




Rocket Homes
July 12, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
July 10, 2019 | View Article

Disruptor Daily
June 30, 2019 | View Article



"Real estate is one of the few industries that impacts virtually all of us. Whether you own, rent, or flip, or even if you don't currently have shelter, the cost of real estate matters. Don't you want to be aware of how your rent or mortgage payments will be affected by greater trends in the real estate markets? "

WHICH TECHNOLOGY WILL HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE? 23 EXPERTS SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS


"Bad behavior and violations of any of the 17 articles in NAR’s Code of Ethics can result in an ethics complaint, where a Realtor may have to appear before their peers at a professional standards hearing. Here are five examples of unethical behavior that can land an agent in Realtor court."

5 BAD BEHAVIORS THAT WILL LAND YOU IN REALTOR COURT


"Very few houses turn into “forever” homes. Fact is, most people who buy a home move on to another residence after a certain time. What the minimum amount of time you should stay put before moving? How long before you should consider selling a home? The answer will depend on several factors."

HOW LONG SHOULD YOU LIVE IN A HOUSE BEFORE SELLING?




HouseMaster
June 30, 2019 | View Article

HomesIn.com
June 10, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
June 6, 2019 | View Article



"Most first-time homebuyers end up making the same mistakes during house hunting. In hopes of saving shoppers a little stress, I asked some real estate professionals the errors they see most often. "

THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES HOUSE HUNTERS MAKE, ACCORDING TO REAL ESTATE EXPERTS


"Unfortunately, selling a rental property can be just as challenging as managing it – but there are tips and tricks to make the process easier and smoother. These experts share how and when to sell a rental property for a profit."

TOP 25 TIPS FOR SELLING A RENTAL PROPERTY FROM THE PROS


"Turns out Frogmore Cottage is a mile from a flight zone from Heathrow Airport, the busiest in all of Europe. And in case you think that's far enough away to not be bothered too much by noise, think again."

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN'S NEW HOME HAS A HUGE PROBLEM ARCHIE CAN'T MISS




Apartment Therapy
June 6, 2019 | View Article

Fit Small Business
June 5, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
May 30, 2019 | View Article



"Working with the right contractor is crucial to every real estate investor’s profitability and success. You risk wasting your time and money if you work with the wrong contractor. We spoke with industry pros to determine the top warning signs of a bad contractor to be aware of when hiring. "

TOP 20 SIGNS YOU HIRED A BAD CONTRACTOR


"The most lucrative real estate niches largely depend on market trends and shifting buying interests, but some are longtime money-makers. We compiled a list of the 17 most lucrative, longstanding niches the pros use for lead generation."

17 MOST LUCRATIVE REAL ESTATE NICHES FROM THE PROS


"Many think of buying a home as an investment. New research reveals that many owners who recently sold pocketed a nice profit on their homes. That’s a good sign that buying a home as an investment can be financially rewarding."

HOME SELLERS MADE $57,500 ON AVERAGE SO FAR IN 2019. IS THIS ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU A HOMEOWNER?




Fit Small Business
May 28, 2019 | View Article

Fit Small Business
May 22, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
May 21, 2019 | View Article



"For sellers, getting multiple offers on a house is a dream. But for buyers who have fallen in love with a particular property, hearing that their offer is one of many can be maddening. So what happens when multiple offers come in—and, most importantly, what are the chances of your offer rising to the top? "

MULTIPLE OFFERS ON A HOUSE: INSIGHT FOR BUYERS FACING A BIDDING WAR


"A real estate agent checklist for listings helps agents prepare listings, market properties, and close transactions. Real estate sales are complex. It can be difficult to manage marketing efforts and deadlines without a real estate listing checklist."

REAL ESTATE AGENT CHECKLIST FOR LISTINGS


"Thinking about selling your home? Prepare to do your proper seller research. Because rushing into the process without knowing the facts can lead to regret. It could result in dissatisfaction with your agent. You may also get less for your home than you had hoped."

HOME SELLERS DO LESS THAN 3 HOURS OF RESEARCH, HIRE THE FIRST AGENT THEY MEET




realtor.com
May 16, 2019 | View Article

Fit Small Business
May 15, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
May 15, 2019 | View Article



"New research shows making the down payment is the greatest financial barrier to homeownership. The trick is choosing the right loan or assistance program. Find out what you can afford and qualify for. "

HOW TO AFFORD A DOWN PAYMENT ON A HOUSE


"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."

7 SNEAKY WAYS BURGLARS CAN BREAK INTO YOUR HOUSE


"There are many things that add to the cost of home ownership. A big one is your monthly mortgage payment, of course. But one cost that many buyers don’t look closely enough at is property tax."

PROPERTY TAXES RISING: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW




The Mortgage Reports
May 7, 2019 | View Article

Reader's Digest
May 5, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
May 4, 2019 | View Article



"Purchasing a single-family rental home as an investment property that you rent out can be a smart move. From a form of retirement savings to an additional income stream, owning a single-family home rental could put you in a great spot financially. "

THESE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO BUY A SINGLE-FAMILY RENTAL HOME


"Since hosting falls on the shoulders of real estate professionals, we turned to them to whet our appetite for the wackiest, most puzzling open house stories out there, and they didn't disappoint."

THE WEIRDEST OPEN HOUSE STORIES—FROM AGENTS WHO HAVE SEEN IT ALL


"Preparing for California real estate license renewal can take time away from making important sales. If you enroll in an online school like Real Estate Express, however, you can take required continuing education courses on your own time."

CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE LICENSE RENEWAL IN 5 STEPS




The Mortgage Reports
April 27, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
April 25, 2019 | View Article

Fit Small Business
April 24, 2019 | View Article



"There are many ways to make money in real estate. For advice on how to become profitable in the real estate industry, review the 36 tips from real estate experts below. "

HOW TO MAKE MONEY IN REAL ESTATE: 36 TIPS FROM THE PROS


"The more leads you have, the better your odds will be to close a deal... your business depends on maintaining a steady stream of incoming new prospective clients, which is a process known as real estate lead generation."

TOP 13 WAYS TO GENERATE REAL ESTATE LEADS


"In a seller’s market, the seller is in the driver’s seat. But new data show that sellers may be more willing to work with buyers who have a home to sell."

SELL YOUR HOME AND BUY ANOTHER: SELLERS NOW MORE WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU




Fit Small Business
April 22, 2019 | View Article

Fit Small Business
April 22, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
April 17, 2019 | View Article



"Happily, there are lots of other things you can do that will make a big difference when it comes to freshening your house’s exterior, making it the cutest one on the block and, hopefully, prompting it to linger less on the market. Here, some of the best tips, from real estate professionals. "

9 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL, ACCORDING TO REAL ESTATE EXPERTS


"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."

6 HOUSE NOISES YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE


"It’s that time again, when the Spring real estate market starts to get hot (or gets even hotter, depending on how steamy your particular corner of the world is). Multiple-offer situations and selling prices that soar over asking prices are great for sellers, not so much for buyers."

TOP TIPS TO MAKE YOUR OFFER STICK




Apartment Therapy
April 13, 2019 | View Article

GEICO Living
April 12, 2019 | View Article

Realty Times
April 9, 2019 | View Article



"Location and real estate market conditions help determine your home's value, but unfortunately, pinpointing an exact number is far from a perfect science. But there are certain tried and true tactics you can employ to help you get a ballpark figure for your home's worth. Below, our real estate experts offer their most reliable methods. "

'WHAT WILL MY HOME BE WORTH?' EXPERT-APPROVED TACTICS TO DETERMINE PROPERTY VALUE


"Flipping houses is a rewarding real estate investment and the best way to make it profitable is to choose renovation projects with a high return on investment (ROI). Investing in the wrong projects can increase your costs and reduce your profit potential. To help, we spoke with industry experts who shared the best fix-and-flip projects."

TOP 23 FIX & FLIP PROJECTS WITH HIGH ROI FROM THE PROS


"The “for sale by owner” (FSBO) method seems a great way to save thousands of dollars when you sell your home. Given the size of this fee, you may think that acting as your own seller’s agent will surely be worth the savings. Here are eight reasons you should think again."

8 REASONS TO SELL YOUR HOME WITH AN AGENT




realtor.com
March 27, 2019 | View Article

Fit Small Business
March 27, 2019 | View Article

Investopedia
March 25, 2019 | View Article



"In one year alone, 800,000+ REALTORS® gained an edge by leveraging at least one REALTOR Benefits® Program offering, saving $63 million on member benefits from industry-leading companies. "

REALTORS® LOVE REALTOR BENEFITS®


"Last year, 2018, was another strong year in the Cobb County residential real estate market. It is no surprise, then, that the Cobb Association of REALTORS welcomed 362 Top Producers to its 2018 Multi-Million Dollar Club (MMDC)."

COBB REALTORS CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS


"Eager to buy a home? The challenge has been waiting for a more affordable home market. But there’s a lot of recent good news that should be encouraging. Your wish for a more affordable home market may have come true."

WAGES UP, PRICES DOWN: AN AFFORDABLE HOME MARKET BENEFITS BUYERS




National Association of REALTORS®
March 21, 2019 | View Article

Atlanta Business Chronicle
March 19, 2019 | View Article

The Mortgage Reports
March 4, 2019 | View Article



"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 out of existing funds in the buyer’s personal accounts. "

EARNEST MONEY CHECK, DOWN PAYMENT AND CLOSING COSTS: WHEN ARE THEY DUE?


"Like anything rare and desirable, good real estate domain names can be crazy expensive, or even worse, impossible to get at any price. After all, you’re not the first agent to think of buying locationlocationlocation.com.

REAL ESTATE DOMAIN NAMES: 15 TRICKS EXPERTS USE TO PICK THE BEST


While some serious patience is required for smart negotiation, you don’t just have to sit back and twiddle your thumbs. We chatted with the pros to get a sense of how long negotiation takes, what factors can impact negotiations, and how you and your agent help to keep things moving.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO NEGOTIATE ON YOUR HOUSE? 5 TIPS FOR SELLERS TO KEEP THE DEAL MOVING




The Mortgage Reports
February 28, 2019 | View Article

The Close
February 26, 2019 | View Article

HomeLight
February 22, 2019 | View Article



"Smyrna-based NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity announced that The Cobb Association of Realtors and Ameris Bank will have a second build day at 1087 Old Bankhead Highway in Mableton for homeowner Olin Hanner on Saturday. "

COBB ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, AMERIS BANK TO WORK ON HABITAT HOUSE ON SATURDAY


"Since navigating the home loan process can be scary to do alone, many people might be tempted to seek out guidance from someone who's been there, done that. But you should probably ignore everything your Uncle Bob says."

THAT'S SO 2018! OUTDATED MORTGAGE ADVICE YOU SHOULD IGNORE RIGHT NOW


"Got a high mortgage rate? You may want to consider refinancing. Mortgage fees and rates can always be negotiated, and it helps to ask the right questions."

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REFINANCE A MORTGAGE?




Cobb Business Journal
February 21, 2019 | View Article

realtor.com
February 4, 2019 | View Article

Student Loan Hero
January 15, 2019 | View Article



"With marketing getting more complex, it can be confusing for real estate agents to maximize lead generation and get real estate leads that convert. To help, we compiled the top 43 real estate lead generation ideas using social media, software, and more. "

43 REAL ESTATE LEAD GENERATION IDEAS 2019 [FREE & PAID]


"Buying a home is exciting. But it can come with some unplanned surprises. One of these is unexpected home renovation you may need to tackle after moving in. These can be sudden repairs or upgrades required that even your home inspector didn’t foresee."

HOME RENOVATION: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED


"Getting started in a real estate business can be overwhelming and challenging. Inexperienced real estate investors are encouraged to work with a real estate mentor to help cultivate their skills to become successful. We spoke with experts who shared the important characteristics of a real estate mentor that new investors should look for."

TOP 25 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT REAL ESTATE MENTOR




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"Tis the season… to look for houses? It may seem counterintuitive since it’s actually a slower time of year and there may be fewer houses on the market, but the holiday season might actually be the ideal time to house hunt. Here are three reasons why. "

3 EXPERT-APPROVED REASONS YOU SHOULD ADD "NEW HOME" TO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST


"A new poll by PropertyShark reveals that Gen Z is willing to make several sacrifices in order to buy a home: Increasing their commutes, forgo proximity to nature, and deny themselves access to parks and pools. However, there are some amenities that today’s youngest homebuyers won’t give up."

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE TO BUY A HOME?


"Mortgage interest rates have been rising lately. Many experts predict mortgage interest rates will rise in 2019. The Federal Reserve has indicated that it may raise rates three times in 2019. That can make you question whether now is a good time to buy a home or refinance. This is where a mortgage rates forecast can help."

MORTGAGE RATES FORECAST FOR 2019: EXPERTS AGREE THAT RATES WILL RISE




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"Your home sale just fell through. Often, the cause is a buyer’s inability to close on a mortgage. Inspection issues, a low appraisal, or cold feet can also kill a deal. You might be a little gun-shy after losing your buyer. But re-marketing a home is easier than starting all over. "

WHAT IF MY BUYER'S MORTGAGE DOES NOT GO THROUGH?


"As tempting as it may be to gather Internet intel on the person who'll be sitting across from you at the closing table, this practice has its good and bad points. Here are the pros, cons, and pitfalls to watch out for when Googling a home buyer or seller."

SHOULD HOME BUYERS AND SELLERS GOOGLE EACH OTHER?


"A number of tenant scams happen regularly, victimizing landlords who do not have effective procedures in place for screening renters, collecting rents, and writing the right contract. We spoke with the experts who shared the different types of tenant scams every landlord should know and avoid."

20 TYPES OF TENANT SCAMS EVERY LANDLORD NEEDS TO KNOW




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"There are many theories and studies about why a specific season may be best for home selling. But there are strong reasons why fall actually may be the best time to buy a home. "

WHY FALL MAY BE THE BEST TIME TO BUY A HOME


"No one likes to overpay for a purchase, and this is particularly true when buying a home. Check out these home features that often inspire sellers to jack up their price."

8 'VALUABLE' HOME FEATURES THAT MAY BE A BIG WASTE OF CASH


"You aren't required to pay for a real estate attorney when you are buying a house. But if you do, that attorney will represent you during the entire home-buying process."

SHOULD YOU HIRE A REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY WHEN BUYING A HOME?




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"Adam Ailion tells us 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 ADAM AILION


"Whether it's ad copy that stresses the home's soaring city views or sneakily staged photos, some listings look better on the MLS than they are IRL."

7 RED FLAGS EXPERTS SAY TO LOOK OUT FOR IN HOME LISTINGS


"When done correctly, real estate is one of the most popular and profitable investments with a lot of potential for success."

TOP 24 BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE FROM THE PROS




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"Clients are the lifeblood of a real estate business. It’s important to generate enough leads and build your sphere of influence to ensure success. We spoke with experts who shared their best tips on how to get clients in real estate that involve everything from making better uses of open houses to finding new clients online. "

TOP 25 EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO GET CLIENTS IN REAL ESTATE


"Whether it’s an attorney for a retail chain looking for a corner location with lots of foot traffic or a CPA for a developer of creative space who need tenants, chances are an experienced residential broker’s database is loaded with potential commercial opportunities."

BRANCHING INTO COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: RISK VS. REWARD


"Think you can’t save a down payment for your home? Stop reading those articles about giving up coffee and see how the latest generation is kicking the landlord to the curb and buying their homes."

THE MILLENNIALS ARE ON TO SOMETHING: CREATIVE WAYS TO SAVE A DOWN PAYMENT




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September 26, 2018 | View Article

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"Typically, real estate carrying costs are paid monthly and include things like property taxes, insurance, mortgage payments, maintenance and more. Both buy-and-hold and fix-and-flip investors have carrying costs and need to incorporate them into their budget. "

CARRYING COSTS ON REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS - 2018


"Where do you find the right brokerage for your personality and career goals? What are real estate brokers looking for before they hire and how are hiring trends impacting real estate brokers? We talked to three brokers who gave us their perspective on hiring and what makes an agent stand out."

TOP REAL ESTATE BROKERS GIVE US THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON HIRING TRENDS


"Are home equity loans becoming smaller and harder to get? Are they still a good deal? It depends on a number of factors — starting with interest rates, your home’s value and the equity you have in it — but also others that you may not think of."

IS THE HOME EQUITY WINDOW CLOSING?




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"New research shows key markets where homeowners prefer to stay put the longest. And fresh data reveal towns where folks are most likely to leave sooner. Reviewing these lists can help you make a more informed buying decision. "

10 CITIES PEOPLE HATE TO LEAVE (AND 10 YOU MGHT WANT TO AVOID)


"While it's difficult to foresee the future, the outcomes of rising temperatures and ocean levels and expanding surge inclined zones could result in balanced home estimations."

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD IMPACT YOUR HOME VALUE


"In the real estate market there have been a handful of changes designed to protect against such a crisis again, yet many things have stayed the same. Industry experts talked with Cheapism about what's new in home buying and what remains unchanged."

10 YEARS AFTER THE CRASH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING A HOME NOW




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September 17, 2018 | View Article

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September 16, 2018 | View Article

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"Choosing a lender for your personal residence or rental property is an important decision and so is deciding on the property itself."

SHOULD I RENT OUT MY HOUSE AND BUY ANOTHER? (PART 2 OF 2)


"Like most mortgage products, the cash-out refinance is not good or bad. It’s either appropriate or not. Here’s how to decide if a cash-out refinance before retirement is a good strategy."

SHOULD YOU DO A CASH-OUT REFINANCE BEFORE RETIREMENT?


"The fact is, people’s reasons for selling their home are different, as are their time frames. Still, there are some common threads that lead us to call it quits on our home and move on to the next one. And you don’t always see them coming.

6 SIGNS IT'S TIME TO MOVE (ON)




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August 29, 2018 | View Article

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August 25, 2018 | View Article



"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. "

THE BEST MORTGAGE LENDERS


"The fact is, people's reasons for selling their home are different, as are their time frames. Still, there are some common threads—financial and emotional—that lead us to call it quits on our home and move on to the next one. And you don't always see them coming."

HOW LONG SHOULD YOU LIVE IN YOUR HOME? 6 SIGNS IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON


"The "Little Couple" stars have, at long last, reportedly sold their Houston home—after nearly a year on the market and 10 (yep, 10!) price cuts—for a mere $899,000."

LITTLE COUPLE STARS FINALLY SELL THEIR HOUSTON HOME FOR A TINY PRICE — HERE'S WHAT WENT WRONG




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"Wouldn’t it be nice to make some money off your house since you are paying for taxes, your mortgage and insurance? Well, there are plenty of ways to do just that with a little effort, creativity and research. "

WAYS YOUR HOME CAN MAKE MONEY WITHOUT SELLING IT


"Deciding to lease your own salon space is an exciting step, but finding the perfect spot involves more than the old “location, location, location” adage would lead you to believe."

FOR RENT: NAILING DOWN THE PERFECT RETAIL SPACE


"One of the many fees associated with renting a new apartment is the security deposit. It's usually the equivalent to one month's rent, but in some cases can be substantially more."

7 TIMES YOU CAN KISS YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT GOODBYE




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"Is my property in a flood zone? That's a question that concerns both homeowners and home shoppers—and not just those near large bodies of water. So how do you find out if your home is in a flood zone, and what type of flood zone it is?"

"IS MY PROPERTY IN A FLOOD ZONE?" THE EASIEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF YOU'RE AT RISK


"What do you need to know when it comes time to sell your house? Maybe you’re ready to downsize after the kids have grown. Or perhaps you’re family is growing and you need more space. No matter the situation, here are 10 questions to ask before hiring a real estate professional to help you sell your home."

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HIRING A REAL ESTATE AGENT TO SELL YOUR HOME


"If you use a mortgage to buy a home, your home closing can’t happen before the “day of funding.” That’s when all of the lender’s “prior to funding” conditions have been met and the loan proceeds can be wired to the escrow account and distributed to the seller and other third parties like appraisers and real estate agents."

HOME CLOSING: WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY OF FUNDING?




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July 25, 2018 | View Article

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July 23, 2018 | View Article

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July 20, 2018 | View Article



"Everyone has their own deal breaker, but these things that might be lurking in your kitchen are likely to make buyers run—not walk—toward the nearest exit."

7 THINGS IN YOUR KITCHEN THAT ARE GROSSING OUT POTENTIAL BUYERS


"FHA appraisal requirements and other rules for other government loans may require repairs before you can buy a house. Here are some priorities to consider."

APPRAISAL REPAIR REQUIREMENTS FOR FHA, VA AND USDA HOME LOANS


"Real estate investment property has long proved an effective strategy for building wealth. But as your number of rentals increases, so do the challenges."

RENTALS: FINANCING AND RENTING MORE THAN 4 PROPERTIES




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July 25, 2018 | View Article

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July 23, 2018 | View Article

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July 20, 2018 | View Article



"A “clear to close” buyer is in a good position. That’s because the mortgage underwriter has reviewed and approved all documentation required to fund the loan."

GEORGIA HARD MONEY LENDERS


"Escrow means placing something of value in the care of a neutral third party until specified conditions are met. This makes real estate transactions safer and smoother."

ESCROW DEFINITION: WHAT AN ESCROW COMPANY DOES


"Here’s a complete list of Georgia hard money lenders. Lending information, like rates and qualifications, are regularly updated to make comparing hard money loans in Georgia easy."

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I'M "CLEAR TO CLOSE"?




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July 17, 2018 | View Article

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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?




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July 5, 2018 | View Article

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"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




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June 22, 2018 | View Article

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June 17, 2018 | View Article

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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




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June 13, 2018 | View Article

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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




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May 24, 2018 | View Article

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"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




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May 13, 2018 | View Article

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May 10, 2018 | View Article

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"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?




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May 4, 2018 | View Article

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April 27, 2018 | View Article

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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




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"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




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April 3, 2018 | View Article

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"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




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March 7, 2018 | View Article

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March 1, 2018 | View Article

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"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 Florida."

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




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February 23, 2018 | View Article

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"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




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"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




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"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




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"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?




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"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




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"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




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"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?




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August 29, 2017 | View Article

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August 23, 2017 | View Article

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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




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August 9, 2017 | View Article

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"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'




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August 2, 2017 | View Article

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July 31, 2017 | View Article

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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?




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"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




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June 1, 2017 | View Article

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"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)




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May 10, 2017 | View Article

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"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




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"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




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April 20, 2017 | View Article

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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




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April 3, 2017 | View Article

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March 30, 2017 | View Article

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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