Last week, the National Association of Realtors’ Board of Directors overwhelmingly voted to ban a controversial practice known as “pocket listings.” Continue reading
If history teaches us anything, it’s that when good ol’ American ingenuity leads to positive changes for consumers…those changes are, very often, here to stay. These changes, which consumers benefit in some way from, can come in different forms. Think of Walmart. That changed pricing and made many items more affordable to the public. It also affected the mom and pop stores in a negative way. It’s not always about our pocketbooks though. Uber disrupted the taxi business by changing how convenient and professional that service could be. Both examples were game changers. How we view and utilize those two industries today is totally different than how we felt about them prior to those two companies’ creations. In real estate, the creation of iBuying has the potential to change that industry just as dramatically. Continue reading
The $500 Amerifirst Closing Cash grant we are offering not only gives your clients additional financial confidence, but also ensures that you, the Realtor®, are the hero, resulting in a higher likelihood of referrals in the future.
One agent has already seen the benefits of this grant in action… Continue reading
By this point, most REALTORS® know what Instagram is – you likely have a profile of your own, understand how it works, and have a general idea of which content will get you the most likes. Since it’s inception in 2010, users have had plenty of time to tinker with filters and experiment with their photography skills.
But while getting interaction on your photos is great, “likes” don’t equate to dollars. And in an industry like Real Estate where the phrase “time is money” can be taken literally, if you’re spending time on Instagram, the goal should be to generate business. Continue reading
Introducing our multi-part series discussing the various options available to homeowners looking to sell their homes
Over the course of history, things change. Sometimes for good, sometimes for the bad, and most times…well, they fall somewhere in between. One thing that’s as sure as death and taxes is, though, that things always – always change. With the continuing evolution of the internet, smartphones, easy-to-use apps, and such – Real Estate has changed much over the last 10-15 years. If you wish to sell your home, the choice is no longer simply whether to hire a traditional Realtor (who uses traditional selling techniques for a traditional fee) or go it on your own as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). Now there are options. A plethora of them. Continue reading
While Millennial homeownership is on the rise, a whopping 42% of that elusive group has yet to buy a home.
That is just one of the astonishing findings from a recent LendEDU survey that sought to identify what the hesitation is in 23-38-year-olds when it comes to buying a house. Continue reading
Mortgage interest rates are now at their lowest levels in nearly three years. This has led to a surge in applicants seeking to refinance their home mortgage. From the latest data
provided by Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.75 percent, down nearly a full percentage point
from the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, the average rate for a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage is down to 3.37 percent, the lowest since September of 2016. This is music to the ears of homeowners and buyers alike. Continue reading
When evaluating your personal financial landscape, it can be easy to make assumptions about what you can or can’t do with your money. For example, you shouldn’t buy that brand new laptop, or maybe you can splurge a little bit on a new hoodie. Smaller purchasing decisions are typically easier to determine as they tend to be paid out of pocket. Continue reading
Real estate transactions require more time, creativity and expertise on the part of sales professionals these days than ever before. Changing regulations, fluctuating markets and the reliance on digital media require agents bent on success to be ‘on the clock’ regularly. The time invested in making a sale is often staggering. Continue reading
Bulldozers moving dirt and builders hammering away could be seen from a tour bus filled with Realtors®, home builders and community leaders, as they got to hear firsthand the sound of progress. It was all part of a tour showcasing how a tax abatement program is making a difference in Columbiana. Continue reading