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Android VS iPhone - 09/29/11 12:31 PM
Are you an iPhone or an Android powered device person? What do you think is better for business? I always hear people recommending the iPhone. A lot of people who are clueless about certain technology aspects seem to blindly go for the iPhone - spending MORE money on a device that has WORSE hardware! The iPhone 5 is coming out very soon and will have a - GASP! - dual-core proccesor. Many months ago an Android powered phone was released with a dual-core processor and there are now many out there, giving you a lot of phones to choose from. Apple (3 comments)
Mortgage applications rise 9.3% - 09/29/11 12:12 PM
Mortgage applications rose 9.3% this past week as borrowers refinanced their home loans at exceptionally low interest rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association said refinancing apps grew dramatically, with the refi index jumping 11.2%, after the Fed announced it would move its portfolio towards longer-term Treasury securities. Meanwhile, the purchase index grew 2.6%, suggesting an increase in new home applications at the lower interest rates. "With lower rates, refinance application volume increased to its highest level since August 19, 2011," said Mike Fratantoni, the MBA's vice president of research and economics. "Purchase application volume also increased. However, the increase was in conventional purchase applications, (2 comments)
FHFA: Mortgage rates drop for fifth straight month - 09/27/11 12:44 PM
The average interest rate on mortgages sold to the government-sponsored enterprises in August averaged 4.56%, a drop of 1 basis point from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It's the fifth-straight month of declines since the rate to reached 4.84% in March. On Oct. 3, the Federal Reservewill begin purchasing up to $400 billion in longer-term Treasurys and new agency mortgage-backed securities as part of an effort to keep borrowing costs low. According to Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, the Fed's previous policies have already pushedinterest rates to the lowest level since the early 1950s. Any additional drop would accelerate already (2 comments)
Survey shows first-time homebuyers growing weary of short sales - 09/27/11 12:42 PM
Monday, September 26th, 2011, 8:34 am First-time homebuyers are growing tired of short sales, which take nearly 17 weeks to complete, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance housing survey. While first-time homebuyers acquired 54.1% of all short-sales in November 2009, the segment's share of acquisition activity fell to 39.7% in August with many buyers losing interest due to several factors slowing down the process, the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance survey showed. The August figure represented a "three-month slide and was the lowest level for first-time homebuyers ever recorded in the survey" of 2,500real estate agents. The short-sale process is often delayed due (1 comments)
"House Taishido." Photo courtesy of Key Operation Inc.
A very interesting read, just thought I'd share, enjoy! (0 comments)
Market Leader acquires RealEstate.com for $8.25M! - 09/22/11 11:28 AM
Market Leader Inc., a provider of marketing and "software as a service" products to real estate professionals, has acquired lead-generation network RealEstate.com, the company announced today. Market Leader paid $8.25 million in cash for the acquisition, which includes "patents, trademarks and approximately 400 domain names, including Realestate.com; software related to consumer Web services; information, contracts and content necessary to operate the Realestate.com website; and, a network of over 250 real estate broker customers," according to a regulatory filing dated Sept. 15. Earlier this year, Market Leader also acquired mobile lead-generation platform developer kwkly and real estate marketing company SharperAgent. In August, the company launched Market Insider, a tool that offers (6 comments)
August Existing-Home Sales Rise Despite Headwinds, Up Strongly from a Year Ago - 09/22/11 11:24 AM
Washington, DC, September 21, 2011 Existing-home sales increased in August, even with ongoing tight credit and appraisal problems, along with regional disruptions created by Hurricane Irene, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Monthly gains were seen in all regions. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 7.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.03 million in August from an upwardly revised 4.67 million in July, and are 18.6 percent higher than the 4.24 million unit level in August 2010. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there are some positive market fundamentals. (0 comments)
Tips for getting found on Google! - 09/20/11 12:50 PM
Great tips we've gotten at our time so far at Mega Camp! Very great information in the video below. Do any of you have any special secrets you want to share with us all on how you get to the top of Google? (11 comments)
Very excited for this event! - 09/15/11 11:39 AM
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20110914/CHRONICLE/109140347/Rummage-plant-sale-will-benefit-Habitat-Humanity Does anyone else have any upcoming events in their area to support Habitat for Humanity? I look forward to supporting my community this Saturday! (0 comments)
Is Your Listing Everywhere on the Internet? - 09/15/11 11:30 AM
Very good post! We at Team Carlos have our listings on multiple websites and our marketing coordinator works hard to check the price, photos, status and other important details weekly to ensure everything is updated and correct! The internet is where it's at, get your listings out there! Via Leslie Ebersole, REALTOR® Chicago's Western Suburbs (Baird&Warner Fox Valley): Is Your Listing Everywhere on the Internet? There are more than 1 million REALTORS® in the US who will list your home with a claim of top-notch internet marketing. But just like the old promise of I’ll advertise it, the promise of on the internet (0 comments)
Mortgage applications rose 6.3% last week - 09/15/11 11:10 AM
Mortgage applications rose 6.3% last week as more homeowners filed purchase applications and refinanced their home loans. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its refinance index increased 6% last week after three weeks of declines. The trade group said the refinance index is not seasonally adjusted but does include an adjustment for Labor Day. On an unadjusted basis, refinancings fell 15.2% and are down 23.5% from a year earlier. The purchase index climbed 7% from a week prior, while the unadjusted purchase index fell 16.2%. The unadjusted overall composite index decreased 15.4% from the prior week. The refinance share of mortgage activity represented 77.3% (0 comments)
Your views on Obama's Jobs Bill - 09/13/11 12:15 PM
http://www.inquisitr.com/141256/jobs-bill-obama/ Do you think this will stimulate the economy? Do you think it may have any affect the Real Estate industry? (4 comments)
Photos on business cards? What are your views? - 09/08/11 11:03 AM
Recently I've read a few blogs and articles about whether real estate agents should have their photo on their business card or not. While both view points are understandable, I still believe that photos on your business card are a good thing as long as you keep them updated. At my brokerage nearly everyone has their photo on their business card. How do you feel about the matter? (12 comments)
Thursday, September 1st, 2011, 1:00 pm The Treasury Department will withhold payments once again to Bank of America (BAC: 7.45 +6.58%) andJPMorgan Chase (JPM: 34.8195 +4.13%) for their poor performance modifying mortgages in the second quarter.
Both banks need substantial improvement to their operations within the Home Affordable Modification Program, according to the compliance review conducted by the Treasury.
In the first quarter, the federal agency elected to withhold payments from these two banks and Wells Fargo (WFC: 24.92 +4.18%). Since then, Wells made the mandated improvements. Though some moderate work is still needed from the bank, the Treasury will return previously withheld funds.
If (2 comments)
Free NAR Safety Webinar - 09/07/11 11:46 AM
REALTOR® Safety Series: Social Media and Cyber Safety Monday September 12th 11:30 - 12:30 FREE!
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Today’s environment includes social networking, smart phones, e-mail and on-line everything. But how safe are you when using all this technology?
In this webinar, you will:
* Learn how today’s criminals are using your social media information for illegal activities. * Identify the pitfalls and rewards of social media and other cyber tools. * Learn what your tweets and posts could be telling the world. * Discover how you could be tracked (0 comments)
Your views on video marketing! - 09/06/11 11:36 AM
Team Carlos has recently began video marketing with our lead buyer specialist. She's offering advice and tips on a different topic each week and answering questions that the viewer may have. We hope this is something that can excel as video marketing seems to be a pretty smart step to take. How many of you have tried this? How did it work out for you? (2 comments)
Do You Go To Work Every Day.....And Really Work!!! - 09/06/11 11:20 AM
Team Carlos works hard every day! This post was so true in every way. We all have distractions every once in a while but it's those who focus hard every day who will succeed. Routines are extremely important and aren't hard to follow once you get into the groove of things. It's great to set daily goals and then handle all of the extra tasks around that. Via Barbara Todaro "Franklin MA New Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ): Do you go to work every day? I’m not asking if you have a physical presence at the office every day, but do you (4 comments)
Educator Program - 09/01/11 11:30 AM
How many of you Realtors have ever offered offers and discounts to educators in your area? Team Carlos is trying to start a new program to assist those who help educate our community. Do you have any tips or suggestions? How did it work out for you? We are so excited to start helping those who help others so much! (0 comments)
Record revenues propel Zillow to profitability in Q2 - 09/01/11 11:20 AM
How many of you use and like Zillow? I've found it very simple to navigate and love the clean look of everything. I wish the best for Zillow and hope they continue to succeed! (2 comments)
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