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Licensed Appraisers: Changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Codes of Conduct - 04/28/09 11:08 AM
In response to the current state of the real estate market, appraisal practices have come under scrutiny -- during the boom, appraisers routinely signed off on a doubling and tripling of home values. To prevent any further misconduct, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced revisions to their Home Valuation Code of Conduct -- effective May 1, 2009. Lenders that sell their loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be required to follow new guidelines. The biggest change -- mortgage brokers and realtors will no longer be able to choose their own appraisers. Licensed appraisers will be selected by the lender. (2 comments)
How to Receive an $8,000 Tax Credit When You Buy Washington Real Estate - 04/24/09 11:19 AM
First-time homebuyers have an exclusive opportunity this year to receive money back when they buy their first home - creating even more reasons to purchase Washington real estate. If you've had your eye on a Seattle-area condo or island home, this is an excellent time to make your move. The new $787 billion stimulus bill recently signed into effect by President Barack Obama opens the door for many first-time homebuyers - and Washington real estate salespeople who will help buyers make their purchases. Thinking about buying your first home? Here are some things you should know about the first-time homebuyer tax (0 comments)
How to Understand Washington Real Estate & the Distressed Property Law - 04/22/09 11:17 AM
The Distressed Property Law, enacted in March 2008, was designed to protect the distressed homebuyer, but in the process the Washington real estate professional was affected. If you work in the real estate industry or are pursing a career as a salesperson or broker, you need to understand this important legislation. The law protects people facing foreclosure from being taken advantage of by other people looking to profit from their misfortune. For example, some individuals advertise that they can help people avoid foreclosure by buying their house and renting it back to them, with a promise that the house can be (0 comments)
Telling Clients to Boost Their Home's Curb Appeal - 04/20/09 11:49 AM
Most buyers will judge a book by its cover. Even if a home is loaded with amenities and upgrades throughout the interior, a shoddy exterior can cost your clients a quick sale. They don't have to fret -- there are multiple things that can be done to boost their home's curb appeal. As their real estate broker, you are in a position to provide them with valuable advice. First off, you should instruct your clients to hire a professional landscaper just before their home goes on the market. Have the landscaper prune any overhanging branches or overgrown shrubbery, mow the lawn (3 comments)
Quick, Affordable TX Real Estate Renewals – Pay When You Pass! - 04/17/09 11:51 AM
Allied Real Estate School offers affordable renewal packages to make keeping your Texas real estate license up-to-date quick and easy – and the best news is that you pay when you pass! Whether you need to complete your first-year renewal or subsequent yearly renewals, you can stay current with convenient online, TREC-approved courses. We know that you've worked hard to build your Texas real estate career – that's why we help you stay current with our 100% online 60-hour SAE or 15-hour MCE renewals. You can complete your continuing education hours from the comfort of home, when you have time. Simply (0 comments)
How to Attract Real Estate Buyer in Online: Five Success Tips - 04/16/09 11:09 AM
Build a Website: The first thing you need to do is build a website that you can use to showcase your featured homes and keep folks informed about everything you have to offer. These days, you can find a web designer for fairly cheap and a simple website should not cost you an arm and a leg. It is a good idea to reserve your personal name as your domain name if it is available. In other words, if your name is John Smith, you should try and reserve the domain johnsmith.com or johnsmithhomes.com -- this is a great way to (6 comments)
Buying a Foreclosed House? Hire a Home Inspector - 04/14/09 05:37 PM
For home buyers and investors, the global economic recession and the housing slump present an array of opportunities for those who can identify good bargains. At the heart of the housing decline has been a number of bad home loans, which has resulted in more and more foreclosed properties coming onto the market. Banks now own tens of thousands of homes across the country and they are eager to sell the homes as quickly as possible. This doesn't mean that banks are "giving homes away," but it should be stressed that banks are not in the home-owning business; they are lending (5 comments)
How to Start Your Career as a Real Estate Broker - 04/14/09 02:01 PM
Are you self confident and goal oriented? Do you like the idea of leading others? A career as a real estate broker might be an ideal fit for a new career. You can take the first step with comprehensive broker courses. Once you become a licensed real estate salesperson, you can easily move forward and get your broker’s license – it’s easy to make a smooth transition into a broker career! Choose to advance your career by becoming a California real estate broker. You will get the skills and credentials to run your own real estate office and oversee a team (3 comments)
The Backbone of Your California Real Estate Career - 04/14/09 11:52 AM
Good customer service can be the difference between a successful California real estate career and an average California real estate career. Providing good customer service can get you noticed, and make clients want to use you instead of a competitor. With so much at stake in the real estate process, you should make it a priority to always provide the highest-quality customer support. Nobody wants to work with a California real estate salesperson that is unhelpful, unreachable or even unwilling to do what it takes to get the sale complete – especially when that sales agent is receiving a large (0 comments)
How to Brand Your Texas Real Estate Career - 04/14/09 11:16 AM
With the uncertainty of today’s real estate market, you need to way to stand out in your Texas real estate career. Building a brand provides people with an easy way to remember you – something to associate with your name. It also serves to build trust with your clients and the community – and can benefit you even in a stable economy. Many successful Texas real estate agents are realizing the importance of creating a brand or image as a way to gain recognition within their local community. One of the most effective ways to do this is to create an (1 comments)
A Real Estate Career is Still a Good Choice - 04/14/09 10:41 AM
Do you enjoy working with others? Do you like to set your own schedule? Do you want a career with high income potential? Do you like to interact with a lot of different people? Then a real estate career might be an ideal fit for you. With a real estate license, you can give up the full-time desk job for an exciting career that offers variety and reward. Career Outlook You might wonder if this is a good time to become a real estate salesperson. It actually is – the real estate market is expected to start making a recover in (7 comments)
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