Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
This is a very informative post for move-up or trade-up buyers to consider. It is current information and especially relevant if buyers are relying on the sale of their existing home to purchase a new home.
Trade-up home buying has a different set of issues to conquer than the first-time home buying process. The first-time home buying process is about education. The first-time home buyer is figuratively diving into the water for the first time. Whether they make a beautiful swan dive or belly flop depends a lot on how well they were educated before they entered escrow by their real estate agent and mortgage originator.
The trade-up home buying process has an element of education, but it is more about coordination.How does the trade-up buyer coordinate the sale of their existing home with the purchase of their new home? Here are nine points that the trade-up buyer and their real estate agent need to know about in terms of financing to successfully coordinate the disposition of their current home along with the purchase of the new home:
Loan approval does not necessarily mean that you should release loan contingency. A loan approval always has conditions. If you are selling your current home, one condition lenders usually have is a copy of the closing statement from the sale of the current home. What happens if your buyer backs out? How comfortable are you with the ability of your buyer to buy your house? You need to find out all of the conditions from your lender so that you know exactly what has to happen in order to get your loan. Do not release loan contingency until you are aware of the conditions and are confident that you can satisfy these conditions.
Your mortgage originator needs your tax returns, even if the loan approval does not require it. Here is why: some of us try to minimize the amount of income tax we pay. Some of us use form 2106, which allows us to report unreimbursed business expenses on schedule A of our tax return. Lenders deduct this amount from your income for qualifying. Sometimes the lenders will not ask for tax returns, but they almost always ask for form 4506-T. Form 4506-T is a summary of the tax return you have filed with the IRS. If you have unreimbursed business expenses claimed, the lender most likely will re-underwrite the file and may even deny the file because your income is not as much as originally presented! Give your tax returns to your mortgage originator to prevent this problem upfront!
If you plan to sell stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds for the down payment, you are best served selling prior to having your file underwritten. Here is why: If you do not provide proof of liquidation, many lenders will value the worth of your holdings at 70% of the verified amount. Without proof of liquidation, the lender my determine that you are short on cash to close escrow, even if in reality you are not. Prove it now to save headaches later!
Are you trading-up because of a job transfer? Here is what you need: an employment offer letter, clear of any conditions (drug test is an example), and an affidavit signed by you stating that you will provide a paystub within 30 days of closing.
Try your best to nail down your loan amount and your interest rate up front! Here is why: If you increase your loan amount and/or change your interest rate after your lender has sent their initial disclosures, they may require re-disclosure and a new seven day waiting period before they can close escrow! Set it and forget it!
Take care of your credit score before you write an offer. Most lenders use the middle score of three credit repositories. In addition, the qualifying score most use is the middle score from the borrower with the lowest score among all the borrowers involved in the purchase. Credit scores can be changed if there are errors on the report. Work with your mortgage originator to make these changes now rather than while you are in escrow.
If you want an impound account, set it up after the close of escrow. Here is why: cash to close is one of the issues that often causes a headache at closing. Impound accounts require more cash to close. Why complicate an already stressful situation? Close escrow, call your lender, and then set up the escrow account when there's not as many hoops to jump through!
Don't count on 100% of your retirement funds as cash reserves. Most lenders are now only counting 60% of the value of retirement funds as cash reserves. For example, if you have $20,000 in retirement funds, the lender will only value these funds as $12,000.
Knowing these points will help the trade-up home buyer and real estate agent coordinate a multi-faceted transaction.
I originally had the idea of giving ten points - anybody have a tenth for the trade-up buyer?
About the Author: Sharon Alters works with her husband, Frank, and team member, Ann Dunsford Curley. They are in the top 5% real estate agents for production in the Jacksonville Florida area, specializing in Military and Corporate Relocation in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, St. Augustine and Beaches areas. Their local knowledge can help Relocating Buyers find the perfect lifestyle, whether it is a Castle on the Ocean, or a Cottage in the Country.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.