real estate markets

Real Estate Markets Revealed in an Entirely New Way

Wed Apr 2019

A mapping tool introduced by Zimmerman/Volk Associates (ZVA) is providing a new way to look at market turnover. These at-a-glance statistics offer a quick look at local real estate markets with an interactive map that makes zoning in on any county in the U.S. a breeze. You can try the ...

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amazon mortgage lenders

Will Amazon Create Prime Competition for Mortgage Lenders?

Wed Apr 2019

The mortgage industry has been keeping a nervous eye on Amazon, fearing it is just a matter of time before the company forces its way into the real estate finance business. Although it is not unreasonable for lenders to be worried about a tech giant bullying their way into their ...

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instagram hashtags

How Realtors Can Grow Their Business with Instagram Hashtags

Wed Mar 2019

There are a growing number of social platforms available for real estate agents, each offering its own special audience and strategy. When it comes to Instagram, mastering the art of hashtags is a must to further your reach and make stronger social connections. Here are some simple tips to help ...

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va loan refinances

New Rules for VA Loan Refinances Designed to Protect Homeowners from Scammers

Fri Mar 2019

In September 2018, cash outs accounted for 86% of all VA refinancing. Cash out refinancing options offer cash up front to homeowners, while charging higher interest rates, trumped-up banking fees, and longer terms. In some cases, all the associated costs were comparable to charging $70 on a $100 loan. When ...

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low-volume business climate

How Mortgage Lenders and Brokers Thrive in Low-Volume Business Climates

Fri Mar 2019

When a low-volume business climate is on the horizon, mortgage lenders and brokers have to hone their skills and improve their sales pitch to stand out from the competition. Take the bull by the horns using the techniques top mortgage lenders and brokers use to thrive in a low-volume business ...

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devalue your home

Homeowner Alert: 10 Factors That Devalue Your Home

Tue Mar 2019

Many issues can negatively impact real estate values. Here are 10 factors that can negatively impact the value of your home.  Power Lines Power lines not only look bad and emit a buzzing sound, but they are also rumored to cause health issues. Although there is no solid proof of ...

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Millennial Home Buyers

How Student Loan Debt Affects Millennial Home Buyers

Tue Feb 2019

College is more expensive than ever these days, which means a majority of millennial students were required to take out a loan in order to attend. However, it can take years before these loans are even half paid off. This burden is having a negative, far-reaching effect on the lives ...

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Home Upgrades to Increase Value

Consider These Home Upgrades to Increase Value

Thu Feb 2019

Renovations and upgrades to the features of your home are great ways to increase its value. However, how does one do this without spending a fortune? Well, you can actually make a serious positive impact on the value of your home with small investments to only the features that today’s ...

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Upgrading to a Bigger Home

Key Factors to Consider Before Upgrading to a Bigger Home

Wed Feb 2019

Feeling a little claustrophobic in your current home? You may have recently added more members to your family or plan on doing so in the future. Additionally, there’s a chance you have a friend or relative that is staying with you or you are someone who has frequent guests. Regardless ...

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Impact of New Solar Technology on Commercial Buildings

The Potential Impact of New Solar Technology on Commercial Buildings

Mon Feb 2019

We are one step closer to getting energy self-sufficient buildings all around the world. Olga Malinkiewicz, a Polish physicist and entrepreneur, has found a low-cost solution to making solar panels available to areas with little sunlight. Below we take a look at the potential impact of new solar technology on ...

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