Mortgage Rates Continue Month-Long Slide Author: Tory Barringer May 30, 2014

Mortgage rate declines have continued now for more than a month straight, bringing interest rates down once again to new 2014 lows. In its weekly released Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac found the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) was 4.12 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending May 29, down from 4.14 percent last … Continue reading Mortgage Rates Continue Month-Long Slide Author: Tory Barringer May 30, 2014

Marketing You – Are You Featuring the Right Services? Real Buyers Tell Us Which of Our Services They Value Most By James Kimmons

Whether it's business cards, newspaper ads or web sites, are you presenting marketing services nobody wants? If you're going to spend money on self-marketing, you should at least present benefits and services that the prospect actually values.It doesn't change much from year to year, but here are the things that actual buyers told NAR they … Continue reading Marketing You – Are You Featuring the Right Services? Real Buyers Tell Us Which of Our Services They Value Most By James Kimmons

7 seller personality disorders that can cost agents If you encounter any of these, don’t take the listing Trulia Pro Blog Trulia Pro Blog Contributor May 28, 2014

This post originally appeared on the Trulia Pro Blog, a blog for real estate professionals on Trulia.com. Follow Trulia Pro on Twitter: @TruliaPro.Every agent knows that being an armchair therapist is part of the job. You have to hold the space for people to make major decisions about their money, their homes, their families and their lives in the … Continue reading 7 seller personality disorders that can cost agents If you encounter any of these, don’t take the listing Trulia Pro Blog Trulia Pro Blog Contributor May 28, 2014

Home equity loans pick up, but slowly Paul Davidson 6 Hours AgoUSA Today

Home equity loans, which helped fuel Americans' pre-recession spending binges, are climbing out of a prolonged slump as house prices rise. But don't expect them to drive consumer purchases as they did in the boom years. "Housing isn't providing the same juice to consumer spending," says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. Outstanding balances … Continue reading Home equity loans pick up, but slowly Paul Davidson 6 Hours AgoUSA Today

The $240 million apartment: London’s property frenzy By Alanna Petroff @AlannaPetroff May 7, 2014: 10:52 AM

LONDON (CNNMoney)If you need proof that London's real estate market has gone mad, look no further than last week's sale of an apartment for nearly $240 million.The incomplete penthouse, with 16,000 square feet of concrete floors, occupies a prime site overlooking Hyde Park in central London. The buyer, possibly from Russia or Ukraine, was reported … Continue reading The $240 million apartment: London’s property frenzy By Alanna Petroff @AlannaPetroff May 7, 2014: 10:52 AM

Cambridge, Maryland: American Flag and Black House Marc Bretzfelder, 07/29/2011

Two houses -- one painted black, the other with stars and stripes -- are a jab by a builder at design rules imposed by the local historical society.House Painted Black, American Flag House I am the owner of the home and would love to share my side of the story. I bought the black home after … Continue reading Cambridge, Maryland: American Flag and Black House Marc Bretzfelder, 07/29/2011