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

9.7 Million Homeowners Under Water – Tony Barringer DS News May 20, 2014

The number of underwater borrowers continues to fall, but that was about the only good news Zillow had to report in its latest look at negative equity. The company released Tuesday its Negative Equity Report for the first quarter, revealing an estimated 9.7 million homeowners continue to owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. That number, … More 9.7 Million Homeowners Under Water – Tony Barringer DS News May 20, 2014

Nearly One-Third of Americans Live in Counties Where One in Five Homeowners is Underwater: Heat Map May 19, 2014 By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President

A high percentage of homes with negative equity, or underwater, is a lingering legacy from the recent housing and foreclosure crisis. Although these underwater homes are not as direct of a threat to the housing market as foreclosures, they are hobbling the housing recovery by preventing many homeowners (17 percent of all homeowners with a … More Nearly One-Third of Americans Live in Counties Where One in Five Homeowners is Underwater: Heat Map May 19, 2014 By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President

Rent with Option by Real Estate Investors Society

Rental Management Edition When it becomes hard to sell property, Rent with Option seems to become increasingly popular. If only everyone knew what it was! Contracts commonly referred to as Rent with Option actually include three forms that are very different, often confused and most people don’t know the difference. In a pure Rent with … More Rent with Option by Real Estate Investors Society