The Other Sphere of Influence: The Power of REALTOR Recommendations Written by Jaymi Naciri on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 3:12 pm

When it comes to real estate, we know agents influence everything from the locations a buyer considers to the type, size, and style of home they purchase. But that's only the beginning. Not surprisingly, REALTORS®are also sought out for real estate-related services. <!----> A survey from Campbell Communications and Inside Mortgage Finance Publications "revealed that … Continue reading The Other Sphere of Influence: The Power of REALTOR Recommendations Written by Jaymi Naciri on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 3:12 pm

The Number of Underwater Homes Dives Downward by Kendall Baer for DS News

As home prices continue to rise, the number of underwater borrowers has fallen over the years significantly to the point where 92 percent of all mortgaged properties are in positive equity territory, according to a recent report from Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae reports that in the first quarter of this year, 46.7 million properties had … Continue reading The Number of Underwater Homes Dives Downward by Kendall Baer for DS News

Five Legal Reasons Why Investors Need A Real Estate Attorney by Erica Hackmyer Realty Trac

The legal side of real estate can be quite complicated to understand for someone who isn’t an attorney with experience in this area of the law. As an investor, you’ve spent so much time honing your ability to find and successfully fix and flip or buy and hold profitable investments, but when it comes to … Continue reading Five Legal Reasons Why Investors Need A Real Estate Attorney by Erica Hackmyer Realty Trac

HARP Extended; FHFA Offers High LTV Refi Option by Brian Honea

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday it will be extending its Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) until September 30, 2017. HARP was scheduled to expire at the end of this year. In its Q2 Refinance Report released in mid-August, FHFA reported there are still a few hundred thousand borrowers eligible to refinance … Continue reading HARP Extended; FHFA Offers High LTV Refi Option by Brian Honea

Home Online interior design service Havenly heads to Chicago by Sam Dewey

The sisters behind Havenly, an online interior design service to help you design and shop for your space virtually, have a keen eye for design. But when the duo put their sights on finding a solution to the lack of online interior design opportunities, their vision got even, well, keener. Meet co-founders Emily Motayed and … Continue reading Home Online interior design service Havenly heads to Chicago by Sam Dewey

Overall Delinquencies Decrease in Q2 by Kendall Baer DS News

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently released its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit which reported that overall delinquency rates improved and continued the trend that has taken place since 2010, according to an announcement from the New York Fed. "Today's report highlights a positive ongoing trend in household debt," said Donghoon Lee, … Continue reading Overall Delinquencies Decrease in Q2 by Kendall Baer DS News

Why houses in America are getting smaller Diana Olick

Size matters, especially in housing, but preferences can change quickly, and that is the case today. Small is happening in a big way. For the first time since the recession, home size is shrinking. Median single-family square floor area fell from the first to the second quarter of this year by 73 feet, according to … Continue reading Why houses in America are getting smaller Diana Olick