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A Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis

Keeping Current Matters

Everywhere you look, people are talking about a potential recession.

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Is digital real estate the future, or a forced fad?

The American Genius for Real Estate

There are some trying to make digital real estate happen, including in places like the Metaverse. But will it actually catch on?

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Zillow begins ‘critical’ year with mounting losses, falling Q1 revenue

Inman

Zillow brought in $469 million in revenue, according to an earnings call Wednesday, falling 13 percent from the $536 million it brought in a year earlier during a period that preceded the rate hikes and sluggish sales.

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Fed Increases Rates Again, but Signals Possible Pause Amid Banking Turmoil

RIS Media

Deja vu has hit the nation as yet another Federal Reserve meeting yields further interest rate hikes after a major bank collapse over the weekend. Fed officials announced that they would raise interest rates by another quarter percent, pushing the federal funds rate between 5% and 5.25%—a 16-year high. The move marks the 10th consecutive… The post Fed Increases Rates Again, but Signals Possible Pause Amid Banking Turmoil appeared first on RISMedia.

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Boldtrail Backoffice - Take The Quiz to See What Package Is Right For You

BoldTrail BackOffice provides a single, streamlined solution to manage agent onboarding and billing and commission tracking and disbursements, along with agent management, reporting, and accounting - so your brokerage can run smoothly & profitably. Our #1-rated back office solutions have exactly what your business needs to deliver a seamless experience for your clients and your team.

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Housing Market Tracker: Spring inventory grows

Housing Wire

The spring housing market music is playing, and purchase application data and active listing inventory rose together last week. The fear of not having an increase in inventory this spring should be put to rest. The other focus should be where mortgage rates go; only a little happened last week. Here’s a quick rundown of the last week: Active listing rose 8,260 week to week, down a bit from last week’s gain, but I’m not complaining — anything on the plus side is positive.

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7 Ways You Can Get Started In Real Estate Investing

Bigger Pockets

With all of the various strategies in real estate, how do you pick the best one for you? These seven ways you get started in real estate are great ways to get started.

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Agent Recruiting Tips and Strategies in a Challenging Real Estate Market

Realty Biz

Words of wisdom from Recruiting Insight's Mark Johnson, one of the industry's top talent experts Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate profession has been in flux. As a result, the period from 2019 through late 2022 has been an unprecedented roller coaster. Uncertainty and reactions to the pandemic gave way to a real estate boom market now threatened by a brutal downturn in the U.S. economy.

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Jobs data shows the labor market is normalizing

Housing Wire

Is the labor market finally normalizing? Jobs Friday data came in as a beat of estimates, but the labor market is clearly starting to come back to earth, killing the fear of 1970s wage spiral inflation. We’ve had a good week’s worth of data to show that the Federal Reserve is starting to get what it wants if you know where to look. The headline jobs data beat estimates, but we did have 149,000 negative revisions to the previous month’s data.

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Bob Hale: 50 years at HAR, and the pursuit of greatness

Real Estate News

During his five decades as a member of HAR and 35 years as president and CEO, Hale has driven innovation in his organization and the industry at large.

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Buyer Activity Is Up Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re a homeowner thinking about making a move, you may wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house.

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Need Curated Pre-foreclosure Lists to Generate New Real Estate Leads? Trellis Has the Data!

Trellis is a state trial court research and analytics platform that provides Real Estate Professionals (Buyers, Foreclosure, Loan Modification, etc.) with LEADS on Pre-Foreclosures, Lis Pendes, Distressed Assets and more — to help uncover **new** opportunities and grow their business. The process is quick and easy — and all in real time. Trellis will supply you with a link to the relevant dockets, a Leads sheet and access to its UI where applicable.

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Opendoor CEO Carrie Wheeler on Q1 earnings and the iBuyer’s future

Inman

The chief executive of the largest iBuyer spoke to Inman about Opendoor's first-quarter earnings on Thursday — and expectations that the company is turning a corner after a rough 2022.

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The 2023 housing market is at odds with itself

Housing Wire

A paradoxical picture is emerging as the spring market is underway. On the one hand, elevated mortgage rates continue to erode buyers’ purchasing power, and in some markets, home prices are falling. On the other hand, inventory is still low, and homes are still selling fast, often with multiple offers. All major housing market metrics point to a restrained housing market.

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Top brokers talk industry’s biggest challenges — lawsuit and all

Real Estate News

In a panel discussion, leaders of four fast-growing brokerages shared their thoughts on agent attrition, the commissions lawsuits and other hot topics.

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Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today

Keeping Current Matters

Wondering if you should continue renting or if you should by a home this year?

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Accelerating Real Estate Sales Pipelines to Streamline Buyer Journeys

Navigated 360° tours, like YourVRTours, advance pipelines by engaging clients further along the sales funnel. These immersive experiences provide comprehensive property insights, increasing buyer intent and readiness. By embracing navigated tours, agents can optimize property exposure, better qualify leads, and streamline the sales process. Stay ahead in the ever-evolving real estate landscape with innovative technology that elevates buyer journeys and progresses pipelines more effectively.

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Zillow, Redfin go head-to-head with new ChatGPT plugins

Inman

The plugins will allow users to employ conversational language to ask the chatbot details about specific listings and the kinds of homes they seek to fine-tune their search results.

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Incoming data will dictate future mortgage rate shifts, experts say

Housing Wire

The Federal Reserve affirmed on Wednesday that its next key federal funds rate hikes will depend on incoming data. In turn, economists and housing industry experts have now turned their attention toward the June meeting, as that decision will dictate the future movement of mortgage rates. The Fed’s move on Wednesday was well anticipated and should not cause a major shift in mortgage and other interest rates, experts noted.

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Bright MLS CTO Frank Major has died

Real Estate News

Frank Major is remembered as a “smart and kind” leader who served on the board of RESO and Byte Back, an organization working to close the digital divide.

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Improving a Credit Score to Help Buy a Home

RIS Media

If your credit has taken a bit of a hit, you must make changes to rebuild your score. With a higher credit score, applying for a mortgage with better terms and lower interest rates will be easier. This could give you the credit score needed to buy a house with the terms you want. Increasing… The post Improving a Credit Score to Help Buy a Home appeared first on RISMedia.

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Maximizing Your Online Presence: Tips for Real Estate Agents on Social Media

Speaker: Sarah Santa Ana, Real Estate Coach, Move4Free Realty

Networking is one of the crucial elements in every real estate organization's success. Both agents and real estate companies need to maintain robust networking links. This is why social media is essential for any real estate professional! Social media enables you to stay in touch with your present clients, maintain connections with your past clients, and engage potential customers and investors.

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Tenants rage as board votes to hike rent on millions of New Yorkers

Inman

Following an emotional hearing disrupted by protestors, a preliminary vote Tuesday by the Rent Guidelines Board set the stage for increases of up to 5 percent for one-year leases, and 7 percent for two-year leases.

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DataDigest: The remarkably resilient agent commission rate

Housing Wire

On Friday afternoon, my real estate agent called with good news. “Congratulations!” she said. “You just sold your house.” The agent wished me well and said that she would appreciate a review on her website. And that was that! A little backstory: The four-bed, 1.5 bath house in the Poconos showed well and I priced it very competitively – at $269,000.

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Home prices up modestly, with bigger gains in the forecast

Real Estate News

CoreLogic’s home price report for March found that prices in the U.S. increased 3.1% annually, though gains (and losses) varied across the country.

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Mulch Matters! How Curb Appeal Can Spark (or Sink) a Sale

RIS Media

Just how exacting and inviting must curb appeal be for a home going on the market to achieve its full price potential? Alex Chingas, a REALTOR® with the Bross Chingas Bross team at Coldwell Banker Realty in Westport, Connecticut, tells this tale… “We recently had an appointment with a home stager to come look at… The post Mulch Matters! How Curb Appeal Can Spark (or Sink) a Sale appeared first on RISMedia.

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The 4 Most Impactful Actions to Take in Real Estate in 2024

Strategic real estate professionals know that the name of the game right now is to stay informed, adaptable, and ready to make confident decisions. In this free download, Inside Real Estate CEO, Joe Skousen, shares what he believes are the top 4 most impactful actions in real estate right now. We've been actively engaging with industry experts, analyzing data, and listening intently to the experiences of our agents on the ground.

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Austin Board of Realtors taps Clare Losey as first housing economist

Inman

Bringing on Dr. Clare Losey will allow ABoR to produce ongoing reports on all aspects of the Central Texas economy for its 20,000-plus members, their clients, and local policymakers.

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Opinion: Setting the record straight on mortgage pricing

Housing Wire

Recently, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a statement clarifying the agency’s rationale for changes to loan level pricing adjustment (LLPA) fees going into effect on May 1. The changes have created some controversy due to the fact that better credit quality borrowers will experience higher fees after May 1 than under the current LLPA grids and vice versa for lower credit quality borrowers.

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CTO gets Real about new AI tools, and risks

Real Estate News

ChatGPT is not hard to add to your site. The challenge comes in doing it the right way, so you don’t hurt your brand with “hallucinations.

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Unaffordable Prices Are Most Common Reason Buyers Can’t Make Purchase

Eye on Housing

An earlier post revealed that 71% of buyers who were actively engaged in the process of finding a home in the first quarter of 2023 have spent 3+ months searching for a home without success. The inability to find an affordable home remains the most common reason buyers looking for 3+ months can’t make a purchase, cited by 40% (compared.

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Rise of The Apps: Building Your Dream Tech Stack For Real Estate Success

Speaker: Trey Willard, Realtor/Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

In order to create continued success in today’s real estate market, realtors need to utilize an arsenal of technology that will increase their efficiency and presence on social media. Using technology to manage your prospects and tap into their needs through websites, social media, and other channels is critical for real estate success in 2022 and beyond.

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Keller Williams scoops up second Arizona-based indie of 2023

Inman

Twelve-year-old independent brokerage Tru Realty has joined Keller Williams, according to an announcement on Thursday. Tru Realty has generated $450.6 million in sales volume since 2021.

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Exclusive: FHFA interview about LLPA changes

Housing Wire

In January, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) made a series of significant changes to loan level pricing adjustment (LLPA) fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on conventional/conforming mortgages. Although they went largely under the radar at the time, they ultimately caused an uproar among consumers , the mortgage industry and even some lawmakers.

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Tech Bytes: News from CRMLS, ShowingTime+, SentriLock, more

Real Estate News

CRMLS partners with Local Logic; Listing Media Services expands; Restb.ai and SentriLock each add 2 partners; news from CubiCasa, TrustFunds and Reliance.

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Must-Fixes Before a Client’s Home Goes Up for Sale

RIS Media

The obvious things that need to be addressed before having a client’s home be listed for sale are, well, obvious. Anything you can easily see that’s broken…a window, for example, needs to be fixed pronto. Some things aren’t so obvious, but also need to be taken care of. The last thing you want is for… The post Must-Fixes Before a Client’s Home Goes Up for Sale appeared first on RISMedia.

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5 Data Proven Ways Agents Can Do 18% More Business

Curious as to how you could do 18% more business? How about 14 more transaction sides per year? Check out this infographic with data from a RealTrends study to learn more.