Women in Real Estate

“Life holds a special magic for those who dare to dream.” Anonymous This week homeowners and homebuyers saw home values continue to rise, and the mortgage rates dipped down for the first time since January. The seemingly unattainable dream of renovating your home to be your castle or restructuring your debt so you can retire suddenly became possible like the wave of a magical wand.  Mortgage rates dipped about 5% this week for the first time since January 2021.  Home values increased 15.6% year-over-year.  The mortgage that the aspiring homebuyer could not afford last week suddenly became affordable this week The Collinger’s dream of getting their children through college, and retiring within the next ten years seemed impossible.  This week, their home hit the highest value they had ever seen. At the same time, mortgage rates dipped back down from their recent climb.   Restructuring the other debt with a…
Posted On Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00 Written by
“I watch other teams and ask myself, ‘What makes them win? Luck? Scheme? I’m constantly thinking of how to be better.” NIT Champion University of Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway The spring market in 2021 is running hot right out of the gate.  Inventory of homes available are fewer and mortgage rates are still a little lower than the beginning of April last year. It's a terrific market for home sellers because of the ease of selling higher. It is an excellent win for homebuyers because they can lock into a fixed-rate mortgage rate that keeps their payment affordable.  If you are a homebuyer in this market, get teamed up with a very reputable realtor and mortgage lender.   With some persistent grind and savvy strategy from you and your realtor-lender team, you can win in this market.  University of Memphis Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway said in an interview…
Posted On Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00 Written by
Consumers have choices, so how do you stand out as the logical choice in your market? As always, differentiation often wins the day. My friend and longtime real estate expert Steve Harney would always say, “10% different is 100% better!” Since Steve helped build a hugely successful real estate company and then founded the highly regarded “Keeping Current Matters” platform for real estate professionals, I think he was on to something!  So how do we create that 10% difference? How do we win more opportunities for ourselves, our clients, and our referral partners? I think in today’s market we can do this by helping set the stage for our clients and referral partners, as well as improving the quality of the experience for everyone by doing a great job upfront. When a prospect calls, do we remember to ask them how they came to call us and to take a…
Posted On Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00 Written by
“It’s simple arithmetic: Your income can grow only to the extent that you do.” T Harv Eker The pandemic year of 2020 caused some business people to prosper, and others have had to struggle to survive.  As a mortgage officer, I have heard customer stories as they describe their trek to keep home and business lights burning.  Mortgage rates are low and expected to stay relatively low through the year. However, the price of those rates has been rising over the last couple of months by about a half-point since January 2021.  Business owners and workers who have experienced a gap in income during the lockdown period last year have been trying to recover as the marketplace opens again. For these beleaguered borrowers, we, as lenders, need to spend some time finding ways to get them enough income to qualify for the home loan they need to move forward with…
Posted On Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00 Written by
 A bit about Summer:  Summer Goralik is a Real Estate Compliance Consultant and licensed California Real Estate Broker (#02022805). Summer offers real estate brokers a variety of consulting services including assistance with California Department of Real Estate (DRE) audit preparation, mock audits, advertising review, and training. She helps licensees evaluate their regulatory compliance and correct any non-compliant activities. Summer has an extensive background in real estate which includes private sector, regulatory and law enforcement experience. Most recently, she worked for the Orange County District Attorney's Office as a Civilian Economic Crimes Investigator in their Real Estate Fraud Unit. Prior to that, Summer worked for the DRE for six years as an Investigator. Among many achievements, she wrote several articles for DRE, four of which were co-authored with former Commissioner Wayne Bell. Before she embarked on her career in government and law enforcement, Summer also worked in the escrow industry for nearly…
Posted On Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Strong buyer activity and the rate at which listed properties are flying off the market make it important to recognize opportunities when others miss them. Right now a real untapped market for opportunities is investors! Let’s take a look at a few reasons investors are now great targets: • COVID 19 has allowed people not to be evicted for non-payment of rent. No rent, no cash flow!• Colleges and Universities are limited or empty, leaving student housing units to remain vacant. No rent, no cash flow!• Property values in many areas have risen significantly in the past few years, making properties far more valuable than thought.• Potential changes in investment property financing may make it less attractive to continue purchasing investment properties and creating the possibility for the search for other investments.• Potential changes to the tax code may also make it less attractive to hold investment property long term…
Posted On Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00 Written by
John Capozzi- “Dig where the gold is unless you just want some exercise.” “Location, location, location,” experts say is the most important real estate facet.  If you are a homeowner, a home seller, or a homebuyer, the timing element determines the amount of gold you mine from your home or your financing. “Is there still gold in them there hills?”  Watch out for the effects of inflation.   Inflation is pushing onto the scene, and inflation is the archenemy of low interest rates.  This week the Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, announced that the Fed would continue keeping their rate low, even in the face of rising inflation. The Fed vowed they would continue to buy mortgage-backed securities to keep mortgage rates affordable.  However, the bond markets have been running against the Fed's efforts like a game of chicken.  “Is there gold in them there hills?”  When it comes to your…
Posted On Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Words from a basketball coach- “Shooting means every time you catch the ball, your eyes go to the rim. By looking at the rim from any position, allows you to see everything that happens on the floor.” When you are positioning yourself to score on your real estate or mortgage deal, you need to have your eyes on what you want to accomplish.  It might be buying a home in a particular neighborhood.  You may want to reduce your overall monthly debt by refinancing a mortgage. Knowing your comfort level on move-in costs and monthly payments helps you keep your view of the playing field in perspective.  We have experienced the lowest rates we have ever seen several weeks ago.  February 2021 saw the price on rates start an upward climb due to the fear of inflation, actions, and comments by the Federal Reserve. Even though mortgage rates are not…
Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00 Written by
The mortgage and real estate industries are bound by a series of rules, regulations, laws, and hopefully by ethics. While there has always been a few that have avoided or just plain disregarded the rules, most of those in the professions of mortgage and real estate have paid attention to the rules and were likely held to task when they didn’t. The mortgage meltdown led to a huge collapse in the markets worldwide. Most responsible for the violation of trust placed with them have never been held accountable for their actions and some that were, didn’t suffer more than pennies on the dollar for their crimes, forget going to prison for a long time. Today we are facing larger and more overt violations of rules and regulations than we saw prior to the mortgage meltdown and nobody seems to care! Major companies openly violate norms that have been well established…
Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Page 6 of 15

Realty Times

From buying and selling advice for consumers to money-making tips for Agents, our content, updated daily, has made Realty Times® a must-read, and see, for anyone involved in Real Estate.