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Posted On Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00 Written by
If 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, 2021 is certainly starting out with a lot of activity. Purchase activity, refinance activity, COVID activity, vaccination activity, political activity, and quite a bit of activity in the bond market! The purchase and refinance activity is pretty much following the numbers we saw going into the holidays and a pretty good size surge of new preapprovals entering the market to look into what is usually a very busy listing month for resales! Unfortunately, spikes in COVID cases are raising concerns as vaccines are being sped to market each day, but not as fast as many would like. We have challenges on the political front that won’t likely go away any time soon, but will definitely impact all of us in some way yet to be determined. Then there is the bond market losing almost 50bps in the past two days…
Posted On Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00 Written by
Pamela Banks earned her real estate license in 2000 and immediately immersed herself in the profession. She specializes in residential lifestyle real estate, working with buyers, sellers and investors. Along with her 20 years of experience, Pamela is deeply involved in the profession, serving on local, state and national real estate committees. This year, along with her committee work, she is also serving as a Board of Director for both Florida Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, as well as a RPAC President Circle Sterling R contributor. Pamela joined the Women’s Council of Realtors Greater Palm Beach in 2004, served as the President in 2006 and Florida State President in 2015. This year she is honored to be the Women’s Council of REALTORS National President Elect. Pamela is addicted to orchids with over 70 plants in her yard. She is married to her high school sweetheart, has three grown…
Posted On Thursday, 07 January 2021 00:00 Written by
First, let me wish all of you a very Happy New Year! 2020 has been rewarding for the mortgage industry, despite many challenges. The market doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all as we approach 2021 and the busiest listing period of the year and millions of loans that would still benefit from refinancing. So pay attention this weekend and expect a good deal of activity right from the start! The Designation • As I spoke about before, we will begin awarding the “Certified Residential Lending Specialist” designation in January to those that have qualified.• It is a process that reviews individual production of a minimum 100 closed units in a year, with a minimum of 75 purchase units self-sourced.• It also requires verified customer satisfaction of completed surveys by clients either back to their company or a social platform we can verify.• Completion of personal instruction and training…
Posted On Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00 Written by
 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 five years, for both…
Posted On Wednesday, 30 December 2020 00:00 Written by
 Cleve Gaddis is a Master Coach, speaker, and trainer with Workman Success Systems who works with some of America's most-profitable teams. He specializes in helping family-owned brokerages and teams navigate the challenges unique to family businesses. Cleve hosts "Your Move Atlanta," a weekly radio show on 640 AM, a Fox News station on iHeartRadio.  He learned to sales the hard way, by selling vacuum cleaners door to door.  To have Cleve speak live to your company, team, or group, connect with him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Posted On Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:00 Written by
Twas the week before Christmas, And despite what the media has said; Purchase loans and refinance activity, Are far from dead! Buyers are still making offers, On homes both large and small. Despite their faulty belief, That all of the shopping is done at the mall! So don’t pay attention, To those who would say otherwise. Mortgage loan volume, Still continue to set new highs! While this year has been unlike, Any other we have seen. The desire to own and refinance, Are still picking up steam! I will leave you with good tidings, As a coach to some of the best; Don’t miss out on opportunities available, While others party and rest! There are renters wanting to own, Trade-uppers looking to sell and buy; And let us not forget those, Who have yet to Refi! Enjoy some time with your family, Make sure to have some well-deserved fun; But…
Posted On Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00 Written by
2020 has been a year unlike any other. While we began the year with lower rates, COVID-19 quickly took the spotlight. Despite shutdowns and layoffs, refinances boomed and the purchase market kept everyone moving. We have not been at a loss for opportunities with rates more than 1% lower than this time last year, refinances are almost double what they were and purchase business is up more than 22% nationwide! All of this activity may have people just struggling to hang on to their sanity because of growing volumes, some have really grown themselves, their systems, and the types of referral partners and opportunities they have sought out. While there are many that boarded the leads list train, others have made a different choice on how to grow their business. Some have hired production partners that funnel volume up to an individual, others have mastered the business to a point…
Posted On Monday, 14 December 2020 00:00 Written by
I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving last week. This week we need to talk about December and the fact that we need to really focus on our people. Our clients, our teams, our support staff, and most of all our families all require our attention. The steps are pretty simple: • Every current file in process that closes this month needs to be smooth and swift. Take care that any file scheduled to close the last two weeks of the month be clear to close no later than Friday the 18th.• All pre-approvals need to be contacted this week to determine their intentions. Are we looking every week at homes, are we looking occasionally for homes, or are we waiting until January to resume looking?• Those with files to close in January need to stay on top of information and timelines so we don’t start 2021 in…
Posted On Monday, 07 December 2020 00:00 Written by
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