Zillow finalizes ShowingTime acquisition despite opposition to the deal



Zillow has closed on its $500 million acquisition of the home viewing scheduling platform ShowingTime, despite the deal facing opposition and intense regulatory review. Zillow first announced its plans to buy ShowingTIme in April, however the deal was held up when the Federal Trad Commission announced it was carrying out a review to ensure the […]

11 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell



We’re in a historically hot real estate market right now, so it’s a great time to be a seller. Maybe you want to move to a warmer climate, or maybe you want to upgrade your investments — but you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a buyer, even if you’re selling a dilapidated property. But just […]

What Do Property Encroachments Mean?



Have you heard about encroachments in real estate and wondered what exactly that meant? You might think that you’ve found your perfect home, but a dispute with your neighbors can ruin the dream. Neighbor problems can occur for many reasons, but one source of problems can be encroachments. Perhaps you have a neighbor that either […]

Surprising jump in pending home sales suggests buyers are making a comeback



Pending home sales of existing homes jumped by 8.1% in August from the previous month, suggesting that buyers in the housing market are making a strong comeback. The National Association of Realtors said the surprising gain occurred as buyers are seeing more inventory and slightly more favorable prices. It had expected pending home sales to […]

Consumer complaints over credit reporting and loan originations jumped during pandemic



Consumer complaints over credit reporting and loan originations jumped significantly during the past 18 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit and interest rates plummeted to historic low levels. A lengthy report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked at the relationship between U.S. Census characteristics and the share of consumers who made official complaints about […]

Understanding the CMA – Comparative Market Analysis



Whether you are a seller, buyer, or investor, the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is an essential real estate pricing tool to understand. The basic purpose is to determine the current value of the property that constantly varies based on local market activity. Many factors are taken into consideration with local market values having the greatest […]

The Logistics of Brokerage Growth



“Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.” This quote, often attributed to former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Omar Bradley, applies to today’s real estate market.  Many brokers now see opportunity ahead in the softening market. They are developing strategies and tactics to take advantage of growth opportunities and focusing on brokerage […]

8 Ideas for Turning Your New House into a Safe and Cozy Oasis



Many people think they can buy a new house and just start calling it home right away. For a space to turn into something safe and cozy oasis, you need to put in some effort. You want your house to be your safe haven from all the stress, so you need to work towards making […]

Report warns mortgage industry is unprepared for climate change



A report has raised concerns that stakeholders in the U.S. mortgage market, including lenders, investors and insurers, are woefully unprepared for accelerating climate change and the risk it brings. Not only are lenders and others unprepared to mitigate their risk, but according to the report from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America, […]

Compare Your Home Equity Borrowing Options



Your home equity is the difference between what you owe on your mortgage(s) and what your home is currently worth if you sold it today (the appraised value). For instance, if the remaining balance on your mortgage is $195,000 and the market value is $295,000, you have $100,000 of equity in your home. Your equity […]