SoFi says ‘so what?’ to traditional mortgage lending

In 2014, Dr. Sekuleo Gathers was in the market to buy a home. The New York emergency medicine physician was in a good financial position to buy, but he encountered unexpected obstacles in applying for a mortgage loan …

Fed is prepared to begin normalizing — a euphemism for ‘tightening’

Today feels like a remake of “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray trapped as a commentator on CNBC over and over for the monthly release of the same employment stats. But there is more in this week’s news than meets the woodchuck’s eye …

Airbnb enforcement streamlined through new SF city office

Americans have a love/hate relationship with Airbnb. Depending on how it impacts your travel or everyday life often indicates what side of the spectrum you fall. The company’s massive growth and the encompassing industry spurring from it lends to the a…

TheRRD offers instant tenant screening for agents, property managers

Just a couple months after its rebrand, theRRD is aiming to be a one-stop-shop solution for real estate agents, property mangers and landlords throughout the nation. Based in Dallas, the company officially launched in 2010 as solely an incident reporti…

3-D home of the day

Step inside this modern yet rustic estate and feel immediately at ease. This Potomac, Maryland, home combines the finest materials with expert craftsmanship. It sits close to the Potomac River and has a strong connection to its surrounding landscape …

Sound off: Are hybrid real estate brokers breaking new ground or emulating the same old discounters?

Newly minted Harvard MBA Ben Kubic and 25-year real estate veteran Jude Rasmus are an odd couple. But they share a vision: Turn the traditional real estate business model on its head …

Pro Teck Valuation Services’ Home Value Forecast pinpoints best markets for rental investing

Are you considering making an investment in a single-family home as a rental property this summer? The Pro Teck Valuation Services’ Home Value Forecast measures the 10 best and worst markets for rental investment opportunities and includes a wide array…

World Economic Forum report: Lenders are having ‘Uber moment’

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to take a vacation, you visited a travel agent to explore your options and make your arrangements. But when websites like Expedia and Travelocity made those services available at the click of a mouse on a computer in the comfort of your own home, the travel industry was forever changed. That’s the crossroads currently facing banks and other stalwarts of the financial services industry …

Opinion: The runway extender for REO brokers

The space got crowded, but now we are entering a more healthy market, and there just isn’t room for everyone in the new normal. I spoke to a great audience of REO brokers this morning at the National REO Brokers Association conference and was very enth…

Broker uses Reddit to expose bad real estate agents

A buyer signs a contract for a house, the elderly seller backs out … and the buyer’s agent, feeling sorry for the seller, doesn’t push to close the deal. Cases like this one — where an agent fails to fight for her client — upset Daniel Reeves, broker-owner of a small Arizona brokerage. “As a real estate agent, no one is watching over your shoulder, and (sometimes, this is the scariest part) no one is keeping you honest,” Reeves wrote in a recent Q&A on the online forum Reddit …