17 things for the wanna-be real estate investor to consider

Investing in real estate properties can provide excellent returns as well as stable earnings for those who prefer that. But, it’s important to remember that successful investing is much easier said than done. Here are some things that you should consid…

Point gives homeowners cash for share of their home equity

Homeowners who want to access the equity in their homes but fail to qualify for traditional solutions like home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have a new solution in Point, a technology startup that gives borrowers cash in exchange for a share of thei…

A peek at 2016 — straight from the NAR convention

Two hot topics at every National Association of Realtors convention are the economic update as well as the latest tech tools and trends. In sales, 2016 promises to be a banner year, but economic challenges still abound …

Are FHA loans being underutilized?

Earlier this year, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a significant reduction in its mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) for new borrowers. Many hoped that this reduction would spur more home sales, particularly for first-time homebuyers …

4 steps you should never skip when screening potential tenants

A landlord’s worst nightmare is a tenant that he or she has to evict; it’s a costly and drawn out process with limited upside. Troublesome tenants are a headache best avoided, and the easiest way to do that is to key in on the most important steps of y…

3 ways to cure the first-time buyer blues

Making the leap from renter to homeowner is a transition worthy of all the angst that first-time buyers experience. Is this the right place? Can I get approved for a mortgage? Will I regret this decision? Am I getting a good deal? Can I afford this …

How to expand your mortgage brokerage beyond your state

If you’re already a successful mortgage broker in your state and feel you might do even better elsewhere, you might wish to expand to other states — or even nationwide. This sounds exciting, but you need to be well-prepared to take that step …

Guaranteed Rate’s online mortgage application process attracts thousands

If you have watched any television lately, you may have seen “Extreme Home Makeover” host and home improvement expert Ty Pennington stumping for Guaranteed Rate in commercials, touting the mortgage lender and technology company’s “low, low mortgage rates.” …

Investors aren’t behind higher mortgage approval standards — lenders are

Since 2008’s financial collapse and recession, many mortgage industry watchdogs have lamented how tight credit has become and how difficult it is for some potential buyers to obtain a mortgage loan. It may come as a surprise, then, to find out that some mortgage lenders are applying mortgage approval standards beyond the guidelines suggested by their investors …

RentPayment boosts tenant credit score through TransUnion — and landlords reap benefits

Ever wished that there was an extra incentive for your tenants to pay rent on time? YapStone recently announced that its online and mobile payments solution RentPayment, a platform that is Level One PCI Compliant, is integrated with TransUnion’s Reside…