8 questions agents should expect at every listing appointment

It is often a poker game of sorts; how much information should the agent share and in what way? Is the seller just picking their brain or truly serious about needing the agent’s help? Who else may the seller be interviewing?

15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

To help make your clients’ first home purchase a success we’ve put together a go-to checklist outlining 15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers …

Your first-time sellers might be surprised by $15K in hidden costs

In its latest study, Zillow turned the spotlight onto sellers and found that homeowners spend, on average, $15,190 in extra or hidden costs to sell their home — a reality that may blindside the 63 percent of today’s sellers who are putting their home …

ClosingCorp survey: 52 percent of lenders ‘off’ on initial home loan estimate

In October 2015, TRID — the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, or “Know Before You Owe” — was implemented to make the lending and mortgage process more transparent and easier to understand for consumers …

Bankrate measures mortgage closing costs by state

One of the most commonly neglected cost considerations is at the closing table. Mortgage closing costs can vary greatly state-to-state, accoridng to data from Bankrate.com, which can have a big impact on the reality of affordable homes for some buyers …

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can you leave alone …

21 tips for first-time homebuyers

First-time homebuyers can easily be caught off guard by unexpected surprises. Here are 21 tips that will quickly get homebuyers up to speed and ready for a successful house hunt …

Scam steals closing money by hacking agent, escrow email

Imagine you’re a first-time homebuyer who gets an email from your real estate agent or the escrow or title agency. The email instructs you to wire your closing cost money — which sometimes includes your entire down payment — to a bank account, and th…

Infographic: 10 mortgage refinancing mistakes to avoid

We’ve heard rumblings that the Federal Reserve Bank will start increasing rates sometime before the end of the year, which will likely hit the mortgage rates shortly after. This might be the last best time to refinance before these historic rates are g…

Want to save on closing costs? It pays to shop around

Buyers who take the time to shop around for their mortgages and some of their settlement services are saving hundreds of dollars on some of their closing costs, according to a recent Bankrate survey. Those who got more involved in their homebuying expe…