Mortgage financing should be plentiful this year

“Of the emerging trends disclosed in the lender survey, the most prominent is that nearly all lenders will be more aggressive in 2018…” …

Zipi makes financial management easy for brokerages

Zipi is a browser-based reporting and financial management solution that helps streamline financial oversight for real estate brokerages of all sizes …

‘Synchronizing’ of banks will result in rates hike

Long-term rates found bottom late this week. The rebound is not bad — mortgages still close to 4.00 percent — but risks have tilted upward. The financial/economic world is odd enough today without unusual political intrusion, thus making it more impo…

How much do you spend on real estate technology?

Real estate technology is a billion-dollar industry, with hundreds of companies competing for the money that agents and brokers shell out in order to help them do their jobs …

What to pay attention to in the finance ‘silly season’

In the news business, the end of July through August is known as the “silly season.” So slow that page one carries “Man Bites Dog.” So it is in finance, also. My parents and grandparents were political junkies, scattered from Bull Moosers to Dixiecrats. They did manage polite discussion. Constantly …

5 steps to getting your financial house in order

Some months your bank account runneth over while other months you might look under the couch cushions for spare change to buy coffee. Take control of your money once and for all by getting your finances in solid shape …

Leigh Brown: What does the increase in the Fed rate actually mean?

As Realtors, our job is to educate our clients, and that means learning about things that aren’t in your wheelhouse. A 0.25 basis point move is not enough to significantly change interest rates. Could they move? Sure. Should they move? Yes. We have a w…

Are your clients mortgage-literate?

In 2004, Congress declared April as National Financial Literacy Month. For many, this means learning about managing credit-card debt and analyzing credit scores. But as more and more consumers take steps to improve their knowledge and understanding of …

The (slow) rise of real estate tech

“Twenty years ago, you’d pitch a broker on using our technology, and it was a tough sell to make because most principals were barely using the computer,” Rich Boyle, the former CEO of commercial real estate marketplace LoopNet, says …

The dark side of rising home prices

Fast-forward to 2015: The Fed has learned that you can reheat an economic souffle. We are in the midst of another housing bubble driven by Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen’s fed funds rate at zero percent and massive doses of quantitative easing (QE) that…