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Job postings indicate mortgage comparison tool f...

By: Equity National   March 4, 2015   No Tags   Closing

Job postings indicate mortgage comparison tool f...

Google has been helping people find things for a long time now. In fact, the search engine is so much so the go-to source for questions that its name is basically a verb. So, it’s no surprise the company has taken an all-in approach to helping people find homes now.  In 2012, Google launched a mortgage, auto insurance, credit card and travel comparison tool - aptly named Compare - in the U.K. A similar version also exists...

New CFPB forms get bad response [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   March 4, 2015   No Tags   Title

New CFPB forms get bad response [VIDEO]

Two organizations have criticized one government watchdog agency’s recent updates to a couple of documents that play an important role in housing today.  The American Land Title Association recently explained that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s renewed Closing Disclosure form, set to be released in the near future, could end up confusing home buyers. Not long before the ALTA’s critique of the disclosure document, AC...

5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

By: Equity National   March 2, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

There are several ways to increase the value of a home before it goes on the market. Some of the easiest fixes are thankfully also the most inexpensive. When appropriate, offer these suggestions to your sellers before they decide to show their home for the first time. Declutter and deep clean- Have your client remove any unnecessary furniture or décor that might make a space seem smaller than it actually is and clean everything. F...

5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

By: Equity National   March 2, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

There are several ways to increase the value of a home before it goes on the market. Some of the easiest fixes are thankfully also the most inexpensive. When appropriate, offer these suggestions to your sellers before they decide to show their home for the first time. Declutter and deep clean- Have your client remove any unnecessary furniture or décor that might make a space seem smaller than it actually is and clean everything. For i...

The habits of successful business relationship b...

By: Equity National   February 26, 2015   No Tags   Closing

The habits of successful business relationship b...

Building strong relationships in business requires an engrained set of habits that work to endear you to peers and customers, and leave them wanting to continue working with you. It will be tough to maintain your success without working on your relationships. You will interact with co-workers, customers and peers in the industry on a regular basis – and if you don’t exhibit the kind of habits that typify strong relationship builders, ...

Next Steps When the Home Appraisal is Below the ...

By: Equity National   February 20, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Next Steps When the Home Appraisal is Below the ...

When your clients are knee deep in the home buying process, as their real estate agent, you want everything to run as smoothly as possible for them. So when the home appraisal comes in under the negotiated sale price, you want to take action so the deal doesn’t fall apart. Here are a few ways to approach it. If your client does not feel the appraisal represents the value of the home, there are couple things he or she can do: Review the...

CFPB to renew focus on military families [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   February 20, 2015   No Tags   Closing

CFPB to renew focus on military families [VIDEO]

Toward the end of last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spent the latter half of 2014 making efforts to mitigate the financial challenges servicemembers face, and a recent release from the agency seems to indicate a continued focus on military families in 2015.  Assistant Director of the CFPB’s office of servicemember affairs Holly Petraeus recently noted in a press release that the bureau will continue...

How to Avoid Some Common Real Estate Closing Pro...

By: Equity National   February 10, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

How to Avoid Some Common Real Estate Closing Pro...

Winter is a great time to set your business goals for the year, especially if you’re in the real estate business. During the slow months of winter, you can spend some time reflecting on how your business did last year and determining what you want to achieve this year. Check out our six tried and true tips for setting and reaching your business goals. Set realistic goals. Doubling your sales this spring could happen but ask yoursel...

Networking to improve lending [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   February 9, 2015   No Tags   Closing

Networking to improve lending [VIDEO]

Networking is an important tool for lenders to take advantage of – it can help boost your business prospects and assist you with remaining compliant with regulations. Networking can help you as a lender in a number of ways. For instance, the constant motion of technology and regulation these days means that the lending market is an extremely fluid thing. This doesn’t leave much time for developing solutions. Networking with your ...

Taking a two-pronged approach to housing [VIDEO]

By: Equity National   February 5, 2015   No Tags   Closing

Taking a two-pronged approach to housing [VIDEO]

The government has initiated two different strategies in order to spurn the housing recovery, and we could see that continue through 2015. Stringent underwriting standards have kept many - especially first-time homebuyers - from entering the housing market. This has led to concerns that these tight standards have led to a cooldown in the housing recovery, according to The Washington Post. At the same time, allowing lenders ...

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