14 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Living Expenses
Want that great deal for upgraded Internet and all the move channels? What's another $23 a month? Problem is, before you know it you're sinking in bills and your monthly payments have become a burden. Here are 14 ways to lower your monthly nut and get back to stress-free living.
New Disclosure Rules Impact Condominiums
Residential real estate has changed as of this month. There are new contract forms for Maryland and the District, and the new mortgage disclosure rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are now in effect. And there even is new terminology. A lender is now a creditor and the borrower/buyer is a consumer. The initial Truth in Lending statement and Good Faith Estimate we have used for a number of years has been replaced with the Loan Estimate. And the old-faithful HUD-1 (the settlement statement) has been discarded in favor of a "Closing Disclosure".
Property crime is down nationwide: FBIHomeowners can breathe a small sigh of relief: property crime is on the decline, according to a report released by the FBI on Monday....Read More
The Agency CEO involved in lawsuit over African leader’s forfeited Malibu mansionThe founder The Agency and Western World Insurance are embroiled in a lawsuit involving the son of an African president and a seaside mansion in Malibu....Read More
Is Compass really a tech company?Opinions aside, the latest numbers allow us to compare Compass to its peers and really answer dual questions: Is Compass doing anything novel in the industry, and is it really a technology company?...Read More
RE/MAX Results names Brenda Tushaus as new CEOThe largest RE/MAX franchise in the country has a new leader with a long history at the company: RE/MAX Results just promoted Brenda Tushaus to chief executive officer....Read More
Luxury Connect: Kofi Nartey on how to build a wealth advisement team“The biggest challenge we face, I think, is helping clients understand our role as a wealth adviser," says Compass team lead and director Kofi Nartey....Read More
Only 9% of buyers find agents online, the same as 10 years agoDespite the massive growth of online home search portals, many more consumers find their agents through referrals from friends or family, according to NAR data....Read More
New lead generation scams on the rise, Zillow warnsZillow is warning real estate agents to be on the lookout for a scammer trying to take money in exchange for leads, posing as the real estate tech giant....Read More
Lesson Learned: Success is inevitable if you’re following your passionIn this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, Nest Seekers broker Johnny Mansilla shares his thoughts on having an open mind and an open heart throughout the transaction. ...Read More
Win all of your listing appointments without breaking your budgetWhile Compass, Keller Williams, Redfin and the rest are duking it out for the best tech, what can a single agent do to beat the competition on listing appointments? Spend about $50 a month on technology that'll win sellers over. ...Read More
Fend off competition from new brokerage modelsCommissions are under pressure. Average commission rates for real estate agents fell nearly 1 percent in 2017 and this trend is appearing in the National Association of Realtors 2018 member profile....Read More