Category Archives: Residential

5 Types of Phishing Emails You Need to Be Aware Of

Today I want to talk about five types of text-only emails. The majority of this form of phishing typically comes disguised as a link, attachment, or both. Text-only emails are frequently overlooked but can be just as dangerous as other phishing methods. The first text-only email is the decades-old “Nigerian prince” (1) scam most of …Read more

March 2021 Fannie Mae-MBA Forecast Summary

Each month Fannie Mae and the MBA release forecasts (both quarterly and annual) for housing and related lending.  This summarizes their latest outlook as of March 2021.  Interest Rates Not only do Fannie Mae and the MBA disagree on where interest rates are heading, they even see different average rates last year in 2020.  Fannie …Read more

Home Inspection 101: What to Expect and How to Find Your Home Inspector

A home inspection is an essential part of the home buying or selling process. From the buyer’s perspective, a proper home inspection ensures peace of mind by making sure you are investing into a home that is safe to live in. Alternatively, it would also facilitate a transparent transaction, so you know of potential risks …Read more

6 Ways to Stage Your Home for Spring

Are you preparing to list your home on the market this spring? Staging your home for sale can improve the overall value of your home simply by styling it effectively. We’ve previously gone over the basics of how to stage your home, click here to read the blog, however there are other things you can …Read more

How to Stage Your Home for Sale

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Making your house look the part is essential to setting a strong first impression with potential buyers. However, where should you start and how do you stage a house for sale while living in it? According to a 2019 report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), …Read more

New Home Sales January 2021

New home sales rose an estimated 19.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) in January 2021 compared to one-year ago, and were up 4.3 percent sequentially from December 2020 according to the United States Census Bureau.  Total sales in January 2021 on a SAAR were an estimated 923,000.  Median new home price in …Read more

Inman Connect 2021 – January Takeaways

What a difference a year makes! In January 2020, New York City’s Marriott Marquis in Times Square was home to the industry’s last in-person mega conference, Inman Connect. Drawing thousands of visitors every year, Inman Connect New York general sessions are often standing room only. However, thanks to the global pandemic, thousands of agents, teams, …Read more

Existing Home Sales Enter 2021 in Throttle-Up Setting

Existing home sales rocketed-up 23.7 percent in January 2021 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 6.69 million sales compared to the same period one-year ago according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  It was the most homes sold on a SAAR since April 2006.   On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the 367,000 homes …Read more