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Barack and Michelle Obama Are About to Buy This Sprawling $15 Million Marthas Vineyard Estate:

Robb Report, Assuming the sale goes through, this wont be the first big real estate investment the Obamas have made since Barack left office in January 2017.

Sales, LO jobs; DPA, Pricing, Recruiting Products; Vendor Updates:

Fri, 23 Aug 2019

Mortgage News Daily - Blogs, On the flip side, these pre-approval letters enable borrowers to understand quickly exactly how much they can borrow, helping them compete in a tightening real-estate market.

POS, Broker, Marketing Products; Trends in Customer Service:

Thu, 22 Aug 2019

Mortgage News Daily - Blogs, Thank you to everyone who wrote yesterday correcting me that Hawaiis 1959 statehood is 60 years old and not 50. I know its not the case, but sometimes it seems like admitting Hawaii was the last thing Congress agreed on. In these days of gridlock, most members of Congress exhibit a sort of learned helplessness, waiting for someone else to come up with an idea so that they can come out against it. Maybe those in Congress should view their constituents as their customers. In lending, when are we going to reach the point where lenders will bid on giving a customer a mortgage after viewing all the credit and property information on some kind of secure portal? Like, Here I am, and the property I want to buy. Lenders, give me a rate and pric.

Developing Real Estate by Realizing Health and Wellness:

Thu, 22 Aug 2019

Realty Times, The developer has the power to shape the health of much more than the real estate market.

This Beverly Hills Lot Was Once Listed for $1 Billion. Now, Its Been Sold for $100,000:

Wed, 21 Aug 2019

Robb Report, The duo eventually listed the land last year, for the astronomical price of $1 billion10 times higher than any real estate sale in Los Angeles County history.

Christies International Real Estate Honors Harry Norman, REALTORS Agents:

Wed, 21 Aug 2019

Luxury Real Estate Blog, Courtesy of Harry Norman, REALTORS. ATLANTA, GA Harry Norman, REALTORS agents Price Curtis, Travis Reed and Studie Young were named members of Christies International Real Estate Masters Circle. Christies International Real Estate announced the formation of the Masters Circle with the naming of its 2019 Members.

Startup 'Rent the Backyard' Is Here to Make You Some Money and Solve the Affordability Issue:

Wed, 21 Aug 2019

Realty Times, Your backyard. Its just sitting there. Doing nothing. Sooooo lazy. Wouldnt you love a backyard that actually did something? How about one that can make money for you? Thats the idea behind Rent the Backyard. Or, part of the idea anyway. The other, much more important part is how this new company can help address a lack of affordability in the real estate market, especially since the company is located in the Bay Area, home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Heres the deal. Rent the Backyard partners with companies to build prefab studio homes for free on unused land. Specifically, your unused land. If you have at least a 30-by-30 space to spare and you live in the Bay Area, you could be a candidate. Theyre partner.

How Long Until the Hyped-Up Hyperloop Is Finally Here? Heres What We Know:

Tue, 20 Aug 2019

Robb Report, The tech might be in place, but the hyperloops progress could be stifled by bureaucracy.

Former loanDepot Chief Technology Officer Dominick Marchetti lands at Guaranteed Rate:

Mon, 19 Aug 2019

HousingWire, loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh shocked the mortgage business a bit earlier this month when he announced that the companys chief technology officer, Dominick Marchetti, was leaving. At the time, Hsieh wished Marchetti well on his continued professional journey, but did not say where Marchetti was going. Well, it's not a mystery anymore. HousingWire can now report that Marchetti has joined Guaranteed Rate to lead the companys product innovation agenda.

Trailing Doc and U/W Products; Vendor Trends and News, Capital Markets:

Mon, 19 Aug 2019

Mortgage News Daily - Blogs, NestReady also offers access to nationwide multiple listing services (MLS) coverage in the United States, putting Resource Financial at the center of the home buying process and joining lenders originators and real estate professionals in a collaborative process.

Millennials Compete With Seniors for Prime Real Estate:

Mon, 19 Aug 2019

Realty Times, Breidburgs report prompted a reaction from people who felt she was blaming boomers for the struggles that young people, particularly millennials, are facing in the real estate market.

Former MBA President David Stevens joins George Mason Mortgage board as advisor:

Thu, 15 Aug 2019

HousingWire, Since leaving the MBA, Stevens joined the board at real estate investment trust Dynex Capital, and joined ProxyPixs, a platform that generates real-time photos of properties, as a senior strategic advisor.

Las Vegas Will Get the Worlds First-Ever, High-Tech Smart Mini-City:

Tue, 13 Aug 2019

Robb Report, Who needs casinos?

Broker, DPA Products; August Events; Mortgage Rates Slow to Drop - Why?:

Tue, 13 Aug 2019

Mortgage News Daily - Blogs, As we digest the news that. , others are looking at demographics. Families moving create jobs, right? From 2017 to 2018, roughly 32 million Americans moved. The reasons include family, work, and housing reasons, obviously. ? 5.3 million moved because they wanted to move to a better house or apartment, 4.1 million moved to start a family, 3.6 million for a miscellaneous family reason, 3.3 million for a new job, and 2.6 million because they wanted cheaper housing. Hundreds of thousands moved to attend or leave college, wanted a change of climate, millions wanted to buy, not rent, or wanted an easier commute. And they are moving into smaller houses. After rising for a decade,. average new home sizes are. as builders pivot away from luxury buyers

Douglas Elliman Real Estate names Stephanie Garbarini VP of Marketing:

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

HousingWire, New York-based real estate company Douglas Elliman has hired Stephanie Garbarini as vice president of Marketing. Garbarini has guided media strategies for companies including J. Crew, Liz Claiborne, Barneys, and most recently, the Ascena Retail Group.

Why an Investment Property Should Be Your First Real Estate Purchase:

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Realty Times, The long-term price appreciation of real estate can provide one of the safest investments out there.

Seller Intent: Inertia vs Action:

Mon, 12 Aug 2019

Realty Times, Why havent you listed your house or condominium unit for sale? PJ Wade explores whether the decision not to sell and move is the result of your active exploration of housing and lifestyle options or inertia, and which is the smarter homeownership approach. You have not listed your house or condominium unit for sale. Why? Is the decision not to sell and move the result of your active exploration of housing and lifestyle options or is it inertia? Inertia, or the trend toward passiveness or inactivity, describes, in physics, the tendency of a body at rest to stay at rest unless external energy is applied. In real estate terms, this means youll stay where you are unless an external force or changepositive or negativecatalyzes you into actio.

5 Things You Can Do If You Can't Sell Your Property:

Sat, 10 Aug 2019

Realty Times, If your home requires more work than you can handle to attract buyers, then you could sell the property to the real estate investment firm.

Gregg Christiansen named senior business development manager of WFG National Insurance Title Company:

Fri, 9 Aug 2019

HousingWire, Portland-based WFG National Insurance Title Company has named Gregg Christiansen as senior business development manager for the company's New York City-based national commercial services division.

7 Red Flags to Look Out For When Hiring a Real Estate Agent:

Thu, 8 Aug 2019

Luxury Real Estate Blog, Courtesy of First Team Real Estate. Hiring a real estate agent is an important part of the home buying and selling journey. Finding the right agent who understands your goals, matches your personality, and can get the job done is crucial to having a good experience. So when youre interviewing agents and searching for the right pro to be by your side, beware of these 7 red flags. Like any relationship, you deserve better.

MQMR names Stephen Sherman COO:

Wed, 7 Aug 2019

HousingWire, Sherman has 30 years of experience with mortgage servicing, secondary marketing, warehouse lending, commercial real estate sales, corporate consulting and REO management services.

Business Executives Are Buying Second Nationalities. Heres Why.:

Mon, 5 Aug 2019

Robb Report, If approved, applicants have different ways to pay: Hand over a onetime contribution to the national treasury, invest in a local business, or invest in local real estate, which, usually after a five-year holding period, they are free to sell.

Savannah's National Historic Landmark District is Hotter Than Ever:

Thu, 25 Jul 2019

Luxury Real Estate Blog, Courtesy of Staci Donegan of Seabolt Real Estate. SAVANNAH, GA - When General James Edward Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Georgia in 1733 as Englands thirteenth colony in North America, he developed a unique city plan that has since been hailed as one of the worlds finest examples of urban planning.

Lindsay Levin of BHHS Georgia Lists Glamorous, Buckhead Estate For $3.9 Million:

Wed, 24 Jul 2019

Luxury Real Estate Blog, Courtsesy of Arisha Husain of BHHS Georgia. ATLANTA, GA Lindsay Levin with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties represents the listing of 1185 Mount Paran Road in Atlanta offered at $3,900,000 million. This glamorous, gated estate is located on a corner lot in North Buckhead and is a stunning departure from the ordinary.This European estate features a soaring two-story foyer with a silver leaf dome and a dramatic staircase that makes a memorable statement. The dining room is awe-inspiring with Venetian plaster walls, while the kitchen and keeping room overlook the resort-styled cabana, swimming pool and sport court. This masterpiece features six-bedrooms, nine-bathrooms and also includes a one-of-a-kind 1,000 square foot mast.

Comparing Rentals in Different Markets and the Risks of Low Rent/High Cap Rate Investments:

Wed, 24 Jul 2019

Realty Times, There is so much money in California looking for an investment home that prices of real estate, be it apartments, houses, or even commercial, have skyrocketed to the point where CAP rates have plummeted.