U.S.-China Talks Take Center Stage – Market Update

There’s a big football game around here that’s coming up on Saturday. It’s a big rivalry and you’re either on one side or the other. We’ve got some friendly competitions going on this week. One rivalry that hasn’t been so friendly lately is that between two of the world’s biggest economies, the U.S. and China. However, some of the news …

How To Meet Your Home Sales Goals This Winter

When you sell a home in the spring and summer, you have nice weather, longer days, sunshine and the impending school year to motivate buyers. When you sell a home in the winter, there are a lot more factors working against you, like shorter days, dreary skies, snow and freezing temps. But here’s the thing – there are also a …

Quicken Loans Neighborhoods Week Recap

At Quicken Loans®, one of our core values is being “obsessed with finding a better way.” Whether we’re working to radically reinvent the mortgage process, deliver an incredible experience for our clients, or provide a world-class experience for our team members, we’re not interested in the status quo. This same passion for innovation applies to our commitment to the community. …

Third Quarter Economic Growth Beats Expectations – Market Update

I went to a college football game this weekend, and the initial wheelchair seats I was using were right in front of the student section. I forgot just how loud and crazy those fans get. It was certainly an experience. It was a loud week on the economic calendar as well. Several important releases were out, including the monthly jobs …

Retirement Options For The Self-Employed

When you work for yourself, among one of the financial responsibilities you’ll be saddled with is finding ways to save for retirement. If you’re someone who is leaving a 9-to-5, you can say goodbye to 401(k) plans and matching funds. The good news? There is no shortage of retirement options for self-employed folks. As a full-time freelancer, I’ve learned to …

How To Maintain Market Share In The iBuying Age

The only constant is change, and of all professions, real estate agents know this adage to be true. One of the most recent disruptions has been the rise of iBuying, where an online platform will make an offer for a buyer’s current house, thus giving them quick cash in hand for a down payment on another home. While iBuyers currently …

Federal Reserve Press Release In Plain English – October 2019

Today is Halloween, and the Federal Open Market Committee gave market participants a couple of treats when it made its decision on short-term interest rates yesterday. First, it lowered short-term interest rates, which keeps borrowing rates low for U.S. consumers for a range of things including mortgages. The second treat was that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave the market …

Email Lists: A Marketing Tool Every Real Estate Agent Should Use

As an agent, growing and maintaining your real estate business is just as much about how well you communicate with people as it is about how skilled you are in buying and selling properties. You may think that skillful networking is the key to increasing your clientele and obtaining more leads, but that’s just the beginning. You need to know …

Condo Vs. Townhouse: Which Housing Option Is Right For You?

If you’re in the market for a new home, there are a lot of considerations that must be weighed before pulling the trigger. One of them is the type of housing you’re interested in. Condo? Townhouse? You’ve undoubtedly heard these terms before, but most people don’t have a clear understanding of what a condominium is or what it’s like to …