30-Year Mortgage Rate Inches Down to 2.86% This Week

Mortgage rates followed the trend of the 10-year Treasury yield this week and inched lower. But these historically low rates—averaging 2.86% this week for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage—are expected to rise over the course of the next few months. The National Association of REALTORS® predicts that mortgage rates will rise to 3.5% by mid-2021 as the Fed will likely start…

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How Real Estate Offers Easy Ways To Start A Business

Many people think starting a business is a very difficult and involved process. You have to think of a brilliant idea, then figure how to implement that idea before anyone else does. You must have a ton of capital to get the business started and it might take years and years for the business to make money. In reality, starting…

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How To Qualify For A Loan On An Investment Property

Buying rental properties is a great way to invest your money but qualifying for a loan on an investment property is not always easy. Getting a loan on an investment property is much more difficult than getting a loan on an owner-occupied home, and it will cost you more. Many banks consider investor loans riskier than owner-occupied loans so they…

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Notorious POD, Ep 27: Real Estate Photo Copyrights: Issues and Solutions with Vince Collura and Lucy Edwards of VHT

Back in 2018, I had a series called The Red Dot. The very first red dot report was on real estate photography and copyrights. This was then and remains now an important issue for the industry, and one that still remains not very well understood by most brokers, agents, and MLS leaders. So it is wonderful to speak with a couple…

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What the Industry Has Learned about Virtual Apartment Tours

Now more than a year since bursting on the scene, virtual apartment tours have strengthened the bond with property management, beyond a quick patch during the pandemic. In the past 14 months, virtual tours have become the new norm in driving the prospect journey and leasing experience. Since COVID-19, the multifamily housing industry has adapted to multiple options to provide…

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Online Reputation Scores Directly Impact Multifamily Revenue, Asset Performance

It’s always been suspected that it pays for your multifamily property to have a good reputation online. Now there’s evidence to back this up. New research shows that a change in your Online Reputation Assessment (ORA™ ) scores can move the needle when it comes to your bottom line.  RealPage unveiled new findings on this topic at RealWorld 2022, “The…

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Unveiling the New ActiveBuilding Resident Portal

RealPage’s ActiveBuilding resident portal platform continues to evolve as the heartbeat of an apartment community, supporting the complete resident lifecycle and experience. Expanded functionality is helping boost convenience and a sense of community, ultimately driving higher retention. Earlier this year, RealPage launched the first stage of a major ActiveBuilding redesign that puts a more modern, mobile-first experience at the fingertips of residents…

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Seattle Real Estate Market: Prices | Trends | Forecasts 2022-2021

The low inventory and high competition in the Seattle housing market continue to make it difficult for homebuyers to find a place to call home. Increasing single-family home prices have resulted from a widespread housing boom fueled by historically low interest rates and a scarcity of available properties, making homeownership out of reach for more people. As more millennials enter the market,…

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18 Best Real Estate Investing Books To Read in 2022

Real estate investments can provide excellent returns if the proper steps are taken, but many new investors lack the necessary skills and education. I wanted to discuss the significance of real estate education through books. This article will present the 18 best real estate investing books to get you started in 2022. If you read all of these books, you will gain a…

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Do Pets Dominate Homeownership and Housekeeping Decisions?

It’s estimated that 70% of American households share space with at least one pet, the unquestionable majority being dogs and cats. And why not? These furry friends help us lead healthier and happier lives, putting up with our human weirdness with almost no strings attached — simply a bowl of food or a scratch behind the ears, and they won’t remember you…

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