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Classic Real Estate Marketing Techniques That Still Work

Classic Real Estate Marketing Techniques That Still Work

By Aly Yale / August 3, 2020
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There’s a lot of talk about digital and tech-driven marketing lately, but don’t be fooled: they’re not the end-all-be-all when it comes to driving new business.  In fact, most of the old standards are still pretty effective — at least…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop

Mortgage Apps Fall Thanks to Rising FHA Loan Rates

By Aly Yale / July 31, 2020
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Mortgage activity slipped slightly this week, dropping 0.8% from last week. Refinancing applications decreased by 0.4%, while purchase loan applications fell 2%. Both rates remained higher than last year (up 121% and 21%, respectively). According to Mike Fratantoni, senior vice…

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The Best Veggies, Fruits, and Herbs to Grow as a Beginner

The Best Veggies, Fruits, and Herbs to Grow as a Beginner

By Aly Yale / July 29, 2020
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Starting your own produce garden is a great way to save cash on groceries and help with any social distancing efforts that you and your family might be attempting. It can also be a fun and relaxing hobby — not…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop

Mortgage Activity Jumps Despite Slight Jump in Rates

By Aly Yale / July 24, 2020
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Mortgage applications jumped this week, increasing 4% across the board. Refinancing activity was up 5%, while purchase loan applications rose 2%. Both saw notable increases over this time last year (jumping 19% and 122%, respectively).  The increase comes despite a…

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Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes; Here’s How to Not Lose Out on That Dream Home

Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes; Here’s How to Not Lose Out on That Dream Home

By Aly Yale / July 23, 2020
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Houses are selling at their fastest pace in two years, according to Zillow, with the average home going under contract in just 19 days.  The speed is thanks largely to a shortage of housing inventory across the country — one…

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What Are the Benefits of VA Loans?

What Are the Benefits of VA Loans?

By Aly Yale / July 22, 2020
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It doesn’t get better than a Veterans Administration (VA) mortgage — if you can qualify for one. Reserved for military members, veterans, and their spouses, these mortgages come with serious benefits. Are you or your spouse a military member or…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop

Mortgage Rates Reach New Low, Applications Rise

By Aly Yale / July 17, 2020
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Overall mortgage activity jumped last week, with total applications rising 5% over the previous week. Refinance applications were up 12% (107% for the year), while purchase loan activity actually fell 6%. Despite the drop, according to Joel Kan, associate vice…

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Kids Home for the Summer? 8 Ways to Keep the House Clean

Kids Home for Summer? 8 Ways to Keep the House Clean

By Aly Yale / July 16, 2020
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Keeping the house clean is never easy — but when the kids are home for summer (or indefinitely due to COVID)? Then a neat and tidy house is harder to come by than ever. Fortunately, a little creativity can help…

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8 of the Newest Trends in Home Technology

8 of the Newest Trends in Home Technology

By Aly Yale / July 15, 2020
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Technology is always evolving — and that’s certainly true in the smart home space.  In-home tech is constantly advancing, allowing for more convenience, more savings and, most importantly, more security.  Are you looking to outfit your home with the latest,…

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Further Your Career During COVID: Virtual Networking & Learning Resources for Real Estate Agents

Further Your Career During COVID: Virtual Networking and Learning Resources for Real Estate Agents

By Aly Yale / July 7, 2020
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Networking and continuing education are a big part of an agent’s job. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has made both of those significantly more difficult. Conferences are being canceled, in-person meetings and events are getting switched to Zoom, and many educational…

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