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Guaranteed Rate Supports Home Affordability with Public-Partnered Grants

Mortgage servicer Guaranteed Rate is expanding its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed mortgage products. The company cites this move as demonstrating its “proven commitment to supporting housing affordability.” The HomeReady (offered by Fannie Mae) and Home Possible (administered by Freddie Mac) mortgage grant programs offer a $2,500 non-repayable grant. The grants are part of a…

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Inside Real Estate Announces Acquisition of AI-Powered Solution

Software firm Inside Real Estate has announced the acquisition of Folio by Amitree, an AI-powered email productivity solution. The tool, highlighted as a valuable one for real estate professionals, securely detects a real estate professional’s transactions and organizes them in real time. Folio, as a smart transaction assistant, helps compress the email workflow for over…

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New-Home Mortgage Applications Soar In January as Housing Starts Stumble

The rally in new-home demand isn’t letting up as homebuyers facing inventory challenges on the resale market turned to new construction to realize their homeownership dreams. Mortgage applications for new-home purchases jumped 19.1% in January compared to a year ago and rose 38% month over month, according to the January Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder…

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Social Skills: 5 Social Media Red Flags Every Agent Should Avoid

While social media is an essential tool for real estate professionals looking to expand their reach, knowing the best (and worst) practices is crucial. Having a successful online presence involves careful consideration of the content you share, and an understanding of what could lead to potential pitfalls that could undermine your professional reputation.  Explore these…

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Leading Index: ‘No Recession in 2024’

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. declined by 0.4% in January 2024 to 102.7, following a 0.2% decline in December 2023. The LEI contracted by 3.0% over the six-month period between July 2023 and January 2024, a smaller decrease than the 4.1% decline over the previous six months. “The U.S. LEI…

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COURT REPORT: DOJ Tips Hand on Decoupling; Moehrl Case Delayed

Editor’s note: The COURT REPORT is RISMedia’s weekly look at current and upcoming lawsuits, investigations and other legal developments around real estate. It’s been yet another week of riveting court case drama surrounding the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and powerhouse brokerages, in addition to demands by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding decoupled commissions…

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Home Warranties Provide Added Level of Differentiation in Competitive Market

As the real estate market continues to change and evolve, clients look to their agent for assurances about homeownership and the process involved in buying or selling a home.   In the experience of Charles El-Moussa—president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Texas—home warranties are a key piece of the puzzle. A home warranty can help ease…

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NAR Leader Pushes Back at ‘External Commentary Purported to Tell Our Story for Us’

In a letter entitled, “The Real Story” emailed to members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and posted to the NAR website Feb. 16, a defiant-sounding Interim CEO Nykia Wright said that while others outside the association may offer critical commentary and stories about what NAR has and continues to face regarding legal issues…

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Matterport Launches Property Intelligence

Matterport, Inc. has launched Property Intelligence, a collection of AI-powered features that provides customers with access to automated measurements, layouts, editing, and reporting capabilities generated from a Matterport digital twin of their property. These new features bolster the company’s property marketing, design and construction, and facilities management solutions for automating key elements of home listings,…

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January Sees a Notable Drop in Housing Starts

January saw a notable drop in housing starts across the country—dropping 14.8% from December—to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.33 million units, a 0.7% decrease below the rate in January 2023, as indicated by a new data report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The 1.33 million starts figure represents the amount of…

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