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Quicken Launches Rocket Homes to Compete with Zillow and Redfin

Quicken Launches Rocket Homes to Compete with Zillow and Redfin
September 11, 2018 No Comments »

Following the recent trend of real estate and mortgage link-ups, Quicken has launched “Rocket Homes” to fill in the real estate gap and simultaneously compete with the likes of Zillow and Redfin. The company actually isn’t new, but is a ... Read More »

Believing It’s a Seller’s Market Makes It a Seller’s Market

Believing It’s a Seller’s Market Makes It a Seller’s Market
September 4, 2018 No Comments »

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a shift from seller’s market to buyer’s market, what with home price gains beginning to moderate somewhat and mortgage interest rates on the rise. But it seems this has been more speculation ... Read More »

Borrowers Don’t Choose Mortgage Lenders for the Best Interest Rate

Borrowers Don’t Choose Mortgage Lenders for the Best Interest Rate
August 24, 2018 1 Comment »

Conventional wisdom would lead us to believe that consumers go with the mortgage lender that offers the lowest interest rate. This appears to not be the case… In fact, it’s the least common reason why a borrower selects a particular ... Read More »

5 Things Home Buyers Are Doing If They Haven’t Found a Property After 3 Months

5 Things Home Buyers Are Doing If They Haven’t Found a Property After 3 Months
August 14, 2018 No Comments »

If you’re a prospective home buyer, life isn’t fun right now. The real estate market remains red hot (despite those headlines about it cooling) and quality properties are few and far between. Adding to this frustration is the notion that ... Read More »

Zillow Enters the Mortgage Originating Business

Zillow Enters the Mortgage Originating Business
August 6, 2018 No Comments »

In what seemed like a pretty inevitable move, Zillow has gotten into the mortgage originating business via its acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. I say inevitable because just ... Read More »

Don’t Make the Mistake of Calling the Housing Top Too Early

Don’t Make the Mistake of Calling the Housing Top Too Early
August 2, 2018 No Comments »

It’s that time of year again, when we enter the housing doldrums and everyone in the industry begins to panic. Further exacerbating things this time around is the fact that mortgage interest rates are in uncharted territory. Yes, I’m being ... Read More »

Getting a Mortgage with a Gig Economy Job

Getting a Mortgage with a Gig Economy Job
July 25, 2018 No Comments »

If you’re one of many people out there who happens to bring in money from a so-called “gig economy” job, you might be wondering if such income can be used to obtain a home loan. Most mortgage lenders will verify ... Read More »

Redfin Compete Score: How Hard Is It to Win That Home?

Redfin Compete Score: How Hard Is It to Win That Home?
July 24, 2018 No Comments »

Redfin just launched its so-called “Compete Score,” a tool designed to help prospective home buyers determine how hard it’ll be to “win a home” in a particular city or neighborhood. Is this the beginning of the end? The late stages ... Read More »

One Really Simple Way to Offset a Higher Mortgage Rate

One Really Simple Way to Offset a Higher Mortgage Rate
July 3, 2018 No Comments »

We all know mortgage interest rates are increasing. While they’ve seen periods of relief here and there, the trajectory seems to be decidedly higher. How much higher remains to be seen, but there’s a good chance the rate you receive ... Read More »

Average Home Seller in 2017 Made Only $39,000

Average Home Seller in 2017 Made Only $39,000
June 27, 2018 1 Comment »

While all the headlines paint a really rosy picture for the real estate market where sellers are cashing in mega gains, the average takeaway isn’t all that great. A recent analysis from Zillow revealed that the typical home seller in ... Read More »