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The VA Funding Fee Explained

Mortgages that are backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs are referred to as the VA loan. While the VA doesn’t actually get involved with any part of an approval, it does issue guidelines that lenders must follow in order to receive the loan guarantee. VA loans are one of three of the government-backed programs,…

From Seed to Suite: Real Estate Agents and the Cannabis Industry

As the cannabis industry continues to expand, as individual growers grow more than their respective seeds and farms, as entrepreneurs within this space look for office space, real estate agents have an opportunity to help these people buy or rent commercial properties. This opportunity is substantial, given the number of states—including California—where cannabis is both…

Five Chic Fall Home Trends

Yes, a menagerie of pumpkins and autumn leaves gathered about speak to the time of year. But that doesn’t mean you have to turn your home into what could pass for a fall festival in order to capture the spirit of the season. Leave the gourds behind and embrace these fall interior design trends for…

What Happens in 30 Days

Okay, you’ve got a signed contract in your hands. You applied for a preapproval several weeks ago and began shopping for a home. Your loan officer pulled a credit report and asked for documents providing evidence of enough cash to close. This amount includes not just your down payment, but also closing costs. While you…

Should You Rent or Buy Your Home?

Everyone needs a place to lay their head at night. But while shelter might be a basic human need, it’s not something that comes cheap. To enjoy a beautiful home, you’ll have to pay. And when it comes to how to pay for your home, there’s plenty of debate as to how you might best…

How to Make Your Home Animal Friendly

If you are a pet owner, you know the challenges of keeping a pet, specifically, the challenges of keeping a house with a pet. Pets can sometimes be destructive. Even the animals that are not directly destructive add an extra degree of wear and tear to the environment. There are ways to make your home…

6 Ways for Realtors To Increase Brand Awareness

Having a brilliant company which offers amazing products or services is great, but that won’t get you anywhere if nobody knows about your business, or even remembers your company name. Customers need to find your brand and be able to keep coming back to it for you to increase and keep sales high, but how…

3 Reasons Why AR is a “Cheat Sheet” for Realtors

Like many industries, real estate has been dramatically disrupted by technology. The “lone wolf” agent model for real estate is becoming more challenging to sustain in a new tech-centered marketing landscape. From video production to social media distribution, ad campaigns, Zillow leads and autoresponder campaigns – one individual can’t do it all.  Because larger organizations…

Is It a Good Time to Buy a House?

Is it a good time to buy a house? The summer rush is over, mortgage rates are super low, and the job market is strong, leading the Federal Reserve to proclaim that the housing market is the economy’s “bright spot.”  So, in a word, Yes! “Housing activity indicators displayed further gradual improvement in August,” the…

Four Ways to Make Your Ceiling a Standout

The floors: gleaming. The walls: painted. The knick knacks: perfectly placed. So why does your home still feel…unfinished? Maybe it’s time to look up. Yes, all the way to that blank, boring ceiling. “A creative ceiling can completely change the look of a room, taking a space from so-so to stunning,” said House Beautiful. Here are four ways…