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HUD Warns Consumers About Potential Phone Scam

July 8, 2016  |  by Ellen

The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has sent out an alert regarding a phone scam that claims to award HUD grants in the tens of thousands of dollars. One woman, represented by a law firm in Washington D.C., wired the $350 fee they asked for only to never receive the $48,500 she had been promised. Another potential victim, based in... Continue Reading

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Real Estate Agents Share Last Minute Deal Breakers

July 7, 2016  |  by Ellen

There’s an article over on Inman Select that has real estate agents discussing the many different reasons why they have had a sale get so close to being finalized, but at the last minute something happens and the deal gets called off. A few of them stand as cautionary tales that could happen to any deal, but there are a... Continue Reading

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Homesnap Pro’s Latest Upgrades Enhances Search For School Boundaries, Broker Opens, And More!

July 6, 2016  |  by Ellen

Top 5 Most Important Homesnap Pro Updates – June 2016 from Homesnap on Vimeo. The free phone app that gives agent instant access to nearly everything they need when showing a home has just released several major upgrades to make it an even more powerful tool. The video above walks you through the major upgrades, which include: The new “Clustered... Continue Reading

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Four MRIS Training Classes You Won’t Want To Miss

June 30, 2016  |  by Ellen

Now is a great time to learn more about how to promote your listings. MRIS is offering you FOUR classes that teach you how to maximize your listing exposure through the tools already provided in your MRIS subscription. These classes include: Maximizing Your Listing Exposure in Keystone Familiarize yourself with the optional features of Keystone such as Document Management, Marketing Center,... Continue Reading

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Economic Forecast for the Second Half of 2016: Decent but Nothing Remarkable    

June 23, 2016  |  by Ellen

For this month’s column, RBI Chief Economist Elliot Eisenberg looks ahead to the remaining six months of 2016 and how we should expect the economy to perform. Despite GDP again slowing in Q1, as has been the case for the past few years, the economic recovery that began in July 2009 remains intact. The poor performance of the US economy... Continue Reading

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Robert Shiller Discusses ‘Overinflated’ Fear Of Rising Home Prices For New York Times

June 21, 2016  |  by Ellen

One of the economists behind the monthly Case-Shiller Report has a new opinion piece in the New York Times that looks at some of the hard data behind rising house prices over the longterm. He tries to reassure readers that historical trends show upticks in prices tend not to last and double-digit increases in particular are rare over longer time frames. But he also... Continue Reading

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Facebook Rolls Out 360° Photo Option

June 20, 2016  |  by Ellen

Real estate agents rejoice! Facebook now offers support for panoramic photos, which adds a whole new level to showcasing great listing photos. Once a 360° photo shows up in a timeline, the user can use the simple click and drag to move through the image across their screen. This is great for listings with sweeping views or huge frontage that you... Continue Reading

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Thanks For Another Great MRIS R.O.A.D. Show!

June 17, 2016  |  by Jess

We’ve successfully completed another MRIS R.O.A.D. Show! We had an amazing time visiting 8 new locations and meeting with hundreds of MRIS customers. Attendees had the opportunity to network, win prizes and learn about new products coming to MRIS as well as existing products that are a part of the MRIS core subscription. Our two most popular stations in 2016... Continue Reading

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The Latest Predictions On An Interest Rate Rise

June 16, 2016  |  by Ellen

A few weeks ago the rumors were that an interest rate increase would happen possibly as soon as June or July, but then the disappointing jobs report was released and speculation grew that the Feds would wait a while longer before putting them up again. Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech last week, which you can see in this... Continue Reading

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Experian Will Include Rent Payments In Credit History For Some Clients

June 15, 2016  |  by Ellen

Now that another company announced they will factor HOA payments into credit scores, Experian has now rolled out a way for renters to have their rent payments count in their credit history. Experian has partnered with Yardi (a real estate software company) to allow apartment management companies seamlessly report the payments of their renters directly to Experian RentBureau. This allows for renters to... Continue Reading

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