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Millennials Moving In

A Few Myths Millennials Have About Real Estate

December 4, 2014  |  by Ellen

To follow up on our post yesterday about the reasons why next year will be the year millennials return to the market we wanted to pass on this list of misunderstandings many younger buyers have about purchasing a home. The information comes from the vice president of mortgage banking at Quicken Loans, Joel Gurman, and includes tidbits like not knowing the difference between “pre-approved” and... Continue Reading

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Will 2015 Be The Year Of The Millennials?

December 3, 2014  |  by Ellen

The Chief Economist at realtor.com, Jonathan Smoke, recently suggested that next year will be the year the millennials can realize the dream of buying a home. He cites the increase in the number of available jobs as a main reason, plus the few years the older ones have now had in the workforce that have given them a chance to save... Continue Reading

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Five Fascinating Facts From A New GMU Analysis

December 2, 2014  |  by Ellen

While the equity in local real estate holdings has made a significant comeback, we still haven’t reached the pre-Recession peak of 2009 for both residential and non-residential properties, according to a new report out by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. There is a lot to glean from their findings, but we’ve pulled out some of the more interesting points... Continue Reading

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Upcoming Changes To Facebook Feeds Could Limit Small Business Owners (Including Agents)

December 1, 2014  |  by Ellen

Facebook routinely tweaks the way stories show up in users’ news feeds, but their next update is designed to decrease the frequency of posts that are perceived to be unsponsored advertisements (as opposed to just the regular ‘status updates’ about what is going on in someone’s day). Since many real estate brokerages and agents share posts about their listings, which can be interpreted as... Continue Reading

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Give Yourself the Gift of Knowledge

November 28, 2014  |  by Diane Ives

The Holiday season is upon us! Gift yourself a class or two with MRIS Training! The December schedule is now available for you to make your selections. Classes are available at the Association Offices or by webinar. Attending a class will be the gift that keeps on giving because you will discover new information and pick up tips and pointers... Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from MRIS

November 27, 2014  |  by Jess

On behalf of all of us at MRIS, we want to wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings! We hope you are taking some well-deserved time off to enjoy your holiday, but, should you need us, the MRIS Support Center is open today, November 28, and tomorrow, November 29, from 8:30 am to 5 pm by phone, email and WebChat. You... Continue Reading

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Did You Miss these Inman Select Articles?

November 26, 2014  |  by Ellen

Last week the real estate website Inman News rolled out a subscriber-only feature for their premium content and about 200,000 members got on board. Here’s a few of the stories you might have missed: An essay by broker Teresa Boardman called Mortgage Lenders Can Make Me Cry. A firsthand look at working with overseas buyers: The Playbook For Winning Chinese Homebuyers. A study... Continue Reading

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By the Numbers Seminar: Use Stats to Your Advantage

November 26, 2014  |  by Neal

The Real Estate industry is driven by statistics, and those that have access to and understand them have a distinct advantage. Please join me, Neal Feinberg, and my fellow MRIS Client Alliance Manager Adam Iobst for an informative seminar on how to utilize MRIS statistical tools, and learn how to gain that competitive edge with SmartCharts Pro. When: Monday, December... Continue Reading

Winter Home

How To Keep Buyers Interested When There’s Two Feet Of Snow On The Ground

November 25, 2014  |  by Ellen

Now that the first wave of winter weather is upon us and the weather experts are saying that this winter is going to be “colder and snowier than normal“, it definitely reminds us of how bad things were last year—and how it gave a sluggish start to the usual uptick in real estate activity we start to see in early spring. For our... Continue Reading

Foreclosure

Freddie Mac Releases New Foreclosure Guidelines

November 24, 2014  |  by Ellen

If you work with foreclosures, you may want to check out two recent bulletins from Freddie Mac regarding foreclosure timelines and other guidelines for homeowners about to lose their homes. One that specifically relates to a few states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia (but not Virginia) is their supplemental incentive of up to $7,000 for new borrower evaluations for... Continue Reading