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All The Things You Need Now To Get Ready For Holiday Hosting Later
If you're used to the last-minute scramble of urgently Googling carpet cleaners the day before Thanksgiving or making up guest beds at 3am on December 24, well, maybe you just like the adrenaline rush. Or, maybe you just need to plan ahead.

Why Sellers Overprice Their Homes
There's one piece of advice that every real estate agent on earth will tell you - 'If you overprice your home, it will take longer to sell and sell for less money.' Yet, sellers ignore them, and overprice their homes anyway, hoping their home will be the one to defy market physics. Why do they do it? Lots of reasons:

Mortgage lending startup gets $1.5M boost from investors
Mortgage lending startup Lenda has raised $1.54 million in seed funding the company says it will use to expand into new markets. The San Francisco-based firm launched a platform in July to allow borrowers to complete the home loan process online ...

5 self-care tips to hit peak performance
Are you undermining your success with unconscious behaviors that are actually hurting your attention and simultaneously diminishing the gray matter in your brain? If you’re ready to shift to peak performance mode, a few simple tweaks may be all you need ...

11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain
Did you know about New York's bizarre seller disclosures or who owns the world's most lucrative commercial real estate portfolio? Prepare to get your mind blown ...

Bad things can happen to good people even if they are armed with a gun or an app
The death of a real estate agent who was murdered on the job led to a raft of articles and emails about apps designed to keep real estate agents safe. Using an app to let friends know where you are ...

Mortgage lending could finally ease if Fannie and Freddie address lenders’ buyback fears
Mortgage lenders could get a lot more willing to extend loans to borrowers with less-than-pristine credit if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac give them more clarity on what circumstances will trigger demands that mortgage originators buy back loans that go ...

New England brokerage will pay to ‘enhance’ realtor.com listings
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties will pay to “enhance” listings sent to realtor.com by the brokerage’s 1,500 agents in 50 offices across Connecticut and Rhode Island. Realtor.com’s “Showcase Listing Enhancement” program provides company branding, links and contact info on ...

Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company
Shares in fast-growing mortgage industry software developer Ellie Mae hit an all-time high today, pushing the Pleasanton, California-based company’s market capitalization over the $1 billion mark. Bloomberg News has reported that the convergence of technology and housing is creating opportunities ...

Europe’s predicament puts Fed in a pickle
The ride wild in stock markets this week was not about the U.S. economy or mortgage rates, which are just about back to where they were before the circus. Pay as little attention as possible to the stock market. It enjoyed a one-way rally for three years, and was way overdue for waves of profit-taking -- for any reason or no reason at all. ...

Rivals come together at real estate data standards ‘plugfest’
Apple and Samsung do it. Google and Microsoft do it. And in the real estate industry, CoreLogic, FBS and Rapattoni do it. Next week, competitors in the industry will come together in Las Vegas for the industry’s first-ever “plugfest” with ...

Don’t let anyone write agent safety off as a lost cause
Since my August article on agent safety was published, the conversation on agent safety has unfortunately included the tragic loss of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave a few days after she was killed. Sadly, the ...