Will the New FHA Mortgage Premiums Steer More Buyers Your Way?

New FHA Mortgage Premiums“Buying a home has always been about more than owning a roof and four walls. It’s about investing in savings and building a family and planting roots in a community….Were going to start this week laying out some of the agenda for the next year. And here in Phoenix, I want to talk about helping more families afford their piece of the American dream, and that is owning their own home.”

– Barack Obama

During his speech on January 7, 2015, President Obama announced his plans to make achieving the American Dream a more reachable goal for first time buyers. In case you’ve missed the recent buzz, there will be some significant improvements to mortgage loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration in the near future. Continue reading

New Mobile Friendly Website Design for Homes.com Customers!

Homes.com Mobile WebsitesMobile website traffic continues to trend upwards. This is particularly true among the next generation of first-time home buyers. If your agent website is not ready for the mobile internet, then you risk getting left out of the impending wave of Millennials that are predicted to enter the housing market in the coming years.

The good news is that it is not too late, and you do not need to be a web developer to make your website mobile. Your Homes.com real estate website comes with a growing inventory of fully responsive designed themes to choose from, each with several customization options to select. No HTML code or WordPress plugins needed. Simply pick the layout, background image, and color schemes you want and you are in business. Continue reading

9 Ways to Avoid Getting “Locked Up” in Facebook’s Jail

9 Ways to Avoid Facebook JailAccording to ActiveRain and Properties Online, 93% of social media traffic for Realtors comes from Facebook. So actively posting links to drive users back to your site, sending out Facebook messages to a group of your past clients and connecting with people who may be outside of your normal group of “connections” seems like standard practice right?

Well, if you’re doing any of these activities on a regular basis, then you could end up landing in “Facebook Jail.” What is Facebook Jail?  For a lack of better words, if in “jail,” Facebook can keep you from posting any links to your websites, blogs and any other site associated with your business anywhere on the platform. What you may find even more astonishing is that it can lead to your Facebook account being deleted entirely.

Here are 9 ways to avoid getting “locked up” by staying in the good graces of the fine folks at Facebook. Continue reading

Home Price Gains Flattened in October- Was Your Market Affected?

HDC-Homes-Price-Gains-October-Blog-2115Despite the past few months of increasing home prices, the most recent edition of the Homes.com Local Market Index Reports indicates that market activity was relatively slow during October. There are now 110 (36%) of U.S. markets that have achieved a full recovery, slightly lower than last month’s total of 111 or 37% of all markets measured in these reports.

Although there were increases in inventory, a slowing demand caused many markets across the country to witness a flattening of home prices during the summer and fall months. Since winter is typically the slow season for real estate sales, don’t be surprised if we begin to see some markets starting to fall back under the full recovery line. Continue reading

5 Tips for New Agents to Get Your Career Started Off Right!

5 Career Tips for New Agents from Homes.comSo you’ve decided to start a new career in the real estate industry! There’s going to be a long list of things you need to do, but which of them should you be taking care of first? To help get your career started off on the right foot, Homes.com has created this list of the 5 things that you should do after becoming a licensed real estate agent! Continue reading