Monthly Archives: April 2013

S&P/Case-Shiller: Home Price Increases Beat Expectations

By Tara Steele of AGBeat Home price increases continue according to all indices, many beating expectations – welcome news for a sector hard hit by the recession. Home prices steadily climbing According to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for February,

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[REFINANCE] The Benefits Of HARP 2 : No Appraisal Needed And 35% Monthly Savings

4 years since its launch date, the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is enjoying record-high popularity among U.S. homeowners. Government data shows that HARP refinances now account for more than 20% of all refinance activity, and closed loans will likely

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11 Apartment Hunting Tips for Renters

Land the right new rental home the smart way, with this insight to help you focus, organize and avoid surprises I distinctly remember one apartment hunt that brought me to tears. After sifting through dozens of not-right rentals, and with

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Immigrants Key to Housing (and Economic) Recovery

Interesting story in the Financial Times about how immigrants to the U.S. have not only been key to the housing recovery, they will remain key to the market. It’s based in part on a report from Housing America and the Mortgage Bankers Association. Some

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Marketing Errors: From Coke to Communists

By Columnist Gwen Banta of AGBeat Realtors that don’t proof read their property descriptions in the MLS inevitably end up in the hall of shame here at AGBeat. We hand pick these marketing errors in hope that you will be

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Applying For A Mortgage While Fixing Your Credit

Your credit score is a number meant to score your history of “borrowing money”. However, a February 2013 study from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that 20% of U.S. consumers have at least one documented error in their active

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Smokers’ Homes Don’t Sell — Or Sell For Less (And What You Can Do)

Smoking won’t just kill you — it can also kill a sale. So says a survey of Ontario real estate agents, who found that more than 80% of potential buyers would be either “unlikely” or entirely unwilling to buy a

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