Five tips for avoiding mortgage fraud

Real estate agents can assist clients in steering clear of unscrupulous transactions, particularly in the lending industry, where they could unwittingly fall victim to mortgage fraud.

USDA loan: An option for rural home buyers

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency was established to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. One of the ways it is doing that is through the Single Family Housing Direct Home Loan Program.

Grow your network, garner success through continuing education

Continuing one's education is a must to be successful in the real estate industry and those real estate agents and brokers who continue their education position themselves ahead of the competition.

House hacking can be a win for newbie investors

A new investing approach in residential real estate called house hacking can offer new and not-so-financially-well-off investors, as well as others, opportunities in what can be a lucrative real estate investing market.

NAR study: Education debt keeping millennials from homeownership

Earning a college degree, landing a good-paying job, and buying a home of one’s own has a certain appeal to it. But in an era of skyrocketing student-loan debt, many millennials are discovering they need to delay that move out of their parents’ house.

BoostUp matches down payment for homebuyers who open savings account

Future home buyers willing to open a BoostUp savings account can receive match money ranging from $250 to $1,500, depending on the home’s purchase price.

Make yourself invaluable to real estate investors

Knowledgeable and seasoned real estate agents can make themselves invaluable to any investor who has little time to find and vet properties.

Crowdfunding’s appeal to real estate

Investors are buzzing about real estate crowdfunding, a relatively new option that allows people to invest in commercial and residential real estate for as little as $1,000. The ripple effect could be more business for many working in real estate.

Energy Efficient Mortgages build green upgrades into loans

Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs), available through Fannie Mae, the Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Administration, allow homebuyers to make energy upgrades and wrap the cost of those upgrades in their mortgages.

Is a VA mortgage right for your client?

Two million of the 21.9 million veterans in the U.S. are women. Pair that statistic with recent NAR findings ranking single women second-highest among home buyers in the U.S., and there's a good chance some of your clients will need information on VA loans.