Mortgage Rates Drop to 3-Year Low in U.S.

Freddie Mac | September 06, 2019

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the first week of September 2019, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate in the U.S. averaged 3.49 percent, the lowest it has been since October 2016. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist says, "Mortgage rates continued the summer swoon due to weaker economic data. While economic growth is clearly slowing due to rising manufacturing and trade headwinds, economic fundamentals are still solid for U.S. consumers. The unemployment rate is low, housing affordability is improving, homebuyer demand is rising, and home price growth is stable."

Spotlight

The June National Housing Report infographic shows housing market trends throughout 53 metro areas. The report is based on MLS information, includes all residential properties and is not annualized.

Spotlight

The June National Housing Report infographic shows housing market trends throughout 53 metro areas. The report is based on MLS information, includes all residential properties and is not annualized.

Related News

REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

Pacaso Launches Second Home Specialist Certification Program

Pacaso | November 01, 2022

Pacaso, the leading technology-enabled real estate marketplace that helps people buy and co-own a luxury second home, today launches its Pacaso Second Home Specialist Certification program that enables agents to grow their business, expand their knowledge of co-ownership and unlock exclusive benefits. The Pacaso Second Home Specialist Certification program is an easy five-step process that includes learning co-ownership best practices via the Pacaso Agent Playbook, garnering resources and tips for sharing co-ownership with agents' networks and experiencing a live virtual tour of a Pacaso home during an overview webinar, as well as submitting a referral. In addition to a 3% referral commission and Pacaso equity on each closed referral and additional 1% commission on resales for life, agents who complete the program will receive a Pacaso Second Home Specialist badge, free enrollment in Pacaso Access for agents ($1,000 value), and more exclusive opportunities to expand their business. Since the company's October 2020 launch, Pacaso has paid agents more than $21 million in total gross commission income (GCI). "By taking a short time to complete our new Second Home Specialist Certification program, agents will have the knowledge they need to discuss co-ownership, as well as create further trust with their clients on home ownership options, The process is so easy to complete and sets agents' business up for growth in 2023, I cannot wait to be at the next industry conference and see agents sporting their Pacaso Second Home Specialist badge." -Vice President of Industry Relations Marnie Blanco The debut of the Pacaso Second Home Specialist Certification comes on the heels of the Pacaso Agent Referral Dashboard launch, which enables agents to seamlessly refer potential second home buyers, track the status of their referrals and commission, and get transparent updates on the referral every step of the way. With the uncertainty of the market, successful agents are already creating business plans for next year. The best plans always include continued education and exploring new ways to grow their business – making this certification a 'must have' for agents. The buyers that purchase high-end second homes typically have friends that also buy high-end second homes. If you don't tell your clients about co-ownership and Pacaso, someone else will, said Jeff Kennedy, vice president of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Pacaso partners closely with all interested real estate agents and brokerages to help clients buy and sell a second home. Agents earn a 3% referral commission on the share price and Pacaso equity in the form of 500 restricted stock units (RSUs), when helping clients co-own a luxury second home in destinations regardless of where they're based or licensed. Pacaso manages the entire process to make it simple for agents from scheduling tours to answering questions, or managing inspections and escrow. The real estate industry is embracing co-ownership as Real Estate Standards Organization and its members defined co-ownership as a property type in 2021. Engel & Vӧlkers, RE/MAX, and Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate introduced Pacaso and co-ownership to the already full-service luxury brokerages and networks, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® selected Pacaso for its Solutions Group program. About Pacaso Pacaso® is a technology-enabled marketplace that modernizes real estate co-ownership to make owning a second home possible and enjoyable for more people. Pacaso curates luxury listings with premium amenities and high-end contemporary interior design, offers ⅛ to ½ ownership with integrated financing, and, after purchase, professionally manages the home and supports seamless resale. Co-founded by Austin Allison and Spencer Rascoff in 2020, Pacaso operates in top second home destinations around the world. Pacaso has been certified as a Great Place to Work and is recognized as one of Glassdoor's 2022 Best Places to Work.

Read More

MORTGAGE AND LENDING

Big Purple Dot Aligns with CoreLogic to Launch Transformative Mortgage Recruiting Platform

CoreLogic and Big Purple Dot | October 20, 2022

Big Purple Dot, provider of an ecosystem of mortgage marketing technologies has tapped CoreLogic ®, a leading global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, to launch a mortgage recruiting platform that provides detailed production data on loan originators (LOs) and a customer relationship management (CRM) service to help lenders in their recruiting efforts. The platform will be powered by CoreLogic data. Using the most current and accurate data, and analytics per loan officer available in the industry, supplied by CoreLogic, and the framework of Big Purple Dot's lead management and CRM system, the new recruiting platform enables the mortgage industry to analyze a loan officer's, lender's and broker's loan production volume, loan type, number of loans generated and smartly reach out to them with technology tools such as video messaging, SMS and automated marketing, at scale, to engage top talent through all stages of the hiring process. The new platform also includes built-in contact information, including the originator's email address, cell phone number, and physical address. "Our new product performs a deep dive into each loan originator's production metrics, providing unrivaled mortgage insight and technology to help loan originators not only hire but to also effectively forecast and operate their business," - Big Purple Dot CEO Roxana Davidoff When it comes to mortgage CRM technology, Big Purple Dot is at the forefront, Given Big Purple Dot's unique position as a mortgage CRM leader, this strategic alignment is an excellent opportunity to help loan originators make better choices when hiring LOs,Brian Battaglia, executive, Property Intelligence at CoreLogic said. CoreLogic is the nation's leader in mortgage data, so they were the ideal data source to help create the industry's most powerful recruiting platform, Not only does this new platform reflect our shared vision and goals, we believe it will also forever transform how mortgage lenders recruit top sales professionals,Davidoff said. According to Big Purple Dot, an independent mortgage banker has already used the platform to recruit originators and has since generated an additional $450 million in volume from those originators. The mortgage banker used a single text message CRM campaign. In today's challenging market, lenders need to know more loan production details when hiring prospects to ensure they will excel. This new recruiting platform gives lenders everything they need to know, Big Purple Dot President and Chief Technology Officer Aldo Sarmiento said. Even after new loan originators are hired, the recruiting platform's CRM capabilities continue to help build on those relationships within the organization. About Big Purple Dot Irvine, California-based Big Purple Dot provides an ecosystem of marketing technologies and products that enable real estate professionals and mortgage originators to generate and manage customer relationships and grow business. At the heart of the Big Purple Dot ecosystem is a CRM lead management platform that leverages predictive analysis as well as personalized, prebuilt marketing content, automated marketing campaigns, and SMS/MMS video services all in a single platform that additionally lets users connect with their partners and others on their team throughout each transaction. About CoreLogic CoreLogic is a leading global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider. The company's combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources include over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance, and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Read More

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

The Real Brokerage Inc. Acquires Redline Real Estate Group in British Columbia

Real | November 04, 2022

The Real Brokerage Inc. (“Real” or the “Company”) (TSX: REAX) (NASDAQ: REAX), the fastest growing publicly traded real estate brokerage, today announced that it has acquired, through a wholly owned subsidiary, all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Redline Real Estate Group (BC) Inc. (“Redline BC”) pursuant to a share purchase agreement between the Company, Redline BC and Redline Realty Investments Inc. (“Redline Realty”). The acquisition, which includes Redline’s real estate license to operate in British Columbia, will fuel the Company’s expansion into Canada’s third largest province. Founded in 2005, Redline Realty has approximately 90 agents serving clients throughout the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. The acquisition follows Redline’s move to The Real Brokerage network in October 2021, and underscores the success that Redline’s agents have had under the Real umbrella, which provides agents with the technology, culture and financial incentives to realize their full potential. “Acquiring brokerage firms as a method to grow agent count is not part of our strategy. Our leading technology, competitive financial incentives and connected community are attracting agents to our platform in record numbers. However, Canada is important to our overall growth and this transaction allows us to leverage our relationship with one of Canada’s top brokerage teams to serve as the foundation for our expansion into British Columbia,” - Real Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tamir Poleg When we joined Real, we were excited to align our team with a company that is bringing real estate into the digital age in a way that empowers agents to best serve clients while creating a culture of innovation, inclusion and trust, Now, one year later we are thrilled to be the catalyst for Real’s Canadian expansion into British Columbia,said Darren Langille, Co-Founder of Redline Realty. Brett Turner, President and Co-Founder of Redline echoed this sentiment: Our agents continue to be impressed with Real Brokerage’s revolutionary approach to the brokerage industry, and we are pleased to incorporate our BC arm into their model. Real’s anticipated expansion into British Columbia is the company’s latest milestone in 2022, which includes increasing its agent base by 82% year-to-date to more than 7,000 agents, an agreement to acquire LemonBrew Lending Corp., a tech-enabled home loan platform, and the acquisition of Expetitle, a digital title and settlement company now operating as Real Title. Each acquisition is consistent with Real’s strategy to build a seamless end-to-end home buying experience. About Real The Real Brokerage Inc. (NASDAQ: REAX) (TSX: REAX) is revolutionizing the residential real estate industry by pairing best-in-class technology with the trusted guidance of the agent-led experience. Real delivers a cloud-based platform to improve efficiencies and empower agents to provide a seamless end-to-end experience for homebuyers and sellers. The company was founded in 2014 and serves 44 states, D.C., and three Canadian provinces with over 7,000 agents.

Read More