REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Accel Real Estate Commission Advance | July 22, 2022
Real estate agents and brokers anywhere in the United States can now access financing on their pending real estate commissions through Accel Real Estate Commission Advance ("Accel"). Accel was created by Balanced Bridge Funding to help service real estate professionals around the country. "As a company familiar with assisting entities and individuals with guaranteed income but facing payment delays, being able to provide real estate commission advances is a natural step for us to help real estate agents and brokers who are interested in financing" says Joseph Genovesi.
Traditionally springtime is when the real estate industry starts to pick up. Schools are coming to a close and families begin to scout locations to move their families. Families or individuals with houses look to sell their properties for similar reasons. Real estate professionals have to be ready for the wave of interested buyers and sellers during the spring season and prepare for them.
Currently, the real estate market is on fire throughout the country. Low interest rates, the negative effect of Covid on the supply chain for developers and home builders, all cash offers have fueled the market raising the prices on the current stock of homes. A hot real estate market means the competition is fierce among real estate agents and brokers. They are competing for listings in their markets and they may need to have the financial backing or have access to financing to try and dominate their area. Some news outlets published stories about the constant activity of the Delaware real estate market in 2021. Last month, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a story about the lack of supply in the housing market and how that has affected housing sales. The Federal Reserve indicated they will raise interest rates which may help cool the real estate market.
According to the recent Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR) report, general housing sales have decreased but the median home price has increased. In addition, the past few reports showed sales of houses priced between $250,000 to $2 million and more have increased from the previous year. The Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR) report for February 2022 showed similar statistics. The number of units sold dropped by 66%, but the average and median priced homes increased by 12% and 13%, respectively. Listings have increased and the average amount of time a home is on the market also increased. Inventory dropped over 10%.
Accel's real estate commission advance allows agents and brokers to access a portion of their pending fees. They can use these funds to increase spending on marketing their properties; get more listings, hire more agents; expand their offices for the spring and summer selling season. They can also use it for a variety of personal or professional purposes. Accel is also creating an exclusive membership program for qualified real estate agents and brokers.
This program will allow them to provide member agents and brokers with the unique opportunity to quickly and conveniently increase their cash flow and grow their real estate businesses. Members will enjoy exclusive benefits for funding including:
Priority processing of applications
45 Day Grace Period
10% Fee on advances 31+ days or more
Paid referrals for new colleagues that work with Accel Real Estate Commission Advance
No broker signature required to fund advances
REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Redfin | June 27, 2022
Demand for vacation homes has fallen below the pre-pandemic baseline for the first time in two years, with mortgage-rate locks for second homes down 4% from before the pandemic in May, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That’s down from a revised rate of 3% above pre-pandemic levels a month earlier, and 70% above pre-pandemic levels a year earlier.
Demand for second homes is declining due to high home prices, mortgage rates that have rapidly risen to nearly 6% and a slumping stock market–factors that are also cooling the rest of the housing market. Another deterrent to second-home buyers is the fact that the federal government increased loan fees for second homes in April, adding roughly $13,500 to the cost of purchasing a $400,000 home.
Skyrocketing monthly payments, along with higher loan fees, have priced many second-home buyers out of the market. Many would-be second-home buyers are also deterred by turmoil in the stock markets, high inflation and recession fears, and they can be quicker to pull back from the market because vacation homes aren’t a necessity the way primary homes are. The cooldown in the second-home market is likely to continue as long as mortgage rates are elevated and the stock market is slumping.”
Taylor Marr,Redfin Deputy Chief Economist
The drop in vacation-home demand marks a drastic change from the second half of 2020 and 2021, when mortgage-rate locks for second homes skyrocketed due to record-low mortgage rates and the flexibility to work from anywhere thanks to remote work. Demand peaked in March 2021, when it was about 90% above pre-pandemic levels.
Interest in vacation homes started declining sharply in February as mortgage rates began their ascent. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate reached 5.81% in the week ending June 23.
Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 6,000 people.
SkySlope | June 23, 2022
We're thrilled to announce an expansion of our partnership with SkySlope, an innovator in real estate transaction management. SkySlope serves over 450,000 real estate professionals and now offers Updater as part of their transaction management software to further enhance client relationships before, during, and after each real estate transaction.
New features will be released this month, including:
All SkySlope broker and agent customers will automatically receive access to the Updater Pro platform at no cost.
All homebuyers and sellers in the SkySlope system will receive unlimited access to Updater, helping them move into and manage their new homes.
Property information and specific transaction details will sync automatically between SkySlope and Updater, providing each buyer and seller with a personalized and tailored move plan.
Broker and agent branding will be featured within the Updater experience before, during, and after the transaction and across communication channels – in-app, web, and email.
With more real estate transactions completed in a digital environment, it's critical to remember that the transaction shouldn't end at the closing table – the move is often the most stressful part. We're thrilled to deepen our relationship with SkySlope and jointly deliver on the promise of a frictionless and modern moving experience for all homeowners."
David Greenberg, Founder and CEO of Updater
While homeowners enjoy a simplified and automated moving experience using Updater's industry-leading technology, SkySlope's customers will build lasting client relationships thanks to Updater's co-branding and configuration capabilities. Once branding and preferences are configured, brokerages and agents remain front and center in the Updater experience as their clients organize and complete moving tasks.
"We build solutions to empower REALTORS® and are invested in their ongoing success," said Buck Avey, VP of Product at SkySlope. "Our collaboration with Updater is just one of the many ways we place the agent at the center of providing best-in-class experiences for their clients."
SkySlope manages nearly 3M transactions each year. The homebuyers and sellers associated with Skyslope-managed transactions will receive integrated access to Updater's technology, helping them seamlessly organize and complete tasks including:
Set up internet and television services
Compare and book both full-service and on-demand moving services
Set up utility services, including electricity, gas, and water
Set up smart home technology
And much more
"Updater is integrated with our transaction management system (SkySlope), so that there's no work needed by our sales executives," said Brenda Tushaus, CEO at RE/MAX Results, ranked as the 15th largest brokerage firm in the US by closed transaction sides in 2021. "Other than getting set up and adding branding, it just runs automatically – that's a huge time saver."
Established in 2011, SkySlope is the customer experience platform managing real estate transactions from contract to close. Serving over 450,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada, SkySlope manages nearly 3 million transactions annually. SkySlope is on a mission to build solutions that reshape the real estate industry by creating the most powerful autonomous transaction platform.