Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing strong enough to weather rate hikes?

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing strong enough to weather rate hikes?

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Should real estate agents drive around in fancy cars?

Question answered on Realtor Reddit thread
Jacob Gaffney
Ah, the fancy car. The symbol of American success. Power, stability, money, and if you work in real estate, probably completely unnecessary.
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Police closing on suspect who kidnapped two Realtors

Release video cap of “person of interest”
Trey Garrison
Realtor Magazine has the story of two agents who were held at gunpoint by a man during showings in St. Petersburg, Florida within an hour of one another.
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Massachusetts Supreme Court upholds real estate agents’ employment status

Agents allowed to continue designating as employee or independent contractor
Ben Lane
Realtors and real estate agents who choose to affiliate with a real estate brokerage will continue to be allowed to designate their own employment status after the Massachusetts State Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling.
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Maryland family sues Realtor over snake-infested home

$2M claim says the agent didn’t disclose slithery problem
Trey Garrison
Why did it have to be snakes? A family in Maryland whose house is overrun with black rat snakes is suing their Realtor, saying the agent didn’t disclose the snake infestation despite knowing of it.
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Ottawa real estate agent guilty of attempted murder

Lured wife into garage and then tried to brain her with bat
Trey Garrison
A real estate agent in Ottawa, who lured his wife into his garage promising a present and hit her twice in the head with a baseball bat, was found guilty of attempted murder this week.
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Realtors hoping to be able to fly drones soon

Rules still being finalized by FAA for NAR UAVs
Trey Garrison
There will be a time when Realtors can legally fly an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around property listings to capture images for marketing purposes, but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely. Read on and prepare for takeoff.
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3 ways homebuyers can win bidding wars

You need more than a cover letter
Brena Swanson
After a recent article generated a lot of buzz on how buyers are winning bidding wars, the biggest takeaway from the comments: everyone and everywhere is different. So here are three different tactics a real estate agent uses that go beyond the standard letter.
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How much does a Realtor spend on technology?

The price tag to stay competitive
Brena Swanson
Spring is the busy season for Realtors across the nation. So how much does the average Realtor spend on technology in order to stay competitive in this tight real estate market?
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: FHFA g-fee, PMI shift too much or too little?

Clouds on housing finance horizon; Zillow/Move fight gets personal
Trey Garrison
Things are looking rough for housing with a sluggish start to the spring buying season, and that trickles all the way up to the outlook for agency MBS. Plus, Move takes off the gloves in its ads, and the industry reacts to recent FHFA moves. Read on.
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Realtors urged to take safety beyond their smartphones

Apps are nice, but not the only option
Brena Swanson
When in danger, most people turn to this one device to stay safe. The only problem is that it can easily be turned into a weapon against you. So how much are you relying on your cell phone for safety when showing houses?
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