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Real Estate News Now: April 26, 2018

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Take a look at our latest roundup of real estate news from our Real Estate News Now Blog Series! Don’t forget that there’s something for everyone to read, so whether you click to increase your awareness of the real estate innovations, trends and news article making waves around our country or simply want to share with your circle of influence, make sure to share what articles resonated with you the most in the comments at Champions School of Real Estate’s Facebook and Twitter pages!

Worried about the next bear market? Real estate may be your best investment // INVESTING

“Real estate may be one of your best investments during the next bear market for stocks. And by real estate, I mean your home or other residential properties. That’s important to remember, not just because we often overlook our house when focusing on our holdings, but also because the recent volatility in markets has many investors on edge.” – USA Today

Harvey ushered in a new reality for Houston real estate // HOUSTON

“As you can imagine, the house kind of sticks out,” Placencia said of his family’s new home, which has 15 steps leading up to the front door and an elevator in the garage. Since Hurricane Harvey, more houses like this have been popping up in Houston neighborhoods along bayous that roared out of their banks during the storm. For Placencia, “It’s just the new reality.” – Houston Chronicle

14 Factors that Can Stall the Mortgage Closing Process // REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

“nce you find your dream house and your purchase offer is accepted, you need to get through one more step before you move in: mortgage closing. The time it takes to close on a home will vary from one person to the next. When everything goes right, loan closings can be completed in as little as 21 to 28 days, says Atlanta-based real estate agent Bruce Ailion. Currently, Ellie Mae reports that the average closing time for home loans is 44 days.” –

The Blockchain For Real Estate, Explained // TECHNOLOGY

“There is a lot being written about blockchains, bitcoin and related technologies, and for many real estate professionals, this is part of a brave, new, confusing world of technology. Like the original internet, the blockchain is a revolution in technology that will touch all people and all businesses. So people are paying attention, but many still don’t understand what the blockchain is.” – Forbes

Creating social media content in real estate, mortgage: Focus on the details // MARKETING

“Details matter. This is a subject that I talk about all the time with my loan officers, real estate agents, and coaching clients. Everyone is so focused on just “getting things posted” that they forget about the details of their content. The details are what makes your content stand out in a noisy space.” – Housing Wire

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