Todays Rates: Purchase - 30 Year Fixed: 3.125%   APR: 3.201%     15 Year Fixed: 2.375%   APR: 2.494%      30 Year Fixed High Balance: 3.125%   APR: 3.205%      15 Year Fixed High Balance: 2.500%   APR: 2.608%          Refinance - 30 Year Fixed : 3.375%   APR: 3.432%     15 Year Fixed: 2.625%   APR: 2.726%      30 Year Fixed High Balance: 3.375%   APR: 3.436%      15 Year Fixed High Balance: 2.625%   APR: 2.769%

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The Casil Report, a Financial Commentary on the Mortgage Markets: May 19, 2016

Good afternoon, Today, Thursday (05/19/16): The 10 Year Treasury Yield dropped slightly to 1.85%, meaning generally lower mortgage rates than yesterday. – U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims dropped to a 278K reading this week (294K during the previous week), meeting market expectations (278K).  In addition, the less volatile, four week moving address for jobless claims rose this week, to a to 276K level. Even with this gradual … Continue reading “The Casil Report, a Financial Commentary on the Mortgage Markets: May 19, 2016”

Social Media Real Estate Tips for 2016

Social Media is changing constantly and you need to keep refining your strategies to get the best of your efforts. What worked last year may not work this year, so you need to keep testing new tips to always improve your social media performance. Consumers look at their phones an average of 150 times a … Continue reading “Social Media Real Estate Tips for 2016”

5 Scary Social Media Mistakes for Real Estate Agents to Avoid

Halloween is here and it’s time for the witches, ghosts and goblins to come out and play. But some things are more frightening, more terrifying than zombies and ghouls.  Social Media mistakes can haunt your marketing efforts all year long and scare away new clients. Social Media is an incredible tool that can increase your leads, help you form partnerships, … Continue reading “5 Scary Social Media Mistakes for Real Estate Agents to Avoid”

How to Help Your Clients Get Ready for TRID

by Monika Bialokur Big changes are coming this fall. Whether or not you have heard of TRID, it will impact real estate agents and homebuyers. TRID, (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule) is geared towards making mortgages easier to understand for homebuyers but it will take time to learn and adjust to the new rules. Consumers and real estate … Continue reading “How to Help Your Clients Get Ready for TRID”

4 Tips to Avoid Credit Report Errors

I have been in the Mortgage Industry in the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan area for almost a decade.  Over the course of this time, I have met with many clients who were surprised to learn that they have unjustified poor credit issues. From making a mistake by an Auto-Pay payment, to opening new credit … Continue reading “4 Tips to Avoid Credit Report Errors”

Power of the Pre-Approval

Homebuyers might be surprised to learn that they can have the wrong idea of how to start looking for their new house or apartment. Often, think they need to first find the house of their dreams–then find their lender. In reality, finding a lender first and getting pre-approved ahead of going home shopping will not only let you know how much of a home you can afford … Continue reading “Power of the Pre-Approval”

5 Simple Twitter Tips for Real Estate Agents

  As the number of Twitter users continues to grow, more and more real estate agents are discovering that Twitter is an effective way to connect with future home buyers and sellers. Twitter has become a valuable tool for increasing brand awareness, sharing pertinent information, and generating business. With a little thought and planning, you … Continue reading “5 Simple Twitter Tips for Real Estate Agents”

The World Cup & Twitter: Top Tips for Real Estate Agents

Germany may have won the World Cup, but Twitter was the Social Media champion. The World Cup final set a new Twitter record of 618,725 tweets per minute discussing the match, according to Twitter data.  The most popular match on Twitter was Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in the semi-final, which sparked 35.6m tweets, even more than … Continue reading “The World Cup & Twitter: Top Tips for Real Estate Agents”

How Often Should Real Estate Professionals Post to Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn

by Monika Bialokur, Director of Digital Strategy Have you ever wondered if you’re posting your news, listings and  real estate tips on your social media  platforms too often or not enough? This is the number one question I hear from Real Estate agents in Social Media Workshops.  The best answer is to aim for a … Continue reading “How Often Should Real Estate Professionals Post to Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn”

Mortgage and Housing Outlook for 2014

2013 saw a continued revival in the housing and mortgage industries. As we enter 2014, what will the New Year bring? Our Vice President and author of the Casil Report, Stephen Casil, shares his outlook for the coming year. Where do I see mortgage rates going in 2014? According to the Freddie Mac Weekly Primary … Continue reading “Mortgage and Housing Outlook for 2014”

5 Tips to Help You Find Your New Home in 2014

Getting ready to buy a home in 2014? The following post comes from  Sophia Constantinou, our Vice Priesident of Sales who is a highly experienced Loan Officer in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and has worked with  thousands of new home buyers and countless first-time home buyers. Here are her 5 tips to help make finding your first … Continue reading “5 Tips to Help You Find Your New Home in 2014”

Top 3 Social Media Platforms for Real Estate Pros

Real estate is, when boiled down to its fundamentals, a business about connecting people to the home of their dreams. In today’s marketplace, consumers now use search engines and social media to do their research, learn about neighborhoods and search for homes and mortgages. It’s never been more important to utilize social media marketing for … Continue reading “Top 3 Social Media Platforms for Real Estate Pros”

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