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Mortgage Rates Hit Three-Month Low

Mortgage Rates Hit Three-Month Low | Real estate |
Average mortgage rates fell to the lowest level since mid-November last week as unease over economic growth in the U.S. and market turmoil abroad prompted investors to load up on government bonds, pushing down long-term interest rates.

Via CJ Brasiel
CJ Brasiel's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:46 PM

I have seen predictions of 5.35% by the end of 2014.  But right now, I am seeing about 4.5%.  What is that difference in house payment when comparing this rate difference for a median home price of $650,000 in San Jose?  About $300/month.  Over 10 years? (You get the picture.)  More houses will come to market this month and will most likely peak between May and July.   Meanwhile, average sales price is predicted to increase about 3% in that same time frame.  The $650,000 will be about $670,000 by summer. 


Don't be afraid of multiple offers. It is the norm.  Know your highest and best before ever writing the offer and you will avoid the stress and high blood pressure that can accompany 12th hour counter decisions.  Choose an agent active in the market, has a great reputation amongst agents, and knows how to be creative with terms. (I happen to know one.)  It takes talent, strategy, relationships, market knowledge, perseverance, and an agent who is committed to your goals of owning a home to get it done.

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10 Must-Know Tips to Leverage Pinterest for Your Business

10 Must-Know Tips to Leverage Pinterest for Your Business | Real estate |
Pinterest offers perhaps the most unique benefits among all social media platforms. And if your businesses’ content marketing strategy has not factored Pinterest in the mix you are missing out on a huge chunk of traffic from a site that sends more visitors to web properties than the much-vaunted Twitter and has more than 70 million users.

Via Brian Yanish -, Bill Gassett
Bill Gassett's curator insight, February 25, 2014 5:05 PM

Do you use Pinterest for your business? if not why not? If you have this pre-conceived notion that it is a bunch of house wives pinning curtains and pocketbooks you are WRONG!

Pinterest is in fact the #1 traffic source to my real estate blog. After you get your feet wet by using Pinterest I would suggest doing a couple of things that will really increase the potential for user interest and engagement.

These include adding a "pin it" button right onto the images on your plugin. There are a few Wordpress plugins out there that will do this for you.

I would also apply for "rich pins" which add schema meta data to all of your posts making them look awesome.

Bill Gassett's comment, February 25, 2014 10:43 PM
Thanks for sharing!
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How Birmingham Homeowners Can Sell A Cluttered Home

How Birmingham Homeowners Can Sell A Cluttered Home | Real estate |

How To Sell A Cluttered Home by Bill Gassett. 

Bill Gassett's comment, February 28, 2014 7:39 AM
Thanks for sharing Ravi!