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Cover story: Lending experts on what to expect in home financing
Cover story: Lending experts on what to expect in home financing

With technology integration becoming the norm throughout all aspects of the homebuying process, there is still no replacement for the hands-on expertise of a mortgage professional. Between navigating the rising interest rates and guiding first-time buyers through the borrowing

Mortgage fraud grows as home prices and demand increases
Mortgage fraud grows as home prices and demand increases

Instances of mortgage fraud risk grew 12.4 percent since last year, according to CoreLogic’s Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index. Approximately one in 109 applications, or 0.92 percent, of all mortgage applications contained indications of fraud. This is up from

Marketing for new construction homes: The top tips and techniques from the experts
Marketing for new construction homes: The top tips and techniques from the experts

To launch and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy that generates measurable results, it’s important for developers to effectively reach both buyers and real estate agents. As the Houston market continues to see great growth, the most successful developers are

Developing Houston: Living the dream – Pulte offers affordable, single-family homes with Briarmont
Developing Houston: Living the dream – Pulte offers affordable, single-family homes with Briarmont

Answering the call for affordable housing within minutes of Houston’s employment, entertainment and shopping centers is Briarmont by Pulte. In this new gated community of two- and three-story single-family homes, residents can take advantage of front and rear deck

Wire transfer fraud: What agents can do to prevent it
Wire transfer fraud: What agents can do to prevent it

In 2017, the real estate industry saw almost $1 billion in attempted or diverted funds from buyers, sellers, title companies and escrow agencies into the pockets of online hackers. Wire transfer fraud is not a new problem for the

How Harvey has impacted the real estate investment world: A Q&A with Brian Spitz from Big State Home Buyers
How Harvey has impacted the real estate investment world: A Q&A with Brian Spitz from Big State Home Buyers

Brian Spitz opened up Big State Home Buyers 14 years ago after accidentally stumbling into the real estate investment world before planning to start law school. Through Big State Home Buyers, Spitz works with homeowners who need to sell

Survey: Houston agents talk real estate technology
Survey: Houston agents talk real estate technology

  Read more from our Tech issue Cover Story: Starting a tech revolution in real estate Smart home technology is the new standard The real estate sign — now redesigned with modern tech Wire transfer fraud: What agents can

Smart home technology is the new standard
Smart home technology is the new standard

In today’s digital age, novel inventions that once seemed like an unrealistic dream such as self-driving cars and virtual reality have become an integral part of everyday life. Just as Tesla is revolutionizing the automobile industry, smart homes are

The real estate sign — now redesigned with modern tech
The real estate sign — now redesigned with modern tech

Traditionally, “for sale” signs have been the most visible indicator that a home is on the market. But as the real estate industry continues to use technology to improve productivity in the digital age, some view the ‘For Sale’

Cover Story: Starting a tech revolution in real estate
Cover Story: Starting a tech revolution in real estate

It wasn’t too long ago that the latest trends in real estate technology were virtual reality tours and drone photography. Now, agents are having to explore what were once far-out concepts like artificial intelligence, machine learning, geofencing and blockchain.

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