Top Summer Reading Choices for Real Estate Pros

Summer is just around the corner and with the market traditionally heating up this time of year, many real estate professionals may find themselves too busy to pick up a good book. For those occasional days when you find yourself relaxing on the beach or stretched out on a lounge chair by the pool, we’ve narrowed down your search with a list of top summer reading picks for real estate pros.

J.D. Crowe, President of Southeast Mortgage

J.D. Crowe, President of Southeast Mortgage

While these certainly aren’t required reading, our top picks are packed with information, insight and tips to keep you on top of your game whether you’re sitting at your desk or relaxing on the beach.

National Mortgage Professional Magazine

If you’re looking for a traditional magazine you can flip through on the sand, look no further than  National Mortgage Professional Magazine. The robust magazine, and its website, offer endless articles on everything real estate including compliance, marketing, trends, servicing, residential, commercial, originations and more. They also take select contributed content if you’re looking for a place to publish your Thought Leadership. A yearly subscription is $69 and will provide you with enough reading material for every season.

 Curbed

A more modern, millennial-fueled online publication is Curbed. Curbed is “all things home from interior design and architecture to home tech, renovations, tiny houses, prefab and real estate.” You won’t find any drab generic news updates here. Curbed covers 15 U.S. cities, including Atlanta, with each city having its own website. Each city website features stories about their respective city along with top stories from other cities. Fascinating Atlanta headlines include:

  • Extreme Heat: How Urban Design Needs to Adapt to Rising Temperatures
  • Is Virginia-Highland Affordability Bastion on Chopping Block?
  • Juxtapositions: South Downtown Atlanta Then & Now

Bookmark Curbed on your Kindle and you may find yourself falling down a rabbit hole of the most expensive tiny homes in Atlanta while waves are touching your toes.

Your Local Paper

In case you haven’t noticed, newspapers and other traditional media outlets are adapting to the ways people consume media. If you’re turned off by the idea of flipping through newspapers, there are other ways to stay on top of   vital information relative to your particular region including tuning into   social media influencers and blogs. For example, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Real Talk blog provides more digestible information about Atlanta real estate, rather than long form articles that are often only appealing to commercial real estate executives.

It’s absolutely vital you stay in the know about the local real estate market in order to speak confidently about the market with your clients. You can be sure your competitors are keeping up with the latest market news and updates and so should you, whether it’s done at the beach, your desk or on a staycation.

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A Stagnant Spring for Atlanta Real Estate

The Cal-Culator, Atlanta’s residential real estate index, has remained stagnant for the month of April. The index rose 0.1 in March to 7.1, where it will stay for another month. The Atlanta housing industry has been negatively affected by a lack of inventory, including hits to home prices and home sales, despite a receptive economy. Continue reading

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Spring Traditions are Here in the Atlanta Housing Market

Pollen isn’t the only indicator spring has arrived. The traditional spring upturn of the housing industry has struck. Median home prices, closed transactions and average days on the market are all moving in positive directions – even if inventory continues to be sparse in the area – to bring the Cal-Culator to 7.1 for March. Continue reading

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Homeowners: Go Green This Earth Day

With Earth Day fast approaching on April 22, now is a great time to begin thinking about “going green,” or even greener, with your home. Regardless of whether you live in a condominium or an expansive home with a lot of acreage, there are plenty of affordable ways to leave a greener footprint while being a good steward of our planet’s resources, all while saving you money in the long run. Continue reading

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Americans Weigh In: What is the “Ideal Residence?”

In recent years, especially in Atlanta and to the interest of millennials, there has been a shift in what many consider the ideal residence. With a renewed focus on the convenience of walkability within urban life and a shift away from suburban sprawl, has suburban life taken a back seat to the growing popularity of urbanization? Despite the lure and convenience of city living suburbia still reigns, according to the National Association of Realtors. Continue reading

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Atlanta Housing Dips Slightly in February

Despite having an extra day to capitalize on productivity in February, the Atlanta housing market dipped slightly last month due to declines in home sales and housing confidence, though inventory levels and home prices have shown improvements. As a result, the Cal-Culator, Atlanta’s residential real estate index, dropped marginally from 7.0 to 6.9. Continue reading

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The Effects of Subprime Mortgage Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

With a recovering economy and a newly vibrant housing market, we are beginning to see more data and articles referencing, and sometimes heralding, the revival of subprime mortgages. Mortgage industry stewards would do well by having longer memories. There is a reason prudent risk assessment and the “5 Cs of credit” warn against subprime mortgages.  Continue reading

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Atlanta’s Housing Industry Off to a Great Start in 2016

As we kick off 2016, we’ve learned a couple of things. First, spring is on its way thanks to the absence of Punxsutawney’s shadow, and second, the housing industry is off to a great start. The Cal-Culator – Atlanta’s residential real estate index – improved 0.2 to start the year off at a 7.0 due to robust home prices, increased down payments and phenomenal homes sales. Continue reading

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On the Fence About Purchasing a Home – Now What?

Along with new promising resolutions of becoming physically fit, spending more time with the family and ramping up work performance, one of your resolutions may be to take the plunge into homeownership and bid your final farewell to your landlord. If you’re on the fence, it’s important to recognize that in addition to reaping the significant tax and financial benefits associated with homeownership, studies reveal owning a home may actually be good for your health. Continue reading

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How Did 2015 End for the Atlanta Housing Industry?

The Atlanta housing industry ended the year on a more sluggish note than expected. The Cal-Culator, Atlanta’s residential real estate index, remained stagnant at 6.9 for October and November, then took a slight dip to 6.8 in December. Tight inventory, home sales and a variety of other housing indicators were factors in the end-of-year decline. Although inventory was tight and the index was relatively flat, we did see a consumer, builder and Realtor shift to licensed service oriented mortgage providers. Continue reading

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