MBA Secondary: Can Fannie and Freddie help fix the housing shortage? | 2018-05-23

The challenges facing the mortgage market are many: a significant shortage of housing, rising interest rates and first-time homebuyers who need specialized underwriting are just the start. But leaders from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac assured attendees at the MBA Secondary Marketing Conference on Tuesday that the GSEs were ready to partner with them to…

eXp now trading on the NASDAQ | 2018-05-21

As of today, eXp World Holdings is trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker EXPI. It is currently trading at $18.00, up $0.64 on the day. The company’s claim to fame is that it is the largest single-owned real estate brokerage in North America. “Today marks a special day in the history of eXp Realty. Our…

American women’s $1 trillion burden

Student debt is on its way to becoming a universally American problem, but there’s more evidence to indicate that it’s a particularly acute challenge for women. The gap between the amount of debt shouldered by male and female graduates has nearly doubled in the past four years, according to a report released Monday by the…

Curious about inclusionary housing? Check out this handy-dandy map | 2018-05-22

Inclusionary housing. It’s a buzz concept floating around the housing space these days. States and municipalities seem to be adopting and eschewing it left and right, but how prevalent is the practice actually, and what does inclusionary housing really mean? The basic definition for inclusionary housing is linking the creation of affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households to…

Watercolor Map Prints for just $3.49 + shipping!

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.) This SUPER popular deal is back! Jane has these gorgeous Watercolor Map Prints (5×7, 8×10, or 11×14) for just $3.49 each + shipping right now! These are SO…

Are high-end multifamily REITs overpriced? | 2018-05-22

Conventional wisdom would say that high-priced multifamily REITs would be less risky than cheaper REITS, but one investment group thinks the opposite is in effect due to inaccurate pricing on some high-end multifamily REITs. Dane Bowler of 2nd Capital Market, posting on behalf of his company on SeekingAlpha, says these REITs are overpriced because of a…

Real estate tech startup First.io raises $5M in Series A funding round | 2018-05-22

Tech startup First.io announced Tuesday it raised $5 million in its Series A funding round. First.io utilizes artificial intelligence to help real estate agents connect with prospective home sellers ahead of their competition, according to the company. Chicago-based startup investors, MATH Venture Partners, Nine Four Ventures, and @properties’ co-founders Thad Wong and Mike Golden, led…