Matthew Rathbun - Real Estate Musings

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Managing Real Estate Broker - Coldwell Banker Elite
This is Matthew Rathbun's blog for helping other agents in this crazy real estate industry. As a Realtor and Educator Matthew likes to share his thoughts with like minded folks!

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2009 

This report released in May of 2008 by the Mortgage Broker's Association says that it costs about $50,000 for a Lender to REO a property and as much as 30-60% of the loan value. It makes you wonder why they don't put more effort in working toward approving Short Sales... Read more to find...
10/11/2009
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Recently while teaching a class, I mentioned that agents should be giving their clients Resume’s prior to the first meeting.  One agent asked what I thought it should look like, so here’s mine, as an example. It’s my belief that agents are essentially asking for a job when the encounter a potenti...
10/11/2009
Back in January I wrote an article for www.AgentGenius.com, called The Setup, The Pitch and the (Agent’s) Stolen Identity.  This outlined a new threat to agents who have active listing, wherein people took your listing information and fraudulently relisted the house as a rental on Craigslist.  Th...
10/06/2009
An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is a great way to get summary information about a topic.  HUD has setup a website designed to answer some of our questions.  RESPA’s changes have been chartered to start January 10, 2010 and some folks have concerns.  Here is some information from the website: ...
10/06/2009
Lesley Lambert asked a question on www.AgentGenius.com about BPO’s.  I’m not a big fan of the potential liability that exists with doing them.  Lesley asked for the commenter’s thoughts and here was my answer: Lesley, This is a great question. I suppose there are a few questions that I would ask ...
10/06/2009
NAR Member Profile 2009 While preparing for the first night of our Licensing program, I decided to give the new agents some realities about the Real Estate Industry. To me it's not healthy to introduce a new agent to the business, thinking that everyone is making a million dollars and only w...
10/06/2009
One of the coolest tools I’ve been showing agents has been Picasa.  It’s a fantastic tool that’s free from Google and installs on your computer.  You can do such much with Picasa that will help your marketing efforts. Here’s a few of the great elements: Batch resizing of photos Free website hosti...
10/06/2009
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