Archive for February, 2012

HomeGain Blog Milestone – 1,000 Blog Posts

Our recent post announcing the newest members to our AgentEvaluator Clubs was our 1,000th blog post! Seems like a fitting post for such a milestone.

The HomeGain Blog started in Q4 2007. That puts us at a little over four years to reach this milestone. We have 3,731 total comments over our 1,000 posts. Thank you to all of our HomeGain Blog contributors. We appreciate all of your time and especially all of the great insight you to provide to readers of the blog.

We’re looking forward to the next 1,000 posts!

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Posted by: HG Blog Admin on February 24th, 2012 under HomeGain

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HomeGain Inducts 16 New Members into Commissions Based Award Clubs

HomeGain inducts 16 new real estate agent members into its elite commissions based award clubs; Total club membership reaches 1,065, each member earning at least $50,000 in commissions from HomeGain’s Agent Evaluator Program

Emeryville, CA – February 22, 2012 – HomeGain, a leading website that connects REALTORS® with home buyers and sellers, today announced that it is inducting 16 new members into its commission based award clubs. The total number of award clubs members now stands at 1,065.

“We are delighted to induct another sixteen members to our AgentEvaluator Awards Clubs,” stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. “The achievements of our Award Club members is a testament to their professionalism and to the effectiveness of HomeGain’s AgentEvaluator program”

Since the fourth quarter of 2011, HomeGain has inducted the following real estate club members:

  • Four new HomeGain Platinum Club members (totaling 408 members who have earned $125,000 or more)
  • Four new HomeGain Gold Club member (totaling 329 members who have earned $75,000 or more)
  • Eight new HomeGain Silver Club members (totaling 297 members who have earned $50,000 or more)

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Posted by: HG Blog Admin on February 23rd, 2012 under AgentEvaluator

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HomeGain Announces 2011 Top Performing AgentEvaluator Real Estate Agents

We are pleased to announce the Top Performing AgentEvaluator Real Estate Agents of 2011.

HomeGain real estate agents and brokers continued to have a productive and successful year, despite the questions surrounding the direction of home prices nationwide. We are proud to recognize these agents for their high level of accomplishment in association with HomeGain’s AgentEvaluator marketing program.

In addition to highlighting the 2011 Top Performers Nationwide, by Region and State, HomeGain recognizes agents who had impressive results and are deserving of honorable mentions.

HomeGain is proud to quantify the successes of our AgentEvaluator agents in 2011 and we look forward to continued success for all of our member agents in 2012.

Here are some 2011 AgentEvaluator highlights:

  • HomeGain recognizes 43 of its member real estate agents who have received Top Performer awards based on nationwide, regional and state achievements.
  • Overall, in 2011 HomeGain’s top four agents in the Highest Dollar Volume category earned an average of $88,072 in gross closed commissions from their HomeGain AgentEvaluator business with an average of 9 closed home sales (transactions).
  • We now have a total of 1,065 member agents in the AgentEvaluator Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Million Dollar Clubs based on the following criteria:

- 2 agents are Million Dollar Club honorees, having earned over one million dollars in gross lifetime commissions from HomeGain business
- 29 agents are Diamond Club honorees, having earned over $500,000 in commissions
- 408 agents are Platinum Club honorees, having earned over $125,000 in commissions
- 329 agents are Gold Club honorees, having earned over $75,000 in commissions
- 297 agents are Silver Club honorees, having earned over $50,000 in commissions

And the 2011 Top Performers for AgentEvaluator are…

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Posted by: HG Blog Admin on February 14th, 2012 under AgentEvaluator, HomeGain

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Buying the Land for Your Future Dream Home

With the real estate market at or near the bottom, now may be the perfect time to buy the land for your future dream home. It’s important to do your due diligence before making an offer on any piece of land. You don’t want to end up with an asset that is a hassle, doesn’t meet your building requirements or that causes you unforeseen expenses. As a home builder, I have a checklist that I go through prior to purchasing any piece of land. Let’s go through some of these as they can save you a bundle of money and help keep you out of trouble.

Check Zoning: The zoning basically tells you what can be built on the property and what can be built around it. Obviously you want to make sure you can build a house on your property so it should be zoned residential. You will also want to check what the zoning is for neighboring properties as you don’t want a big industrial building being built next to your home. Your real estate broker can typically give you this information. If not, it is readily available at the local zoning or building department. The zoning will also tell you the distance required between your future home and the lot lines (called setback requirements) and any height restrictions for the home.  Once you have the zoning setback requirements, you can start to get an idea of what size home you can build.

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Posted by: Michael Luckado on February 14th, 2012 under Buying or Selling a Home

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Real Estate 360 Live With Louis Cammarosano 2/6/12

On Monday February 6, 2012, Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain, was a guest on the Real Estate 360 Live radio show on The Big lowTalker 1580 WHFS AM, hosted by Ryan Sloper.

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Part 1 (15:37)

Louis and Ryan discuss the Superbowl and the ads that played. Ryan reviews the 10 bond interest rates, the level of the Dow and the situation in Greece. Louis notest that Greece should just default and send a message to the market, rates would go up and governments would have to spend less as they could not afford to borrow money at the higher rates.

Louis notes the irony of a Greek default-it won’t draw attention to the US being in a similar situation, but rather will draw investors to the US as a safe haven. Louis notes that the debt crisis will end up on the US doorstep last and notes that the US won’t default but rather will print up the difference.

Louis notes that printing the difference is inflationary and is in effect a default as the investors will receive less value than they were anticipating. Louis notes that investors have become used to receiving  100% of their funds back from soverigns as they expect a trouble sovereign to be bailed out .

Louis notes that a potential bailout is priced into the risk, thereby reducing the risk and interest rates.  Louis notes that accounting rule encourage banks NOT to do short sales.

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on February 13th, 2012 under HomeGain Radio, HomeGain on Real Estate Radio, Louis Cammarosano on Real Estate Radio

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Tablets Poised To Take Homebuying Process To New Levels

Like virtually everyone else on the planet, I’ve finally succumbed to tablet-mania and become an owner … of an iPad. I coupled it with a totally cool Zagg Folio leather case/keyboard combo. Although it’s an incredibly useful tool in so many ways, I’m particularly excited about how it can totally transform the home buying process.

Picture the following:

Not knowing where to start in the search for a great local Realtor, a potential homebuyer from Fremont, California grabs their iPad during their lunch break and loads the Google app. They type in “find a realtor in Fremont, CA” and, at the top of the list, they see “Find Local Realtors® – Research & Compare Realtors Online.” A tap on the link takes them to HomeGain.com’s homepage where they can enter their criteria and then search for a top-notch area Realtor – anonymously. As proposals start to come in from Fremont Realtors, they select a few profiles they like, click through to email the agents and ask for interviews with their top three choices. A quick tap on their Starbucks app allows them to share the address of their favorite location with the Realtors and appointments are quickly set up.

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Posted by: Carl Medford on February 13th, 2012 under Technology

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