William Neilson
Phone:  267-872-1326Office:  215-679-9797
Email:  wneilson@remax440.comCell:  267-872-1326Fax:  267-354-6937
William Neilson
William Neilson

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Tapping Into Millennial Talent: How Next-Generation Agents Are Redefining Real Estate

February 11, 2018 6:03 pm

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses millennials in real estate. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Participants Lennox Scott, President, John L. Scott Real Estate, Seattle, Wash.   Joe Clement, CEO, RE/MAX Properties, Colorado Springs, Colo.   […]

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Mortgage Rates at Highest in More Than a Year

February 10, 2018 11:57 am

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is at its highest in more than a year: 4.32 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Last week, it averaged 4.22 percent. “The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rocketed up 10 basis points to 4.32 percent this week,” says Len Kiefer, […]

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Lola Audu: Moving the Industry Forward

February 10, 2018 11:57 am

Vitals: Audu Real Estate Years in Business: 18 Size: 1 office with a small team of agents Region Served: Greater Grand Rapids Metropolis www.audurealestate.com With a background in the hard sciences such as biology and chemistry, Lola Audu came to the U.S. from Nigeria as a student before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1999. She […]

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Confidence in Housing Soars at Start of Year

February 8, 2018 6:03 pm

Confidence in housing is breaking new records, soaring in January in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). The HPSI overall posted 89.5 in January, 3.7 percentage points higher than the month prior and 6.8 percentage points higher than the year prior. The ascent can be attributed to homeowners recognizing sale value, says Doug […]

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Stock Market Plunge: Is Real Estate Safe?

February 8, 2018 6:03 pm

Is the stock market crashing? The short answer: no—the Dow is just a little bumpy right now. Monday’s Wall Street frenzy had people from all over the world fearing that a U.S. real estate bubble might be the culprit after the stock market suddenly took a nearly 1,600-point (4.6 percent) plunge. According to CNN Money, […]

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Facebook Files Patent: Homeowner Data Could Reveal Socioeconomic Status

February 7, 2018 6:03 pm

Have you scrolled by an ad on Facebook for new real estate signs—just a few hours after you searched for them on Google? Ad targeting is not a new concept, but it has transformed over the years through data analysis and the use of algorithms. Social media users are accustomed to experiencing ads that reflect […]

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Affordable Housing and HELOC Deductibility Under New Tax Laws

February 7, 2018 6:03 pm

The new tax bill passed by Congress in December 2017, celebrated as the Trump Administration’s first major legislative victory, will have inadvertent consequences for potential homebuyers looking to buy homes in high-end markets, and for those with a home equity line of credit (HELOC). A decrease in home prices and caps on tax deductions, among […]

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Buyers Caught in Deadlock: NAR

February 7, 2018 6:03 pm

Buying a home is a mark of the American Dream—but even though the desire exists, realizing it is a struggle, according to the Aspiring Home Buyers Profile recently released by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Homebuyers are hopeful, however. Demand is ever-increasing, and, of aspiring homeowners, the majority do want to own. In 2017, […]

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Latter & Blum President Rick Haase to Step Down

February 6, 2018 6:03 pm

After eight years, Latter & Blum Inc. President Richard “Rick” Haase is leaving his position at the New Orleans-based powerhouse. Haase will leave the post on Feb. 15. “[Latter & Blum] is well-positioned for new leadership to take it into its very bright future,” said Haase in a statement. “[Chairman and CEO] Bob Merrick and […]

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Aging Down: The Face of Luxury Shifts

February 6, 2018 6:03 pm

Buyers aged 25-49 are considerably shaping the upper-end market, according to recently released research by Luxury Portfolio International®. Seventy-eight percent of buyers in the 25-49 group—”The New Aristocracy”—are interested in 5,000-square-foot-plus homes, the research reveals. They also have a preference for Brick Georgian, Modern, Victorian or Tudor homes, but with commercial-grade kitchens and security systems. […]

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