Business, Free News Articles, Real Estate

Nation’s Largest Hero Savings Program Homes for Heroes Establishes Local Website and Expands Service

STOCKTON, Calif. -- Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, Homes for Heroes was started in Minneapolis, Minn. at the beginning of 2002. In 2009 it grew to become a national organization that has since helped over 40,268 heroes and given back over $68.4 million.

Homes for Heroes' mission is to provide extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and its communities every day. Heroes include: Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military (active, reserves and veterans), Healthcare Professionals/EMS and Teachers.

Now our local area heroes can access their benefits directly at http://www.stocktonheroes.com/

In addition to the traditional line-up of heroes, local realtor affiliate Brian Nicolson, himself a US Navy Veteran, is expanding the benefits to include any essential workers who have served, in any way, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Interested parties simply need to register at www.StocktonHeroes.com

Homes for Heroes is comprised of affiliate real estate and mortgage specialists across the country along with local and national businesses committed to providing Hero Rewards(R) savings, which are easy ways for heroes to save significant money on a home. When working with Homes for Heroes real estate and mortgage specialists specifically, heroes are able to receive significant savings when they buy, sell or refinance a home. Hero Rewards is our way to say "Thank You."

"We're committed to giving back, serving and saying thank you to our local community heroes because they do so much to protect and contribute so much to our great community. They tirelessly serve and sacrifice for us so we feel it's the right thing to do, and we're excited to be able to give back and say thank you," says Brian Nicolson, local Homes for Heroes real estate specialist in downtown Stockton.

About Homes for Heroes, Inc.

Homes for Heroes, Inc. is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate, mortgage, and local business specialists; committed to providing easy ways for heroes to save on a home. Shortly after 9/11, Homes for Heroes, Inc. was established to give back to Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military (active, reserves & veterans), Healthcare Professionals/EMS, Teachers and more for all they do.

Since 2009, Homes for Heroes, Inc., has helped over 40,268 heroes save over $68.4 million on their real estate transactions, sold over $4 billion in real estate to heroes, actively partnered with 2,600 like-minded real estate and mortgage professionals who've joined in the mission, and donated over $817,838 to heroes in need through the Homes for Heroes Foundation.

More information about the Homes for Heroes program can be found on the website: StocktonHeroes.com or by calling Brian Nicolson locally at (209) 689-0965

Related link: http://www.stocktonheroes.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Real Estate

Iowa Manufactured Homes Stand Up to ‘Inland Hurricane’

DES MOINES, Iowa -- One thing Iowans are familiar with is wild weather, says the Iowa Manufactured Homes Association (IMHA). Positioned in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa's weather ranges from extreme cold and snow to temperatures in the triple digits. And let's not forget tornadoes. Iowans see virtually everything mother nature can throw, but on August 10, 2020, the state was in for a record-setting weather incident.

What has been compared to an "Inland Hurricane," a ferocious storm called a derecho swept across the state with winds equal to a Category 2 hurricane, taking down 100-year-old oak trees, stripping homes of roofs, destroying business complexes and more. But through it all, Iowa's manufactured homes, generally perceived an easy target for wind and storm damage, stood up to the derecho.

"We're blessed to say the least," said Troy Hames, General Manager and VP of Sales for Hames Homes. "But, honestly, we're not surprised."

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Hames manages three manufactured home developments totaling over 900 units, seemed to suffer the worst from Iowa's derecho. Striking an area with a population of just over 130,000, the damage was overwhelming. Businesses saw structural damage to buildings and signage. Parks and rural areas lost up to 80% of their trees, and thousands of acres of crops will need to be plowed under. Residential areas seemed to fare the worst. Over a month later, many residents are still cleaning up fallen trees and thrown debris. But Hames' communities, along with other manufactured home communities throughout the state, saw comparatively little damage.

While common perceptions of manufactured homes would lead one to think hurricane force winds would be catastrophic, reality and the recent derecho proved otherwise. Out of Hames' 900+ units, only three (3) were damaged beyond repair. That's less than 0.5% destruction. Most units, like the surrounding residential areas on the Southwest side of the city, saw shingles and siding damage. Some external buildings like garages or sheds saw worse, but the homes themselves were safe and secure. Why?

More than old school "Mobile homes," today's manufactured homes are subject to strict Federal HUD (Housing and Urban Development) construction guidelines. Based on HUD Code 3280 and 3285(2), "All ... manufactured homes built in the U.S. after June 15, 1976 must contain a certification label (commonly referred to as a HUD Tag) on the home. The label is the manufacturer's certification that the home section is built in accordance with HUD's Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards."

As it relates to the Midwest Derecho and why the manufactured homes in Iowa fared so well: section 3280.306 (a) on windstorm protection, states, "Each manufactured home shall have provisions for support/anchoring or foundation systems that, when properly designed and installed, will resist overturning and lateral movement (sliding) of the manufactured home as imposed by the respective design loads."

"This is where we have an advantage over homes built on foundations or even over basements," said Hames. "HUD requires manufactured homes to have another level of structural integrity - being anchored with galvanized steel straps, at a minimum of four feet into the ground at multiple places on each home."

Where other construction throughout the area saw devastating damage ranging from missing roofs to complete upper levels destroyed by the derecho, the manufactured homes anchored through their walls and floor joists into the earth saw little impact from winds that reached up to 140 miles per hour and lasted over 20 minutes.

According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article from August 18, 2020, Lon Pluckhahn, City Manager of Cedar Rapids suburb Marion, Iowa said, "Ninety to 95 percent of all properties in the city sustained some degree of damage."

As Hames drove through his Summit View development in the southwest corner of Cedar Rapids, he saw the manufactured home community come together to help clean up the damage that did happen. Weeks after the storm, debris from the storm had all but disappeared from the streets of the community, but some units were still waiting on insurance and contractors to finish up minor repair projects.

"These are good, hard-working people," said Hames. "From first time homebuyers to retirees, we get to see every aspect of the community."

Chad and Laura Curl, who have been residents in the Summit View development for over 14 years, stopped Troy to give updates on the recovery process for their unit. The Curls property sustained minor roofing damage and cracked siding on the exterior of the home, but nothing more from the derecho. Directly across the street from the development stood a twisted heap of metal girders and splintered wood from a manufacturing plant that didn't survive the storm.

"Mobile homes have gotten a negative stigma over the years," said Laura Curl about their development. "Well, I rode a CAT3 hurricane out in mine, and it's still here," she continued with a wave of her hand.

The Curls were quick to point out that throughout their manufactured home community, it wasn't the actual structures that received the brunt of the storm damage, but the ancillary construction - decks, garages, car ports not included in the original structure - that were impacted most.

"We can deal with a little cracked siding," said Chad Curl. "It's good to know we have a strong home in a strong community."

While storms throughout the Midwest come with a litany of risks, the perception that manufactured homes are high risk investments because of these storms just doesn't hold true. With some models starting as low as the $30,000 range, first-time homebuyers have the advantage of "lower-than-renting" entry points. Others, like empty-nesters or retirees, find many more modern designs with over 2400 square feet of living space, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, all appliances and more.

"These aren't your grandfather's mobile homes," said Hames. "A manufactured home is as safe and secure as most of the houses in the neighborhoods surrounding us, but ours come with community services like snow removal and storm shelters and much less upkeep."

If you'd like more information on manufactured homes or how you can learn more about the manufactured home industry, you can contact Joe Kelly at the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, 1400 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50316, visit them on the Web at: https://iamha.org or call 515-265-1497.

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), established in 1947, is a not-for-profit board made up of elected officials to serve the association members. IMHA represents all segments of the industry: manufacturers of manufactured and modular homes, retailers, community owners, suppliers, and service companies.

More information about IMHA can be found at https://iamha.org.

IMAGE LINKS FOR MEDIA:
[1] https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0929s2p-IMHA-CRDestruction-300dpi.jpg
Caption: Twisted metal and debris still litter Cedar Rapids streets weeks after the August 10th Derecho.

[2] https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0929s2p-IMHA-Curls-home-300dpi.jpg
Caption: Laura and Chad Curl rode out the storm, equal to an inland hurricane, in their manufactured home.

Related link: https://iamha.org

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Real Estate, Software

Global DMS Integrates EVO Appraisal Management Software with ProxyPics, Enabling Remote Real Estate Inspections

LANSDALE, Pa. -- Global DMS, a leading provider of cloud-based appraisal management software, announced that it has integrated its new EVO platform, an innovative valuation technology that shatters the constraints of yesteryear software designs, with ProxyPics to provide its clients with a secure method of facilitating the delivery of photographs of a subject property when access to the property is unavailable.

EVO(tm) ProxyPics allows lenders, AMCs, and appraisers to seamlessly request and receive high quality photos of both the interior and exterior of the subject property directly from the home occupant, who utilize ProxyPics' patented mobile app to easily take the required photos, answer pre-set questions about the quality, condition, and unique characteristics of their home, and submit the information back to EVO for immediate use.

The entire process is automated, secure, protects against fraud, and requires no additional work or oversight from those using EVO - who never have to leave the platform.

"In addition to providing outstanding appraisal management technologies, the safety of our clients is of top concern," said Global DMS(R) COO, Jody Collup. "This integration not only provides timely, cost-effective, and accurate values for all loan types, it allows those using EVO to efficiently complete their valuations without ever leaving their desk."

With EVO ProxyPics, lenders, AMCs, and appraisers can remain socially distant while still receiving the vital information they need for completing accurate valuations that are in full compliance with the temporary appraisal guidelines that were enacted by federal regulators in response to COVID-19.

"At ProxyPics, we agree that customer safety is a top priority," said Luke Tomaszewski, CEO of ProxyPics. "Integrating our innovative solution with a state-of-the-art appraisal management platform like EVO provides financial entities with the necessary tools for conducting remote inspections that still meet the demands of the highly regulated mortgage industry."

Though developed for today's unique mortgage environment, EVO ProxyPics will continue to serve its users well into the future by providing a simple and completely digital method for securing the primary photos of a subject property as quickly as possible - helping to streamline their appraisal process and decrease turn-times.

About Global DMS:

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Pennsylvania, Global DMS is a leading provider of cloud-based commercial and residential real estate valuation solutions. The company's solution set is cost effectively delivered on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) transactional basis that ensures compliance adherence, reduces costs, increases efficiencies and expedites the entire real estate appraisal process.

Global DMS solutions include its new EVO-Residential(tm) (EVO-Res) platform for residential lending, EVO-Commercial(tm) (EVO-C) platform for commercial lending, eTrac(R) Enterprise valuation management platform for residential lending, SnapVal(tm) appraisal pricing solution, eTrac WebForms, Global Kinex(R), AVMs, the MISMO Appraisal Review System (MARS(R)), ATOM (Appraisal Tracking on Mobile).

For more information, visit https://www.globaldms.com/ or call (877) 866-2747.

*LOGO links for media:
[1] https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0922s2p-globaldms-300dpi.jpg
[2] https://www.send2press.com/300dpi/19-1028s2p-gdms-evo-300dpi.jpg

Related link: https://www.globaldms.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Real Estate, Software

The Future of Appraisal Form Filling Has Arrived with Nexus Level Forms

RED DEER, Alberta -- Anow is excited to announce the launch of Nexus, a simple, but sophisticated cloud-based form filler that's designed to help licensed real estate appraisers collectively work on appraisals in a live, multi-collaborative nature.

"It's like Google Docs for appraisals," Marty Haldane, Anow, CEO says.

Nexus comes with multiple industry firsts such as a smart UAD error checker and automated picklists. The Nexus tools' suite includes:

* A mobile inspection application with built-in sketching tools, so users can easily draw floor plans and instantly calculate square footage from anywhere.

* CompVault, another stand-out feature that pre-fills data if a sale has been used before, makes comparables easy to share between teammates, and provides users with peace of mind that their comp data is private and secure.

* Smart UAD rules with real-time prompts to help reduce revisions.

* Every form needed to build a report, and more.

Thousands of appraisers from 60 countries across the world already rely on Anow to simplify and streamline their business processes and to complete more orders. With the addition of Nexus, appraisers will become even more productive, and elevate the quality of their reports while reducing duplicate data entry and Errors & Omissions.

"We want to revolutionize how appraisals have been done for years while keeping what is familiar and most important to appraisers. It's not another AVM or hybrid 'half' appraisal; it's a true end-to-end solution," Haldane shares.

Nexus streamlines, simplifies and supercharges the form-filling process.

A trial offer is available here: https://anow.com/product/nexus and people who share the hashtag #NexusLevelForms will be entered for a chance to win a free month of Nexus.

About Anow

Anow is an appraisal management software developer that simplifies the way real estate appraisers manage their businesses. Launched in 2011 by multi-generational appraisal professional Marty Haldane, Anow streamlines a wide range of everyday appraisal processes while offering unmatched business insights to help appraisers compete in today's digital environment. Powerful order tracking, job assignment, collaboration and scheduling tools allow appraisers and administrative staff to save time, assign appraisals more easily and deliver exceptional service to clients and mortgage lenders from any web-enabled device. Advanced reporting enables business owners to manage fee competition and turn times with ease.

IMAGE LINKS FOR MEDIA:
[1] https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0921s2p-AnowNexus-300dpi.jpg

[2] https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0921s2p-Nexus-Creative-300dpi.jpg

Related link: https://anow.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Real Estate

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Names Steiner Realty, Inc a Winner of the Pittsburgh Top Workplaces Award for the Second Year in a Row

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Steiner Realty, Inc. announces their designation as one of Pittsburgh's 2020 Top Workplaces. Steiner Realty has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for the second year in a row.

The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

"In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can rally around in the coming months to celebrate leadership and the importance of maintaining an employee-focused culture, even during challenging times."

"To have received back-to-back Top Workplace honors is a great achievement!" remarked Casey Steiner, President and CEO. "Our employees are the heart of this business. They provide our tenants with clean and safe housing."

He added, "We are very proud of this award because it confirms our long-held belief that continuous investment in our employees is the key to our success. We regularly seek their input and make improvements to address their interests."

About Steiner Realty:

Steiner Realty, Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based real estate brokerage firm owned and operated by Clarence H. (Casey) Steiner since 1989. Steiner Realty, Inc. currently manages over 1600+ rental units in the Greater Pittsburgh area in a mix of luxury loft apartments, community apartment complexes, small apartment buildings and high-rises, as well as single-family homes and townhouses. In addition to office staff, Steiner Realty employs a full-service maintenance staff to handle all aspects of property maintenance, repair, and updating.

Learn more at: https://www.steiner-realty.com/
Twitter and Facebook: @SteinerRealty

About Energage

Energage offers a fully unified SaaS platform, plus support and professional services, to help organizations recruit and retain the right talent. As a B-Corporation founding member, Energage has committed itself to the purpose of making the world a better place to work together. Based on 14 years of culture research, the engine behind 51 Top Workplaces programs across the country, and data gathered from over 20 million employees at 60,000 organizations, Energage has isolated the 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any business, and developed the tools and expertise to help organizations measure, shape and showcase their unique culture to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. For more information, please visit energage.com. Follow us on Twitter @teamenergage and Facebook and LinkedIn @energage.

Related link: https://www.steiner-realty.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Real Estate

New Phoenix Real Estate Podcast Empowers Homeowners by Educating Them About The Local Market

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Jeffrey Buettner, a real estate marketing expert and Phoenix native, today announced the launch of two new online resources for consumers looking to buy or sell real estate in the Phoenix Metro area.

AZDigest.com is a consumer-facing real estate portal where home buyers can search for homes for sale without registering their personal information.

Additionally, a new real estate podcast called Market Updates with AZ Digest will be hosted on AZDigest.com. The Market Updates podcast will educate local consumers on the numbers, statistics, and metrics that tell the story of how the real estate market is shifting.

The podcast will be available to the public via most channels where podcasts can be listened to. Video and written transcripts of the episode's dialogue will be provided exclusively on AZDigest.com.

"Too often, big tech companies are thinking more about the consumer than local agents. We hope to change that. We are excited to help empower today's home buyers with even more knowledge about the Arizona real estate market than they already have," said Buettner.

AZDigest and the Market Updates podcast will be hosted by Buettner and other local phoenix real estate Agents. To view the new search website or listen to the most recent episodes of the podcast, visit https://AZDigest.com.

Related link: https://AZDigest.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Real Estate

Executives Call for Congressional Action to Prevent Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Faith Schwartz, President, Housing Finance Strategies, Washington, D.C. and Lee Raagas, CEO, Skid Row Housing Trust, Los Angeles, Calif., issue statement on housing crisis:

With the Congress' inability to come together to pass a COVID-4 relief package, we and those that we collaborate and represent rise to give voice to what we see as an upcoming wrecking ball coming to a community and neighborhood near you. That significant impact is homelessness.

This is not a new challenge; it is one that has been on the radar for multiple years in multiple industries that have been advocating housing as a human right. This challenge spans all "housing" whether it is mortgage and homeowners to market rate renters all the way through affordable housing spectrums. A challenge we posit should have been addressed in the same manner the CARES Act addressed mortgage forbearance.

For homeowners impacted by COVID-19, Congress provided unlimited relief. Troubled mortgagors simply had to raise their hand, attest to a COVID-19 impact, and their federally-backed mortgage servicer was on the hook for mortgage payment relief for up to a year.

We applauded and supported this action for homeowners because it facilitated a process and safety net to ensure that homeowners did not lose their home and "housing." Even as the CARES Act was rolled out to a questioning mortgage industry, we saw the need as urgent and imperative and that mortgage companies needed to take swift action. In record time, mortgage servicers met the challenge and performed in a fastidious manner taking the worry and risk off of homeowners battling COVID-19.

And while we applaud the Centers for Disease Control action last month to halt evictions through year-end, we see this step as a half-measure. Yes, it postpones near-term evictions, but it provides no funding mechanism to support multi-family property owners or owners of rental properties - only the Congress can authorize such payment. This demographic and "housing" group represents a significant amount of our citizens and more importantly, represents those that are struggling due to COVID-19 financial, economic and health impacts.

We are learning with each new unemployment report that the coronavirus is hitting the service sector, retail and food and beverage industries harder than white-collar jobs. The contrast is even more significant when you compare high tech no collar jobs to those lower-income jobs and impacted employees who often pool a higher percentage of income to afford rental payments.

As housing professionals - one from the public policy side, and one from the development side - we implore the Congress to prioritize what we see a looming eviction risk driven by COVID-19 job loss.

The protections afforded to homeowners in the CARES Act must now be allocated to renters, in like size and fashion, especially as we witness the disproportionate job loss in sectors ravaged by COVID-19 week after week after week. That impact has disproportionately affected brown and black individuals and families.

Therefore we join together with 31 national organizations, including the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Alliance to End Homelessness in their August 21, 2020 letter to Congress; and we support their call for action including their statement:

"Failure to act will put tens of millions of renters at risk of being evicted, undermine the stability of our rental housing system, and needlessly prolong our nation's ability to fully recover from the economic damage that has been wrought by this pandemic."

We understand election year politics is contributing to the impasse surrounding the COVID-4 legislative funding package, yet we implore Members to reach across the aisle and fund federal relief for COVID-19 impacted renters. And while we acknowledge and appreciate the recent action by FHFA and HUD to extend eviction moratoriums, more must be done by the Congress through appropriation to address specific COVID-19 measures that afford rental relief.

With specific expertise in permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, our street level view is that we are on the brink of a health crisis becoming a rental crisis leading to a surge in homelessness. Our vantage point at Skid Row Housing Trust leverages three decades of real estate development and more than 20,000 formerly homeless housed. The cliché of 'drinking from a firehose' is a daily reality for those of us serving growing homeless numbers compounded by a pandemic.

Data and experience from that organization and vantage point is key because it provides a threefold benefit; 1) a data driven verification of what is being communicated today, 2) an opportunity to look back and see what could have been modified to avoid current circumstances and 3) an opportunity to look forward to forecast what could happen if we do not take this combined crisis of how health meets housing seriously and expeditiously.

Fortunately, Skid Row Housing Trust has innovated development models that are replicable across the country, but time is not on our side. Skid Row's pipeline of development projects is like many other real estate businesses where five-year plans and strategic initiatives create a nexus of housing units delivered. Yesterday, as a nation, homeless providers were strapped by funding, resources and demand. Today, those needs are stretched beyond what we could have quantified just months ago. And the trend line is worsening.

It is our goal to avoid the trauma of a national housing crisis. Housing Finance Strategies knows all too well we have too many lessons learned from the 2008-2009 housing crisis not to see this one coming. Both Skid Row Housing Trust and Housing Finance Strategies are working together on proven and innovative resources of bringing together like-minded, solution oriented individuals to explore public, private, for profit, and non-profit entities together to forecast, create and execute on plans to solve housing and homelessness risks.

Please join us in calling attention to the plight of millions of renters perilously close to homelessness ... and join us in calling our Congressional leaders so they hear our bi-partisan voices. Finally, join us in caring for the needs of all of those impacted by job loss associated with COVID-19.

References in press release:
* https://housingfinancestrategies.com/
* https://skidrow.org/about/our-mission-values/
* https://nhc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Coalition-letter-FINAL-8-21-20-003.pdf
* https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-19654.pdf

Related link: https://housingfinancestrategies.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Elite Debuts Home Safe™ Certification

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Buying or selling a home is not easy, even in the best of times, but it's especially difficult during a global pandemic. In order to mitigate the myriad of risks that come with viewing homes, meeting with clients and in-person closings, Coldwell Banker Elite has launched Home Safe(TM) Certification.

This is the area's first COVID-19 safety-specific training and certification for agents who want to learn best practices regarding safe showings by using virtual tools and technology for the safest possible interactions. These agents commit to a Five Point Performance Promise designed to help clients stay safe during this health crisis.

Home Safe(TM) Certified agents promise to meet five primary performance goals that include Digital Transactions, Safe Showing Practices, Virtual Meetings as well as using safety-conscious industry partners throughout the transaction. Coldwell Banker Elite has always been on the cutting edge of technology and now, more than ever, these tools and resources are necessary to make the real estate transaction as safe as possible.

Executive Vice President, Matthew Rathbun, notes, "Coldwell Banker Elite is meeting the needs of our clients by creating specialized training to keep clients and their families safe during an unprecedented time, where a unique situation has called for an innovative and trained specialist. This program's advanced training helps our Associates meet and exceed the needs of our clients."

From paperless transactions to marketing that puts the buyers in the home, Home Safe(TM) agents are uniquely equipped to handle clients' needs and concerns and are committed to using the best safety practices known to the industry during this COVID-19 pandemic.

President and CEO, Kevin Breen, is thrilled to be able to offer this heightened level of service and safety noting, "We are committed to making each and every transaction as safe as possible for our clients and our agents. Buyers and sellers using a Coldwell Banker Elite Home Safe Certified agent can be assured that their agent is equipped with the latest technology and is trained in the best real estate practices to get the job done safely in this rapidly changing environment."

We're proud to help guide buyers and sellers home safely during this difficult time and we're committed to doing everything we can to promote healthy practices. To learn more about the Home Safe Program and to find a Certified Agent near you, please visit our website at https://coldwellbankerelite.com/homesafe.

About Coldwell Banker Elite

Coldwell Banker Elite is the #1 Coldwell Banker Affiliate in Virginia with 9 offices around the Northern Virginia region. Family-owned and operated since 1980, Coldwell Banker Elite's creative marketing, cutting-edge technology and commitment to quality and unmatched service has helped countless families with their real estate needs. Coldwell Banker Elite provides residential, commercial, property management and relocation services. Each Coldwell Banker franchise is independently owned and operated. More information: https://coldwellbankerelite.com/.

Media Contact
Angel Piontek
Vice President of Marketing
Coldwell Banker Elite
angel@cbeva.com

Related link: https://coldwellbankerelite.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Real Estate, Reports and Studies

A New Measure of Home Condition Without Inspections – Pomar Lane Completes Condition Scores for 90,000 Homes

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Pomar Lane, a data analytics firm specializing in real estate modeling, today completed a demonstration project that estimated condition scores for over 90 thousand homes. Home condition is represented by the Pomar Condition Score, the first measure of home condition based on advanced analytics rather than expensive inspections or appraisals.

"Online real estate sites commonly present home prices, but have a tremendous blind spot when it comes to home condition. This changes with the availability of the Pomar Condition Scoring System. Our intent is to provide the home buyer with individual home condition scores and renewal costs for all major U.S. residential markets," said company CEO Peter Lufkin. "And the need for condition data extends beyond online search."

He adds, "We foresee a time when any transaction depending on the value of your house will require a condition rating. Apply for a mortgage, purchase homeowner insurance, or market a short-term rental-these all can depend on the Pomar Score as an objective and inexpensive measure of home condition."

The Pomar Score is based on the structural value of the home. Scaled from 1 to 100, a low value indicates little investment in maintenance and repair, while a high value indicates the homeowner is keeping up with wear and tear as the home ages. The predicted score comes from a unique learning model that incorporates changing home characteristics, neighborhood features and local economic data.

Developed over the last three years, the proprietary algorithm delivers for each home:

* a condition score that measures the remaining value of the home structure
* an average condition score for the vicinity
* a range of estimated renewal costs depending on maintenance style

The estimated scores are highly correlated with actual appraisal results, yet can be generated for a small fraction of appraisal costs. As a service, Pomar Lane will provide regular condition updates for homes in key U.S. markets.

About Pomar Lane

Pomar Lane LLC is developing a nationwide database of home condition scores and renewal costs. We use data science instead of costly inspections to score property condition. Pomar models can inform the choices of individual home buyers. Our tools can help reduce insurance claims, improve investor decisions, and make valuation models more accurate.

Learn more at: https://www.pomarlane.com/

* PHOTO link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0827s2p-pomar-lane-graph-300dpi.jpg
* Caption: Pomar Lane LLC is developing a nationwide database of home condition scores.

Related link: https://www.pomarlane.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Real Estate

New How-to Guide Provides Key Tips for South Florida Home Sellers During COVID-19

MIAMI, Fla. -- The All Florida Home Team, powered by Keller Williams Realty, has published a guide that dispels concerns and misconceptions around selling a home in South Florida during the pandemic. The "Guide to Selling Your Home During COVID-19" shows sellers why now is actually the best time to make a move.

Real estate agents, Denise Madan and Joel Freis, of the All Florida Home Team, wrote this guide for people who are sitting on the fence wondering whether this is a good time to sell or not.

Madan has more than 20 years' experience in the real estate industry and says that, "Anyone who is seriously considering selling within a year - now is the time to do it. Don't wait. Short sales and foreclosures are likely on the horizon."

Freis, who also has 20 years' experience, agrees and says that the, "South Florida real estate market is absolutely on fire right now. We're seeing quick sales and multiple offers over asking price."

Madan and Freis wrote this guide to help sellers better navigate selling a home during the pandemic. The guide addresses topics such as how to ramp up virtual tours including designing 3D open houses; staging; safety; inspections; pricing; and more.

The All Florida Home Team sells, on average, 100 homes per year and is confident that this guide will answer many questions homeowners have right now.

"We're selling homes and closing deals while adhering to all the safety rules regarding COVID-19," Madan says. "We want to ensure people feel comfortable and we hope this guide will help to alleviate any fears they may have."

Get the free guide to selling a home during COVID-19 here: https://www.allfloridahometeam.com/guide-to-selling-your-home-during-covid-19-2

About Denise Madan

Madan's experience in the public relations business contributed to her passion for helping others and has fueled her entrepreneurial spirit. She is committed to helping people find their dream home.

About Joel Freis

Freis is a Miami native. He is intimately familiar with all of South Florida. He specializes in selling luxury and bank-owned homes.

For more information about the All Florida Home Team: https://www.allfloridahometeam.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/denisemadan

*IMAGE link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0824s2p-afht-guide-300dpi.jpg
*Photo Caption: All Florida Home Team: Guide to Selling Your Home During COVID-19.

Related link: https://www.allfloridahometeam.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.