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Sep 17

Video Gallery: Mark Mlakar & Sherry Chris Discuss M Squared’s Brokerage Model

Mark Mlakar (M Squared co-founder) sits down with Sherry Chris (President & CEO of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate) to discuss M Squared Real Estate’s unique approach to building a better brokerage. These videos were recorded at Inman's Real Estate Connect 2013, where M Squared was inducted into the Brand Consistency How M Squared’s commitment to brand consistency has created an environment enabling agents to excel at their practice. Technology Philosophy “One … [Read more...]

Jun 17

Sneak Peek: Introducing Listing360 by M Squared Real Estate

Forget everything you know about single property websites. M Squared is pleased to introduce Listing360, a fully responsive single property website that works on your desktop, tablet and smartphone. HD Property Photos & Video Tour Full Screen Touch Photo Gallery Detailed Neighborhood Boundaries, Demographics and Video Tours Point of Interest Map w/ Travel Times (bike/walk/drive) & Google Street View Interactive Neighborhood Market Statistics & Housing … [Read more...]

Nov 19

Federal Reserve : New Economic Stimulus May Be Warranted

The Federal Reserve released its October Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes last week, revealing a Fed in disagreement about the future of the U.S. economy and about what, if any, stimulus may be warranted in the next 12 months. The "Fed Minutes" recaps the conversations and debates that transpire during an FOMC meeting, and is published 3 weeks after the meeting adjourns. According to the October minutes, FOMC members "generally agreed" that a housing recovery is under … [Read more...]

Nov 12

M Squared Real Estate Introduces New, Responsive Virtual Tours

  Leading independent, Washington DC brokerage firm M Squared Real Estate, introduces new Flash-less virtual tours 100% compatible with all browsers, smartphones & tablets. M Squared Real Estate, an official Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) virtual tour vendor, is pleased to introduce new, “flashless” virtual tours which are produced for all company listings, at no charge to the firm’s agents, and syndicated to over 900 third-party real estate portals and … [Read more...]

Oct 22

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 22, 2012

Mortgage markets worsened last week as hope for a European economic rebound and stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data moved investors out of mortgage-backed bonds. Mortgage rates all of types -- conventional, FHA and VA -- lost ground last week, harming home affordability in DC and reducing purchasing power nationwide. Rising rates also thwarted would-be refinancing households hoping to time a market bottom. The increase runs counter to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market … [Read more...]

Oct 18

Single-Family Housing Starts Rise To 4-Year High

The housing market continues to improve. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, Single-Family Housing Starts rose to 603,000 last month, an 11 percent increase from the month prior and the highest reading in more than 4 years. A "housing start" is a home on which construction has started and home builders are breaking ground at rates not seen even during the 2010 federal home buyer tax credit period. It's a signal to home buyers throughout … [Read more...]

Sep 04

Join M Squared Real Estate at Agent Reboot, Washington DC

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Aug 31

Mortgage Rates Drop For The First Time In 4 Weeks

After 4 weeks of rising costs, DC mortgage rates finally recede. According to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate dropped 7 basis points to 3.59% this week. Depending on where you live, however, you may find that your offered mortgage rates varies. Freddie Mac's "published rate" is a national average based on a survey of more 125 banks. The rates you receive as an individual vary by bank, and vary by region. Mortgage … [Read more...]

Aug 29

M Squared Real Estate Partners with Floor Plan Visuals

  M Squared Real Estate announces partnership with Floor Plan Visuals, providing “one-click” floor plan services for all company listings. Effective immediately, M Squared consultants can schedule floor plan services for their listings, at a reduced rate, with “one click” on the company’s intranet.  The work orders are processed by the brokerage’s internal marketing department and fulfilled by Floor Plan Visuals, the nation’s leading Floor Plan visualization Company. Best of … [Read more...]

Jul 25

Home Values Rise 0.8% In May 2012

The housing market's bottom is 9 months behind us. Home values continue to climb nationwide. According to the Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index, home values rose 0.8% in May on a monthly, seasonally-adjusted basis. May's reading marks the sixth time in seven months that home values rose. Values are now higher by 4 percent since the market's October 2011 bottom. As a DC home buyer or seller, though, it's important to understand what the Home Price Index measures. Or, more … [Read more...]