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Don’t discount that personal touch! Despite the digital age we’re in, lenders and real estate agents played a significantly more influential role than online sources when it comes to shopping for a mortgage. Thirty-two percent of borrowers said mortgage lenders were the most influential when researching and receiving advice about their current mortgage compared to only 13% who said online sources. And yes, millennials were included in this survey.

When it comes to investing in rental properties, the model has changed. It’s no longer buying fixer upper or foreclosed homes but rather market valued homes and relying on the monthly rental income to make it up over time. San Antonia, Fort Worth, and Dallas scored the top 3 spots for hottest markets, offering homes that are affordable and can grant great return value.

Damage done from the recent disasters in Florida and Texas are still unknown, yet sales rose 4% in September from the year prior for the Houston area thanks to investors buying up damaged properties and delayed sale closings from August.

Since there’s always a list, here’s a new one: 10 best and worst cities for infrastructure. Minneapolis takes the cake with its excellent transit system.

Hall Financial (NMLS #1467435) was formed in early 2016, founded on a common mission: to be the most client focused mortgage company in the industry’s history. We were going to stop the trend of treating homeowners and homebuyers as transactions and instead, welcome them as family. We were going to treat them like the queen of England. Here, we bring you up to speed and keep you in the know with the latest housing news, home trends, and more!

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