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SEM News, thinkMortgage™: February 9th, 2017

Mortgage Professional America magazine posed the question, “Are mortgage companies lagging in the effort to promote a wellness culture for their employees?” At least Southeast Mortgage is bucking the trend with its 31,000-square-foot space created with an eye toward culture and “amenities that enable employees to pursue more balanced lives.” The magazine featured gorgeous pictures read the full article.


This is What Makes My Career Journey Special and Meaningful

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: February 8th, 2017

Money and an impressive title will not give you a hug nor help you change a flat tire. However, friends and a supportive team will. Those things are what makes the career journey special and meaningful. When I saw that one employee wrote on Glassdoor that joining the Southeast Mortgage team is “the best career move you read the full article.


“Breakthrough” Stock Issuance Program

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: February 7th, 2017

In a surprise announcement at the annual Christmas party at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta, Southeast Mortgage of Georgia CEO Cal Haupt announced the company’s top 10 originators and issued each of them a stock grant valued at $149,780. In addition, nine Operations employees were issued stock for exceptional execution of SEM’s service goals. Each year going forward, read the full article.


Economic Recovery Top – Low Country View

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: February 6th, 2017

As we move into the eighth year of the recovery, we have a record-high DOW, full commercial flights, busy malls, bustling restaurants, overflowing new car dealer lots and everyone on your street is doing home renovations. Everyone should govern their actions by data rather than the euphoric feel of a recovery. My “low country view” read the full article.


Turning Static Images into Profits

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: November 16th, 2016

It’s extremely short sighted to dismiss the value of online video marketing, especially in the mortgage industry where competition is stiff, generating leads can be time-consuming and originators are challenged to help clients understand complex terminology and processes. Short, informative and engaging videos are an ideal marketing option. They allow a mortgage company to provide read the full article.


Residential Housing Off to a Slow Start in Fourth Quarter

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: November 8th, 2016

Following a strong summer, the final quarter of 2016 has been weaker than the previous months for the Atlanta residential real estate industry. Fortunately, 2017 is looking mighty bright. The Cal-Culator, which rose 0.2 last month is staying stagnant at 7.7 as Atlanta saw decreases in home prices, sales and inventory. However, many positive predictions read the full article.


Cal-Culator Spikes Due to Positive News in Georgia’s Housing Industry

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: October 31st, 2016

Last month’s Atlanta residential real estate index remained stagnant as a result of falling home sales coupled with rising home prices. This month, we’re excited to share that the Cal-Culator has risen .02 to a 7.7 triggered by positive news regarding delinquent home rates, home prices, construction spending and mortgage rates. Construction spending held steady in August read the full article.


Southeast Mortgage Unveils New Corporate Headquarters Equipped with Progressive Work-Life Balance Amenities

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: October 28th, 2016

Southeast Mortgage, has unveiled the firm’s new transformative headquarters, located at 3575 Koger Boulevard in Duluth, Georgia. The 31,000-square-foot office space that boasts a host of work-life balance amenities exemplifies the firm’s culture and dedication to employee health and well-being, serves as a reflection of the firm’s commitment to clients and their trusted partners, and read the full article.


The “Sort of Hot, Sort of Not” Atlanta Housing Market

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: October 27th, 2016

Among last month’s positive and negative headlines about Atlanta and the nation’s housing markets, the one that may have best defined the Atlanta market, published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, read: “Odd housing market confounds buyers, agents.” The article went on to say, “metro Atlanta housing is an odd market these days: sort of hot, sort of read the full article.


What You Need to Know About Millennials and Homeownership

thinkMortgage™: September 2nd, 2016

Despite Atlanta and the nation’s rising rents, millennials are having a tough time converting to homeowners from renters. Curbed reported in March that first-time homebuyers make up 32 percent of all buyers, the lowest percentage since 1987. However, the majority of millennials want to buy a home, according to Fannie Mae, for financial reasons and lifestyle reasons. read the full article.


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