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July 2017 Cal-Culator

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: August 15th, 2017

It’s an exciting – and hectic time – in the housing industry. The shortage of available homes is creating a feeding frenzy as homebuyers scramble to the finish line to submit their offers. In turn, home prices are on the rise and buyers are oftentimes forced to pay above the listing price if they want any read the full article.

June 2017 Cal-Culator

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: July 13th, 2017

Growing Optimism in the Housing Industry Sparks Record High Residential Real Estate Index After an outstanding month in the housing industry, The Cal-Culator, Southeast Mortgage’s residential real estate index, jumped a record 0.3 to a record-high of 8.7. Fannie Mae’s Housing Sentiment Index tied its record high while underwater mortgages revealed its best numbers in read the full article.

May 2017 Cal-Culator

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: June 19th, 2017

Atlanta Housing Market Experiences Promising Rates, Sales and Prices What a month for home sellers and buyers! Though home prices continued to rise impacting the affordability of homes and pricing some buyers out of their desired areas, buyers continued to reap the benefit of lower mortgage rates while homeowners saw a big increase in their read the full article.

April 2017 Cal-Culator

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: May 11th, 2017

Atlanta Residential Real Estate Marks Improvement for 4th Straight Month  For the fourth consecutive month, Atlanta’s residential real estate index showed improvement thanks to soaring sales, improved inventory and the most lucrative return on investment for sellers in a decade. As a result, Cal-Culator, Atlanta’s residential real estate index, now stands at 8.3, a 0.1-increase read the full article.

March 2017 Cal-Culator

SEM News, thinkMortgage™: April 18th, 2017

For the third month in a row, Atlanta’s residential real estate index has hit a record high. After rising 0.1 last month, the index now stands at a record-8.2. The index experienced continued growth as data reveals more people are on time paying their mortgage, residential real estate construction spending is up, first time homebuyers read the full article.

Mortgage Professional America Article

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.

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