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Atlanta’s Residential Real Estate Index Hits Record High

SEM News: February 14th, 2017

The first Cal-Culator reflecting the current data of 2017 shows a 0.1-point increase, bringing the monthly Atlanta residential real estate index to an 8.0 – a new record high in the index’s three years of publishing. Home prices and continued low rates gave the index a boost, while stagnant homeownership levels and the possibility of 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.


The Final Cal-Culator of 2016

SEM News: January 10th, 2017

The final housing index of 2016 showed continued improvement in Atlanta’s residential real estate market, increasing 0.2 from the previous month to 7.9. The Cal-Culator’s first entry in 2017 will hold steady at 7.9, due to slowing of home price growth and higher mortgage rates that haven’t been seen in quite a while. Home Prices read the full article.


The Final Housing Index of 2016 Shows Continued Improvement

SEM News: December 13th, 2016

The last Cal-Culator published in 2016 conveys good news: Atlanta’s residential real estate housing index has increased again by 0.2. The index now sits at 7.9 thanks to increases in construction spending and home prices, though inventory continues to hinder the nation’s growth. Total existing-home sales grew 2 percent month-over-month in October and 5.9 percent year-over-year. 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.


The Benefits of Work-Life Balance and Company Wellness

Press Release, SEM News: November 1st, 2016

Ping pong tables, telecommuting, gyms and yoga classes were foreign concepts in the workplace 50 years ago. So why, in today’s age, should you care so much about providing employees with a space that caters to employees’ health and wellness and offers a host of entertainment features to foster a better work-life balance? Today, a read the full article.


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