President and CEO of FMLS Jeremy Crawford is in studio for today’s episode of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Joined by co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick, Crawford is back to discuss several service enhancements, give a market update and share his forecasts for the housing industry on this All About Real Estate segment of Radio.
Serving over 47,000 brokers and agents in the greater Georgia area, FMLS combines its real estate services with technology to help buyers, sellers and the community as a whole. Going on its 60th year of operation, FMLS was the first multiple listing service in the nation and was created by a group of brokers. Crawford is an East Tennessee State University alumnus with over 20 years in the MLS industry. In addition to his current position at FMLS, Crawford has also been CEO of the Real Estate Standards Organization, COO of the MLS in San Jose and the CIO of the San Diego MLS.
“We are really trying to help the brokers and agents in today’s shifting environment for buying online services,” said Crawford.
Before adjustments had to be made because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, FMLS offered three storefront locations for brokers and agents to visit and gather various materials and resources. Now, the company has arranged a way for these industry professionals to order all the required tools and services online. This includes appraisals, key services and more. This new system supports social distancing protocols and helps to protect everyone involved at FMLS.
In addition to updating several products, FMLS also has older services that are even more useful in the current climate than they have been in the past. One platform specifically is a down payment resource that is getting used by several agents and brokers. This platform searches several programs available nationally to help in down payment assistance. This allows for buyers, including first-time buyers, to find programs to help cut housing costs.
FMLS has also been busy analyzing the current housing market and future trends. Typically, the trends and patterns in the housing climate is looked at and studied on a month-by-month basis, but due to the unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19, trends are now being analyzed daily. So far in 2020, while the way buyers and sellers are conducting business is very different from years past, the housing industry is staying on trend with late 2019 and doing well. When looking at the number of mortgage applications coming into the major city markets, Atlanta is the second least affected mortgage application area in the nation. It trails only behind Dallas.
To get a more in-depth analysis on the housing industry, get a comprehensive market update and hear about other products from FMLS, make sure to listen to the full radio interview above.
Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee, License #22564. NMLS ID #6606. Subject to borrower and property qualifications. Not all applicants will qualify. New American Funding and FMLS are not associated. Click here to view the terms and conditions of products mentioned during the show. Corporate office 14511 Myford Rd., Suite 100, Tustin, CA 92780. Phone: (800) 450-2010. (May/2020)
New American Funding is a family-owned mortgage lender with a servicing portfolio of over 123,000 loans for $30.4 billion, 198 branches, and about 3,100 employees. The company offers several niche loan products and has made Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies in America six times. It has a state-of-the-art career training facility and develops innovative technology, including the GoGo LO mobile application. For more information, visit www.branch.newamericanfunding.com/Atlanta.
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