Thu.Feb 18, 2021

Mortgage rates jump to 2.81%

Housing Wire

After three weeks of unchanged rates, the average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan jumped 8 basis points to 2.81%, reaching its highest point since mid-November, according to Freddie Mac ’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

Keeping Current Matters

With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they’ll start to rise.


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Invest in real estate, not the stock market

Housing Wire

The stock market is a funny game. Not the kind of game that the rookie Game Stop investors are used to playing, but a real-life, action-packed, form of entertainment that toys with millions of Americans’ emotions and finances every day.

Lakefront Houses: Considerations For Buying a Lake House

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Considerations When Purchasing a Lakefront Home Are you looking for a lakefront house to purchase? Pursuing lake houses for sale is not uncommon at all. Lots of folks dream of living on the water. Lakefront homes fit a particular lifestyle choice that is incredibly exciting for many people.

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Homebuilders preparing for big 2021, data suggests

Housing Wire

Overall housing starts in January totaled 1.58 million units, a decline of 6% from December , according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. But there’s reason for optimism from homebuilders – a huge spike in building permits.

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Survey: Luxury Real Estate Beats Out Other Investments

RIS Media

Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI), the luxury division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® , recently released a study of the world’s most affluent households: “State of Luxury Real Estate.”

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Homeownership Expenses That Your Clients May Overlook

RIS Media

By the time buyers contact you for help in making a real estate purchase, they’ve likely considered their budget and determined how much they can afford to spend on a new home. They’ve probably considered a down payment, mortgage payments, closing costs, taxes and insurance.

LoanDepot cleared $2B in profits, but margins are shrinking

Housing Wire

Just a week after its initial public offering , multichannel lender loanDepot announced that it had earned over $547 million in profits during the fourth quarter, giving it over $2 billion in earnings across 2020.

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Settle Down on the Modern Frontier: How to Buy a House in Oklahoma City


“Ooooooklahoma where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain.” You knew that was coming, right?!

Linda O’Koniewski talks navigating real estate franchises

Housing Wire

This HousingWire Daily interview transcription features an episode with REAL Trending, a podcast that focuses on interviewing the brightest minds in real estate.

Is it worth refinancing for 1 percent? What about for 0.5 percent?

The Mortgage Report

It's often worth refinancing for 1 percent. But is it worth refinancing for 0.5 percent — or even 0.25 percent? In some cases, the answer is yes. Mortgage Products Mortgage Rates Refinance

Zillow’s 3D Home tours adds AI assistance

Housing Wire

Zillow’s already-popular 3D home tour option has gotten an upgrade, now allowing potential homebuyers and renters the opportunity to view still photos and AI-generated floor plans in a shared interface. The AI can also predict room dimensions and square footage.

Virtual Networking Ideas for 2021

RIS Media

As a real estate agent, networking is very important for your business. However, networking in person has become a challenge. As community leaders, real estate agents can help safely connect members of their communities through online networking events.

MBA’s Marcia Davies on the power of supporting women

Housing Wire

This HousingWire Daily podcast transcription features a crossover episode from HousingWire’s Girlfunds podcast.

Thoughts on Leadership: Lessons From the GOAT

RIS Media

I was energized by Sunday night’s Super Bowl, when Tom Brady, in his first year as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won his seventh Super Bowl championship.

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COVID accelerated migration trends, but is it sustainable?

Housing Wire

Even Norman Rockwell couldn’t put a rosier cast to New Hartford, Connecticut, in mid-autumn.

Canadian Real Estate Saw A “Typical” Home Price Rise Up To $73,000 Just Last Month

Better Dwelling

Everyone thinks their real estate market is hot, but they don’t realize they almost all are. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) data shows large home price gains in January. Not just for the year, but for the actual month.

Finicity SVP Lisa Kimball to speak at Spring Summit

Housing Wire

Lisa Kimball, senior vice president of product and strategic programs at Finicity , will speak on a panel titled What Mortgage Tech is Solving Now at HousingWire’s Spring Summit on March 4. Kimball will be joined on the panel by Nikolaos Pavlou , product marketing manager at Blend.

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Make Your Own Natural Cleaners

American Lifestyle

The post Make Your Own Natural Cleaners appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine. Cleaning Crafts & DIY Projects Green Clean Clean Cleaners Craft Crafts DIY Eco-Friendly Environment Homemade Household Items Lemon Spring White Vinegar


7 Ways to Make Your Home (More) Pet-Friendly


Image: New Africa / A pet can bring unbelievable joy into your life. But pets can also be a little hard on your home. However, the endless love and companionship animals provide is absolutely worth the effort it takes to make your home a place they enjoy.


4 Ways Real Estate Company Culture Can Impact Your Success

RIS Media

Choosing a brokerage with a culture that suits your needs and personality can have a tremendous impact on your real estate career. Here are four ways real estate company culture can affect your bottom line. Brokerage Culture and Your Performance.

BCREA sees silver linings while coping with the pandemic

REM Online

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Construction Headwinds Pick Up in January

Eye on Housing

Housing production softened in January as rising lumber prices continue to affect the housing industry. Overall housing starts decreased 6% percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.58 million units, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S.

First Team Real Estate Leads The Way In Innovation with New Home Search Assist Technology?

First Team Real Estate

Known for personalized service and local market expertise as the #1 Independent real estate company in Southern California 1 , we are proud to introduce our new Home Search Assist Technology? on to help home buyers navigate today’s fiercely competitive real estate market. The U.S.

Lumber Headlines Broad-Based Increases in Building Materials Prices

Eye on Housing

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose 2.1% in January (not seasonally adjusted) and have increased 6.8% over the past 12 months, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials (i.e.,

RISMedia’s Newsmakers: Celebrating the Industry’s Inspirations and Trendsetters

RIS Media

Those that achieved great feats in 2020 did so through innovation and creativity. We recently announced the RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers , individuals who decided to focus on compassion and inspiration during a time fraught with challenges, helping to bring positivity to the industry.

Another 861,000 Jobless Claims Filed

Eye on Housing

Weekly initial jobless claims increased for the past two consecutive weeks and reached the highest level in one month in the week ending February 13, despite the decreases in the number of COVID-19 cases. The labor market is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the road is proving to be long.

4 Home Features You Can Double Down On

RIS Media

To accommodate a luxury lifestyle, it’s becoming more common that high-end residences are equipped with more than one of a specific amenity. Here are several such features that today’s homeowners are happy to have two of. Multiple Kitchens.

What Else Is “New?”

Toronto Realty Blog

TorontoRealtyBlog. Have you ever heard the term, “Client for life?” ” That’s me, in many respects, across a slew of different products and services. Part of that is simply my fear of change, my thriving on routine, and my obsessive-compulsive disorder shining through.

Homes for Heroes® CEO and Founder Named 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker

RIS Media

Homes for Heroes® recently announced that Ruth Johnson , the company’s CEO and founder, was selected as an RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker—a dynamic group of key influencers making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry, and their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve.