Wed.Mar 03, 2021

Mortgage applications recover as winter storms pass

Housing Wire

Mortgage applications recovered slightly from last week , increasing 0.5% for the week ending Feb. 26, 2021 according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. A giant dip in applications was reported following the devastating winter storms in Texas the week of Feb.

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

Keeping Current Matters

Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be complicated.

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Chopra warns of post-COVID housing market fallout

Housing Wire

Rohit Chopra is laser-focused on helping homeowners who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Student loan debt is in his crosshairs, too.

Nearly 90 Percent of Builders Have Trouble Getting Appliances

Eye on Housing

In the survey results described in one of last week’s posts, prices of building material ranked as the number one problem among NAHB’s single-family builders, and availability of building materials ranked second.

MAXEX unveils green energy home improvement loans

Housing Wire

MAXEX , a digital exchange platform for buying and selling residential loans, announced on Wednesday the launch of two new lending programs in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase for green energy home improvements.

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Ken Jenny: ‘Visionary, Change Agent and Champion’ for Real Estate

RIS Media

For more than 35 years, Ken Jenny was a stalwart ambassador of the residential real estate community—always at the ready with a strategic idea, an honest opinion or an incisive quip. Now, the industry mourns his untimely passing earlier this week.

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The Home Appraisal Process: What Homebuyers and Sellers Should Know


There are many important steps to buying or selling a house. One aspect that homebuyers and sellers often have questions about is the home appraisal process and how it impacts them in regards to the home sale.

David Stevens and Kris Kully to speak at Spring Summit

Housing Wire

The regulatory landscape has shifted quickly under President Biden.

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Preparing to Sell Your Home? Here’s How to Make Sure Your House Attracts Multiple Buyers


Preparing to sell your home is a big task. And even if it’s a seller’s market and homes are flying off the shelves, this doesn’t mean yours is guaranteed a quick sale.

Compass rivals question path to profitability

Housing Wire

Compass ’s S-1, a disclosure the company filed Monday as a shareholder pitch, runs over 250 pages long. But nowhere in the voluminous filing , observers say, is a lucid argument as how Compass might become profitable.

What price to offer in multiple bid situations?

REM Online

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How to Make Sure Your Joint Venture Is RESPA Compliant

RIS Media

If you are considering a marketing service agreement (MSA) or a joint venture, you need to be aware of one important factor, and that is compliance. You must iron this out prior to proceeding into any partnership.

Properly partners with home repair app Jiffy

REM Online

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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces 2020 Year-End Award Winners

Coldwell Banker

The awards recognize Coldwell Banker-affiliated real estate professionals who demonstrated exceptional sales production and leadership throughout the past year. The post Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces 2020 Year-End Award Winners appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter.

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How long does underwriting take? Is ‘no news good news’?

The Mortgage Report

Mortgage underwriting can take days or weeks depending on your lender and application. Here's what to expect from underwriting and what to do about delays. About Mortgages

A Platform for Agent Training and Increased Value

RIS Media

A Branded Company Platform Will Launch Agents, Grow Sales and Increase Retention. Depending on the size of your brokerage, you may or may not already have an internal learning platform for training new and experienced agents.

6 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home


Image: Kostikova Natalia / We all start the decluttering process with the best intentions. But sometimes, the sheer size of the job can become discouraging. If you’re working your way through decluttering your home, but have hit a wall, don’t worry!


Leadership to Survive…or Thrive

RIS Media

“Pivoting,” “unprecedented,” “new normal,” “stay safe.” ” These are all words or phrases that quickly became a part of our everyday conversations last March.

When Do I Need a Building Permit for Home Improvements?


When you decide to tackle a home improvement project, you probably think about paint colors, design options, if the project will increase your property value , or if you’ll need to hire anyone to help you with the job.

The Japanese Tradition of Wabi-sabi

American Lifestyle

The post The Japanese Tradition of Wabi-sabi appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine. Interior Design Culture Home Japanese Lifestyle Tradition Wabi-Sabi


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This crisp & clean mid-century ranch is nestled on an oversized corner lot with expertly-planted native gardens, chill spaces & a large covered patio for entertaining. Located in the sweet spot just blocks from the Portland Mercado, Foster Road restaurants, bars, and cafes, the Mt.


RBC Leaves A Laundry List of Reasons Canadian Real Estate Is “Far From Risk-Free”

Better Dwelling

Canada’s largest bank sees a lot of risk in real estate, just not where other people may see it. RBC Senior Economist Robert Hogue published a list of risks that may impact real estate markets near-term. The bank feels government aid kept prices moving higher, but the market is “far from risk free.”

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Why You Should Test a Few Paint Colors Before Choosing One

RIS Media

The colors that you see on paint cans or cards in a store may not reflect the way the paint would look on your walls under different lighting. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a few samples and test them all in your home before you make a choice. Lighting and Décor Can Impact Perception of Color.

LeBron James Lists Brentwood Mansion for $20.5M, Getty Images The NBA superstar LeBron James is dribbling away from one of his Brentwood homes, the New York Post reports. The posh property is available for a cool $20.5 million. The owner of multiple properties around L.A.

How to Reduce Clutter in Your Kitchen

RIS Media

The kitchen is likely a place where members of your family spend a significant amount of time. It’s used for cooking and eating, and sometimes for working and doing homework. The kitchen therefore tends to attract and accumulate a lot of clutter.

Famous Houses: Bird in Flight, a Modern Architectural Gem Connected to the Past


Located on a hillside in beautiful Laguna Beach, this one-of-a-kind property stands out with its remarkable angular shapes that are said to give it a unique “bird in flight” look. The home’s location and design offer spectacular views of the Pacific coastline, including beaches, coves and islands.

Can You Qualify for a Reverse Mortgage If You Currently Have a Home Loan?

RIS Media

A reverse mortgage can let you access a portion of your home equity while continuing to own and live in your house. The loan will have to be repaid when you die, sell the house or move out. You may be able to take out a reverse mortgage if you haven’t paid off your existing home loan.

Mortgage and refinance rates today, March 3, 2021

The Mortgage Report

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates Average mortgage rates fell yesterday — further than looked likely first thing. Remember last Thursday’s big rise? Well, movements since then have pretty much eliminated […]. Mortgage Rates Now

Should You Convert Your Attic to a Bedroom?

RIS Media

If you need more space for a growing family or would like room to spread out, you don’t necessarily have to move. If your home has an attic, you may be able to convert it to a bedroom. Pros of an Attic Conversion.

Gary Keller admits to ‘losing war’ to software bugs


Gary Keller said the company will begin a "66-day challenge of locking down stabilization" of its core technology platform, including its customer relationship management tool Command.

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