Mon.Nov 16, 2020

What the surge in COVID cases means for the housing market this winter

Housing Wire

With COVID infection rates exploding and hospitalization rates rising as we go into the cold winter months, the risk this poses to our recovering housing market is a question that should be addressed.

Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next Move

Keeping Current Matters

If you’ve been working from home this year, chances are you’ve been at it a little longer than you initially expected. Businesses all over the country have figured out how to operate remotely to keep their employees healthy, safe, and productive.

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Affordable housing groups look to Biden to fulfill campaign promises

Housing Wire

Though housing didn’t take center stage during the 2020 election season, those who work in affordable housing were keeping a close eye on the race, and are now looking expectantly at President-elect Joe Biden’s $640 billion housing plan originally proposed in February.

How Women-Led Chicago Real Estate Team ‘Understands Mindset of Every Customer’

RIS Media

Elizabeth Ballis, Deborah Ballis Hirt, and Nicole Niermeyer. Getting into real estate was pure serendipity for Chicago broker Elizabeth Ballis who, for more than 40 years, has ranked among the Windy City’s top producers.

The differences between FHA, VA, and USDA mortgages

Housing Wire

When you get a mortgage, there are several options you can choose from, including FHA, VA, USDA, and conventional mortgages. And the one you pick? That will determine how big a down payment you’ll need, what credit score you should have and all the other requirements you’ll need to meet, too.

Real Estate: Showing Resilience in Good Times and Bad

RIS Media

During a challenging period like the one we’ve found ourselves in this year, we’re all encouraged when we see resilience on display. There has been no shortage of industry stakeholders who have risen to the occasion in 2020.

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What is a VA renovation loan? And where can I get one?

The Morgtage Report

A VA renovation loan lets you buy a fixer-upper with an ultra low interest rate. But these loans are hard to find. Should you look for an alternative? Homeownership Topics Mortgage Products VA Loans

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The differences between home and mortgage insurance

Housing Wire

If you’re using a home loan to buy a house, then you could have two types of insurance in your future, home insurance and mortgage insurance. Home insurance is also called homeowner’s insurance or hazard insurance.

The Best Real Estate CRM for 2021: In-Depth Reviews & Pricing

The Close

Ask any top-performing real estate agent what their go-to-must-have-can’t-live-without tool is, and chances are they’ll say a great real estate CRM. The only problem is that there are so many on the market that it’s hard to know which is the best.

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Mortgage forbearance rate falls 20 basis points to 5.47%

Housing Wire

The U.S. forbearance rate measuring the share of mortgages with suspended payments experienced a 20 basis points improvement last week after it fell to 5.47% from 5.67% the week prior , according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The U.S

How to Keep Your Water Heater Going Strong All Winter Long

RIS Media

It’s never convenient to have your water heater stop working, but it is even worse during the winter. To ensure your water heater is fit to last the entire season, here are some tips for routine maintenance that you can perform.

Why is the El Paso housing market so hot right now?

Housing Wire

The Texas border town of El Paso, the state’s westernmost city with a population of less than 1 million, has experienced an enormous uptick in home purchases since March – the month that COVID-19 began shutting down businesses, forcing people to stay indoors, and eliminating jobs.

SpaceX Launches 4 Astronauts to Space Station from Florida, New Era For NASA

Waterfront Properties

Four astronauts shot into orbit on Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, lighting up the night sky on most of the east coast of Florida. The photo above, captured by Captain Kimo, shows the stunning view from Juno Beach Pier.

eOriginal launches hub for lenders to find RON partner

Housing Wire

eOriginal announced the release of its new ClosingCenter 2.3, which includes a hub to connect lenders to the right remote online notarization partner. This move comes after a year of change for the title industry.

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Dustin Johnson Wins 2020 Masters

Waterfront Properties

There was very little about this years Masters that felt traditional. Normally held in April, the event was pushed back to mid-November due to the Covid pandemic.


A far from normal downturn: Originations versus delinquencies

Housing Wire

COVID-19 is a historically unique event for the mortgage industry. Typically, during a crisis or catastrophic event that impacts the housing industry, you’d see a significant downtick in mortgage originations and an uptick in delinquencies, ultimately leading to foreclosures.

Creating Holiday Season Listings

RIS Media

Leverage seasonal advantages to create more listing opportunities. As we quickly approach the start of the holiday season, now is a good time to prime your team on creating new listings through the end of the year.

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Balmy Weather, No Snow: 10 Canadian Cities as Alternative Locations for Snowbirds


This year, Canadians are being advised to avoid non-essential travel outside of the country. So, for around one million retired and semi-retired people, going south to escape the long, dark winter days and the bitter cold is no longer an option. Florida’s white sand, natural beaches.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Hacks to Improve Your Productivity

RIS Media

Everybody understands the love-hate relationship with productivity tools. We want them to improve our performance and to help quicken our pace without having to stop to actually use them. We want them to reduce our workload, not add to it.

10 Amazing Black Friday Bargains First-Time Home Buyers Will Love

ArtistGNDphotography / Getty Images Nothing, not even a coronavirus pandemic , can stop Black Friday from arriving—in fact, many of this year’s hottest bargains rolled out weeks before Thanksgiving, rather than adhering to the tradition of waiting until the day after.

Home Price Growth Slowing in Opportunity Zone Redevelopment Areas

RIS Media

ATTOM Data Solutions recently released its third-quarter 2020 special report analyzing qualified Opportunity Zones established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs act of 2017. ATTOM looked at 1,737 zones that had at least five home sales in the third quarter of 2020.

Selling the Impossible: How to Win Expired Listings and Become a Referral Machine


It might be one of the best feelings you’ll ever have in real estate: the feeling you get after you sell a home that one, two, or several other agents couldn’t sell. Jennifer Hastings, a top agent in Traverse City, Michigan, practically built her business around that feeling.

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Buffini & Company, NAR Announce Partnership on New ‘100 Days to Greatness®’ Educational Course

RIS Media

Offered through the REALTOR Benefits ® Program, the 14-week program is designed for new and emerging agents.

What a vaccine could mean for the US housing market and real estate


An effective vaccine could mean a spike in interest rates and return to some pricy metro markets, economists and agents told Inman.

The Right Mindset Will Bring Dramatic Results

RIS Media

Adopt the Winning Mindset That Will Change Your Life and Bring Successful Results! . Agents, team leaders and broker/owners ask me all the time, “How do I adopt the right mindset to produce more success and more results?”

Sotheby’s International Realty debuts new marketing platform


Design Vault should let agents create marketing campaigns for print, the internet or social media platforms in minutes. Marketing News Brief Technology crm Design Vault Facebook marketing nrt real estate realogy sotheby's Sotheby's International Realty tech twitter

Open House | Inside a Spacious Retreat on George Washington’s Original Mount Vernon Estate

Sotheby's International Real Estate

When entertaining friends or family at home, it is a wise host who provides multiple spaces for guests to get away—especially during seasons where social distancing is a concern. Communal areas, private nooks, peaceful libraries: all of these can offer visitors respite while they gather.

NAR Board of Directors Approves New Personal Conduct Policy Addressing Discrimination

RIS Media

The Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently voted in favor of a motion presented by NAR’s Professional Standards Committee making it a violation for REALTORS® to use harassing or hate speech toward any of the protected classes under Article 10 of NAR’s Code of Ethics.

How To Celebrate Thanksgiving While Minimizing the Risk of COVID-19

Rawf8/iStock For many of us, Thanksgiving is the official kickoff to the holiday season—the one truly American holiday that unites us all.

Preparing for a showing: The cloak of invisibility

REM Online

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