Mon.Mar 01, 2021

FHFA doubles affordable housing disbursement to $1B

Housing Wire

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria announced on Monday that he has authorized the disbursement of $1.09 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ‘s affordable housing allocations.

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What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people may think it’s 20% of the loan to secure a mortgage.

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RE/MAX makes big Florida investment

Housing Wire

RE/MAX has greatly expanded its foothold in northeast Florida, buying Jacksonville brokerage mainstay Magnolia Properties. Magnolia Properties’ 125 agents are now part of RE/MAX Leading Edge, a franchisee based in St. Augustine, Florida, according to a RE/MAX company announcement Monday.

Why You Still Need Staging in a Seller’s Market


Selling your home is a big deal, and can sometimes be stressful. Between deciding when to list your home for sale, for how much, and what home renovations you should do beforehand, there is a lot of planning involved. One important aspect that many sellers overlook is staging.

3 underrated mortgage products to consider

Housing Wire

The 30-year mortgage is easily the most popular and talked-about mortgage product out there. After all, in January 2021, 30-year loans accounted for a whopping three-quarters of all mortgage originations in the country.

Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately?

American Lifestyle

The post Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately? appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine. Cleaning Cleaning Projects Home Ideas Staying Home Clean Dirty Dishwasher Garbage Disposal Home Home Care Home Tips Maintenance Mattress Pillows Shower Spring Spring Cleaning Washing Machine


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4 Steps to Building a Team

RIS Media

Have you reached a plateau as a solo agent? Here are four essential steps to building a successful real estate team. Step one is evaluating your systems and processes and writing things down to be emulated.

Expect purchase application data to be negative in 2H 2021

Housing Wire

Logan Mohtashami HousingWire Lead Analyst. When economic data that is typically sticky has a waterfall dive followed by a quick parabolic recovery, forecasting a trend can be tricky. The MBA purchase application data changed during our year of COVID-19.

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How rocket man Elon Musk is changing Canadian real estate

REM Online

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A slowdown in exits pushes forbearance volume up

Housing Wire

After one month of steady declines, servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume rose one basis point last week to 5.23%, according to data released Monday by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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A Plan for Non-Stop Prospecting Success

RIS Media

A Tiered Prospecting Strategy Will Lead to Increased Sales and Income. We all love it when a family member, acquaintance or past client calls for real estate help. This is the real estate industry’s equivalent of “manna from heaven.”

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U.S. Bank’s Fred Bolstad to speak at Spring Summit

Housing Wire

Fred Bolstad, executive vice president of retail lending at U.S. Bank Home Mortgage , will speak on a panel titled What Mortgage Tech is Solving Now at HousingWire’s Spring Summit on March 4.

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What are the benefits of cash-out refinancing? Is it worth it?

The Mortgage Report

Some overly-cautious borrowers are missing out on the benefits of cash-out refinancing. Find out if a cash-out refi is a good idea for you. Cash Out Refinance Home Equity Refinance benefits of cash-out refinance benefits of cash-out refinancing cash out refinancing Cash-Out Refinance

HousingWire Magazine: March 2021

Housing Wire

At this point, you’re probably used to seeing Kelsey Ramírez ’s name in this spot.

The Acquisition Games Continue: CoStar Increases Bid for CoreLogic, Constellation Buys Top Producer

RIS Media

The acquisition battle for CoreLogic isn’t over, it seems.

Don’t sleep on non-QM products

Housing Wire

With low interest rates and a booming refinance market, it is natural that loan officers and brokers are focused on agency loans and also a thriving purchase market.

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A Promising Future: How the Single-Family Rental Market Has Changed & Where It’s Going

App Folio

2020 was a year of change and opportunity for the real estate industry. While the industry as a whole has faced many challenges this past year, the road to recovery for the single-family rental market looks promising.

The mortgage workforce is back, but for how long?

Housing Wire

By late spring of 2020, the loan pipeline at Princeton Mortgage was full. And CEO Rich Weidel’s staff was absolutely slammed. He needed to scale up ­— and quickly ­— to manage record origination volume.

Watch Sheep Stroll Through Prospect Park in a Rare Newsreel From the 1920s


It is just a snippet of footage, but a rare bit of film gives a glimpse of something that once greeted generations of Brooklynites: a flock of sheep taking a spring-time stroll through Prospect Park.


Keller Williams, and brokerage’s diversity shortcomings

Housing Wire

Marc King’s latest Instagram post is a quote from Dr. Suess – “You have to be odd to be number one.”. But King’s elevation to Keller Williams president this week isn’t odd in one way – he’s a white man.

5 work-from-home interior design trends on the rise


Top-performing luxury agents offer a closer look at what buyers are seeking, what sellers should be staging and the interior design trends to watch this year.

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What the forbearance extension means for homeowners

Housing Wire

In this HousingWire Daily episode, HW+ Managing Editor Brena Nath covers the recent COVID-19 forbearance extensions. In February, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it had extended COVID-19 foreclosure and forbearance moratoriums for FHA and USDA loans to June 30, 2021.

Extensively Renovated Waterfront Home in Florida’s Paradise Coast Asks $11.5M

Fancy Pants Homes

Perched on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, Naples is known for beautiful white sand beaches that lead into turquoise waters, high-end shopping, and world-class culture.

The great fintech acceleration

Housing Wire

We all have our own prominent COVID-19 memory from 2020. Mine was on Sunday, March 15. I sat at home that morning typing out an employee memo that effective immediately all team members would be expected to work from home and that the office would be closed to outside visitors until further notice.

Interesting Facts About March

Waterfront Properties

Today is the first official day of the month of March and to many, March is a sign of spring and warmer temperatures especially those in the North. Luckily for us living in South Florida, the mild warmer temperature year-round makes it feel like spring and summer every day.


Purchase market will highlight closing process problems

Housing Wire

Let’s admit it. The closing process, that time between underwriting approval and the actual closing, is the mortgage industry’s not-so-secret Achilles’ heel. That’s not a knock on the good professionals who enact minor miracles choreographing the multi-faceted ballet that is a typical closing.

Brooklyn Heights ‘Moonstruck’ House With Lush Interior, Parking Asks $12.85 Million


With hundreds of years of history behind its walls, this early 19th century Brooklyn Heights house is perhaps best known as the 'Moonstruck' house.

How borrower education can make housing more attainable

Housing Wire

Today’s U.S. housing market is leaving many prospective homebuyers priced out. Homes, on average, have become less affordable, and the ones that are affordable are in short supply.

RISMedia Unveils New Brand Design

RIS Media

Leading design and branding agency Real Estate Webmasters provided RISMedia’s new, modern look and tagline, “Integrity in Real Estate,” to help define the future of the storied brand.

English estate where the Magna Carta was signed lists for $5.9M


The Windsor, England, property is situated on an island in the Thames River and has a room specifically constructed to commemorate the Magna Carta's signing in 1215.