May, 2021

Navigating appraisal challenges in today’s housing market

Housing Wire

The booming real estate market has created a high demand for appraisal services. This is good news for lenders, but it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on appraisers who have to be diligent in their work, while also meeting closing dates.

Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Keeping Current Matters

Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense. Others may be homeowners who are realizing that their current home no longer fits their changing needs.


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Record Numbers of Builders Report Material Shortages

Eyes on Housing

Shortages of materials are now more widespread than at any at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue on a regular basis in the 1990s, in is survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

No Diversity: 96.5% Of U.S. Appraisers Are White

Miller Samuel

Over the past year, beginning with this NY Times piece: Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals that initiated a rising progression of news stories covering discrimination in the appraisal of houses. So I looked at U.S. labor force data from the U.S.

Rise of The Apps: Building Your Dream Tech Stack For Real Estate Success

Speaker: Trey Willard, Realtor/Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

In this webinar, Keller Williams Team Leader Trey Willard will teach you how to create a winning tech stack, and how to leverage apps for real estate success.

4 Essential Steps for Winning With Buyers and Builders

RIS Media

New home construction is an appealing option for many buyers, particularly those who have grown tired of being outbid in multiple offer situations. However, when buyers pivot to newly built homes, they also risk giving up their right to representation.

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Generation X is looking to move to these metros

Housing Wire

In the last few years, there’s been a lot of conversation surrounding 25 to 40-year-olds and their home purchasing habits. But according to a new LendingTree study , millennials aren’t the only ones making big purchases – Generation X is doing the same.

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

Keeping Current Matters

The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020.

Median Age of Construction Workforce

Eyes on Housing

NAHB analysis of the most recent 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) data reveals that the median age of construction workers is 41, the same as a typical worker in the national labor force.

[Podcast] Masters In Business: Jonathan Miller on the Real Estate Industry

Miller Samuel

This is my fourth appearance with my friend Barry Ritholtz, a prolific columnist/blogger, radio show host/podcaster , and wealth management firm head on his Masters In Business show for Bloomberg Radio. He previously interviewed me in 2014 , 2016 and 2020.

Real Estate Solutions: How to Crush Your Sales Goals and Fuel Your Pipeline

Speaker: Mary Maloney, Founder & Team Leader at Hometown Realty

In this webinar, Mary Maloney will demonstrate a methodology that will help you create a pipeline with continuous prospects.

Buying a Condo: What to Know When Purchasing Condos

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Tips For Trouble-Free Condo Buying Are you thinking about buying a condo? What is the best advice when buying a condominium? Start with understanding right away that it is much different than purchasing a single-family home!


How to Avoid a Disaster When Buying Sight Unseen

A survey of over 1,500 homebuyers found that 42% are willing to buy sight unseen, or at least consider it. But, can it be done safely? The post How to Avoid a Disaster When Buying Sight Unseen appeared first on Buying contingencies homebuying sight unseen


Investors are buying up single-family homes across the US

Housing Wire

After three straight quarters of declines, home purchases by investors rose 2.7% year over year in the first quarter of 2021, marking the first period of growth since the COVID-19 pandemic began, per a new study from Redfin.

3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

Keeping Current Matters

There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect time to do so.

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The Complete Realtor: Tools to Successfully Manage Your Personal Life, Career, and Health

Speaker: Marki Lemons Ryhal, REALTOR, Keynote Speaker, 4X International Best Selling Author, and Podcaster at ReMarkiTable, LLC

In this webinar, Marki Lemons Ryhal will teach you how you can pivot and succeed as a real estate agent in the face of adversity!

Building Materials Prices Continue to Set Record Highs

Eyes on Housing

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose 1.7% in April (not seasonally adjusted) and have increased 12.4% 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.,

First-Time Homebuyer Loans & Programs


Image: William Potter / Buying a home might seem simple, but there’s actually a lot more involved than you might initially think. For instance, in addition to a variety of new terms to understand, there’s also paperwork to complete and fees to pay before closing on your new home.

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Rent to Own: What You Need to Know About Renting to Own

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Rent to Own Homes—The Basics Have you heard about the potential to rent to own? Lots of people wonder how rent-to-own purchases work. You have probably seen advertisements for rent-to-own properties at one time or another.


How to Price Your Home in an Extreme Market

Even in a seller's market, how you price your home can make or break your plans. These steps will help ensure you have an accurate list price! The post How to Price Your Home in an Extreme Market appeared first on Selling a Home appraisals home price listing selling

Database Restoration: How to Revive Dead Leads and Generate New Ones

Speaker: Rivers Pearce, CEO of W8LESS

In this session Rivers Pierce, CEO of W8LESS, will teach you how winning agents restore and revive their database to continue to gain market share!

Existing home sales data: A bad sign for housing market?

Housing Wire

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales for April’s housing market came in at 5,8500,000. This was a miss from estimates and the third straight month of declines in sales.

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3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

Keeping Current Matters

Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market , which means it’s a fantastic time to sell your house. However, that doesn’t mean sellers are guaranteed success no matter what.

47% of Home Buyers Want an Exercise Room

Eyes on Housing

NAHB’s latest survey on consumer preferences – What Home Buyers Really Want – asked recent and prospective buyers about the desirability of an exercise room in the home. Results show that 47% of buyers rate an exercise room essential or desirable.


8 Easy Tips for Keeping a House Cool in Extreme Heat


When temperatures and humidity levels start to rise, it can feel impossible to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This can be especially true if you live somewhere with intense summers, such as Tucson, AZ or Houston, TX.

The Real Estate Pulse: Analyzing the 2022 Housing Market

Speaker: Grier Allen, CEO and Co-Founder of BoomTown

In this session, Grier Allen, CEO and Co-Founder of BoomTown, will breakdown the top housing trends for 2022, and help you navigate the constant changes in the market so that you can achieve success!

No Closing Cost Refinance: What to Know About Zero Costs Refinancing

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

What You Need to Know About No Closing Cost Refinancing Did you know it’s possible to do a no closing costs refinance? Many people have no idea this is even possible. When you were buying a house, you probably didn’t give this much thought.

Most Pandemic Buyers Happy With Their Home Purchase and the Process

Lighter Side of Real Estate

Between COVID restrictions, low inventory, and high competition, there’s no denying that the real estate market has been tough for buyers over the past year. But despite those challenges, the majority of buyers are happy with their decision to buy.

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Is housing market demand starting to weaken?

Housing Wire

Nearly 50% of homes sold for more than their list price during the four weeks ending May 16, but there are signs that housing market demand may be reaching its peak, according to a recent study from Redfin.

Buying a Home Is Still Affordable

Keeping Current Matters

The last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and considering a move to one that better fits their current lifestyle.

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