February, 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.

3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

Keeping Current Matters

Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago.

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Should You Buy a Home or Keep Renting? How To Decide in 7 Steps


marchmeena29/Getty Images It’s a big question with no easy answer: Should you keep renting, or is it time to think about buying a home? One of the major benefits of being a homeowner is building equity with each mortgage payment, instead of putting money into your landlord’s pocket.

‘Should we tip the movers?’ How to respond to the tipping question


This very valid question is one that clients will undoubtedly ask at some point. Here’s look at how to respond when clients ask what to tip movers, even when there are several involved in a move. Agent Opinion Service Teams bill gassett movers moving moving company tip tip movers tipping

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Reimagining How Construction Companies Capture Progress Tracking

Speaker: Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Christopher Gagliardi, George Hedley, and Jason Nichols

Join our esteemed panelists for their discussion on the importance of progress tracking which ultimately touches upon every digital aspect within the construction cycle. Our thought-leaders' years of experience on the job sites can help you build a better future at your company.

First-Time Home Buyers Find Unexpected Benefits in Current Market

Lighter Side of Real Estate

There’s no denying that low inventory and increasing prices have presented challenges for buyers in today’s market—and that includes first-time buyers. But the market also offers a slew of benefits for first-time buyers—and many have had a positive experience buying a home in recent months.

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Millennials are driving US home sales

Housing Wire

Existing home sales rose for the second consecutive month , as January saw a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.69 million purchases – up a robust 23.7% year-over-year. You can thank Millennials for that.

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Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

Keeping Current Matters

In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity , the chance to build your net worth , and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think about how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future.

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Cover Story: Growing, Connecting and Helping Agents Close More Sales

RIS Media

Bold Moves Create Modern Advantages for the RE/MAX® Network. A year ago, in March 2020, on the heels of an active January/February that set the year up as a strong one for home sales, the reality of COVID-19 hit the U.S. consciousness like a prize fighter’s uppercut.

Zillow posts its most profitable quarter in company history


As Zillow's iBuyer profits clocked in at $27 million in the fourth quarter, it's the Premier Agent business that sent Zillow to record-setting highs. Industry News Select Technology earnings mortgage Premier Agent rich barton Zillow Zillow homes Zillow Offers

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The Art of Mindful Living = Conquering Your Calendar

Coldwell Banker

Mastering Your Schedule So it Doesn’t Master You. The post The Art of Mindful Living = Conquering Your Calendar appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter. Health & Wellness calendar home Meditation Mindfullness Schedule


Zillow Gets Pillowed

Miller Samuel

I met Rich Barton, Zillow CEO , at an Inman/Curbed party held during an Inman conference in Manhattan a long time ago, the evening before Zillow’s launch. I asked Rich, a very nice and fascinating person, what he did for a living, not realizing he was the co-founder of Expedia.

Fannie Mae execs see path to exit conservatorship

Housing Wire

Fannie Mae, the largest mortgage financier in the U.S., said Friday that its net income in the fourth quarter of 2020 checked in at $4.6 billion – up 8% from the third quarter. The government-sponsored entity’s total net income for the full year was $11.8

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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Keeping Current Matters

In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale.

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Several Realogy Members Recognized as RISMedia’s 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers

RIS Media

Realogy Holdings Corp. recently announced that more than 40 of its leaders, affiliated agents and broker/owners were recognized on RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers list, represented across multiple categories.

11 things agents should know about portable storage


Just like every other part of the process, agents should have at least a general understanding of how moving containers work. Offering clients useful advice can help them have a better, more stress-free moving experience.

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Why Now Is a Great Time to Tap Into Your Home’s Equity

American Lifestyle

The post Why Now Is a Great Time to Tap Into Your Home’s Equity appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine.

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Expectations for Housing Availability Continue to Improve

Eye on Housing

Buyers’ perceptions about the availability of homes in the market are showing significant improvement, according to the latest Housing Trends Report.

Fannie Mae reports rising confidence in housing market

Housing Wire

Following two months of steady declines, Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), a composite index designed to track the housing market and consumer confidence to sell or buy a home, rose in January. The HSPI rose 3.7 points last month to 77.7.

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s normal to wonder if you’ll actually find one to buy.

Features men and women home buyers really want


Sellers will quickly realize that there is very little space to highlight the best features of your home, so it's best to choose wisely and focus on the features homebuyers really want. The post Features men and women home buyers really want appeared first on Zolo. Home Buying


Ikea is selling tiny homes now — and, phew, no assembly required


In a partnership with Vox Creative and Wisconsin-based tiny home and RV builder ESCAPE, the furniture giant revealed a 187-square-foot tiny home. Design Lifestyle News Brief Technology Escape ikea Tiny Home Project Vox Creative

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Agent Survey: No One Beats Coldwell Banker When it Comes to Agent Satisfaction

Coldwell Banker

Beyond tech, tools and training – Coldwell Banker has it covered when it comes to agent needs. The post Agent Survey: No One Beats Coldwell Banker When it Comes to Agent Satisfaction appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter.

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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.”

Inside United Wholesale Mortgage’s plan to topple Rocket

Housing Wire

Weeks before United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) went public in a SPAC deal that valued the lender at $16.1 billion, its president and CEO Mat Ishbia said observers shouldn’t expect a different United Wholesale Mortgage or a different Mat. He proved it in his first earnings call.

How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have?

Keeping Current Matters

The housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short supply of houses. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales are up 23.7%

Downsize or Upsize—Which Is Right for You?

American Lifestyle

The post Downsize or Upsize—Which Is Right for You? appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine.

Zillow to acquire ShowingTime for $500M


Zillow says it plans to continue to operate the showing management and analytics company as an open platform for all real estate agents, not just those who partner with Zillow.

AI can now spot fake landlords and rental scams

The American Genius for Real Estate

(REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY) False rental listings have risen so Scamlord.ai is helping renters by offering education and guidance on how to avoid becoming a target of rental fraud. The post AI can now spot fake landlords and rental scams appeared first on The American Genius Real Estate.

Need More Parking? Here’s the Average Cost of a Garage Extension


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners feel the urge to expand and enhance their living space. Maybe you need more space now that your kids moved back home, or perhaps you need a designated home office to get away from household distractions.