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Criminal charges filed against Texas Realtor Jenna Ryan

Housing Wire

Nine days after participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, federal criminal charges were filed against Frisco, Texas-based Realtor and broker Jenna Ryan.

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

Keeping Current Matters

The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.

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How to Cancel or Update Your Change of Address

Point2Homes

Image: zimmytws / Shutterstock.com. Are you moving soon? If so, file your United States Postal Service (USPS) address change — either online or at a post office — in advance of your moving day.

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Led by Lumber, Building Materials Prices Climb 5.4% in 2020

Eye on Housing

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose 0.7% in December (not seasonally adjusted) and ended the year 5.4% higher than they stood in December 2019, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday it has extended relaxed lending and appraisal standards put in place due to COVID-19 another month for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

Keeping Current Matters

According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report , nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by record-low mortgage rates.

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Must-Haves Every Real Estate Agent Needs for Their Home Office

RIS Media

With everything going on, you may be ready to get serious about creating your own home office if you didn’t have one before. If you’re looking for ways to improve your workspace, check out some of these tips below. Get an Idea of Your Workspace.

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What bonds are telling us about the housing market

Housing Wire

Think of the markets as capitalist soothsayers. They do not abide by partisan politics, social mores or ethics. They do not care who is president. The markets react to what has the potential to make money for companies, good or bad, and what has the potential to prevent companies from making money.

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

Keeping Current Matters

According to many experts , the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating what “home” means and what we may need in one going forward.

RBC: Majority of Canadians Want To work-from-home, and It Will Change Cities

Better Dwelling

The vast majority of Canadians want to work-from-home, according to a new analysis from Canada’s largest bank. In RBC’s 2021 outlook, the bank’s economists note millions more now work-from-home as of last October.

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Why Real Estate Will Be Stronger in 2021

RIS Media

Last year turned out to be one of the most challenging times our industry has seen in over a decade, yet we were able to adapt to our clients’ needs in a relatively short timeframe and keep business operations moving forward.

New-year optimism reflected in mortgage applications jump

Housing Wire

Mortgage applications jumped 16.7% after a 4.2% drop last week , according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?

Keeping Current Matters

At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan.

Millennials Are Fleeing Toronto, Canada’s National Stats Agency Confirms

Better Dwelling

Toronto’s millennials, and their kids, are moving to other parts of the province. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows Toronto printed another net loss for intraprovincial migration in 2020. Tens of thousands more people left for other parts of the province than arrived.

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Need Help Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions? These Shows Can Help

RIS Media

(TNS)—With the start of a new year, many people have set resolutions they hope to accomplish by 2021’s end.

How Biden’s $1.9T stimulus plan impacts housing

Housing Wire

President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion financial plan, unveiled Thursday as the American Rescue Plan, includes a call for extending the national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until Sept.

4 Keys to Crush Your Listings Goals in 2021 [LIVE WEBINAR]

Keeping Current Matters

The post 4 Keys to Crush Your Listings Goals in 2021 [LIVE WEBINAR] appeared first on Keeping Current Matters. Webinars

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A Time for Reflection

Coldwell Banker

A statement from M. Ryan Gorman, President and CEO, on the events at the U.S. Capitol and looking forward. The post A Time for Reflection appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter. General Real Estate News

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Carmel’s 107-Acre Asherwood Estate Sells; New Owner to Build 40 Homes on the Property

Fancy Pants Homes

Asherwood, the suburban Indianapolis estate of the late billionaire Mel Simon, has reportedly found new owners. The Current, a local publication that reports on the Carmel area, has learned that the massive property will be divided in two and sold to different buyers for an undisclosed amount.

LoanDepot files paperwork to go public in 2021

Housing Wire

The moment has finally arrived: California-based lender loanDepot has filed an updated S-1 with the Securities and Exchanges Commission and plans to go public in 2021. The company, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Anthony Hsieh, said Monday that its affiliate loanDepot Inc.

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Canada’s Mortgage Lenders Have Set Aside A Record Amount For Bad Loans

Better Dwelling

Canada’s real estate markets are booming, but lenders are preparing for mortgage losses. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the allowance for credit losses due to mortgages reached a record high in Q3 2020.

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Keep Moving Costs Down with These Easy Tips

Point2Homes

Image: Nebojsa Tatomirov / Shutterstock.com. Moving can be a very costly affair, whether you chose to do it all yourself, or hire a professional company. And since you’ll need to have money set aside for after you’ve relocated, keeping your moving costs low is crucial.

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Realty One Group Named Real Estate’s Only ‘Fast & Serious’ Franchisor

RIS Media

Realty ONE Group recently announced it made the Franchise Business Review’s top ten ‘Fast & Serious’ list of the smartest growing brands.

Here’s the salary you need to buy a home in five of the largest U.S. cities

Housing Wire

If you’re considering purchasing a home, you probably have a lot of questions. One being, how much do you need to earn in a year to afford a mortgage in the U.S.? . Since home prices vary state-by-state, the salary you need to qualify for a mortgage in the U.S. depends a great deal on where you live.

As Boomers downsize, heirlooms are being rejected

The American Genius for Real Estate

(HOMEOWNERSHIP) As baby boomers downsize and capitalize on senior management, heirlooms and antiques are falling to the wayside (they just don't spark joy). The post As Boomers downsize, heirlooms are being rejected appeared first on The American Genius Real Estate.

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Tips and Tricks to Raise Your Website’s Rank in 2021

Jason Fox

Tips and Tricks to Raise Your Website’s Rank in 2021. Raising your website's rank in 2021 requires that you improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactics. SEO is a game of rules, and you need to implement Googles' requirements to appear on the top pages.

Real Estate Rockstars: Empowering Women to Claim Their Seat at the Table

RIS Media

Above: Malinda Howell and Carolyn Rosson, vice presidents of Brokerage for the Ebby Halliday Companies. This article first appeared in Real Estate magazine’s special-edition Women in Real Estate issue. View the entire issue here. Johnson.

Alongside rising yields, mortgage rates increase to 2.79%

Housing Wire

The average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan rose from its previous record low by 14 basis points this week to 2.79%, according to Freddie Mac ’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. This marks the first time mortgage rates have risen in almost two months.

Watch out: Zillow’s terms of service have some sinister notes

The American Genius for Real Estate

(REAL ESTATE CORPORATE) Zillow’s updated terms of service allow them to make a lot of decisions with your data—none of which need your approval. The post Watch out: Zillow’s terms of service have some sinister notes appeared first on The American Genius Real Estate.

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7 Real Estate Economic Experts Share 2021 Housing Market Predictions

HomeLight

Nobody could expect the coronavirus pandemic moving into 2020, and making predictions about what the housing market will bring in 2021 feels equally nebulous. Much is going to depend on the coronavirus vaccine distribution, and the economy is still, frankly, up in the air.