Sat.Jan 01, 2022 - Fri.Jan 07, 2022

FHFA hikes fees for high-balance and second-home loans

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency introduced new upfront fees on Wednesday for some high-balance and second-home loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Upfront fees for high balance loans will increase between 0.25% and 0.75%, tiered by loan-to-value ratio.

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Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Keeping Current Matters

Many homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about 40 percent of home sales occur between April and July. For Sellers Housing Market Updates Interest Rates Move-Up Buyers Pricing Selling Myths Content Hub

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Consumer Confidence Improved in December

Eyes on Housing

Consumer confidence continued to improve in December as inflation concerns eased after hitting a 13-year high last month. Spending intentions for homes, cars, and major appliances all increased.

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Renting a House Is Getting Way More Expensive. Is It Time to Buy?

Lighter Side of Real Estate

Prices for everything have been going up—from food, to gas, to services, and people are getting less for the dollar. Rents are no exception.

The Only Business Plan You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Overthinking your business plan? The old and tired process of building a 12-month business plan simply doesn’t make sense for the modern real estate business. Learn how to build one that will help you keep on track, stay nimble, and close more deals in 2022.

FHFA to GSEs: Back to the drawing board on Duty to Serve

Housing Wire

A federal law mandates that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac help households on moderate, low, or very low income.

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Domestic Sawmill Output Continues to Lag Home Construction

Eyes on Housing

The failure of domestic sawmills to sufficiently boost output in the face of ongoing strong home buyer demand was a primary factor that contributed to record-high lumber prices and price volatility in 2021.

Study shows homeownership still more affordable than renting in most parts of the U.S.

Realty Biz

Rising home prices and the issues that causes for housing affordability have attracted plenty of headlines over the past year. But homeownership is still more affordable than renting in most markets, according to the latest study by ATTOM Data Solutions.

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Home affordability plummeted in fourth quarter

Housing Wire

Homeownership continues to swerve into unaffordable territory, with median-priced single-family homes becoming less affordable in three-quarters of the nation’s market, a report published by ATTOM Data Solutions last week said.

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022

Keeping Current Matters

Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? First Time Home Buyers For Buyers Rent vs. Buy Content Hub

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What Agents Should Be Doing Every Day to Succeed With Leads

Top agents do this every day to succeed.do you? It’s all about the follow-up. Top agents shared their perfected processes, and we compiled it into a super easy visual to-do list for Real Estate lead follow up that wins. Get the list now!

Strong Year-over-Year Gains for Construction Job Openings

Eyes on Housing

The construction labor market remains tight, as the levels of quits rise. The count of open construction jobs declined to 345,000 unfilled positions in November, after recording the highest measure in the history of the data series (going back to late 2000), 445,000 in October.

8 Things to look for when buying a house: Expert advice

The Mortgage Report

Learn what to look for when buying a house. Real estate and housing experts share their best tips. Buying a home First-Time Home Buyers

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The big short in housing supply isn’t going away

Housing Wire

This article is part of our HousingWire 2022 forecast series. After the series wraps early next year, join us on February 8 for the HW+ Virtual 2022 Forecast Event.

There Won’t Be a Wave of Foreclosures in the Housing Market

Keeping Current Matters

When mortgage forbearance plans were first announced and the pandemic surged through the country in early 2020, many homeowners were allowed to pause their mortgage payments. Distressed Properties Foreclosures Housing Market Updates Pricing Content Hub

The #1 Reason Why Sales Coaching is Critical to Your 2022 Sales Success

Speaker: Tim Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Leadership Associates

Join Tim Hughes, Author of Social Selling – Influencing Buyers and Changemakers and Co-Founder/CEO of Digital Leadership Associates, as he details how investing in sales coaching will teach your team how to navigate social media and therefore create greater sales success.

Job Gains Slow in December

Eyes on Housing

Job gains slowed sharply for the second straight month in December as the Omicron variant began to spread. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 199,000 in December, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9%. Construction industry employment (both residential and non-residential) totaled 7.6

What Hurts a Home Appraisal? 16 Factors That Can Bring the Value Down

HomeLight

Your scheduled home appraisal is nearing, and no matter the circumstances, it’s always an intimidating event. Whether you plan to buy, sell, or refinance your home, an appraiser’s opinion holds a lot of weight. What hurts a home appraisal and is there anything you can do about it?

Mortgage rates start 2022 with an increase

Housing Wire

The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.22% during the week ending Jan. 6, up from 3.11% the week prior, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Mortgage Survey. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.65%.

Should you apply for a mortgage online? Pros and cons of digital mortgages

The Mortgage Report

When you apply for a mortgage online with an all-digital lender, it will likely be faster and easier. But that doesn't always mean rates will be lower. Buying a home Mortgage Strategy

How Sales Enablement is Supporting Social Selling in 2022

Speaker: Brynne Tillman CEO | LinkedIn Whisperer at Social Sales Link

In this 1-hour session, Brynne Tillman from Social Sales Link will teach you why Sales Enablement teams should own Social Selling

Private Residential Spending Rises in November 2021

Eyes on Housing

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 0.9% in November after a decrease of 0.2% in October 2021. It stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $796.3 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 16.3%

How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in 2022?

HomeLight

No one wants to get ready for the day in a dingy, dated bathroom or shower in a tiny stall with mildew. So when it comes to popular rooms to remodel, bathrooms are often at the top of the list , behind only the kitchen.

Unemployment rates and mortgage rates both under 4%

Housing Wire

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 199,000 jobs were created in December — a miss from estimates. They also reported we had 141,000 in positive revisions to the previous jobs report. The unemployment rate is currently at 3.9%

Heated Floors: Everything You Need to Know

Redfin

Picture this – it’s a chilly winter morning and when you step into your kitchen to make yourself a cup of coffee, your bare feet are warmed by the floor beneath you. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

The Secret to Building Successful Digital Sales Programs in 2022 and Beyond

Speaker: Jordi Gili, International Speaker, Managing Director at Execus, Professor Geneva Business School

In this session Prof. Jordi Gili with the Geneva Business School will share key learnings from digital sales programs and will hint at the Key Performance Indicators that Digital Sales programs should aspire to in 2023.

How To Kick-Start Your Burgeoning Real Estate Career in 5 Straightforward Steps

Realty Biz

Have you been dreaming about starting a career in the real estate industry?

Cash Sales

BubbleInfo

Taking a cash offer is a sexy option but no guarantee to get past the home inspection. The best buyers work with the best agents, and another variable worth considering when selecting the winner.

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20 state attorneys general take aim at mortgage servicers

Housing Wire

Some Federal Housing Administration -approved mortgage servicers have routinely flouted the agency’s loan modification program, according to Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and 20 other state attorneys general. The attorneys general wrote in a Dec.

Pros and cons of buying points on a mortgage loan in 2022

The Mortgage Report

Mortgage points affect the interest rate you get when you finance a home. When is it smart to buy mortgage points, and when should you avoid them? About Mortgages Discount Points Housing Michele Lerner Mortgage mortgage rates Points Real Estate

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