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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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%.

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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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.

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.

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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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 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!

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

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

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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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?

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!

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%

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?

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.

Is now a good time to buy a home with interest rates rising?

The Mortgage Report

With mortgage rates projected to rise throughout 2022, prospective home buyers should act fast — even with historic home price growth. Buying a home Mortgage Rates Renters

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!

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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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.

Opinion: Mortgage industry will shed 100K jobs this year

Housing Wire

The most wonderful time of the year, as the song would have us believe, comes to a close with Epiphany, the 12 th day of Christmas, Jan. I do hope everyone had a joyous holiday season, spending some relaxing time with family and friends. The holiday season is winding down.

Mortgage options after a natural disaster

The Mortgage Report

With natural disasters becoming more frequent and more severe, having an emergency plan for your home and mortgage is a smart thing to do. About Mortgages Essential Mortgage Miscellany

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