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Don’t expect home sales to slow down in 2021

Housing Wire

Real estate agents across the U.S. have been busy as a result of the pent-up demand from homebuyers due to COVID-19.

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The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

Keeping Current Matters

Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close.


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Home inspection checklist: What to expect on inspection day

The Morgtage Report

Sellers: learn what home inspectors look for so you can prepare for your home inspection. Buyers: learn how to interpret the home inspection report.

Canadian Real Estate Industry Forecasts Prices Rising Over 9% Next Year

Better Dwelling

Canada’s real estate industry expects next year to be slower than this year, but still sees massive price growth. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the industry group representing Canada’s Realtors, released their 2021 forecast.

Existing home sales are still too hot

Housing Wire

In recent articles, I have written that although current sales data for the U.S. housing market has outperformed expectations, I expected these upward trends to moderate.

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Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

Keeping Current Matters

It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. Many needs have changed in 2020, and it’s okay to admit if your house no longer fits your lifestyle.

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Flight To The Burbs: Every Real Estate Market In Ontario Is Outperforming Toronto

Better Dwelling

Greater Toronto is far from Ontario’s hottest market, as everyone scrambles to buy… uh, rural property? Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) data shows every market in Ontario is seeing massive price growth in November. This trend isn’t being driven by major cities like Toronto or Ottawa.

Mortgage applications increase for second straight week

Housing Wire

Borrowers looking to refinance their VA and FHA loans contributed to another uptick in mortgage applications for the week ending Dec. 18, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Mortgage applications jumped 0.8%

The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership

Keeping Current Matters

Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them.

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Times Have Changed: Real Estate Event Highlights Reliance on Virtual Technology in a Shifting Environment

RIS Media

If the industry has learned anything during 2020, it’s that technology and the online space have a much bigger role to play in real estate than ever imagined. With remote work trends becoming more popular, many brick-and-mortar brokerages are turning to work-from-home or hybrid models.

REAL Trending Special Edition: Tami Bonnell

Real Trends

Want to learn from the brightest minds in real estate, then you'll love our REAL Trending special edition podcasts. Editor-in-chief of content, Tracy Velt, interviews brokerage leaders, top agents and teams and industry experts on leadership, recruiting, marketing, and more.

Why new home sales are finally moderating

Housing Wire

Reports on housing data are headline-driven, and headlines are designed to cause folks to overreact in both positive and negative ways.

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Turning a House into a Happy Home

Keeping Current Matters

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people.

Is Your Business Ready for 2021?

RIS Media

Conducting an annual review of your business is a sure-fire way to achieve success in the new year. But in real estate, unlike the corporate world, there is no supervisor assigned to help you review and audit how you performed in the past year. It’s up to you to prepare your business for 2021!

Pantone Color(s) Of The Year 2021: Ultimate Gray And Illuminating

Coldwell Banker

After a most unique year, it only makes sense that we would launch into 2021 with an unexpected color of the year choice. In fact, Pantone has gone with not one, but two, hues in its annual proclamation.


The good, the bad, and the likely for housing in 2021

Housing Wire

Despite the pandemic, incredibly, the housing market has surpassed all expectations in 2020. Applications to purchase a home hit a low point in the spring due to stay-at-home orders and mandated business closures, but have rebounded swiftly.

Why real estate investors should consider a blanket mortgage

The Morgtage Report

A blanket mortgage lets real estate investors buy multiple properties with one loan. Find out how a blanket loan works, plus pros and cons.

Pre-Listing Home Inspections are a Win-Win

RIS Media

You put a great deal of time, money and energy into marketing your listings, and of course you need to get a good return on that investment. One of the best, most effective steps toward that goal is to have a professional home inspection prior to listing.

A resource guide for the first-time home buyer


We’ve created a guide to help first-time home buyers get the most out of their purchase. The post A resource guide for the first-time home buyer appeared first on Zolo. Home Buying


Merry Christmas: Mortgage rates reach another record low

Housing Wire

The average U.S. mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan fell one basis point this week to 2.66% – the lowest rate in the Freddie Mac ’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey’s near 50-year history. This week’s mortgage rate broke the previous record set on Dec.

2021 Color Trends: Best Interior Design Colors for the New Year


Image: / A new year brings with it a fresh slate of new colors. And while some years it can be hard to see where they got their inspiration, this year’s color trends are clearly a reflection of what’s happening in the world.

‘People Are Flocking to Music’: Instrument Stores Are Trying to Keep Up

RIS Media

(TNS)—Abby McGuire started playing the ukulele at age 5. A couple years later, she sold 300 homemade bookmarks to earn the money for a 3/4 -size guitar. Now a fifth-grader, Abby spent the pandemic plugging away at virtual lessons, practicing on her own, even giving a front-yard recital.

Ice Dams: How to Get Rid of and Prevent Ice Damming Including Video

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Preventing The Cause of Ice Dams Do you have an ice dam problem at your home? Are you looking for the best methods to get rid of your ice dams? The first part of the process of removing ice dams is to prevent them, to begin with. Preventing ice dams is just smart as they […].

Townhouse vs. single-family house, factors to consider

Housing Wire

Comparing single-family houses vs. townhouses can be difficult. What is the right fit for your home purchase? That depends on a whole host of factors — things like your budget , your need for space and privacy, and your penchant for home maintenance.

How to buy a house: Your guide to the home buying process

The Morgtage Report

If you want to buy a house but don't know where to start, start here. We explain how to buy a house in 10 approachable steps. You can even do step 1 today. About Mortgages Buying a home First-Time Home Buyers Mortgage Rates Real Estate

How Technology Has Kept Real Estate Moving

RIS Media

Technological advancements have had a significant impact on the real estate industry for many years. Particularly in 2020, technology provided tools that helped keep real estate deals moving forward amid the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic.

7 Interior Design Trends to Look Forward to in 2021


Image: / We’re all looking forward to 2021 with hope and anticipation. While one of our wishes for the new year will likely be to spend less time at home, we’ve also discovered that home isn’t so bad.

Will 2021 bring more balance to home sales?

Housing Wire

Daryl Fairweather Redfin Chief Economist. This is the second installment of our economist Q&A series of the top housing market forecasts for 2021 that focus on everything from home sales to mortgage rates.

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RBC: Toronto Condos Are The Only Housing In Canada That Became More “Affordable”

Better Dwelling

Canadian real estate is back on its way to becoming more unaffordable. RBC Economics’ latest report shows affordability got worse in Q3 2020. Temporary government transfers had improved the measure when observed in aggregate.

Finalizing 2021 Team Goals and Plans

RIS Media

Imagine two agents on your team that each achieved $4 million in volume this year, and each has a goal of completing $8 million next year.

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