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Biden signs American Rescue Plan. Here’s what that means

Housing Wire

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Thursday, freeing up $1.9 trillion aimed at invigorating the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring

Keeping Current Matters

When selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting for the best time to win as a seller, the market is calling your name this spring.

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First-time Buyers Comprise 43 Percent of New Home Market

Eye on Housing

According to the February survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), first-time home buyers account for 43 percent of the new home market.

Home buyer grants are helping first-time buyers during COVID

The Mortgage Report

Home buyer grants can help first-time buyers who had a financial setback during COVID. Learn about current assistance programs and how to qualify. First-Time Home Buyers Mortgage News Mortgage Strategy

Vacation towns, suburbs see real estate boom

Housing Wire

Roughly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, and more people than ever are buying residential real estate in vacation towns and suburbs, per a report from Redfin.

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Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring?

Keeping Current Matters

Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year.

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Packing Tips For Moving: How to Pack Your House For A Move (Video)

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

The Best Packing Tips When Moving Do you know how to pack your house for a move? Would you like some packing tips for moving? No doubt there is a lot of advice online for this subject. No one ever said moving was easy. Packing a house is one of the most challenging parts of […].

Will higher mortgage rates cool the housing market?

Housing Wire

Can you smell it in the air? America is back! The last plank required to complete the foundation of my “America is Back Economic Recovery” model was for the 10-year yield to start trading in the range of 1.33% to 1.60%, and as of Feb. 16, this has happened.

6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last Time

Keeping Current Matters

Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best years ever. Home sales and prices were both up substantially over the year before.

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Create Your Personal Brand Message in 3 Simple Steps

RIS Media

In today’s competitive marketplace, you need a strong personal brand to stand out from the crowd. No matter how you plan to work in real estate—as an individual, with a team or in your own brokerage—you must consider what your professional name and reputation will stand for.

Mortgage and refinance rates today, March 6, and rate forecast for next week

The Mortgage Report

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates Average mortgage rates rose again yesterday. The week started out so well, with two worthwhile falls. But they were followed by three rises. And rates […]. Mortgage Rates Now

MBA’s spring forecast: a record purchase volume year

Housing Wire

The sun is shining as I write this today and the forecast is for warmer weather.

How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates?

Keeping Current Matters

Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July. That news dominated real estate headlines that day and the next. Articles talked about the “negative impact” it may have on the housing market.

Leveling the Playing Field

RIS Media

Chris and Alicia Parker. Broker/Owners. RE/MAX® Incompass. West Chester Township, Ohio. link]. Region served: Southwestern Ohio. Years in business: Chris: 10; Alicia: 10. Number of offices: 2. Number of agents: 17.

Global Exports of U.S.-Grade Framing Lumber

Eye on Housing

The United States consumed roughly 47 billion board feet of softwood lumber in 2019, 30.8% of which came from 48 foreign countries. All softwood lumber imports are not created equally, however.


Fannie Mae: buyer, seller confidence should rise soon

Housing Wire

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, fell 1.2 points in February. Fear not, experts say – better days are ahead. Overall, the HPSI hit 76.5 last month, down from 77.7

How to Confidently Answer the 4 Questions Buyers & Sellers Are Asking Today [LIVE WEBINAR]

Keeping Current Matters

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Take Your Real Estate Marketing to the Next Level With SEO

RIS Media

Most people who don’t know your website’s direct URL will search for your name, real estate agents or homes for sale in your area in order to find the information they seek.

Low-down-payment mortgage options: 3% down mortgages for first-time home buyers

The Mortgage Report

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac offer three mortgage options for first-time buyers with 3% down: The conventional 97, HomeReady and Home Possible. Conforming Mortgages Conventional Loans Mortgage Products Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Housing Mortgage mortgage rates Real Estate

FHFA extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Thursday that it has again extended relaxed lending and appraisal standards for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Realtor expert insights: PropTech’s invasion into traditional real estate

The American Genius for Real Estate

(EDITORIAL) Proptech ended 2020 with a total of $23.8 billion of investment in the real estate segment, introducing an array of services across the Brokerage, Title, and Escrow sector. Let's discuss.

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Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan

RIS Media

Congress just passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package—the American Rescue Plan—that will send another round of direct payments to American taxpayers, as well as extend the increased unemployment benefits and build on other programs previously enacted.

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The average cost to refinance a mortgage, and how to save money

The Mortgage Report

Learn how much it costs to refinance a mortgage, what's included in refinance closing costs, and how you can save money on your refi. Refinance

Mortgage credit, and the coming purchase storm

Housing Wire

Mortgage credit is still the tightest it has been in more than six years, but an unwavering February may be the calm before the purchase storm as lenders prepare for a revitalized economy, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a report on Tuesday.

What Buyers and Sellers Can Expect from the Spring 2021 Market

American Lifestyle

The post What Buyers and Sellers Can Expect from the Spring 2021 Market appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine.

What to Post on Your Facebook Business Page to Build Your Brand

RIS Media

As VP of Marketing at Lamacchia Realty and Crush It in Real Estate, the biggest question I get asked is: “What do I post on my Facebook business page?” ” Some would hope the answer would be, “Here’s a list of posts that should be posted every two days at 4:00 p.m.

What is home equity and how can you use it?

The Mortgage Report

What is home equity and how does it work? Learn how to calculate your home equity and how having equity can benefit you.

Equity jumps for Black homeowners, but problems remain

Housing Wire

As the first quarter of 2021 nears its end, a recent Redfin report shows both good and bad news for Black homeowners.

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REX anti-trust lawsuit accuses Zillow, NAR of being in a ‘cartel’

The American Genius for Real Estate

(REAL ESTATE) Real Estate Exchange, Inc. REX) is suing Zillow and NAR, alleging a cartel wherein non-MLS members like themselves are edged out of the marketplace. The post REX anti-trust lawsuit accuses Zillow, NAR of being in a ‘cartel’ appeared first on The American Genius Real Estate.

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CMG Financial: Humanizing the Mortgage Loan Experience

RIS Media

Life is a learning process for Chris George, rancher, family man, near high school flunk-out and, incidentally, founder, president and CEO of California-based CMG Financial, a $500 billion mortgage company seriously bent on humanizing the mortgage process.

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