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Existing home sales crush the housing bears — again

Housing Wire

The National Association of Realtors ‘ existing home sales report for September came in at an excellent beat of estimates at 6.29 million. Now that we are just 10 days away from Halloween in 2021, we can all chuckle a bit at how wrong the housing bears of 2020-2021 have been.

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What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in home values is great news for sellers, you may be wondering what the future holds. Will prices continue to rise with time, or should you expect them to fall?


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Lots Harder to Obtain than Ever

Eyes on Housing

Home building, like other U.S. industries, has been dealing with the supply side challenges of labor and material shortages. Unlike other industries, however, home builders confront an additional challenge in obtaining lots on which to build.

10 Creepy Real Estate Stories That’ll Make You Gasp With Fear…or Laughter!

Lighter Side of Real Estate

Sometimes the scariest thing in the job of a real estate agent isn’t a mile long inspection report detailing foundation issues, or seeing your buyer pull up in a new car before their mortgage is approved.

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.

Investors are buying more, but spending less

Housing Wire

Real estate investors are buying more properties, but paying less for them, according to a report from RealtyTrac released Thursday based on ATTOM Data Solutions home sales data. In the second quarter of 2021, investor purchases accounted for 15.4%

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Strong Demand Boosts Builder Confidence Despite Supply Chain Disruptions

Eyes on Housing

Strong consumer demand helped push builder confidence higher in October despite growing affordability challenges stemming from rising material prices and shortages.

What a Home Appraisal Is Based On: House Appraisal Tips


Image: Andrey_Popov / Home appraisals are a vital part of most real estate transactions — and it doesn’t matter if you’re planning on selling your home or purchasing one first. Either way, you’re going to encounter a home appraisal contingency at some point.

FHFA to make desktop appraisals permanent

Housing Wire

Desktop appraisals, a temporary flexibility implemented in March 2020 to keep the mortgage industry afloat amid lockdowns and social distancing, will become permanent, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said today.

Important Distinction: Homes Are Less Affordable, Not Unaffordable

Keeping Current Matters

It’s impossible to research the subject of buying a home without coming across a headline declaring that the fall in home affordability is a crisis.

What Agents Should Be Doing Every Day to Succeed With Leads

Top agents do this every day to 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!

Top 20 Markets for Single-Family and Multifamily Permits: 2011-2020

Eyes on Housing

Despite the volatility surrounding the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market has shown remarkable resilience, fueled by demographic tailwinds and a housing shortage due to a decade of underbuilding.

Investors are rushing to buy up more rental homes

Realty Biz

As demand for single-family rental homes soars amid a growing preference for bigger, more spacious homes, data published this week shows investors are flocking to the market to buy up more stock. A report from CoreLogic this week shows that rents across the U.S. rose by an average of 9.3%

Homebuilders growing very concerned about affordability

Housing Wire

Homebuilder confidence continued to rise in October despite increasing affordability issues due to rising material prices and ongoing shortages, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report released on Monday.

Sellers: Your House Could Be an Oasis for Buyers Seeking More Options

Keeping Current Matters

Sellers have a great opportunity this season as buyer demand still heavily outweighs the current supply of homes for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), today’s housing inventory sits at only a 2.6-month supply.

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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.

Existing Home Sales Surge in September while First-time Buyers are Priced Out

Eyes on Housing

As inventory improved in recent months, existing home sales surged to 8-month high in September, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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Housing market predictions for 2022: Rates, prices, and inventory

The Mortgage Report

2021 was a tough housing market. Will things improve next year? Read our housing market predictions from 7 real estate experts to find out. Buying a home Real Estate Real Estate News

Mortgage activity falters as rates rise

Housing Wire

Mortgage application activity dropped 6.3% for the week ending Oct. 15, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association survey. And, as you might have guessed, mortgage rates had a lot to do with it.

Fixer Upper Homes: What Are The Pros and Cons to Buy One

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Fixer-Uppers – Things To Keep in Mind Are you considering buying a home that needs work? Buying fixer-upper houses can be a good move in certain circumstances. On the surface, the idea of purchasing a fixer-upper for cheap and selling it for a high price seems like a no-brainer.


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

State and Local Property Tax Revenues Eclipse $700 Billion

Eyes on Housing

NAHB analysis of the Census Bureau’s quarterly tax data shows that $703.5 billion in taxes were paid by property owners in the four quarters ending Q2 2021.[1] 1] Four-quarter property tax revenues have climbed 13.2% since decreasing 0.2% in Q2 2020 (the first decrease since 2012).

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Shake Up Your Turkey-Feather Festivities

Coldwell Banker

Put your own signature style on this year's Thanksgiving celebration to make it a memorable occasion for family and friends. The post Shake Up Your Turkey-Feather Festivities appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter. Holiday & Seasonal


Is the housing market really 20% overbuilt?

Housing Wire

I’ve been hearing some chatter lately that the uptick in home buying that started in February of 2020 (before COVID, by the way) and has continued into 2021 is being substantially driven by a national emotional state of fear of missing out (FOMO).

Checklist For Changing Your Address When Moving: Who to Tell

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Moving Change of Address Checklist Who are the most important people and organizations to notify when you are moving? An excellent question, right? When you move, it is essential to understand who should know you’re changing your address.

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.

Single-Family Starts Flat in September

Eyes on Housing

Total housing starts decreased 1.6% in September, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family starts were flat for the month, while overall multifamily starts declined in August. The August total starts reading of 1.56

Younger buyers are losing out to baby boomers as they compete for fewer homes

Realty Biz

Younger people are being forced to compete with baby boomers for the limited inventory of available homes, and they’re losing out and therefore make up a smaller share of home buyers today than in previous years.

Mortgage rates climb to 3.09%

Housing Wire

The average 30-year-fixed rate mortgage climbed to 3.09% during the week ending Oct. 21, rising from 3.05% the week prior, according to the latest Freddie Mac PMMS Mortgage Survey. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.80%. Most economists believe they’ll continue to climb.

Painting Brick: To Paint or Not To Paint Your Home


There are lots of mixed opinions when it comes to painting brick homes. Some homeowners love the idea of sprucing up their classic brick house with a fresh coat of paint, while others wince at the thought of covering up the original brick.

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