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For the first time since July, mortgage rates pass 3%

Housing Wire

The average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan rose 5 basis points last week to 3.02%, marking the first time since July that the industry has seen rates break above 3%, according to Freddie Mac ’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

Keeping Current Matters

Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be complicated.

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Nearly 90 Percent of Builders Have Trouble Getting Appliances

Eye on Housing

In the survey results described in one of last week’s posts, prices of building material ranked as the number one problem among NAHB’s single-family builders, and availability of building materials ranked second.

Cover Story: Growing, Connecting and Helping Agents Close More Sales

RIS Media

Bold Moves Create Modern Advantages for the RE/MAX® Network. A year ago, in March 2020, on the heels of an active January/February that set the year up as a strong one for home sales, the reality of COVID-19 hit the U.S. consciousness like a prize fighter’s uppercut.

Mortgage applications recover as winter storms pass

Housing Wire

Mortgage applications recovered slightly from last week , increasing 0.5% for the week ending Feb. 26, 2021 according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. A giant dip in applications was reported following the devastating winter storms in Texas the week of Feb.

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?

Keeping Current Matters

Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to selling safely.

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Private Residential Spending Hits Record High

Eye on Housing

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 2.5% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $713 billion, reaching a record high. Total private residential construction spending was 21% higher than a year ago.

Chopra warns of post-COVID housing market fallout

Housing Wire

Rohit Chopra is laser-focused on helping homeowners who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Student loan debt is in his crosshairs, too.

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people may think it’s 20% of the loan to secure a mortgage.

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Need More Parking? Here’s the Average Cost of a Garage Extension

HomeLight

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners feel the urge to expand and enhance their living space. Maybe you need more space now that your kids moved back home, or perhaps you need a designated home office to get away from household distractions.

COVID Vax Rollout a Potential Boon for Real Estate

RIS Media

The housing market is still buzzing from the 2020 surge of activity, but several agents and brokers are hopeful that a vaccinated population will be a boon for this year’s market, along with a return to some semblance of the pre-pandemic normalcy.

UWM to block brokers working with Fairway and Quicken

Housing Wire

United Wholesale Mortgage , the top wholesale lender in the nation, announced on a Facebook live Thursday that it will no longer partner with brokers who also work with Rocket Mortgage and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year?

Keeping Current Matters

The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the supply and demand ratio, so home prices skyrocketed last year.

All-white No More: New Kitchen Trends Are Set to Dominate 2021

HomeLight

2021 is bringing a wave of changes. Major news outlets are moving on from election drama. Toilet paper shortages are a thing of the past. We’re even using the word “unprecedented” a little less.

What is a mortgage and how does it work? Home loan basics

The Mortgage Report

Understanding what a mortgage is and how it works is the first step to buying a home. This mortgage 101 guide has all the home loan basics you need to know. First-Time Home Buyers Housing Mortgage mortgage rates Real Estate

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Rocket Mortgage: UWM is trying to “manipulate” market

Housing Wire

Tension between long-time rivals United Wholesale Mortgage and Rocket Pro TPO , formerly Quicken Loans Mortgage Services , reached a new boiling point after the top wholesale lender in the nation announced it will no longer work with brokers who also work with Rocket Mortgage.

Top 10 Coldwell Banker Stories of the Month

Coldwell Banker

Extra, extra! Read the top 10 news items that ran in February about Coldwell Banker and its stellar agents. This is just a sampling of the 1,000+ mentions that occur every month. The post Top 10 Coldwell Banker Stories of the Month appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter. Press Release

WFH Forever with the Backyard Office of Your Dreams

HomeLight

The coronavirus pandemic has led to more people working remotely than ever, with 42% of the U.S. labor force working from home full-time. Not only have employees grown accustomed to the five-second commute, but employers are seeing increased employee productivity and saving on brick-and-mortar costs.

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Texas disaster relief programs for homeowners

The Mortgage Report

If your home was damaged during winter storm Uri, you might be eligible for federal aid. Here's a list of current Texas disaster relief programs. Mortgage News Real Estate News

Cosmetic tweaks to help sell your house fast

Housing Wire

Spring is one of the most popular selling seasons – and it’s right around the corner. Are you preparing to sell your house? You don’t just want to sell it as is. You want to make a few preparations to attract the most potential buyers.

Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Rise Over 3% for First Time Since July 2020

RIS Media

The window of record-low mortgage rates appears to be closing, as steady increases in recent weeks have sent the numbers over 3% for the first time since July 2020.

Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately?

American Lifestyle

The post Have You Cleaned These Dirty Areas Lately? appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine. Cleaning Cleaning Projects Home Ideas Staying Home Clean Dirty Dishwasher Garbage Disposal Home Home Care Home Tips Maintenance Mattress Pillows Shower Spring Spring Cleaning Washing Machine

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USDA construction loans: Buy land and build a home with a USDA loan

The Mortgage Report

USDA construction loans can be an affordable way to buy land and build a home. But these loans are hard to find. Learn about the pros and cons here. USDA Loans

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FHFA doubles affordable housing disbursement to $1B

Housing Wire

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria announced on Monday that he has authorized the disbursement of $1.09 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ‘s affordable housing allocations.

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What You Need to Know Before You Take a Road Trip This Spring

RIS Media

(TNS)—If your spring break or summer vacation plans involve a road trip, you have some work to do. Just hopping in the car and going? That’s so 2019. Today’s car traveler must be a road warrior, never caught unawares by this strange new travel world.

6 Essential Tips to Sell Your House Fast In Salt Lake City

HomeLight

If you’re looking to sell your Salt Lake City home fast, market trends are on your side. With a booming tech industry, world-class outdoor recreation, and family-friendly vibe, Salt Lake City is growing, and its real estate is heating up.

What are the benefits of cash-out refinancing? Is it worth it?

The Mortgage Report

Some overly-cautious borrowers are missing out on the benefits of cash-out refinancing. Find out if a cash-out refi is a good idea for you. Cash Out Refinance Home Equity Refinance benefits of cash-out refinance benefits of cash-out refinancing cash out refinancing Cash-Out Refinance

Rocket Mortgage stock surges thanks to Wall Street Bets

Housing Wire

Rocket Companies Chairman Dan Gilbert may want to gift some karma to users of the infamous subreddit Wall Street Bets.

Ken Jenny: ‘Visionary, Change Agent and Champion’ for Real Estate

RIS Media

For more than 35 years, Ken Jenny was a stalwart ambassador of the residential real estate community—always at the ready with a strategic idea, an honest opinion or an incisive quip. Now, the industry mourns his untimely passing earlier this week.

Big-City Convenience with Small-Town Charm: How to Buy a House in Arlington

HomeLight

What if you could live in a Norman Rockwell painting, a slice of Americana closely tied to our nation’s capital? Imagine stepping out of your quaint Colonial-style home on a crisp fall morning, as amber-colored leaves blanket the front lawn.