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5 signs you’re ready to downsize your home

Housing Wire

Should you or shouldn’t you downsize? If you’re a homeowner , this is a question you’ll inevitably ask yourself. While owning a home is exciting, it comes with a great deal of responsibility.

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market

Keeping Current Matters

If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move.

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Renting a Truck With U-Haul: What to Know

RIS Media

Are you considering renting a U-Haul truck for an upcoming move? Whether you need to move you and your family across the state, or you’ve just got some building materials for an up-and-coming product you need to move, you’re probably going to need to rent a truck.

Home Buyers’ Preferences Shift Towards New Construction

Eye on Housing

According to the latest What Home Buyers Really Want*, 60% of home buyers would prefer a newly-built home over an existing home. In other words, all else equal, their first preference would be to purchase a new home.

Home prices see highest gain in nearly 15 years

Housing Wire

Home prices continued their acceleration in January according to the S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, jumping 11.2% year over year, the highest gain in nearly 15 years. The Tuesday report also revealed an 11.1%

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget

Keeping Current Matters

Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to borrow when you’re buying a home.

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How Long Does it Take to Close on a House? 11 Steps From Your Offer to Keys in Hand

Redfin

So, the home seller has accepted your offer, and you’re ecstatic (and possibly a bit tired), but you’re approaching the finish line. All you want to do is move in, but first, you have a lot to schedule and arrange, and you’re wondering just how long it will take to close on your new home.

Employment gains could help housing inventory

Housing Wire

After three months of mediocre gains , the U.S. unemployment situation brightened considerably in March. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 916,000 and pushed the unemployment rate down to 6%, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream?

Keeping Current Matters

Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes : “The idea of a place of one’s own drives the American story.

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Home Selling Tips for Pet Owners

American Lifestyle

The post Home Selling Tips for Pet Owners appeared first on American Lifestyle Magazine. Buying & Selling Backyard Buyer Buying and Selling Carpet Clean Cleaning Comfort Family Home Insurance Pet Pet Owner Pets Picture Process Selling Showing Tips

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#309: Are We Due For Another Housing Market Crash?

Afford Anything

Are we in a housing bubble? Are we going to see a repeat of 2006 all over again? Are there any good investment deals to be found right now? These are the questions playing on many people’s minds, and we seek to explore the answers in today’s First Friday bonus episode.

Will trillions in stimulus push mortgage rates over 5%?

Housing Wire

Whether we personally were infected by COVID-19 or not in the past year, we all suffered the pains of a sick economy as members of the American family.

There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending Standards

Keeping Current Matters

Today, some are afraid the real estate market is starting to look a lot like it did in 2006, just prior to the housing crash. One of the factors they’re pointing to is the availability of mortgage money.

How the Fannie Mae HomeStyle Loan works: Process and requirements

The Mortgage Report

The Fannie Mae HomeStyle loan lets you buy a home and carry out renovations with one mortgage. Learn about HomeStyle rates and requirements here.

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Avoid Being House Poor With These 8 Critical Buyer Tips

HomeLight

When you imagine paying a mortgage, does it make you feel a little queasy? Are you worried or anxious you won’t have any money left over at the end of the month? First of all, you’re not alone.

Forbearance falls below 5% for the first time in a year

Housing Wire

The U.S. forbearance rate is officially below 5% for the first time in a year. Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume fell nine basis points last week to 4.96%, according to a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Century 21 Real Estate Adds New Sri Lanka Affiliate

RIS Media

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently announced the addition of CENTURY 21 Sri Lanka, marking the 85th country to affiliate with the CENTURY 21® brand. A team of global investors led by Ananda Senarath signed an exclusive franchise agreement.

FMERR 2021 guidelines and eligibility: The Freddie Mac Enhanced Relief Refinance Program

The Mortgage Report

FMERR – the Enhanced Relief Refinance Program – allows homeowners to refinance into a lower rate with little or no home equity. Do you qualify? Mortgage Products Mortgage Strategy Refinance

Shiratori for Oregon

The Living Room

Seiji, Alisa, Tak, and Kai Shiratori were looking for their forever home in Wilsonville. I met them years ago when our sons were in 1st grade. They moved away for Seiji’s work knowing very well that they wanted to return to Oregon.

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The ugly side of housing: low inventory

Housing Wire

After eight months of consecutive gains, the consequences of low inventory finally caught up with the housing market in February. Tightened supply was largely responsible for a 10.6%

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‘Past Clients’ Will Not Move the Real Estate Industry Forward!

RIS Media

For the past 20 years, we have witnessed the word “disruption” reach Gregorian chant-like levels of repetition at essentially every real estate convention and conference. Clearly, countervailing responses and solutions have not resonated at the same level of volume or velocity.

Mortgage and refinance rates today, March 27, and rate forecast for next week

The Mortgage Report

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates Average mortgage rates rose yesterday. It was the first increase in more than a week. And it barely made a dent in those recent falls. […]. Mortgage Rates Now

5 Creative Ways to Decorate with Plants

Point2Homes

Image: Followtheflow / Shutterstock.com. Spending so much time indoors can make many of us feel a little disconnected from nature. It’s actually no surprise that more people than ever are turning to biophilic design to help bring the outdoors in.

Asking prices of newly listed homes reach all-time high

Housing Wire

Home prices are sky-high, and a recent report from Redfin underlines that point with some staggering data. Median home-sale prices increased 17% year-over-year to $335,613 – a record high, per data taken from more than 400 metro areas during the four-week period ending March 28, 2021.

How Do You Sell More Homes, Faster?

RIS Media

For decades, real estate professionals have wrestled with finding the secret to overcoming the challenge of staying top of mind with their spheres of influence and past customers.

HARP replacement programs for 2021: FMERR and HIRO

The Mortgage Report

The HARP program is expired. But Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae created HARP replacement programs FMERR and HIRO to help underwater homeowners refi. HARP Refinance Mortgage Products HARP 3.0 Housing Mortgage mortgage rates Real Estate

Residential Construction Employment Surpasses the February 2020 Level

Eye on Housing

Total payroll employment rose by 916,000 and the unemployment rate declined to 6.0% in March. The labor market is improving as many states ease business restrictions and more people are vaccinated.

CFPB warns servicers: “Unprepared is unacceptable”

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is warning servicers that it is ramping up enforcement and will be specifically watching how servicers manage borrowers coming out of forbearance.

5 Tips for Real Estate Agents This Tax Season

RIS Media

This tax season may look a little different due to the COVID-19 relief benefits that were released during the pandemic. Find out how stimulus payments, PPP loans for your business and other benefits will affect your 2020 taxes.

Mortgage and refinance rates today, April 2, 2021

The Mortgage Report

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates Average mortgage rates edged lower again yesterday. They’ve risen appreciably over the last month. But they’ve fallen on six of the last nine working days. […]. Mortgage Rates Now