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What to expect from the 2021 housing market

Housing Wire

Although I had pockets of joy in 2020, these moments were subsumed in a haze of stress, uncertainty and fear for our country. And, at times, I have found it difficult to keep these emotions from clouding my economic thinking.

10 First-Time Home Buyer Blunders To Avoid

Lighter Side of Real Estate

Homeownership is one of the central tenets of contemporary life. Most of us dream of a familiar, comfortable place to call our own, and buying a home is a rite of passage into adulthood, and into our own piece of the American Dream.

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4 Reasons Why the Election Won’t Dampen the Housing Market

Keeping Current Matters

Tomorrow, Americans will decide our President for the next four years. That decision will have a major impact on many aspects of life in this country, but the residential real estate market will not be one of them.

Toronto Condo Prices Down Over $20k From Peak, As Inventory Doubles

Better Dwelling

Greater Toronto real estate is on fire… just not condo apartments, which is seeing a lot of sellers. Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) data shows condo apartment prices slid for a fifth month in October. Condo sales are fairly in line with last year’s numbers, except in the city.

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The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year

Keeping Current Matters

Today, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many families to re-evaluate what homeownership means and what they find most important in a home.

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The Best 37 Real Estate Memes of 2020

Lighter Side of Real Estate

There’s a lot of 2020 we all want to put behind us and forget. Being a real estate agent isn’t easy in a normal year, but being one during a pandemic? Well, that takes someone who can change and go with the flow in the blink of an eye. But one thing that didn’t change is the need to laugh.

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Should climate change dictate where you buy a house?

The Mortgage Report

Climate change is putting millions of homes at risk. Use these climate change maps and expert advice to help inform your next home buying decision. Buying a home Homeownership Topics Real Estate

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How record-low mortgage rates changed everything in 2020

Housing Wire

While the United States may not have been prepared to combat a deadly virus, a quick and robust response from the Federal Reserve , along with changing consumer preferences, created a perfect storm that resulted in a record year for the housing and mortgage industries.

2021 housing market outlook: No signs of slowing

Housing Wire

2020 has been a remarkably strong year for the housing market. Sales volume has remained elevated compared to last year since about mid-June, home values are growing more quickly than they have in 15 years and homes are typically selling a full three weeks faster than a year ago.

The 2021 housing market will be stronger than 2020

Housing Wire

Jeff Tucker Zillow Senior Economist. This is the fourth installment of our economist Q&A series, as we work to answer the top 2021 housing market questions. Every Tuesday in December, HousingWire interviewed a top economist in the HW+ Slack channel.

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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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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U.S. home prices hit 14-year high in October

Housing Wire

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index covering home prices of all nine U.S. census divisions, reported an 8.4% increase in October from a year ago, and a 7% increase from September. The National Index is now up 24.5% from its former high in July 2006.

Mortgage rates hit another record low at 2.67%

Housing Wire

The average U.S. mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan fell four basis point this week to 2.67% – 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.

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.

Housing 2020 recap: Demographics popped the housing bubble boys

Housing Wire

What a crazy year we have all been through. Last year, I visited Japan, London, Puerto Rico, Oregon and Las Vegas twice. This year I had fewer visits than that to my local barber and I was ecstatic to be there. This was the year we relearned to appreciate small things.

Housing market outlook for 2021…and beyond

Housing Wire

2020 was a truly unprecedented year. With it behind us, let’s look ahead at several housing market trends that are likely in 2021 and beyond. First, exceptionally low mortgage rates are likely to be around for an extended period.

How to grow housing supply in 2021

Housing Wire

The U.S. housing market was the single best outperforming economic sector globally during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The reasons for that are solid demographics and low mortgage rates , which will not change much in 2021.

Even with low inventory, expect a strong 2021 housing market

Housing Wire

Even prior to the pandemic , housing inventory had hit record lows, and the problem has only gotten worse as demand continues to rise.

Record low mortgage rates hold steady at 2.72%

Housing Wire

The average U.S. mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan remained unchanged at 2.72% this week, Freddie Mac said in a report on Thursday – the second week in a row rates have sat at the lowest recorded level in the survey’s near 50-year history.

These markets are attracting the most out-of-state real estate investors

Housing Wire

The pandemic has shifted the pecking order of the real estate industry’s location-location-location axiom for many homebuyers — high-cost and high-density urban is out, while suburban is back in vogue and rural is experiencing a bit of a revival.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac conforming loan limits increase for 2021

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced new conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 2021: $548,250. This is a 7.5% increase from 2020’s limit of $510,400 and marks the fifth consecutive year of increases from the FHFA.

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Mortgage rates break record again, down to 2.72%

Housing Wire

The average U.S. mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan fell this week to 2.72%, Freddie Mac said in a report on Thursday – the lowest rate in the survey’s near 50-year history. This week’s rate broke the previous record set on Nov. 5 by 6 basis points.

The downside of the hot 2020 housing market: rapid home-price growth

Housing Wire

Demand for housing was strong in early 2020, before the COVID-19 crisis hit. Mandated shut-down measures and the fear of what COVID would do to our economy temporarily immobilized the housing market, evinced by nine weeks of declines in the weekly purchase applications data on a year-over-year basis.

DOJ sues NAR for alleged antitrust violations

Housing Wire

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Thursday, alleging a series of violations of antitrust law, including commission arrangements and consumer disclosure requirements.

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

Keeping Current Matters

Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer.

FHFA issues Final Capital Rule for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its Final Capital Rule Wednesday for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it continues to work toward ending conservatorship.

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The housing market is hot, but not in a bubble

Housing Wire

Existing home sales came in at a whopping 6,850,000 , beating estimates with the highest print since 2006. Days on market fell from 36 days to 21 days on a year-over-year basis. Cash buyers remain at a historically high level of 19%, the same as last year, while sales grew 26.6% year over year.

The housing market outlook for 2021

Housing Wire

There is no place like home. The nature of the crisis this year and headed into 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized that fact. Even though we love our family members, we all need our space.

Fannie Mae extends relaxed appraisal, lending standards

Housing Wire

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae extended its relaxed lending and appraisal standards put in place due to COVID-19 into the new year. The flexibilities surrounding verbal verification of employment and appraisals were originally set to expire on Dec.