April, 2021

Millions will enter housing market in 2021: Zillow

Housing Wire

In what will be known to future generations as the Great Reshuffling, a recent Zillow survey showed that more than 1 in 10 Americans reported moving in the past 12 months, either by choice or by circumstance.

Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits

Keeping Current Matters

A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market.

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Buyers Are Split on Multigenerational Homes

Eye on Housing

A multigenerational home is desirable to some buyers, but not to all.

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How to Get Rid of Junk in Your Home


Image: Palabra / Shutterstock.com. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American produces 4.4 pounds of waste each day. And, although most of this finds its way into the trash, some will remain in your home.

The NAR’s top 10 places for millennials to move to (a 2020 reflection)

The American Genius for Real Estate

(REAL ESTATE BIG DATA) If you're a millennial, and wondering where you should move that can get you ahead even during this pandemic, here's the top 10 cities for millennials.


Basic requirements to buy a house: 6 must-haves for first-time buyers

The Mortgage Report

Requirements to buy a house aren't as strict as you might think. Requirements for credit, income, and down payment are lenient for first-time home buyers. Buying a home


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Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by starting with the help of your tax refund.

Earnest Money: What is it and How Does it Work in Real Estate

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Earnest Money/House Deposits Explained What is earnest money? How much is earnest money? How does earnest money work? What’s the difference between earnest money and down payment funds? These are all common questions that home buyers ask real estate agents daily.

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.

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.

Five reasons it’s not a “horrible time to buy a house”

The Mortgage Report

Many experts are saying it's a horrible time to buy a house. But that's not true for everyone. Here are 5 reasons it could be a great time to buy a home. Buying a home First-Time Home Buyers Mortgage News

CFPB proposes foreclosure ban until 2022

Housing Wire

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a notice of proposed rulemaking on Monday that would amend Regulation X to provide a special pre-foreclosure review period prohibiting servicers from starting foreclosures until after December 31, 2021.

Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ Market

Keeping Current Matters

In a sellers’ market , some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner , or FSBO ) instead of working with a trusted real estate professional.

#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.

Local Bakeries To Try: Northern Palm Beach County

Waterfront Properties

Palm Beach County is home to many indoor and outdoor activities, luxury hotels and spas, great shopping, numerous water sport activities, and many award-winning restaurants. When it comes to local bakeries, the area is no different.

MoxiWorks Partners With CENTURY 21 Canada

RIS Media

MoxiWorks recently announced their new partnership with CENTURY 21 Canada. The partnership gives CENTURY 21 Canada REALTORS® access to MoxiWorks’ suite of technology through a new platform called HUB21. This platform, powered by MoxiWorks, is now available to all CENTURY 21 Canada Realtors.

How to get approved as a self-employed, first-time home buyer

The Mortgage Report

Self-employed first-time home buyers face obstacles other buyers don't. Learn what to expect and how to get mortgage-approved. Buying a home

The appraisal gap is complicating deals across the country

Housing Wire

The home checked off every box on Linda’s list. It had a large, fenced-in yard, modern appliances in an updated kitchen, a “man cave” for her husband, beamed ceilings, a massive master suite and was located in a good school district. The house, in the Nashville area, was listed at $405,000.

Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?

Keeping Current Matters

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675,000. The unemployment rate fell again and is now at 6%. What does this mean for you?

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


Rob Thomson Delivered 500 Easter Baskets To Low Income Families

Waterfront Properties

This past weekend, a huge truck pulled up to the New Macedonia Baptist Church filled with Easter joy for 500 families waiting for the spring surprise.


Getting Reviews for Your Real Estate Business

RIS Media

As a real estate agent, you have several important tools in your arsenal. But there is one in particular that you should focus on: reviews. Most real estate agents generate their business from either someone they have previously worked with or by searching for local agents online.

Gift letter for mortgage: How to give or receive a down payment gift

The Mortgage Report

Use these step-by-step instructions for accepting a cash downpayment gift on a home, including a ready-to-use mortgage gift letter template. Mortgage Strategy Gifts Housing Mortgage mortgage rates Real Estate

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.

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.

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.


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.

CoreLogic: Home Price Growth Reached 15-Year High in February

RIS Media

CoreLogic® recently released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI ) and HPI Forecast for February 2021. Home prices continued to increase in February, reaching the highest annual gain since April 2006, as demand continues to clash with historically low supply.

How to shop for refinance rates and compare offers: 7 steps

The Mortgage Report

If you want to save more money by refinancing your house, make sure to compare refinance rates and lenders. Tips for getting the best refinance rates here. FHA Refinance Mortgage Rates Mortgage Strategy Refinance VA Refinance

Home sellers are feeling good about 2021

Housing Wire

Home sellers are chomping at the bit. As the economy reopens, vaccinations continue to roll out and stimulus checks reach bank accounts across America, home sellers are increasingly optimistic.