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Brands Builders Favor Most

New and advanced product features, along with product quality, price, availability, and green or sustainable features are top priorities for contractors and builders in choosing which products to use in new homes or remodels. Builder Magazine released its annual Brand Use Study, which lists the top products used by builders, developers, and contractors.More than 750 respondents nationwide shared their brand use practices within 52 building produc

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Most Common Obstacles to Closing on Time

The majority of home sale contracts are settling on time, but 26% faced delays in February while 6% were terminated completely, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index. The following chart shows the most common issues sparking a delay to closing.The most common problems leading to a termination of the contract were related to appraisal issues (11%), obtaining financing (10%), and home inspection/environmental issues (9%).Nevertheless,

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Despite Moratorium, Foreclosure Activity on Steep Incline

Some housing analysts have grown concerned about what will happen to the real estate market when temporary foreclosure moratoriums are lifted. Will it spark a wave of new foreclosures and lead to a crisis?Already, foreclosure activity is on the rise, even though the moratoriums are still in place and the government has relaxed requirements for mortgage forbearance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreclosure filings in March rose 5% compared to the

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Mortgage Rates Near 3% Again

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continued to drop this week, heading back near the 3% range.The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.04% this week, Freddie mac reports. Mortgage rates are still below a year ago and remain at historical lows, which has proven a boon for the housing market, economists note.“Mortgage rates took another dip this week as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased by almost ten basis points, week over week,” says

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Black Millennial Homeownership Rates Surge

Black millennials between the ages of 26 and 39 are increasingly becoming homeowners during the pandemic. They’re buying homes at higher rates than other Black Americans and previous generations. Their higher rates in real estate have led to an overall increase in the homeownership rate for African Americans, according to an article at BlackEnterprise.com. This is “the path to a middle-class lifestyle and wealth,” Lawrence Yun, chief econom

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The US is 3.8 Million Homes Short

The U.S. housing market needs nearly 4 million single-family homes to meet the nation’s demand, according to a new analysis from Freddie Mac. The 3.8 million shortfall marks a 52% increase in the housing shortage since 2018.“This is what you get when you underbuild for 10 years,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “We should have almost four million more housing units if we had kept up with demand the last few years.”Lawr

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Closing the Widening Racial Gap in Housing

It’s a jarring reality that the Black homeownership rate has hardly changed since 1968, the year the Fair Housing Act banned discrimination in real estate practices. Industry thought leaders kept coming back to that fact Thursday during a Facebook Live event, “The Past, Present, and Future of Fair Housing,” hosted by the National Association of REALTORS® and The Memorial Foundation, which benefits The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. L

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The 15 Hottest Housing Markets in March

More home shoppers are on the hunt in New Hampshire this spring. Manchester, N.H., and neighboring Concord, N.H., topped realtor.com®’s monthly list as hottest housing markets in March. Both cities are about an hour outside of Boston. New Hampshire also offers beaches and ski areas that are within easy driving distance.Buyers are continuing to show trends of searching for housing affordability outside of major city hubs. Many of these outer ar

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In Some Cities, Price Appreciation Outpaces Salaries

With home prices are surging, owners in some areas earned more via price appreciation over the last year than from their salary, according to a new study from Point2Homes, an online real estate marketplace.In 2020, the net increase in home prices outstripped owners’ salaries in 15 of the largest U.S. metros, with the differences ranging from a mere $38 to up to nearly $60,000, according to the analysis.The strongest home price gain for this was

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Popular Community Wellness Features

The healthfulness and wellness of a space are becoming more of a priority when shopping for a home. During the pandemic, more Americans have shown a desire for stronger ties to the outdoors with their homes and through outdoor community offerings.After all, homes and communities can impact overall well-being, according to the Global Wellness Institute’s report “Resetting the World with Wellness: Healthy Built Environments for Healthy People.

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