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Pandemic housing status influenced mental health

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Renting, living alone were pandemic mental health risk factors. The last year and a half have been a struggle for all of us, and that’s putting it lightly.…

Gen Z renters moving out and moving up

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The FINANCIAL — Rental concessions, such as a free month’s rent, appear to be luring Gen Z out of their parents’ basements and back into the rental market. New Zillow research finds more Gen Z adults, ages 18 to 25, who had been living with family or friends say they’re now renting, and most say they got…

More real estate sales coming to DC

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The FINANCIAL — The presidential election is over. Major media on all sides of the political spectrum agree that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won. No doubt there will be skirmishes ahead, but like Yorktown and Appomattox it’s time to move on. “Whatever else they do, elections spur a lot of economic activity,” said…

JLL names EMEA CEO – Guy Grainger as Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG

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The FINANCIAL — JLL announced that its EMEA CEO Guy Grainger will move into a new role as Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG with effect from January 1, 2021. The new senior role reflects the company’s ongoing strategic focus on expanding its already substantial sustainability services capabilities. Grainger’s successor as EMEA CEO will…

Persistent buyer demand is making homes sell above list price

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The FINANCIAL — In more evidence that persistent buyer demand is pushing a strong housing market deeper into the year than usual, a new Zillow® analysis finds the share of homes sold above list continues to rise, blowing past the typical mid-summer peak. That is great news for prospective sellers who want to maximize their return from…

Intense buyer demand continues to drive hot housing market

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The FINANCIAL — Intense and persistent buyer demand is keeping the time on market for houses at incredible lows and pushing prices ever higher above 2019, according to Zillow’s Weekly Market Report. Sales remain high above last year and are expected to stay robust in the coming months. Time on market still short as pending sales…

NAR provided raw count of home sales during the pandemic

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The FINANCIAL — According to the latest release, existing-home sales rose 21% in September from one year earlier while new home sales rose 32%. These headline figures are seasonally adjusted and are reported in the news. To assess the overall trending direction of the economy, nearly all economic data – from GDP and employment to…

Freddie Mac Issues 2021 Debt Funding Calendar

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The FINANCE — Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) issued its 2021 funding calendar, which provides optional announcement dates for Reference Notes® securities and announcement dates for Reference Bills® securities. The 2021 funding calendar is available on the Debt Securities Auction.  Reference Notes issuances and Reference Bills auctions may vary in size and frequency based on the company’s funding needs…

Housing market shows signs of seasonal cooling even as historic demand continues

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The FINANCIAL – The housing market is showing signs of seasonal cooling after a scorching hot summer sales season that stretched uncharacteristically far into fall, according to Zillow’s Weekly Market Report1. A nearly six-month acceleration of year-over-year list price increases stabilized this week at 11.7% above 2019. Buyers are quickly buying up what few homes are…

Low mortgage rates are easing affordability, but down payments are further from reach

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The FINANCIAL — Monthly mortgage payments are becoming increasingly affordable for U.S. homeowners as mortgage rates have hit record lows, a new Zillow® analysis shows. But that masks the difficulties would-be buyers face in getting into homes in the first place after extraordinary price growth has pushed prices further above incomes than they’ve been in at least…

Coronavirus is manipulating the housing inventory crisis in unpredictable ways

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The FINANCIAL — A historic inventory crisis is driving up home prices to new highs, but understanding why would-be sellers are sitting on the sideline had been guesswork. Now a new Zillow survey[i] is shedding light on how the pandemic is influencing homeowners who are considering selling in the next three years, and the reasons why they’re staying put. …

Mortgage rates continue to fall historic low

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The FINANCIAL — Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 2.80 percent, the lowest rate in our survey’s history which dates back to 1971. “Mortgage rates remain very low, providing homeowners who have not already taken advantage of this environment ample opportunity to do…

How to score your dream house

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The FINANCIAL — Home shoppers wanting to buy right now might be reading headlines about the housing market that are scaring them away — low inventory, high prices, homes selling at an extremely fast pace across all price ranges. But near-record low mortgage rates are creating a huge opportunity for buyers to get more for their money,…

How A Biden Presidency could change housing sector

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The FINANCIAL — What happens if the major polls are right and the upcoming election results in a change of administrations, if Trump is out and Biden is in? How might the housing sector change? One place to look is the 2020 Democratic platform. It includes a suggestion that might significantly impact the real estate market…

Post COVID-19 recession may cause more housing problems for women

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The FINANCIAL — The pandemic-led recession is disproportionately hurting women in the workforce and is more likely to threaten their housing security. A new Zillow analysis finds women are more likely than men to be unemployed, renters and caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic, thereby increasing their risk of becoming severely cost-burdened by housing.  The pandemic has been…