Large Number of Potential Homebuyers Looking to Relocate, Redfin Reports

Originally published on May 26, 2021, by Redfin.

The Wave of Pandemic-Era Relocations Continued in April, With Nearly 31%
of Homebuyers Looking to Move to Another Metro

While relocations eased slightly in April from the first quarter, the share of people moving from
one part of the country to another is still well above pre-pandemic levels

SEATTLE, May 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Nationwide, 30.6% of Redfin.com users looked to move to a different metro area in April, down slightly from 31.5% in the first quarter but up from 26% at the same time last year, according to a new report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

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Biden Seeks $318 Billion for Housing in Infrastructure Plan

Originally published on May 26, 2021, by Kriston Capps for Bloomberg CityLab.

Housing Secretary Marcia L. Fudge is making a stop on Wednesday morning at 18th and Vine, the intersection at the heart of Kansas City’s historic Jazz District. Backed by Missouri leaders, she’ll deliver remarks on a theme that she’s been repeating since her confirmation, in speeches, during testimony and over social media: “Housing is infrastructure.”

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Chapter Business Meeting & Bylaws Vote is Thursday! Register Now

Kick-off summer with NCAI this Thursday, June 10th! Catch up with friends, make new connections, hear chapter updates about the year, and congratulate our newly designated members!

In addition, the Chapter will vote to dissolve the International Relations Committee (IRC).

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One Year Later: U.S. Housing Market Remains Caught in a Lopsided Recovery

Originally published on March 11, 2021, by Janice McDill for Realtor.com.
Since the start of the pandemic home prices have risen 14.3%, new listings are 27% lower, there are 50% fewer homes on the market and homes are selling almost a week faster.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.March 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Although many people were forced to put activities on hold over the past year, buying a new home was not one of them. The U.S. housing market, buoyed by record-low interest rates, remote work, and Americans' desire for more space, outperformed much of the economy throughout 2020. Today, it remains more lopsided than ever as the gap between buyer demand and supply widens, according to a new report issued today by realtor.com® that examined COVID-19's impact on the U.S. housing market one year after the World Health Organization declared the virus a global pandemic.

 

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Chapter Business Meeting is Next Thursday! Register Today

Kick-off summer with NCAI next Thursday, June 10th! Catch up with friends, make new connections, hear chapter updates about the year, and congratulate our newly designated members!

In addition, the Chapter will vote to dissolve the International Relations Committee (IRC).

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GSEs Submit Plans to Serve the Underserved

Originally published on May 19, 2021, for the M Report.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has published its proposed 2022-2024 Underserved Markets Plans, submitted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the Duty to Serve (DTS) program. The proposed Plans cover the period from January 1, 2022-December 31, 2024.

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Mortgage Rates Increase to Three Percent

“After a run up over the first few months of the year, rates have paused and hovered around three percent since March,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Despite this favorable rate climate, there remains a shortage of homes for sale. The lack of housing supply has been compounded by labor disruptions and expensive building materials that are driving up the cost of new housing, making it difficult for homebuyers to find homes to purchase.”

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IRS Rejects Developer-led Attempts to Expand 8,700 Opportunity Zone Boundaries

Originally published on May 17, 2021 by TheRealDeal.com. 

Developers who had hoped for potential expansion of Opportunity Zones won’t be getting their way.

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House Passes Legislation Addressing FHA Appraisals

The House on May 18 passed HR 3008, the Homebuyer Assistance Act, legislation reintroduced by Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and Van Taylor, R-Texas, that would amend the National Housing Act and allow state-licensed appraisers to perform appraisals for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The legislation would require compliance with existing appraiser education requirements.

A previous version of the bill was introduced in the last Congress and passed the House, but did not receive a vote in the Senate. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters is working with Sherman and Taylor to help advance this version of the legislation.

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Home Sales Expected to Surpass $2.5 Trillion this year; South is the Hottest Region: Redfin

Originally published on May 11, 2021, for Redfin.

The value of properties sold is roughly equal to the GDP of France,
or the combined market value of Amazon and Facebook

SEATTLE, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Redfin forecasts a record $2.53 trillion worth of home sales in America in 2021—a 17% year-over-year gain that would mark the largest annual increase in percentage terms since 2013. Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, made the prediction in a new report out today. To put $2.53 trillion into perspective, it's roughly equal to the value of Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. combined, or the 2020 gross domestic product (GDP) of France. 

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Chapter Business Meeting is on June 10! Register Today

NCAI Q2 Chapter Business Meeting

Thursday, June 10 | 2pm | Zoom Meeting

Kick-off summer with NCAI on June 10! Catch up with friends, make new connections, hear chapter updates about the year, and congratulate our newly designated members!

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Mortgage Rates Drop, Down Nearly Quarter of a Percent Since April Peak: Freddie Mac

Originally published on May 13, 2021 for Freddie Mac.

MCLEAN, Va., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 2.94 percent.

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Outlook Mostly Positive for CRE as Lockdown Eases: NAR

Originally published on May 7, 2021, by Quintin Simmons for the National Association of Realtors.

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2021) – The U.S. economy experienced one of the swiftest declines in history last year, followed by a quick and relatively significant recovery in the second quarter of 2020. Speakers at today's Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum, held as part of the 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo(link is external), discussed these historic shifts in the nation's economy over the past 12 months while projecting a favorable outlook for the commercial real estate market in the coming year.

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Rising Lumber Costs Add $36,000 to New Home Price: NAHB

Originally published on April 28, 2021, for NAHB.

Soaring lumber prices that have tripled over the past 12 months has caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by $35,872, according to new analysis by the NAHB Economics team. This lumber price hike has also added nearly $13,000 to the market value of an average new multifamily home, which translates into households paying $119 a month more to rent a new apartment. Further adding to affordability woes, building material prices have by and large been steadily rising since 2020 and were up across the board in March.

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Urban Single-Family Homes Are Seeing the Fastest Price Growth as Buyers Return to City But Still Crave Space

Originally published on April 27, 2021 by Isabelle Novak for Redfin

  • As vaccines roll out, prices of spacious city dwellings are rising 20%
  • The pandemic-driven bump in rural properties has peaked
  • Urban condos are making a comeback with sales up nearly 30% year over year

SEATTLE, April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Prices of urban single-family homes are rising nearly 20% year over year—faster than any other type of home—according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. But this year's hot housing market doesn't discriminate: Urban condo sales are up nearly 30% year over year, more than any other home type.

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FHFA Announces New Refinance Option for Low-Income Families with Enterprise-Backed Mortgages

Originally published on April 28, 2021, by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

​​​​​​Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will implement a new refinance option for low-income borrowers with Enterprise-backed single-family mortgages. Eligible borrowers will benefit from a reduced interest rate and lower monthly payment. FHFA estimates that borrowers who take advantage of the new refinance option could save an average of between $100 and $250 a month.  

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CFPB Delays Mandatory Compliance Date for General Qualified Mortgage Final Rule

Originally published on April 27, 2021, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) formally delayed the mandatory compliance date of the General Qualified Mortgage (QM) final rule from July 1, 2021 to October 1, 2022. The CFPB is taking this action to help ensure access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit, and preserve flexibility for consumers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects.

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Home Prices at Record High, Time on Market at New Low: NARHome Prices at Record High, Time on Market at New Low: NAR

Originally published on April 22, 2021. by Quintin Simmons for the National Association of Realtors.

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2021) – Existing-home sales fell in March, marking two consecutive months of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The month of March saw record-high home prices and gains. While each of the four major U.S. regions experienced month-over-month drops, all four areas welcomed year-over-year gains in home sales.

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East Coast and Illinois Face Biggest COVID-related Housing Risks: Data Shows

Originally published on April 22, 2021, by ATTOM Staff for ATTOM Data Solutions Blog.

IRVINE, Calif. — Apr. 22, 2021 — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its first-quarter 2021 Special Coronavirus Report spotlighting county-level housing markets around the United States that are more or less vulnerable to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic that continues to impact the U.S. economy. The report shows that states along the East Coast, as well as Illinois, were most at risk in the first quarter of 2021 – with clusters in the New York City, Chicago and southern Florida areas – while the West continued to face less risk.

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Investors Take a Shine to Car Wash Properties: Report

Originally published on April 21, 2021, by Tom Acitelli for Commercial Observer.

Real estate investors looking for a safe place to park money coming out of COVID might consider the humble car wash. The sudsy byproduct of the automotive age has, in just a few short years, become an unusually durable commercial real estate asset.

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