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Report Shows Rent Growth Slowed in November, Indicates Return to Historic Norms

Originally published on November 22, 2021, by Jeff Andrews for Zumper.

Notable Trends

  1. Rent has been rising at an alarming rate all over the country throughout 2021, but Zumper’s National Rent Index for November shows for the first time this year a slower pace of rent growth that more closely resembles historical norms. Is this a sign that the rental market is finally cooling off just a blip after months of unsustainable growth?
  2. Large cities in Florida have experienced some of the most rapid rent growth in the country. In particular, rent in Tampa and St. Petersburg has grown so much since the pandemic that both cities have risen substantially on Zumper’s 100 most expensive markets in the United States.
  3. Like a lot of places on the West Coast, the Seattle metropolitan area saw rent drop after the pandemic hit in March 2020. But now 18 months later, Seattle and its neighboring areas are posting sizable year-over-year gains in rent, and rent in Seattle itself is almost back to where it was prior to the pandemic.
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Home Sales Expected to Remain Unseasonably Hot Through Winter, NAR Reports

Originally published on November 24, 2021, for Realtor Magazine.

This winter is expected to be unseasonably hot for the housing market.

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Apartment Buildings Dominate CRE Transactions, Data Shows

Originally published on November 17, 2021 by Prashant Gopal for Bloomberg | Quint.

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. apartment building sales have jumped to record levels, outpacing all other forms of commercial real estate. Deals totaled $241.9 billion in the 12 months through September, up 27% from the same period in 2019, according to a RealPage Inc. analysis of data from Real Capital Analytics Inc. going back to 2001. Apartments accounted for 44% of all transactions, the most for any commercial-property type. 

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Many Homeowners Plan to Sell Soon, Skip Appraisals: Report

Originally published on November 11, 2021, by Rachel Conner for Realtor.com.

After sitting on the sidelines as low mortgage rates fueled homebuyer demand and listing price growth throughout the pandemic, the majority of prospective sellers1 are eager to enter the housing market within the next six months, according to a new Realtor.com® Survey released today. Although sellers' expectations for bidding wars and fast-paced sales have only gotten higher since the spring, the potential uptick in new listings offers holiday hope to buyers challenged by the shortage of for-sale homes.

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Housing Market at Peak, Correction May be Coming: Analyst

Originally published on November 3, 2021, for Bloomberg.com.

Ivy Zelman, the housing analyst famous on Wall Street for calling the top of the market in 2005, less than two years before the collapse, sees warning signs once again.

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Supply of Affordable Homes up as Forbearance Ends: Redfin

Originally published on November 3, 2021, by Isabelle Novak for Redfin.com.

The supply of America's most affordable homes for sale jumped a record 13% year over year in the third quarter as mortgage forbearance programs came to an end, prompting many owners of low-cost homes to put their properties on the market, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

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Mortgage Rates Rise Amid Increasing Consumer Optimism: Freddie Mac

Originally published on October 28, 2021, by Angela Waugaman for Freddie Mac.

 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 3.14 percent.

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Existing Home Sales Up 7% in September, NAR Reports

Originally published on October 21, 2021, by Quintin Simmons for the National Association of Realtors.

Existing-home sales rebounded in September after seeing sales wane the previous month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Each of the four major U.S. regions witnessed increases on a month-over-month basis. From a year-over-year timeframe, one region held steady while the three others each reported a decline in sales.

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Mortgage Rates at Highest Level Since April as Inflation Pressures Build: Freddie Mac

Originally published on October 14, 2021 by Angela Waugaman for Freddie Mac.

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 3.05 percent.

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Apartment Demand Sees Massive Jump During the Third Quarter, Data Shows

Originally published on September 29, 2021, by Greg WIllett for RealPage.com.

U.S. demand for apartments continued to soar in 3rd quarter 2021. Preliminary calculations from RealPage, Inc. showed that the nation’s occupied apartment count jumped by 255,094 units during the July to September time frame. That’s the biggest quarterly product absorption figure seen in records that go back to the early 1990s.

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Mortgage Rates Decrease Slightly as Economic and Financial Uncertainties Grow

Originally published on October 7, 2021 by Angela Waugaman for Freddie Mac.

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 2.99 percent.

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Housing Inventory Reaches Yearly High: Realtor.com September Housing Report

Originally published on September 30, 2021 by Nicole Murphy on Realtor.com.

New housing data shows inventory hit a 2021 high in September, giving buyers more choices than they have had all year, according to the Realtor.com® Monthly Housing Report released today. Nearly one-third of the 50 largest metros continued to see increases in newly-listed homes compared to last year and in Austin, TexasPortland, Ore.Jacksonville, Fla.; and Washington, D.C., new listings were up more than 10% year-over-year.

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Renters Outnumber Owners in Many Suburbs, Data Shows

Originally published by Lynn Pollack on September 17, 2021 for GlobeSt.com.

Renters are now the majority in more than 100 US suburbs, including the suburbs of Miami, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, according to a new report from RentCafe.

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Mortgage Rates Stagnant as Economy Slows; Home Price Growth Moderates: Freddie Mac

Originally published on September 23, 2021, by Angela Waugaman for Freddie Mac.

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 23, 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 2.88 percent.

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HUD Disproportionately Sells Homes in Flood Zones: NPR

Originally published on September 13, 2021, by Huo Jingnan, Rebecca Hersher, Tegan Wendland, Steve Newborn and Daniel Rivero for NPR.

The first thing Larry McCanney fell in love with was the tree in the front yard. It cast shade on the porch of a house that, if he were honest, needed some work. But McCanney is handy, the price was right and the location was perfect, just a couple of miles from his childhood home in Burlington, N.J.

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Black And Latino Homeowners Are About Twice As Likely As Whites To Get Low Appraisals

Originally published on September 23, 2021, by Joe Hernandez for NPR.

Home appraisers are more likely to undervalue homes in Black and Latino areas than those in white ones, a new report by Freddie Mac has found.

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Forecast Shows Further Home Price Growth Through Second Quarter of 2022: Data

Originally published on July, 2021,  by Brian Fluhr for Veros.com.

Today Veros Real Estate Solutions, an industry leader in enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services, released its Q2 2021 VeroFORECASTSM data that anticipates home prices will continue to appreciate at high levels during the next 12 months in the 100 most-populated markets at a rate consistent with our previous update one quarter ago. Veros is committed to the data science of predicting home value based on rigorous analysis of the fundamentals and interrelationships of numerous economic, social, and geographic variables as they pertain to home value. This data-driven approach indicates that many of the top-performing cities are trending upwards at a double-digit rate. 

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Apartment Rents Keep Rising, Reach New Record, Data Shows

Originally published on July 6, 2021 by Beth Mattson-Teig for WealthManagement.com.

Although the pandemic caused tenants in other real estate sectors to hit the brakes on a new leasing, that was not the case in industrial. The industrial market saw a robust year of leasing activity in 2020 that has carried over into 2021. According to Cushman & Wakefield, net absorption for 2020 reached 268.4 million sq. ft., surpassing the 240.9 million sq. ft. reported at year-end 2019 by 11.4 percent. Demand roared into the first quarter with 82.3 million sq. ft. of net absorption—a record high for the first quarter. Cushman & Wakefield also reported a healthy national average vacancy rate of 4.9 percent and annual rent growth of 7.8 percent.

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Freddie Mac Multifamily Examines the Impact of the End of Eviction Moratoriums on Renters

Originally published on June 30, 2021 for Freddie Mac.

A new white paper pdf from Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) Multifamily studies the impact of the end of eviction moratoriums and role of rental assistance as the nation recovers from the economic impact of COVID-19. As eviction moratoriums and renter protections lapse, Freddie Mac is encouraging renters and property owners to proactively understand and seek available rental assistance to help mitigate the remaining economic challenges as the country emerges from the pandemic.

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CFPB Issues Regulations to Protect Mortgage Borrowers as Foreclosure Moratorium Ends

Originally published on June 28, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today finalized amendments to the federal mortgage servicing regulations to reinforce the ongoing economic recovery as the federal foreclosure moratoria are phased out and which will help protect mortgage borrowers from unwelcome surprises as they exit forbearance. The amendments will support the housing market’s smooth and orderly transition to post-pandemic operation. The rules issued today will establish temporary special safeguards to help ensure that borrowers have time before foreclosure to explore their options, including loan modifications and selling their homes. The rules cover loans on principal residences, generally exclude small servicers, and will take effect on August 31, 2021.

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