April, 2024

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DOJ charges one of America’s top LOs in alleged mortgage fraud scheme

Housing Wire

Two former New Jersey -based mortgage loan originators have been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger. Christopher Gallo has been noted as a top-producing loan originator, at one point being Scotsman Guide ‘s fourth-ranked LO in the country.

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Zillow offering 7-day ‘touring agreement’ for agents

Real Estate News

The NAR settlement does not address home search portals, but Zillow wants to make it easier for buyers to try out an agent in a way that aligns with new rules.

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Most Home Buyers Want One, Medium-Sized Home Office

Eyes on Housing

According to the latest What Home Buyers Really Want Study*, the vast majority of home buyers are looking for a home with at least one home office (or space dedicated to work/study). More specifically, 66% would prefer to buy a home with exactly one home office, 13% want at least two offices, and 20% want.

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HomeServices of America agrees to pay $250M to settle lawsuits

Inman

HomeServices was potentially on the hook for the remaining $4.7 billion in damages from an Oct. 31 jury verdict in Sitzer | Burnett, which awarded plaintiffs $5.3 billion.

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Should You Invest for Cash Flow or Appreciation? Let’s Reevaluate in an Era of High Interest Rates

BiggerPockets

For real estate investors, the question of cash flow versus appreciation is as old as time. However, in an era of high interest rates, buying properties for cash flow isn’t easy.

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Emerson REALTORS of Auburn Joins Forces with Lamacchia Realty

Lamacchia Realty

We are pleased to announce that Emerson Realtors out of Auburn, Massachusetts have joined forces with Lamacchia Realty. Emerson Realtors was co-founded by Kevin Maher, a fifth generation REALTOR® whose career spanned an impressive 45 years. Lamacchia Realty has been serving Auburn and the surrounding areas for over a decade, and the Lamacchia Worcester office was the top real estate office in Worcester County in 2023 by transaction.

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Why is housing supply so low? Blame local zoning

Real Estate News

Two U.S. senators are pushing for policy changes that would reduce “exclusionary” zoning regulations and promote local development.

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Inflation Stays Hot as Housing Cost Growth Persists

Eyes on Housing

Consumer prices continued to rise in March, with shelter and gasoline prices driving over half of the total increase. This marks the third consecutive strong reading. Despite a slowdown in the year-over-year increase, shelter costs continue to put upward pressure on inflation, accounting for over 60% of the total increase in all items excluding food.

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Sign a buyer brokerage agreement to see a property? No way!

Inman

Buyers and sellers are confused about the new rules of the road. Trainer Bernice Ross and Jeff Lobb discuss how agents can change up the conversation and add clarity and confidence.

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U.S. Immigration Crisis: What It Really Means for Housing Markets and Investors

BiggerPockets

A record 300,000 migrants entered the U.S. through the southern border in December. Rather than trying to sneak past border agents, many surrendered to apply for asylum.

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Trudeau teases potential mortgage rule changes before April budget

Mortgagebroker News

Could the government extend amortization limits as part of housing plan?

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Spring housing market gets more inventory

Housing Wire

Active weekly housing inventory growth slowed slightly last week, but it’s still running at a healthier clip than in 2023. I have a simple model with mortgage rates being above 7.25%: weekly inventory data should grow between 11,000-17,000 per week. Last year, we never hit that target. We have now seen it for two weeks as inventory grew by 13,247. Weekly housing inventory data We’ve now had back-to-back weeks of healthy housing inventory growth and spring 2024 is much healthier than spring 2023

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How are agents paid? Don’t ask buyers

Real Estate News

More than a quarter of consumers surveyed by Redfin don’t know how much their agent was paid, while nearly 20% weren’t sure who provided the compensation.

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Highest Paid Occupations in Construction in 2023

Eyes on Housing

Half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $58,500 and the top 25% make at least $79,450, according to the latest May 2023 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) and analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In comparison, the U.S. median wage is $48,060, while the top.

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Underperforming agents are getting a real estate reality check

Inman

As the commission landscape changes, Side's Hilary Saunders writes, it's time for agents, teams and brokerages to look at the ways this will improve the industry's reputation.

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Real Estate Investors: Use These Loans to Get Your Construction Project Across the Finish Line

BiggerPockets

This article is presented by CV3 Financial. Read our editorial guidelines for more information. The real estate market is ever-evolving, and there has been a growing trend toward ground-up construction.

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Loan delinquencies stir concerns among Canadian lenders

Mortgagebroker News

Unexpected job losses and increasing loan delinquencies signal potential troubles ahead

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Finally, some healthy housing inventory growth

Housing Wire

Housing inventory finally hit my target level of growth last week with mortgage rates now over 7.25% , something I couldn’t get all last year. Of course, what is different this year versus last year is that new listing data is growing yearly instead of trending at the lowest levels recorded in history. This is something I talked about last week on Yahoo Finance.

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DOJ can reopen its investigation into NAR, appeals court rules

Real Estate News

Ruling could lead to further changes in industry practices by allowing the Department of Justice to revisit an antitrust case originally settled in 2020.

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Building Material Prices Continue to Rise in March

Eyes on Housing

Inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy, increased for the fifth straight month, according to the most recent Producer Price Index (PPI) report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy, represents building materials used in residential construction.

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CoStar to acquire 3D scanning company Matterport for $1.6B

Inman

Matterport's board of directors unanimously approved the deal, which will be finalized later this year. CoStar purchased its outstanding stock for $5.50 per share, reflecting a value of $1.6 billion.

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Is New York’s Eviction Bill a Compromise? Or Just More Pain for Landlords and a Blueprint for Other States to Follow?

BiggerPockets

New York State legislative leaders have agreed on a preliminary housing deal aimed at tackling affordability and supply problems, which are especially severe in New York City.

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Canada considers halal mortgages for Muslims in 2024 budget

Mortgagebroker News

Initiative aims to address the affordability challenges faced by Muslim homebuyers

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Powell makes it clear: No rate cuts anytime soon

Housing Wire

Today, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made statements at the Washington Forum that indicate there will be no rate cuts anytime soon because the economy and the labor market are too strong with sticky inflation. This is a change from previous statements where the Fed talked about the rate cuts it expected to make this year — although that timeframe has changed several times.

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KW CEO on emerging from the wilderness, looking to the future

Real Estate News

Mark Willis returned to Keller Williams after a 7-year hiatus, and he’s ready to lead in a new way. “It’s not about proving myself. It’s about impact.

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All-Cash Sales Dropped to Lowest in 3 Years

Eyes on Housing

NAHB analysis of the most recent Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing report reveals that the share of new home sales backed by VA loans climbed substantially in the first quarter of 2024, while all-cash sales share fell by nearly 30%. However, the median purchase price of homes bought with cash continued to increase in.

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6 ways AI and blockchain will bring more deals to real estate agents

Inman

As the real estate industry continues to evolve, embracing the transformative potential of AI and blockchain technology to gain a competitive edge.

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Could Rehab Loans Replace Hard Money Loans for Investors?

BiggerPockets

As most house flippers or BRRRR landlords will tell you, paying for hard money—with high interest rates and points tacked on top—can take huge chunks of profit out of a project.

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Edmonton's housing market continues to heat up

Mortgagebroker News

A busy spring is underway for mortgage professionals in the city

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Why are existing home prices rising when sales are still so low?

Housing Wire

Existing home sales fell in today’s report , which isn’t surprising, but one headline that shocked some people was that home prices are still up year over year, even with higher inventory and higher mortgage rates. From NAR : The median existing home price for all housing types in March was $393,500, an increase of 4.8% from the previous year ($375,300).

Inventory 483
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Dallas agent breaks his own world record for home sales

Real Estate News

Ben Caballero isn’t slowing down. After landing in the Guinness book three times in his 62-year real estate career, he has achieved a new record.

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Green Building: Resiliency Practices

Eyes on Housing

Green homes go beyond lessening their environmental impact; they also actively mitigate the effects of the environment upon them. All homes can face damage from environmental hazards, prompting builders to implement resiliency practices to reduce such risks. This post will detail the prevalence of resiliency building, specific practices by hazard, as well as resiliency certification.

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30 listing lead generation ideas for a post-NAR settlement market

Inman

If you want to build the listing side of your business in the wake of the NAR settlement, Jimmy Burgess has 30 practical, actionable, doable strategies tailor-made for this moment.

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BiggerPockets Investigates: Did Western Wealth Capital Cost Investors Thousands of Dollars?

BiggerPockets

How did this syndicator, with all of its promise and potential, fall from grace after several investors claimed they were burned? BiggerPockets set out to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and what it means to other investors.