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Pending home sales slowed considerably in April: NAR

Housing Wire

Pending home sales sales dropped 7.7% in April compared to March as rising mortgage rates weighed on the market, according to data released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Year over year, pending transactions fell 7.4%. The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index declined to 72.3 in April, down from 78.2 in March. All four U.S. regions reported decreases on both a monthly and yearly basis, with the Midwest and West experiencing the largest monthly declines.

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Mortgage App Payments Report Showcases Ongoing Headwinds

Appraisal Buzz

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Purchase Applications Payment Index (PAPI), homebuyer affordability declined in April due to rising interest rates and other costs increasing from a median $2,201 in March to a median $2,256, a $55 increase. The PAPI is calculated by measuring how new monthly mortgage payments vary across time—relative to income—using data from the MBA’s Weekly Applications Survey.

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HOA fees are standing out in a bad way

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Affording today’s housing market isn’t always so simple, which is why HOA fees aren’t easy to digest for some buyers. Today, I thought it would be cool to graph a few decades of association fees. I’ve never actually done this before, and while I know it’s total chaos, I think it’s also interesting. What are […] The post HOA fees are standing out in a bad way first appeared on Sacramento Appraisal Blog.

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More sellers are cutting prices as home sales slow

Real Estate News

The share of homes with price drops reached an 18-month high as sellers try to jumpstart buyer interest in stale listings, Redfin reported.

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2024 inventory growth challenges mortgage rate lockdown

Housing Wire

The mortgage rate lockdown premise holds that very few people will list their homes when mortgage rates are this high, thus suppressing inventory. But 2024 has proven that theory wrong. 2024 has had healthy inventory growth despite mortgage rates above 7%. Also, for the third time this year, I have hit my target of weekly inventory growth between 11,000 -17,000, thus leading to more inventory than we saw in 2023.

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Graduating Into the Housing Market

Appraisal Buzz

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Northwest MLS will not join NAR settlement

Real Estate News

The organization is the first non-NAR MLS to announce its intentions, and it says keeping the compensation field provides more transparency for consumers.

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Northwest MLS criticizes $418M NAR settlement agreement, opts out

Housing Wire

Northwest MLS , the largest multiple listing service in the Pacific Northwest, will not take part in the $418 million agreement reached by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the Sitzer/Burnett case. In fact, NWMLS said that its own rules on buyer agent compensation are fairer and more transparent than the terms NAR agreed to in March. It also criticized NAR for pushing “consumers and brokers to make secret deals off MLS, inviting deceptive practices, discrimination and unfair housi

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Renters Growing More Likely to Stay Put

Appraisal Buzz

Renters, a growing and sizeable portion of home dwellers, are staying put longer than ever according to a new report from Redfin as one in six renters (or 16.6%) stayed in their rental home, apartment, or condo for 10 or more years according to the most recent data available, which ends in 2022. That number of renters staying put for a decade or more increased from 13.9% in 2012.

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NWMLS opts out of NAR deal in bid to continue commission offers

Inman

Northwest MLS says banning compensation in the MLS restricts consumer choice and transparency. Plaintiffs' attorney Michael Ketchmark says "the fox is guarding the chicken house.

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'Unfiltered' podcast: NAR is sending the wrong message

Real Estate News

Watch the conversation with marketing pro Brian Boero as he imagines how NAR and the industry could — and should — be communicating with agents and consumers.

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VA extends foreclosure moratorium through 2024

Housing Wire

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced on Wednesday that it has called on mortgage servicers to extend the moratorium on foreclosures for VA-guaranteed loans through Dec. 31, 2024, while these companies implement a new program to help struggling veterans. The current moratorium, announced in November, was set to end on Friday. It was implemented amid complaints of veterans’ struggles because there was no program available to succeed a partial claim option offered during th

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Quando casinos empresas crescem rápido demais

Appraisal Buzz

Jogue Caça Niqueis Online no Lalabet Cassino Na tabela abaixo, você pode ver quais foram os ganhos máximos a partir de o começo para 2023 para operating system slots mais buscados da KTO. Quando se trata de números e odds com jogos de caça níqueis, é preciso saber como é a gestão da banca. Os jogadores que optam por jogar em caça níqueis clássicos recentes de graça vão notar que a maioria deles tem alguns recursos adicionais.

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Sellers are cutting prices at record pace to combat softening demand

Inman

Sluggish homebuyer activity has pushed sellers to adjust their price expectations, according to Redfin's latest report. The median asking price declined for the first time in six months to $416,000.

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Bright MLS to offer expanded concessions field

Real Estate News

Starting in June, the field will include an option for payment of buyer agent fees, and updates coming in August will give sellers more flexibility.

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EXIT Realty partners with earnest money collection platform

Housing Wire

EXIT Realty Corp. International and Earnnest , a digital app that handles earnest money collections, announced a partnership on Tuesday that is designed to create more seamless and secure real estate transactions. The Earnnest platform offers a user-friendly and fully digital fund transfer process for home purchase transactions. It is designed to enhance transparency for all stakeholders while “minimizing the risks associated with traditional methods like checks and wire transfers,“ the company

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MBA: Homebuyer Affordability Continued to Decline in April

Appraisal Buzz

Homebuyer affordability continued to erode in April, as the national median mortgage payment applied for by purchase applicants increased to $2,256, up from $2,201 in March and up from $1,750 in April 2023, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Purchase Applications Payment Index (PAPI). “Homebuyer affordability conditions declined further as mortgage rates remained above 7 percent in April, sidelining many prospective buyers from entering the housing market,” explains Edward Sei

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Bright MLS will allow sellers to offer concessions upon listing

Inman

In response to NAR's proposed settlement, the nation's second largest MLS will add data fields on June 11 allowing sellers to signal they're willing to offer buyer concessions when they list a home.

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What is steering? 3 scenarios to consider

Real Estate News

Agents will be navigating new territory in August, and they'll need to avoid any hint of steering. CRMLS general counsel Ed Zorn offers some tips.

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U.S. mortgage delinquency rates remain near historic lows: CoreLogic

Housing Wire

In March 2024, the national delinquency rate for residential mortgages stood at 2.8% for the third month in a row, up slightly from March 2023, according to the latest CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights report. The data provider examined all stages of delinquencies to gain a complete view of the mortgage market and loan performance health. Early-stage delinquencies (mortgages 30 to 59 days past due) accounted for 1.5% of all mortgages in February, up from 1.1% in March 2023.

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RSDS APPRAISAL DIVERSITY OPENS DOORS TO THE INDUSTRY WITH ITS NATIONWIDE TRAINING NETWORK

Appraisal Buzz

“99 ZEROS, AND ONE YES” Insurance Analyst Billy Saunders recalls the challenge like it was yesterday. Having heard about real estate appraising from a friend in the industry, Saunders decided to make the jump in 2021. He had no idea how daunting that leap would be. “I messaged 100 people on LinkedIn, and Jordan Chapman (RSDS Regional VP, San Diego) was the only one that messaged me back.

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Multifamily Absorption Rates Fall to Decade Low as Completions Remain Elevated

Eyes on Housing

The Census Bureau’s latest release of the Survey of Market Absorption of New Multifamily Units (SOMA) estimates that 42% of 91,060 unsubsidized apartments completed in the fourth quarter of 2023 were absorbed (rented) within the first 3 months following completion. For condominiums, 56% of the estimated 4,915 units completed in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Buy Side: Why buyer agreements are good for agents

Real Estate News

Cassie Walker Johnson not only supports buyer contracts, she offers training on them: “This is the tool that will define your entire professional relationship.

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Biggest home price gains are in the Northeast

Housing Wire

Home prices in the United States continued their upward trajectory in March, with the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index recording a 6.5% annual gain, matching February’s growth, according to the latest report. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Index posted a month-over-month increase of 0.3%, while the 20-City and the 10-City Composite both reported month-over-month increases of 0.3% and 0.5%, after seasonal adjustment.

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ACES Teams With Digilytics to Give Users Access to Advanced OCR Technology

Appraisal Buzz

ACES Quality Management (ACES), which offers enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, is partnering with Digilytics to provide ACES users access to Revel, an optical character recognition (OCR) technology powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Digilytics’ technology helps streamline quality control (QC) reviews conducted using ACES Quality Management & Control software by automating document indexing and categorizati

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Recruiting War ’24: Commission suits loom over the fight for talent

Inman

Industry members see commission suits as one of the top recruiting challenges of 2024. But brokers who can target and elevate middle-tier agents might have an opportunity.

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Glenn Sanford and eXp dismissed from misconduct case

Real Estate News

Recruiter Brent Gove has also been dismissed from the lawsuit involving allegations of sexual assault, while Michael Bjorkman’s motion to dismiss was denied.

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Ginnie Mae eyes year-end for new HMBS product

Housing Wire

Ginnie Mae is aiming to roll out plans for its new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)-backed Securities (HMBS) product by the end of the year, according to acting president Sam Valverde, who spoke at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) Eastern Regional Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The news was first reported by Inside Mortgage Finance.

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The Week Ahead: HUD Pushes to Further Innovate Housing

Appraisal Buzz

HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PDR) will be hosting hybrid panel discussions, Thursday and Friday, June 6-7 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 Central on housing innovation. HUD’s “Innovative Housing Showcase Educational Sessions will feature individual breakouts on offsite construction, building codes, manufactured housing, decarbonization, zoning, public and multifamily housing, resilience, and finance.

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Chad Carroll transformed golf training into real estate success

Inman

Compass Florida's No. 1 agent got into real estate at one of the worst times, right after the 2008 recession. But early sports training cultivated in him a dedicated work ethic that has allowed him to soar to great heights in his career.

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Homebuyer files appeal challenging Sitzer/Burnett settlements

Real Estate News

A plaintiff involved in the Batton cases filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday related to the Anywhere, RE/MAX and KW settlements.

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Mortgage rates trend down as the labor market loosens

Housing Wire

Mortgage rates kept sliding toward 7% as HousingWire ’s Mortgage Rates Center showed the average 30-year fixed rate for conforming loans at 7.25% on Tuesday, below the rate of 7.34% one week ago. At the same time one year ago, the average 30-year conforming rate was 6.8%. Meanwhile, the 15-year conforming fixed rate averaged 6.77% on Tuesday, up from 6.71% one week earlier.

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Dark Matter Paves Easier Path to Assumable Mortgage With Enhancements to Empower LOS

Appraisal Buzz

Dark Matter Technologies has enhanced the Loan Assumptions feature in the Empower loan origination system (LOS) to make it easier for mortgage lenders and servicers to transfer assumable mortgages to new homebuyers. The Empower LOS is the first mortgage loan origination system to announce native support for loan assumptions, a feat made possible by the system’s flexibility and robust mortgage servicing platform integrations, the company says in a release.

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Is NAR a positive force? 7 out of 10 real estate agents want to know

Inman

These increasingly uncertain attitudes among agents in March were a departure from brokers, who were more likely to tell Intel that they still view the National Association of Realtors positively.