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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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Adjusting to the New Real Estate Market

Appraisal Buzz

In this week’s episode, host Hal Humphreys talks with Kevin Hecht, Appraisal Training and Development Manager and Real Estate Economist for McKissock. It seems like the market is starting to pick up for the spring across the nation, but we haven’t seen any significant interest rate changes. What can appraisers expect from the market in the near future?

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Some red flags for the housing market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Consumers are feeling economic pain, and we need to talk about some of the things that are brewing. Today, I want to look at growing debt, distressed sales, and unemployment. I have both national and local stats. Sounds like a happy post, right? Look, some people really hype this topic and use it to magnify […] The post Some red flags for the housing market first appeared on Sacramento Appraisal Blog.

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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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NAR settlement terms slated to go into effect in mid-August

Housing Wire

The business practice changes outlined in the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) commission lawsuit settlement agreement ,will go into effect on Aug. 17, 2024, according to a letter sent to members on Friday by NAR chief legal officer Katie Johnson. Originally, the trade group had said the practice changes would go into effect in mid-July.

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Too Much Time

Appraisal Buzz

The post Too Much Time appeared first on Appraisal Buzz.

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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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Home prices post largest gain in more than a year: S&P 

Housing Wire

Home prices were near an all-time high in February. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index posted a 6.4% annual gain in February, up from a 6% gain in January, according to the newest report released Tuesday. It was the largest annualized increase recorded since November 2022. On an annual basis, the 10-city composite index grew by 8%, up from 7.4% the previous month.

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CRM Software Provider Usherpa Joins The Mortgage Collaborative as a Preferred Partner

Appraisal Buzz

Usherpa , which offers a customer relationship engagement platform (REP), is now a preferred partner with The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), a mortgage cooperative. TMC’s growing network of mortgage lenders account for approximately 10% of the mortgage volume originated in the U.S. “We are very excited to be added as a preferred partner and looking forward to serving TMC member lenders,” says Chris Harrington, CEO and co-founder of Usherpa, in a release.

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Inaugural class of Inman Future Leaders in Real Estate revealed

Inman

The class of 45 honorees represents the real estate industry's brightest achievers under the age of 40. Future Leaders is the latest addition to Inman’s growing industry-leading awards program.

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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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NAR clarifies details on buyer broker agreements

Housing Wire

As the July deadline for the implementation of the business practice changes outlined in the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) commission lawsuit settlement agreement approaches, the trade organization is looking to iron out some details about buyer broker agreements. Under the terms of the settlement agreement , agents will have to have a written agreement with a client in order to work with them as a buyer’s agent.

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Patelco Credit Union Selects Empower LOS

Appraisal Buzz

Patelco Credit Union is now using the Empower LOS from Dark Matter Technologies to streamline and bolster home loan and home-equity origination. Patelco is California’s fourth-largest credit union mortgage lender by number of loans closed annually. The credit union’s 214 loan officers will use the Empower LOS to originate retail home loans, home-equity loans and home-equity lines of credit (HELOCs).

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Largest minority and women-owned brokerage in US joins Real

Inman

The Atlanta-based Village Premier Collection, led by Cheri Benjamin, has joined Real under its Private Label program. The company has roughly 500 agents and closed $665 million in sales in 2023.

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NAR clarifies new rules for MLSs, agents — and extends deadline

Real Estate News

The organization has revised its MLS handbook and beefed up its FAQ to help explain what’s changing, while giving NAR members until Aug. 17 to comply.

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U.S. hiring slowed in April, missing estimates

Housing Wire

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in April, less than in March and below what economists had expected. April’s rate also fell below the average monthly gain of 242,000 over the prior 12 months. Meanwhile, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March was revised up by 12,000, from 303,000 to 315,000, according to data released by the B ureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

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Freddie Mac Sells Pool of 20 Deeply Delinquent Loans

Appraisal Buzz

Freddie Mac recently announced the sale of 20 deeply delinquent non-performing residential first lien loans (NPLs) from its mortgage-related investments portfolio to GITSIT Solutions. The loans, with a balance of approximately $5.7 million, are currently serviced by Specialized Loan Servicing and NewRez, d/b/a Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing. The sale is part of Freddie Mac’s Extended Timeline Pool Offering (EXPO) and the transaction is expected to settle in June.

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NAR commission settlement rules will go into effect in August

Inman

The massive trade organization promised in March to make various policy changes as part of a landmark settlement. The rules will now roll out slightly later than expected.

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HomeServices faces new buy-side commissions suit in Florida

Real Estate News

The filing comes just days after the company settled similar cases brought by sellers. The firm maintains its practices were “lawful and procompetitive.

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Tri-state area housing shortage could cost the region economically 

Housing Wire

The tri-state area of New York , New Jersey and Connecticut may face a housing gap of 920,000 units by 2035, a new report published by the Regional Plan Association (RPA) found. The analysis, conducted by McKinsey & Co. , highlights a current shortage of 540,000 housing units in the region. To address this looming crisis, the pace of construction will need to increase significantly, the report states.

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Dovish Jobs Report Indicates Slowing Labor Market

Appraisal Buzz

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in April – lower than expectations – while the unemployment rate increased to 3.9%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job gains occurred in health care, in social assistance, and in transportation and warehousing – but it appears the labor market is losing velocity. The number of unemployed people was basically flat at 6.5 million.

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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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CoStar, Realtor.com CEOs on traffic, ads and fierce competition

Real Estate News

Andy Florance and Damian Eales took to the stage separately during the T3 Leadership Summit to address contentious traffic claims and highlight growth goals.

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Remote reverse mortgage counseling now permanently permitted in Massachusetts

Housing Wire

A bill that will permanently allow for remote reverse mortgage counseling via telephone or video conferencing services in the state of Massachusetts has been signed into law by Gov. Maura Healey (D), doing away with a strict face-to-face requirement that has stretched the state’s counseling resources and, at times, halted reverse mortgage business within the state.

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Mortgage Rates Continue to Increase Heading Into Peak Homebuying Season

Appraisal Buzz

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 7.22% this week, up from 7.17% the previous week and up from 6.39% a year ago, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. “The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased for the fifth consecutive week as we enter the heart of spring home buying season,” says Sam Khater, chief economist for Freddie Mac, in a statement.

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NAR clarifies when a buyer contract will be required under settlement

Inman

In an email, the 1.5 million member trade group specified when agents would have to have signed written agreements with buyers, but stressed NAR would not dictate the agreements' terms.

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eXp hopes to stem agent losses with rev share updates

Real Estate News

During an earnings call, Glenn Sanford said he wants to help agents “in the middle,” while noting that revenue was up and touching on the commissions lawsuits.

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Stronghill Capital shuts down consumer, correspondent lending

Housing Wire

Small-balance commercial lender Stronghill Capital shut down its nascent consumer and correspondent lending businesses late last week. The Austin, Texas-based lender will continue offering small-balance commercial and business purpose debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) loans to its clients, CEO John Eisinger told HousingWire Monday morning. He cited a difficult market and elevated rates as reasons for shutting down correspondent and consumer lending businesses , which were added in 2022.

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MMI Hires Ron Ross as Chief Financial Officer

Appraisal Buzz

Ron Ross has joined Mobility Market Intelligence (MMI), offering data intelligence and market insight tools for the mortgage and real estate industries, as chief financial officer. Most recently, Ross held the positions of president and chief operating officer at Everee Inc., a full-service payroll company that he founded. There, he built and led multiple teams, including payment operations, tax operations, customer success and support.

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Bad at math? Let David Childers illuminate the latest data

Inman

Keeping Current Matters CEO David Childers and Jimmy Burgess discuss why a relevant market opinion based on facts, not fears, is key for educating consumers and navigating industry changes.

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Commissions lawsuits FAQ: Answers to top questions

Real Estate News

Get the facts about the major compensation lawsuits and recent settlements — and what they mean for agents, consumers and the future of NAR.

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RealReports partners with New England-based MLS

Housing Wire

Proptech company RealReports is partnering with New England-based PrimeMLS , the companies announced on Thursday. As a result, PrimeMLS’s 12,000 member agents will have access to RealReports’s wealth of property data. RealReports is a real estate platform that gathers property data — including permits, climate risk, rental rates, flood insurance costs, internet providers and speeds, crime statistics, solar potential, liens, zoning details, remodel potential and valuation — in one place.

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FHFA: U.S. Home Prices Increased 1.2 Percent in February

Appraisal Buzz

U.S. home prices increased 1.2% in February compared with January and were up 7% compared with February 2023, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) seasonally adjusted monthly home price index. “U.S. house prices rebounded with an increase in February, after declining slightly in January” says Anju Vajja, deputy director for FHFA’s Division of Research and Statistics, in a release.

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KW CEO predicts downfall of indie model amid NAR settlement

Inman

Keller Williams president and CEO Mark Willis sat with Real Estate News to talk about his return to the Texas franchiser and how commission lawsuits could spark a new wave of brokerage and agent consolidation.

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