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Counties Experiencing Most, Least COVID-19 Economic Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge economic toll on states across the country to varying degrees.“Clearly, the housing market continues to surge, and things are looking up, more and more, for the U.S. economy in 2021, after a year of major setbacks in many sectors,” says Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. “But the pandemic still looms large and may pose a threat to the progress made so far, and by extension coul

Million-Dollar Home Sales Outpace those in Other Price Points

Million-dollar listings are a hot commodity. The number of homes sold for more than $1 million jumped by 81% in February compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, the number of homes sold for under $100,000 dropped 26% compared to a year ago, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®.Wealthy Americans are taking advantage of low mortgage rates, increased savings, and the growth in remote work in order to hunt for larger homes.The

Brands Builders Favor Most

New and advanced product features, along with product quality, price, availability, and green or sustainable features are top priorities for contractors and builders in choosing which products to use in new homes or remodels. Builder Magazine released its annual Brand Use Study, which lists the top products used by builders, developers, and contractors.More than 750 respondents nationwide shared their brand use practices within 52 building produc

Most Common Obstacles to Closing on Time

The majority of home sale contracts are settling on time, but 26% faced delays in February while 6% were terminated completely, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index. The following chart shows the most common issues sparking a delay to closing.The most common problems leading to a termination of the contract were related to appraisal issues (11%), obtaining financing (10%), and home inspection/environmental issues (9%).Nevertheless,

Despite Moratorium, Foreclosure Activity on Steep Incline

Some housing analysts have grown concerned about what will happen to the real estate market when temporary foreclosure moratoriums are lifted. Will it spark a wave of new foreclosures and lead to a crisis?Already, foreclosure activity is on the rise, even though the moratoriums are still in place and the government has relaxed requirements for mortgage forbearance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreclosure filings in March rose 5% compared to the

Mortgage Rates Near 3% Again

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continued to drop this week, heading back near the 3% range.The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.04% this week, Freddie mac reports. Mortgage rates are still below a year ago and remain at historical lows, which has proven a boon for the housing market, economists note.“Mortgage rates took another dip this week as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased by almost ten basis points, week over week,” says

Black Millennial Homeownership Rates Surge

Black millennials between the ages of 26 and 39 are increasingly becoming homeowners during the pandemic. They’re buying homes at higher rates than other Black Americans and previous generations. Their higher rates in real estate have led to an overall increase in the homeownership rate for African Americans, according to an article at This is “the path to a middle-class lifestyle and wealth,” Lawrence Yun, chief econom

The US is 3.8 Million Homes Short

The U.S. housing market needs nearly 4 million single-family homes to meet the nation’s demand, according to a new analysis from Freddie Mac. The 3.8 million shortfall marks a 52% increase in the housing shortage since 2018.“This is what you get when you underbuild for 10 years,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “We should have almost four million more housing units if we had kept up with demand the last few years.”Lawr

Closing the Widening Racial Gap in Housing

It’s a jarring reality that the Black homeownership rate has hardly changed since 1968, the year the Fair Housing Act banned discrimination in real estate practices. Industry thought leaders kept coming back to that fact Thursday during a Facebook Live event, “The Past, Present, and Future of Fair Housing,” hosted by the National Association of REALTORS® and The Memorial Foundation, which benefits The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. L