CFPB Releases Report on First-Time Home Buying Servicemembersere VA loans. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (March 1, 2019) (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report focusing on mortgages made to first-time homebuyers who are serving in the armed forces or who are veterans. The Bureau’s report […]
In 2019, Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville, Orlando, and Portland will give home sellers the option of requesting a “no-obligation” cash offer from Zillow to buy their homes, according to a recent announcement by Zillow®
Four of the ten most valuable housing markets are in California – Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 3, 2019) (SEATTLE) Jan. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. housing market is more valuable than ever, worth a cumulative $33.3 trillion in 2018. Since the market hit its lowest point in 2012, it has […]
Legalized marijuana occupies a special niche as a state-legal but federally-illegal product and industry. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (December 1, 2018) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – State legalization of marijuana should be of special interest to real estate professionals across the country because it has raised issues for both residential and commercial properties. In states such as Colorado […]
Price cuts indicate homes are sitting on the market longer – which means more options for buyers, less competition for homes and more room for buyers to negotiate. Many recently white-hot markets have seen large jumps in the share of for-sale listings with a price cut.
FHA is instructing lenders to provide a second independent property appraisal in cases where FHA determines there may be inflated property valuations.
Existing-home sales fell in July 2018 to their slowest pace since February 2016, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors®(NAR).
Home value growth is slowing in almost half of the 35 largest U.S. metros By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 16, 2018) (SEATTLE) Zillow®/PRNewswire – The share of home listings with a price cut is greater now than a year ago in two-thirds of the nation’s largest housing markets, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The share of listings […]
Waterfront home price premium drops 18% since 2012 By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 20, 2018) (SEATTLE) PRNewswire- The premium for living on the water isn’t as high it used to be. Homes along the water sold for a 36 percent premium in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The extra cost for […]
Housing Starts Collapse in June By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 18, 2018) (Washington, D.C.) US Department of HUD – The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2018. Here’s how they stack up: Building Permits Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits […]