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Investors Push Commercial Sales to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Investors are swooping back into commercial real estate, sending sales volume this year back to pre-pandemic levels. Low interest rates are also helping to drive the renewed interest, as is investors’ optimism that the worst of the pandemic may be over, The Wall Street Journal reports.But the commercial sector has changed compared with pre-pandemic days: Sunbelt cities posted record sales, suburban offices appear to be more favored th

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Where Pools Command Highest, Lowest Premiums

It’s cool to have a pool in the pandemic. The backyard swimming pool has been in demand since the COVID-19 outbreak. But pools in real estate haven’t always been a slam dunk moneymaker. Real estate pros have expressed mixed opinions on the value they add to a home, especially given their high price tag.Porch.com, a home improvement resource, analyzed how a swimming pool can impact the price of a home in the 500 largest cities across

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35% of Students Can’t Afford College Town Rents

More than one-third of over 500 college students surveyed say they cannot afford to rent an apartment in their college town, and many of them have not finalized their living plans for the school year, according to a new survey from realtor.com®.They’re blaming the hot housing market for pricing them out.The shortage of affordable housing inventory in the U.S. has pushed prices to record highs and forced more prospective home buyers into the re

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New-Home Sales Tumble as Building Contracts Slow

Sales of newly built single-family homes continued to decline in June as some builders slowed sales contracts to manage supply-chain challenges and more potential buyers became priced out. Homebuilding timelines are stretching longer and higher construction costs are frustrating buyers.Sales of new single-family homes fell to the lowest level since the first month of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in early June. Sales dropped 6

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Vacation Markets Expected to Stay Hot

Since the pandemic began, vacation home sales have soared as Americans have looked for an alternate work-from-home space and a place to relax and spread out. That has prompted a vacation-town boom.Vacation home sales have jumped 57% this year compared to 2020, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, told Marketplace that he expects the vacation-home market to stay elevated through the rest of the

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Foreign Home Buyers Put Less Stock in U.S. Real Estate

Foreign homebuying activity is dropping in the U.S., even as overall housing demand soars. Foreign investment in American homes has plunged 27% to $54.4 billion—which marks the lowest level in a decade, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2021 Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate. “The big decline is no surprise, given the pandemic-induced lockdowns and international travel restrictions

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20 Cities with the Most Severe Housing Shortages

The inventory shortage, which has been a nuisance for years now, is causing even greater disruption since the pandemic began. Fueling intense buyer competition and sky-high home prices, the historic supply crunch requires a “once in a generation” federal response to address decades of underinvestment and underbuilding, argues the National Association of REALTORS®.There are areas of the country that exemplify the problem and support

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Delta Variant Drives Mortgage Rates Down

Mortgage rates plunged this week as home prices reached new record highs. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.78%, Freddie Mac reports. “Concerns about the delta variant and the overall trajectory of the pandemic are undoubtedly affecting economic growth,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “While the economy continues to mend, Treasury yields have decreased—and mortgage rates have followed suit.”But the low r

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15 States Drawing High-Earning Gen Xers

Gen Xers—the highest-earning generation, with a median income of $113,300—make up a quarter of home buyers, according to National Association of REALTORS® data. And they’re choosing specific areas to call home.SmartAsset, a financial resource, identified the top states where Gen Xers who earn at least $100,000 annually are moving. Southern and Western states dominate the list. Some have no state income tax, which could be a factor driving

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Small Markets See Exponential Home Price Growth

Homebuyers are seeking affordability, in turn driving new cities to the top ranks of the hottest housing markets in the second quarter of this year. The result: Smaller, more affordable markets dominated the rankings in The Wall Street Journal/realtor.com® Emerging Housing Markets Index, which identified the top markets for both buyers and investors in the second quarter of this year.The index evaluates the nation’s 300 largest metro areas, lo

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