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5 Timely Home Design Trends for 2021

The stress of 2020 is causing an overhaul in home design. For example, open floor plans are now being considered too open as households seek privacy for work and school while everyone is at home. As a result, home offices are growing in demand in buyers' home search.Real estate and design experts recently shared with realtor.com® some of the biggest home design trends likely in the new year, including:Separated spaces.Open floor plans

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Home Flipping Drops even as Profits Reach New Highs

Fewer investors are taking on home flips during the pandemic. But many of those who’ve stayed with it are seeing profits rise.The number of home flips dropped again in the third quarter, comprising only 5.1% of all home sales, ATTOM Data Solutions reports. Home flipping reflects a transaction in which the property is bought and sold within 12 months.The gross profit on a typical home flip nationwide—which is the difference between the median

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Fed Keeps Interest Rates Near Zero

The Federal Reserve left borrowing costs at record lows on Wednesday, while acknowledging there’s still a long way to go as the nation’s economy heals from the COVID-19 outbreak.The key rate acts as a benchmark for borrowing and savings. Interest rates will remain at 0% to 0.25%, which they have since March. The Fed’s benchmark rates do not have a direct influence over mortgage ratesbut can influence them. Mortgage rates have been reaching

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A Record Year for VA Loans

2020 marks the biggest year in the history of lending at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Chris Birk, director of education at Veterans United Home Loans, told Bankrate.com.The volume of mortgages backed by the VA has drastically increased: VA loan volume nearly doubled from 2019 to 2020. This also marks the first time that the VA has issued more than 1 million loans in one year.“This was truly a historic year,” Birk says.VA loans onc

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Single-Family Rent Growth Reaches Pre-Pandemic Levels

Renters who desire more space as they ride out the pandemic are increasingly looking to upsize into single-family homes. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, single-family rental prices have for the first time outpaced their pre-pandemic growth rate.National rent increases for single-family rental homes increased 3.1% year over year in October, according to CoreLogic’s latest reading, published in its new Single-Family Rent Index.This spring and

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45% of Consumers Say they’d Move if Remote Work Continued

The work-from-home trend may be translating into a need-a-new-home trend. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted more people to work remotely, and as more people hunker down at home, they’re looking at real estate for a move.Forty-five percent of consumers recently surveyed by Homes.com say they would move if given the chance to continue working remotely. Twenty percent of respondents also indicated that remote work was the reason why they moved wi

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Tiny Homes Appealing as Remote Offices, Investments

While many Americans want to upsize in the COVID-19 pandemic, others are still embracing a tiny home lifestyle, whether as a full residence or just a home office, finds a new survey from IPX1031, a 1031 tax exchange resource. There’s enough desire that investors still think it’s a lucrative investment, too.Tiny homes are often considered to be 500 square feet or less.Seventy-two percent of 2,000 Americans, surveyed in November by IPX1031, sai

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Uptick in Cash Offers Puts Traditional Buyers on Defense

All-cash deals are rising in certain areas of the country, comprising about 36% of the market nationwide, according to data from realtor.com®. Buyers who can pay all in cash are finding themselves in a prime position in the competitive housing market, as sellers tend to favor those who can. Meanwhile, buyers who must rely on financing are struggling to compete.Cash sales are climbing the most in the Northeast and West, up 3 and 2 percentage

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Air Treatment Systems in Buildings to be Common by 2030

Over the next decade, expect more clients to ask about a home or building’s ventilation and clean air systems. Some of the nation’s largest developers told The Wall Street Journal that they believe air purifying systems will be commonplace in homes by 2030.For example, indoor sensors can detect when air quality has dropped and automatically increase ventilation. These systems mitigate pollution or smoke entering the home and remove

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Appreciation Slows for Homes in Disaster-Prone Areas

Demand may fall for homes in areas at high risk of natural disasters, such as flooding and wildfires, which could cause price growth to slow. A new realtor.com® analysis shows that properties in such areas will likely see 5% less price growth in 2021 than homes in similar areas at low risk of natural disaster.This trend is already rising. Homes in high-risk flood areas have seen a sales price growth of 5 percentage points lower than similar home

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