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Fewest Homeowners in Forbearance since Pandemic Began

More Americans are exiting pandemic-related forbearance plans as the July 31 deadline for a nationwide foreclosure moratorium is set to expire.The number of homeowners in forbearance plans dropped by 189,000 for the week ending July 6. About 1.86 million—or 3.5% of all active mortgages—are in forbearance. This marks the first time the total has dropped below 2 million since April 2020, analyst company Black Knight reports.Of 325,000 plans tha

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Greenhouses Grow in Demand as Gardening Takes Off

As more homeowners sheltered during the pandemic, they explored outside activities, with gardening growing into a favorite pastime for many. To grow gardeners’ newfound love for plants and gardens, greenhouses are popping up in more backyards.Greenhouse manufacturers are reporting surging website traffic and demand over the past year.Bunny Williams, who maintains an interior design practice in Manhattan, told The Wall Street Journal t

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Mortgage Costs Grow 20 Times Faster than Incomes

Housing affordability continues to decline as the hot real estate market fuels skyrocketing prices. Incomes aren’t keeping pace with the higher prices.The median family income rose by 1.2% in May while the monthly mortgage payment jumped by 20%, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Housing Affordability Index.Even as mortgage rates are down compared to a year ago—which has helped buyers save on borrowing costs—the median e

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Top 7 Hot Spots for Undeveloped Land

As more Americans look outside cities for a place to call home, prices for undeveloped land in many areas of the country are surging to new highs. “Land prices are going up everywhere,” Ali Wolf, chief economist at Meyers Research, told realtor.com®. “It’s one of the hottest commodities that exist today.”The areas seeing raw land prices rise the most over the past year also are experiencing economic growth. And as more people leave big

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Mortgage Rates Remain Under 3%

Mortgage rates continued to inch lower this week as home buyers get another chance at securing ultra-low borrowing rates. Freddie Mac reports the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.90%.Home buyers can continue to benefit from low mortgage rates, particularly as home prices surge to a new record high of $350,300, Nadia Evangelou, senior economist at the National Association of REALTORS®, writes for the association’s Economists’ Ou

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Top States for Retirement in 2021

As baby boomers look to retirement, where are they likely to move to? Georgia may offer the best prospects, according to a new study by Bankrate. The state’s overall affordability is a big draw to retirees, offering a low cost of living and light tax burden. Those same reasons helped Florida and Tennessee nab the number two and number three spot, respectively, on Bankrate’s retirement locales rankings.Besides affordability, retirees are often

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Cities That Benefitted Most from Pandemic Relocations

Americans have been on the move since the pandemic, but many were relocating before that, too. So, where have they gone? Many Americans have moved to warmer weather climates: Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Jacksonville, Fla., are the metros that have had the largest share of homeowners move in recently, according to a new study from LendingTree.On the other hand, metros like Los Angeles, San Jose, Calif., and Pittsburgh have seen the fewest number of ho

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Seller Optimism has Never Been So High

Seventy-seven percent of consumers say it’s a good time to sell a home—a record high, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index, a survey of 1,000 adults on their views of the housing market.They have plenty of reason to feel so upbeat: Existing-home sales prices were at a record high in May and up nearly 24% compared to a year earlier ($350,300), according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The higher home p

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Top Cities for Singles in 2021

San Francisco is the best place to be single, according to a new report from Cinch Home Services. The high-priced coastal city got a boost in the rankings for its high number of single residents and abundant options for activities, the study notes.Cinch Home Services recently analyzed 100 of the largest cities and ranked them based on the percentage of the population that is single; average wages after taxes; median rent for a one-bedroom apartme

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10 Markets where Homes Flip Fastest

Home flipping is declining across the country, but some investors are banking on fast flips. They hope to turn properties around quickly to take advantage of the hot housing market.The gross profit on a typical U.S. home flip fell in the first quarter to $63,500, or about a 38% return on investment compared to the original acquisition price, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2021 U.S. Home Flipping Report. The gross flipping ROI reached its

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