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Nearly 40% of Properties Considered Equity-Rich

Homeowners are striking gold in real estate. The percentage of financed homes that were equity rich in the third quarter grew to nearly 40%, up from 28.3% a year ago, ATTOM Data Solutions reports. A home is considered equity rich when the combined estimated amount of loan balances on the property is no more than 50% of the estimated market value.“Homeowners across most of the United States could sit back with a smile yet again in the third quar

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5 Home Design, Building Trends to Watch in 2022

Home design is getting more personal. More homeowners are using their homes to show their individuality and design freedom, according to home design experts at The Plan Collection, an online home design firm.“It makes sense as people have gone from having to be home to wanting to be at home in an environment that expresses their personalities and individual tastes,” says Laurel Vernazza, home design expert at The Plan Coll

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Honoring our U.S. Veterans

Salute and prayer to the veterans of our great nation... We'll always be here with world-class real estate services and special programs for veterans. And special recognition to our veteran members:Walter MorrisBenny ThomasJohn WalkerDenise JamisonWe also invite you to join us in donating to our affiliate charity Support Our Troops.

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Home Prices Climb Across US Metros

Home prices continue to rise rapidly as homeowners see double-digit gains over the past year. The median sales price of single-family existing homes rose 16% in the third quarter, an increase of $50,300, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of REALTORS®. Three metros saw price gains of more than 30% compared to a year ago.The median sales price of a single-family existing home rose to $363,700 in the third

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Mortgage Delinquencies at Lowest Level since Pandemic

Homeowners are keeping up with their mortgage payments or arranging for loan modifications with their service providers. But housing analysts say that while the real estate market still faces pandemic-related fears about a wave of delinquencies, higher home prices are helping to alleviate some of those concerns. The overall delinquency rate fell to the lowest level since the onset of the pandemic, CoreLogic, a real estate data firm, reports.

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Cash-Out Refis Surge as Owners Use Equity Gains

With double-digit annual gains fueling homeowner wealth, owners have gotten richer, and they’re starting to take advantage of that added equity.Cash-out refinancing, which allows owners to take out a lump sum from their equity through loans, increased by 33% in October compared to a year prior, according to Black Knight Inc.The amount of U.S. tappable home equity reached a record high in October of $9.1 trillion, according to Black Knight.“We

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The Priciest ZIP Codes in 2021

For the first time, the 10 most expensive ZIP codes have surpassed the $4 million mark for their median sales price this year in PropertyShark’s annual analysis of priciest places for real estate. California has six of the top 10.Researchers say the survey was completed before this year’s wildfires and tropical storms, which caused property loss to some of the places on this year’s list.PropertyShark found that Atherton, Calif., is the most

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Bidding Wars still Burden Unsuccessful Buyers

A majority of house hunters say it’s not prices that are keeping them out of the housing market—it’s other buyers. Forty-five percent of prospective buyers recently surveyed say they keep getting outbid by other offers, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB says this is only the third time in the survey’s history that the top reason prospective buyers have been unsuccessful has not been due to

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3 Unrealistic Expectations of First-Time Home Buyers

A first-time home buyer may need to be educated about the realities of the housing market before they fall in love with a home and then quickly lose out to another bid. To prevent heartache, real estate professionals can have frank conversations with their buyers about the realities of the competition and the amount of money it takes to become a home buyer in today’s heated market.No home will be perfect.Housing inventories are ultra-low. Any h

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Renters Missed Out on $51K in Equity this Year

Rents have been surging. Since January of this year, the national median rent has climbed by 16.4%, according to the latest National Rent Report from Apartmentlist.com. Rents aren’t slowing down either as demand continues to remain high.Meanwhile, renters may be missing out on gaining equity. The average homeowner gained about $51,500 in equity over the past year, according to CoreLogic.Rent payments only cover the cost of shelter and the inclu

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