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Zillow: Most experts expect relief to supply woes later this year, early 2022
Zillow: Most experts expect relief to supply woes later this year, early 2022

Forty-three percent of respondents to the first-quarter Zillow Home Price Expectations survey expect inventory to improve in the second half of the year, followed by 26% who expect it in the first half of 2022.

How does credit scoring impact fair lending and minority home ownership?
How does credit scoring impact fair lending and minority home ownership?

“A credit report and credit score are the gateway to a mortgage,” — NAR President Charlie Oppler.

NAR: ‘Don’t panic, keep contracting’
NAR: ‘Don’t panic, keep contracting’

The National Association of Realtors sends a message to members that it is working to ensure that the proposed Protecting the Right to Organize Act will not hurt their status as independent contractors.

New home sales slide nationwide
New home sales slide nationwide

Much of the year-over-year increase in home sales was supported by continued robust activity in the Southeast, which saw a 20.2% rise to an annual rate of 458,000 transactions.

Homeownership rising for single women, despite pandemic ‘she-session’
Homeownership rising for single women, despite pandemic ‘she-session’

It is not “first comes love, then comes marriage,” but for many women, “first comes homeownership,” according to First American Chief Economist Odeta Kushi.

Housing observers expect February job gains to continue
Housing observers expect February job gains to continue

“More jobs are very likely, due to the near certain passage of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package and from two million vaccinations per day,” National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun said in a release.

How will the stimulus bill help real estate?
How will the stimulus bill help real estate?

The stimulus bill includes aid for state and local governments, new homeowners, small businesses and renters.

Black Knight: Mortgage forbearances finish February with weekly increase
Black Knight: Mortgage forbearances finish February with weekly increase

The increase follows a decline earlier in February that cut the number of homeowners in forbearance plans to less than 2.7 million, the first dip below that threshold since April 2020.

RE/MAX, NAREB take on homeownership racial gap
RE/MAX, NAREB take on homeownership racial gap

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers has joined the RE/MAX Strategic Alliances program to help grow homeownership among minority groups.

South Florida brokers skeptical of Zillow deal
South Florida brokers skeptical of Zillow deal

The news that Zillow is purchasing ShowingTime for $500 million sent shockwaves through the residential real estate industry in February.

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