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PulteGroup fires incoming COO weeks before his promotion 

The termination follows a lawsuit filed by the homebuilder’s founding family alleging the executive created a network of Twitter bots to harass the late founder. 

New-home construction slides in November as builders pull back 

New-home permits fell 11.2% month over month, while housing completions jumped 10.8% in what one observer said could have “worrisome” long-term consequences for the nation’s housing supply. 

Tour Santa’s home, workshop on Zillow

“Santa gets a peek into millions of homes each year. Now, millions of Zillow surfers are getting a peek into one of the most famous homes in the world,” Amanda Pendleton, Zillow’s home trends expert.

MBA: Mortgage applications rise in latest weekly survey 

The 30-year fixed-rate inched to 6.42%, which is still close to the lowest rate in a month, the group said. 

Second Century Ventures accepting applicants for 2023 REACH programs

“Real estate technology continues to undergo a significant transformation, and the startups selected for the REACH program will play a critical role in helping to drive that change,” said Bob Goldberg, CEO of NAR and president of SCV.

December brings a record increase in housing supply

Homes are lingering on the market longer, up 15% from last year during the four weeks ended Dec. 4, marking the largest uptick in home supply since 2015.

Coldwell Banker CEO replaced amid parent-co shakeup 

Sue Yannaccone, CEO of Anywhere Brands, will lead the brokerage as M. Ryan Gorman moves to a strategic-advisor role. 

Declining mortgage rates boost homebuyer demand

Homebuyer demand is rising as mortgage rates continue to decline, according to a new Redfin report.

NAR: Pending-home sales slide for fifth consecutive month in October 

October’s 4.6% monthly drop follows a 10.2% decline in September, the National Association of REALTORS® reported. 

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Miami housing prices lose ground

Housing prices were down in all 20 cities tracked by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index.

New-home sales post surprise gain in October as median price hits new high 

New-home sales rose 7.5% month over month, while the median price of a new house surged to $493,000 from $455,700 in September and $427,300 a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported.   

MBA: New-home mortgage applications fall in October 

The pace of new single-family home sales, meanwhile, fell 6.1% from September to 598,000. 

FHA allows borrowers to obtain private flood insurance

In the wake of this new rule, FHA borrowers will have a choice between federal flood insurance and private flood insurance.

Taylor Morrison launches Yardly build-to-rent brand 

The brand will specialize in cottage-style homes with private backyards. 

NAR: Existing-home sales fall again in October as prices continue to rise 

The median existing-home price rose for the 128th month in a row, extending its record-breaking streak of increases. 

Miami Beach ZIP code 33109 named one of the priciest in the nation for real estate

From January through October of this year, the Fisher Island ZIP code had a median home sale price of $5.2 million, fourth-highest in the nation.

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