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Ski Town Home Buying is Gaining Against Beachside Getaways

Homebuyer demand in ski towns is surging. Searches of homes in ski towns jumped 36% annually in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a new report from realtor.com®. A bulk of that demand is coming from households already in cold weather climates, such as Northern states. Many are favoring nearby ski towns as they look for an escape closer to home.Seven of the top 10 ski towns seeing the largest percentage spikes in online views are located i

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Mortgage Rates Rise after Record All-Time Lows Last Week

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to an average of 2.79% this week, increasing after last week’s record low of 2.65%, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage survey. Upticks over the last couple of weeks in 10-year Treasury notes—a key benchmark for mortgage rates—will prompt mortgage rates to rise, economists note.“As Treasury yields have risen, it is putting pressure on mortgage rates to move up,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac

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Biden Plan Calls for $25B in Rental Assistance, Extending Eviction Ban

President-elect Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan on Thursday night that called for a range of aid—including several housing-related proposals—to help households further fend off the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s plan calls for extending the national eviction and foreclosure moratorium until Sept. 30. It also includes $25 billion more in rental assistance to help the nation’s landlords and $5 billion in

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Where Retirees are Moving since the Pandemic Began

Retirees are abandoning the familiar destinations and choosing to make their homes elsewhere in the pandemic, increasingly turning to Virginia as their new retirement haven.Nearly 400,000 Americans moved for retirement last year—the highest number in five years, according to a new study from HireAHelper, a moving services website. More retirees are showing a willingness to cross state lines to find a new home: Retirees are twice as likely to mo

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New Year, New Record Low for Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates started the year with a new record low. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to a 2.65% average this week, the lowest since Freddie Mac began tracking such records more than 50 years ago.“Despite a full percentage point decline in rates over the past year, housing affordability has decreased because these low rates have been offset by rising home prices,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “However, the forc

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Mortgage Burden Worsens in 51 of 100 Largest US Cities

Mortgage rates may be at all-time lows, but mortgage affordability continues to worsen due to higher home prices, according to a new analysis by Point2 Homes, an online real estate marketplace.The share of income needed to afford housing continues to rise and monthly mortgage payments are becoming a financial burden in an increasing number of cities nationwide. In 2010, homeowners in 13 large cities were paying more than 30% of their income to co

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Big Cities Post ‘Astounding’ Price Drops in Rentals

Many of the nation’s most expensive rental markets saw significant price drops in rental units in 2020, some by nearly $1,000 over the course of the year. While the list of priciest markets in the nation remained fairly consistent over the last year, the median price for a one-bedroom apartment in these cities changed drastically, according to a new national rent report released by Zumper, a nationwide rental site.“The price difference betwee

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Realtor.com Predicts Markets that will Grow the Most in 2021

For several housing markets, their growth in 2020 is expected to continue this year, particularly in cities where tech and government jobs are more plentiful. Realtor.com® recently analyzed the 100 largest U.S. markets to find those poised for the most growth in 2021.“Economic momentum from the thriving tech industry, coupled with healthier levels of supply, will position these markets for growth in 2021,” realtor.com® Chief Economist Danie

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New York Eviction Ban Includes Help for Small Landlords

New York state has a tough new eviction law that will make it harder for landlords to evict tenants who can’t pay their rent. But the new law also includes provisions making it harder for banks to foreclose on smaller landlords—those with fewer than 10 rental units—who are having their own financial difficulties.Legislators called a special session this week to pass the measure, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly signed the bill, pu

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Rental Assistance, Stimulus Checks are on the Way

On Sunday night, President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion COVID relief package that authorizes rental assistance, stimulus checks to individuals for $600, loans for struggling small businesses, and more.The president had delayed signing the bill for several days after Congress approved the relief package early last week. Trump had disagreed with extra unrelated COVID relief spending measures contained in the bill and had urged more money than

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