NAR voices support for Trump environmental reforms



President Donald Trump’s proposal to reform the National Environmental Policy Act has won the backing of the National Association of Realtors. NAR President Vince Malta (pictured) said the proposed changes should help to modernize environmental standards while also helping to alleviate housing shortages. The NEPA changes would be the first serious amendment to the Act […]

Here’s why buying a second home first might make sense



Rather than go ahead and try to buy a home to actually live in, an increasing number of people are instead opting to purchase a vacation home first of all. CNN.com reported that many first-time buyers are priced out of the market in their current area, especially in cities such as San Francisco and New […]

New Story builds its first 3-D printed homes for low income families in Mexico



3-D printing is being pitched as the answer to solve a worldwide shortage of affordable homes, and it can do so quickly as it’s possible to construct a home in this fashion within just 24 hours. A report from Curbed.com highlights the efforts of Icon, a construction technology startup based in Austin, and housing nonprofit […]

New Silver A New Era of Real Estate Lending



New Silver, a hard money lender located in West Hartford, Connecticut that specializes in providing lending to real estate entrepreneurs

Zillow predicts more stability in housing markets in 2020



After extraordinary home value growth characterized a frenzied housing market in 2017 and 2018, this year’s slowdown felt like a welcome return to normalcy for many in the industry. And Zillow is predicting more of the same in 2020, with the market set to stabilize near historic norms. Changing tastes as millennials make up a […]

Condo applicants dogged by pet interview requests



As competition heats up among home buyers in an increasingly tight market, some condominium and co-op boards are demanding that pet owners subject their furry friends to an ‘interview’ to make sure they’re a good fit. Indeed, some boards require a pets to have full resume with a headshot, and even a recommendation letter in […]

No. of cohabiting, unmarried couples rises in the U.S.



The number of Americans living with an unmarried partner has doubled since 1993, and though the numbers are still small, the increase is significant as it represents a major shift in living arrangements, experts say. Moreover, those unmarried couples are increasingly moving into homeownership. Some 7% of Americans now live with an unmarried partner, up […]

Zillow says a ‘Silver Tsunami’ will flood the housing market in 20 years



Zillow is forecasting an end to housing inventory problems, but we may have to wait a while for it to happen. The company says it expects to see “flood of homes” coming onto the market over the next twenty years. Those homes will primarily be existing homes currently occupied by baby boomers, which will be […]

Fannie Mae says housing will boost economic growth in 2020



Fannie Mae has upgraded its economic outlook for 2020, saying it expects the economy to get a big boost from growth in the housing market. Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group said in a report this week that housing helped the economy to grow in the third quarter of 2019 for the first time […]

Bidding wars fall to 10-year low, but the respite won’t last long



Yet more evidence has emerged that now is a great time to buy, with Redfin saying that bidding wars, in which multiple buyers compete to buy a home, are at their lowest point in 10 years. Redfin says in its latest report that just 10% of offers on homes sold via its real estate agents […]