Research shows iBuyers typically cost sellers 13% to 15% more



Consumers who choose to use an iBuyer to sell their home often end up paying much higher fees than they would have if they’d gone with a traditional real estate agent, according to new research from Collateral Analytics. iBuyers are companies that provide instant cash offers and quick closings on a home, which can be […]

Big tech’s affordable housing commitments are ‘not enough’, experts say



With the cost of housing reaching sky-high levels in many West Coast cities, a number of technology companies have stepped in with pledges of millions of dollars to try and reverse the situation. Microsoft for example, in January announced it was committing $500 million to pay for affordable housing, while Google recently said it would […]

Building a New Home – 7 Things That Could Go Wrong



Are you shopping for a home to call your own? Most likely, you’re looking for your dream home that will last forever. But the results of your search have been short of impressive. You may start to realize how difficult it is finding a house the checks off all of your needs and wants. It […]

Home prices grow and affordability drops in Q2



Home values saw more gains in 91% of 178 U.S. metro areas during the second quarter, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors published Wednesday. The data shows that the national median price for a single-family home came to $279,000 in Q2, up 4.3% from a year before. Nine-three of the […]

Tech and Luxury Items are Helping to Sell New Homes



More homes on the market throughout late 2019 feature high-tech and luxury items than ever before. Things like smart thermostats and HVAC systems, self-cleaning pools, surveillance cameras, finger-print locks, home elevators, and “smart” doors are becoming commonplace in some developments. Here’s a look at several of these new items that are changing the housing market […]

Study shows that recessions don’t have much impact on home values



New research from Zillow shows that recessions typically don’t have a negative impact on home values, contrary to what many experts have always said. Other than the housing-led Great Recession of the late 2000s, Zillow’s analysis shows that home values have typically continued to grow through national and statewide recessions over the past quarter-century. The […]

Most consumers oppose housing density, study finds



Some cities have moved to alleviate housing shortages by increasing housing density, which means allowing more than one home to be built on a single lot. But while the method has proven to be effective, it’s not proving to be quite so popular with consumers. A new Redfin survey of 3,000 consumers who bought a […]

HUD rule changes make it harder to obtain a cash-out refinance loan



The Department of Housing and Urban Development last week imposed limitations on cash-out refinances that will make it more difficult for homeowners to cash in on the equity they’ve built up in their homes. The HUD said on Thursday it’s lowering its loan-to-value requirements for cash-out refinances from 85% to 80%. The move means that […]

Engel & Völkers Belleair relocates its brokerage



Engel & Völkers Belleair today announced that their shop has relocated to a larger, free-standing building in Belleair Bluffs. Double the size of Engel & Völkers Belleair’s previous location, the new space can accommodate more real estate advisors as the brokerage continues to grow and as Engel & Völkers expands throughout the greater Tampa Bay […]

20,000 new homes built in flood-risk zones



As America’s coastal communities continue to build homes in flood-risk zones, a new analysis by Climate Central and Zillow shows that nearly 20,000 homes built in the past decade are at significant risk of chronic coastal flooding by 2050. And if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked, more than 800,000 existing homes worth $451 billion will […]