Zillow finalizes ShowingTime acquisition despite opposition to the deal



Zillow has closed on its $500 million acquisition of the home viewing scheduling platform ShowingTime, despite the deal facing opposition and intense regulatory review. Zillow first announced its plans to buy ShowingTIme in April, however the deal was held up when the Federal Trad Commission announced it was carrying out a review to ensure the […]

California town buys at-risk homes to create a barrier against wildfires



Officials in the town Paradise, California, are hoping to eliminate the threat of deadly wildfires by buying up what they consider to be the most at-risk homes and transforming them into fire-resistant green spaces. NPR reported that Paradise suffered widespread destruction during the 2018 Camp Fire. Some 85 people were killed and more than 14,000 […]

Millennials say they’d definitely consider living in a 3D printed home



Consumers are warming up to the idea of 3D-printed homes, with more than two-thirds of respondents in a recent survey saying they’d definitely consider living in such a structure. The realtor.com survey found that the concept is even more appealing to younger generations, with 75% of all millennials saying they would consider living in a […]

Dixie fire destroys almost 900 homes in California



The enormous Dixie wildfire in California is now the largest such fire on record and it’s leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, scorching an area that’s said to be more than twice as large as New York City. Officials say almost 900 homes have been destroyed by thefire since it began in mid-July, […]

Apartment rents are surging as people head back to work



Inner city apartment rents are rising again and available units are becoming harder to find as more people head back to work. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal this week, median rents for apartments in urban centers rose by more than 10% in the last month, compared to one year ago. Citing […]

Home builders press Congress to help ease housing shortages



American home builders have called upon Congress to take steps to address a tremendous shortage of affordable homes in the country through policy solutions. Real estate experts have long cited a perceived decline in new home building in the U.S. that began in the wake of the Great Recession last decade. Zillow recently said there […]

Buyer love letters have been banned in Oregon



Oregon has become the first U.S. state to ban buyer love letters when making an offer on a home

Now we have a paint shortage to deal with too



Paint is getting harder to come by, and that’s likely to have an impact of people aiming to do summer home improvement projects. It’s also delaying the construction of new homes, as builders are forced to wait for supplies of more paint. The paint shortage is primarily due to the COVID-19 restrictions that have led […]

How forgiving are your neighbors?



Everyone knows that it’s good to have neighborly neighbors keeping watch out for thieves and other signs of danger in the neighborhood, but sometimes they can take things just a bit too far. For example, if you see someone speeding in the neighborhood or failing to clean up after their dog has done its business, […]

Home prices in ‘opportunity zones’ are growing fast



So-called opportunity zones created under former U.S. President Donald Trump are seeing housing prices increase as they reap the rewards of the wider real estate market boom. During the first quarter, median home prices saw annual gains in 75% of the opportunity zones for which sufficient data is available, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. Two-thirds […]