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NAR: Charitable giving by REALTOR® associations increased 20% in 2021

The NAR’s Community Aid and Real Estate (CARE) Report shows that REALTOR® associations donated a median of $12,070 this past year, a 20% increase over 2020.

Sellers lose the upper hand as mortgage rates rise

The housing market is starting to become more balanced.

ATTOM: Foreclosure rates returning to pre-pandemic levels

ATTOM’s 2022 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report shows that foreclosure filings are up 118% compared to this time last year.

Student loan forgiveness could mean homeownership for millennials

The recent order by President Joe Biden canceling tens of millions of dollars in student loan debt is good news for the real estate industry, according to a new report.

As demand for new homes cools, builders reconsider future plans

A sudden slowdown in home construction hasn’t affected the rise of new apartment buildings. Ten of the country’s top metros are set to reach five-year peaks in new-apartment construction during 2022.

Share of ARM applications hits highest percentage in 15 years

More borrowers are turning to adjustable-rate mortgages to save money as interest rates climb.

Compass cuts signing bonuses following Q2 market downturn

Compass revealed big losses — to the tune of $100 million — in its second quarter report. And as a result, the firm will no longer offer equity or cash incentives to new agents.

Mortgage rates fall to four-month low as buyers return to market

Homebuyers may catch a break this month as rates have come down nearly a point from the recent high on fears of a recession.

Mortgage rates fall below 5% — for the first time since April

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.99% as of Aug. 4: down 0.8% from last week. The news marks the first time since April that mortgage rates have dipped below 5%.

The worst neighbor annoyances — ranked

Are your neighbors the worst? Whatever it is that grinds your gears, you can bet it comes in on this list of the top neighbor frustrations.

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