Homebuying

Why You Should Lock in a Mortgage Rate Ahead of the Next Fed Meeting

November 1st, 2021
(TNS)—With the next Federal Reserve meeting set for Nov. 2-3, now is probably a good time to lock in a mortgage rate whether you’re planning a home purchase or a refinance in the near future. It’s likely that the (indirect)...

Is That House You’re Considering a Flip? Here’s What to Know

November 26th, 2021
(TNS)—Not all houses are created equal. In any given price range, every property you’re going to look at will have its pros and cons. This applies even more so if you’re considering a home that was recently renovated by a...

zavvie Partners With Divvy Homes on Rent-to-Own Program

December 15th, 2021
zavvie and Divvy Homes recently partnered to provide a more accessible, affordable and innovative rent-to-own buying solution for real estate brokers and their agents. Divvy Homes uses technology to help renters transition into homeowners. The Divvy Homes rent-to-own program is...

Real Estate Q&A: How Should Condo Board Tell New Residents About Fee Increase?

November 2nd, 2021
(TNS)—Q: How should the board member interviewing new residents in our condominium association handle knowing there will be a significant increase in the monthly maintenance fees due to the increasing insurance premium? It is a sensitive subject for sellers to...

Pets Are Increasingly Influencing their Owners’ Housing Decisions

November 29th, 2021
(TNS)—Hannah Wood, a work-from-home product manager for a healthcare company, would like to relocate to Philadelphia to live near her mother, but she’s struggling to find a place that will welcome her roommate, Lea, a 55-pound, mixed-breed dog. Wood initially...

Home-Buying Competition Heating Up for the Holidays

December 17th, 2021
Bucking seasonal slow-down trends, home-buying competition is heating up as the year comes to a close. According to realtor.com®’s latest Weekly Market report for the week ending Dec. 11, the annual pace of home sales is up even as the...

Zillow Flames Out of iBuying, Cites ‘Unpredictability’

November 2nd, 2021
In another shocking blow to real estate giant Zillow, the company announced late Tuesday that it would sunset its iBuying arm, Zillow Offers, and bow out of the iBuying game as the company failed to find stability and success flipping...

What the New Digital Real Estate Customer Really Wants

November 29th, 2021
Today’s new breed of digital real estate customer is technology savvy and digitally focused. They have so much information at their fingertips, and they use it to their advantage before they ever consider contacting you. With nothing more than a...

Mortgage Interest Deduction: What You Need to Know for Filing in 2022

December 28th, 2021
(TNS)—Buying a home has never been more expensive, but if you can find one you can afford, there’s some good news after you move in: You might be able to take advantage of the mortgage interest deduction to lower your...

Industry Reacts, iBuyers Stay the Course Following Zillow Pullback

November 3rd, 2021
In a move that shocked many but perhaps not a complete surprise, Zillow announced late yesterday afternoon that it was laying off a quarter of its staff and ending its venture into iBuying.  This came after a “pause” the company...
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