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Video of the Week: Exclusive Private Island in Los Lagos, Chile – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

10/18/2019 Erik Weinbrecht

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week. [embedded content] Los Lagos, Chile | Javier Contreras, Chile Sotheby’s International Realty  On this exclusive and fantastic private island, 12.2 hectares are covered by forests comprising native and lush vegetation. There are innumerable and beautiful rustic trails that allow you to traverse the infinite Read more…

Video of the Week: Exclusive Private Island in Los Lagos, Chile – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

10/17/2019 Erik Weinbrecht

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week. [embedded content] Los Lagos, Chile | Javier Contreras, Chile Sotheby’s International Realty  On this exclusive and fantastic private island, 12.2 hectares are covered by forests comprising native and lush vegetation. There are innumerable and beautiful rustic trails that allow you to traverse the infinite Read more…

Video of the Week: Exclusive Private Island in Los Lagos, Chile – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

10/16/2019 Erik Weinbrecht

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week. [embedded content] Los Lagos, Chile | Javier Contreras, Chile Sotheby’s International Realty  On this exclusive and fantastic private island, 12.2 hectares are covered by forests comprising native and lush vegetation. There are innumerable and beautiful rustic trails that allow you to traverse the infinite Read more…

Inside Redcraft | A Historic Southampton Estate – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

10/15/2019 sothebysrealty

Dating to 1870, a time before Southampton Village itself was formally incorporated, the grand estate known as Redcraft has been impeccably restored and reimagined and is enveloped by gardens and grounds inspired by those at England’s at Sissinghurst Castle. Historic Redcraft Southampton, New York | Harald Grant & Bruce Grant, Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle—created in the Read more…

Step Inside the Castle a Dad Promised to His Son

10/16/2019 Amy Dobson

Wooden knights and a secret passageway add to the home’s magical charm. Many kids dream of owning their own castle, but John Lavender — owner, designer and builder of the Highlands Castle in Bolton Landing, New York — made his son Jason’s childhood fantasy a reality. After telling his (then) 3-year-old son that he would build him a castle, Lavender Read more…

4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall

10/09/2019 Amy Dobson

Grab your hearty soup recipes, decorative pie plates and favorite cookbooks. Fall is here, and with just a little effort you can get your kitchen ready to make the most of it. The season has changed, and so follows your home decor. Decorating for the chillier fall months means incorporating warm and inviting colors and textures into your home’s interior Read more…

Will Mortgage Rates Stay Low Through 2019? Here’s What Experts Predict

10/04/2019 Aly J. Yale

Experts predict mortgage rates will stay low for the foreseeable future. Getty Mortgage rates logged their lowest monthly average in over three years last month, and it seems it wasn’t just a blip on the radar. According to three industry forecasts, the trend toward low mortgage rates, slowing home price growth and increased housing construction will continue well into 2020. Read more…

3% Down Conventional Mortgage Loans Are For Real

Mark Greene

Low Down Payment sign lettering. Getty First time home buyers can put as little as 3% down and get conventional financing (no longer confined to the FHA only box). And there are no prohibitive restrictions; in fact if two people are buying a home, only one of them need be a first time buyer. Standard FannieMae underwriting guidelines and standard Read more…

Mortgage Contracting Services makes acquisition

10/15/2019 Housing Wire

Mortgage Contracting Services, a national provider of mortgage-related services, is acquiring Miami-based M&M Mortgage Services, the company announced Tuesday.  Over the past few years, MCS, which provides property preservation services, inspections, REO property maintenance and valuations for the financial services industry, has made a series of acquisitions. In the spring of 2016, the company acquired EPIC Real Estate Solutions, which Read more…

U.S. foreclosure rate drops to 20-year low

Housing Wire

The U.S. foreclosure rate fell to the lowest level in two decades in July as a strong labor market made it easier for Americans to pay their bills. The share of mortgages in foreclosure fell to 0.4%, compared with 0.5% a year earlier, CoreLogic said in a report on Tuesday. Other measures including the delinquency rate also fell. The share Read more…

Homebuilder confidence surges to highest level in nearly two years, thanks to lower mortgage rates

10/16/2019 CNBC Real Estate

Contractors raise a wall while working on a new home under construction in Dublin, California. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images U.S. homebuilders are loving today’s lower mortgage rates, which are bringing buyers back and boosting sales. Builder confidence in the single-family market jumped 3 points in October to 71 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Read more…

Weekly mortgage refinance applications rise, even as home purchase demand falls

CNBC Real Estate

Prospective home buyers arrive with a realtor to a house for sale in Dunlap, Illinois. Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images Mortgage interest rates rose last week, but that didn’t throw any cold water on the mini-refinance boom that’s been going on for the past month. Applications for loans to purchase a home, however, came in weaker. Consequently, total Read more…

MBS RECAP: Friendly Confluence of Events Helps Bond Markets Repair Some Damage

09/21/2019 Amy Dobson

Last week brought the pain.  It was the worst single week for the bond market (if we count MBS) since 2013.  Although this week won’t break any records, it was a refreshing change of pace, with almost every day seeing decent improvement.   Today’s gains were the best, but also the most serendipitous.  A seemingly insignificant headline about Chinese delegates cancelling Read more…

Mortgage Rates End Week Near Best Levels

Amy Dobson

What a difference a week makes!  At the end of last week, things were pretty grim, with mortgage rates having just seen their worst single week since 2013.  The uplifting caveat at the time was that such bouts of nastiness are not that uncommon in the wake of ultra strong performances (such as the entire month of August–the best single month since Read more…

Opendoor and Redfin Partner to Provide More Options to Home Sellers

07/12/2019 bcoester

Opendoor and Redfin, two of the nation’s largest technology-powered real estate companies, today announced home sellers in Phoenix and Atlanta can now request an Opendoor offer through Redfin’s site and mobile apps. By coming together, we are giving homeowners more options for selling their home in a simple and convenient way. Redfin will also continue to expand RedfinNow, its own Read more…

Just 1 in 8 Home-Purchase Offers Submitted by Redfin Agents in June Faced Competition, Down from 1 in 2 a Year Earlier

07/10/2019 bcoester

In San Jose, the change is even more drastic, with just 6% of Redfin offers facing bidding wars last month, down from 74% in June 2018 The housing market in San Francisco tapped the brakes in June as just 28 percent of offers written by Redfin agents on behalf of their home-buying customers faced a bidding war. This was down Read more…