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5 Ways to Stay Fit at Home – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

03/31/2020 Erik Weinbrecht

It’s long been known that being sedentary is linked to chronic disease; with many around the world working from home and gyms temporarily closed, it’s easy for even those who previously led a very active lifestyle to slide into one much less so. Here are five ways to keep moving and stay fit, right from the comfort of your own Read more…

New Development Spotlight | The Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples, Florida – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

03/30/2020 Erik Weinbrecht

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network. Naples, Florida | Melissa Williams, Daniel Guenther, & Sam Heitman, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty  The Estuary at Grey Oaks is a 350-acre private golf course community in the heart of Naples. With only 179 homesites, Read more…

Home on the Range | Five Luxurious Ranch Properties – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

03/29/2020 sothebysrealty

Whether the goal is horseback riding or harvesting grapes, these captivating ranch estates—from Florida to California wine country, with the not-so-wild West of New Mexico in between—provide room to relax till the cows come home. Horse Lover’s Haven in Jupiter Jupiter, Florida | Todd Peter, Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage This estate in the gated community of Ranch Colony is Read more…

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Final Week in March 2020 – Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

03/28/2020 Erik Weinbrecht

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate , art, collectibles, and home. Cape Elizabeth, Maine | Anne Bosworth, Legacy Sotheby’s International Realty  This house in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, sits on 5.5 acres with 650 feet of frontage along the Atlantic Ocean. It is asking $7.95 million. A Maine Home With Sweeping Ocean Views – Wall Street Journal Living Read more…

Spring Cleaning 101: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective

Amy Dobson

Because you want to enjoy your space now without added fuss. Spring is the perfect time to open up the windows in your house and clean every surface inch, but there’s no reason to spend more time on this task than necessary. Use these tips to quickly get your home spic and span. Have a plan When it comes to Read more…

How to Install a Kitchen Faucet | Zillow Digs

03/24/2020 Amy Dobson

Tired of staring at your old faucet? Installing a new one is easy! (No, really.) If you’ve been washing your hands a lot lately, you might have started paying extra attention to your faucet. Does it drip? Is the chrome flaking off? Is it dated? Plumbing projects can be intimidating, because no one wants to accidentally flood their entire home. Read more…

Single Women, Minorities Flock To Digital Mortgage Lender; Here’s How Minority Homebuyers Can Get A Leg Up

03/04/2020 Real Estate News

Studies show that digital, algorithm-based mortgage solutions discriminate less than more traditional lending models (about 40% less, in fact)—ultimately enabling more approvals of minorities, as well as lower loan costs for those borrowers as well. New data released this morning supports these findings even further. According to a report released by Compass and digital mortgage lender Better.com, the company has Read more…

Why Demographic Trends Support Continued Multifamily Growth

Rod Khleif

Photo: Getty As the current economic expansion enters its 11th year — the longest on record — the “when will it end” speculation continues apace. As cap rates hover near historic lows and properties trade for historic highs, the question is particularly relevant for multifamily assets — one of the major beneficiaries of the current expansion. It’s impossible to know Read more…

FHA, VA join Fannie, Freddie in relaxing some standards – HousingWire

03/30/2020 Housing Wire

With the coronavirus continuing to reshape the face of the country and the economy, the biggest players in the mortgage business are moving to make it easier to lend under these extraordinary circumstances. Last week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac relaxed their standards for both property appraisals and verification of employment on the loans they buy. And late last week, Read more…

How will the $2 trillion federal rescue package impact multifamily housing? – HousingWire

Housing Wire

The Senate recently passed a $2 trillion federal rescue package that was signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday evening. The largest-ever stimulus bill in U.S. history includes $250 billion in direct checks to Americans and boosts unemployment benefits to help people pay their bills, including mortgages, while the nation struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation also includes Read more…

February pending home sales jump over 9% annually, ahead of major coronavirus impact

CNBC Real Estate

A single family home is shown for sale and in escrow in San Marcos, California. Mike Blake | Reuters Homebuyer demand was strengthening markedly just before COVID-19 began its spread across the U.S. Pending home sales, which measure signed contracts on existing homes, rose a stronger-than-expected 2.4% in February compared with January. Sales were up a steep 9.4% annually, according Read more…

Virtual, robot and solo home touring soar as social distancing hits the housing market amid coronavirus fear

CNBC Real Estate

While homebuyer demand has plummeted, there are still some out there who may need to move, and either purchase or rent a home. So, much like all interaction in the age of COVID-19, home touring is moving online, using robots and going solo. Zillow, a home listing site, said it saw a 191% increase in the creation of 3D home Read more…

Pre-COVID Home Sales Numbers Will Remind us Of the Good Times

03/21/2020 Real Estate News

Who knows what tomorrow will bring? At least for today we have some welcome good news from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Existing home sales, which declined slightly in January, enjoyed a spring-market explosion in February. NAR said sales of pre-owned single-family houses, town houses, condos, and cooperative apartments rose 6.5 percent compared to the previous month. Sales were Read more…

Remote Ops, AE Jobs; CRM, , Bid Tape, Warehouse Products; Non-QM Sector Walloped – Why?

Real Estate News

Remote Ops, AE Jobs; CRM, , Bid Tape, Warehouse Products; Non-QM Sector Walloped – Why? Today, with the official start of Spring, and while the industry waits for the FHFA to answer concerns about appraisals, VVOEs, and other issues, there are other pressing questions. “Rob, does my wife quarantining on the 1st floor and me staying on the 2nd floor Read more…

Toronto New Home Sales Doubled, Even With COVID-19 Pandemic Warnings | Better Dwelling

03/31/2020 Kaitlin Last

Greater Toronto real estate buyers rushed into the market, even amongst pandemic warnings. Altus Group data shows new home sales more than doubled in February. The impact on prices was mixed, as new single-family homes continued to fall. Condo apartment prices rallied to a new all-time high. The gap between the two narrowed to the smallest level since 2014. In Read more…

Canadian Mortgage Growth Hits Highest Level Since 2018… After Revisions | Better Dwelling

03/30/2020 Daniel Wong

Canadian real estate markets were busier than usual at the beginning of last month. This helped to push mortgage debt higher, even though the back half of the month was halted due to the pandemic. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows outstanding mortgage credit reached a new high in February. The year-over-year growth is now the highest in two years… Read more…

Cities at Risk of a Housing Recession

03/31/2020 RealEstateNews

The housing market is set to remain a bright spot in the face of a possible recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Redfin. Because the housing market was strong going into the 2020 recession, there’s currently no reason to expect a major crash in home prices, Redfin notes. As Redfin states, the driving factors for this 2020 recession Read more…

CARES Act Could Help People Stay in Their Homes

RealEstateNews

A report by Up For Growth looks at how the recently-signed $2.2 trillion CARES Act will impact the housing market.  The report said the bill provides billions of money directed toward housing programs.  Among the funds receiving money, the Community Development Fund was given $5 billion, rental-assistance programs were given $1 billion, $50 million was set aside for housing for Read more…