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Conservatives are moving to Billings, Montana, from coastal cities to be around people who share their views, the mayor says

Billings is the most populous city in Montana peeterv A Montana mayor says Republicans are moving there from the coasts to be near like-minded people. Montana is seen as "more red," which attracts some people, Mayor Bill Cole of Billings told TIME. Billings topped a WSJ index of best US property investments, partly because of a hot housing market. See more stories on Insider's business page. The mayor of Montana's most populous city, Billings, says some people have moved from coas...
Tags: Florida, Texas, California, Montana, Washington, US, Trends, Seattle, Zillow, Journal, WSJ, Yellowstone National Park, Trump, Bill Cole, Labor Department, Cole


Inman Review: About Time Tours puts the mobile in managing homebuyer tours

About Time Tours is a mobile app for Android and iPhone that helps real estate agents manage home property tours and buyer interest.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Opinion, Mobile Apps, Radio, Zillow, Home Tours, Real Estate Apps, Select, Real Estate Technology, Showingtime, Tech Reviews, Technology Reviews, Home Search, Showing Apps, Buyer Tours


Dallas ‘mansion’ with no bedrooms, windows mocked on social media

While the house appears to be a typical mansion, the inside drew attention on social media for its bunker-like layout: "That's where they brought Jason Bourne during his flashbacks."
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Listings, Lifestyle, Radio, Dallas, Compass, Zillow, Mark Cain, Jason Bourne, Oncor, News Brief


We offered to buy a home for $128,000 over list — but it wasn’t enough!

Sunday evening, Kim and I made an offer on a house. The Greenwood Place (as we'll call it) was listed at $649,000. We offered $677,777 escalating to $777,7777; no repairs required; and a $50,000 appraisal gap waiver. Our offer was not accepted. That's right: Two months after selling our home — and three months after beginning to search for the next place — Kim and I have waded back into this crazy housing market. We're not sure how long this process will last (or what the outcome will be) but w...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Marketing, Portland, Kim, Pacific, Zillow, Michael, Home & Garden, Greenwood, Willamette Valley, Clarence, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Michael S, Michael He


IBuyer offers are clocking in at an average of 104% of market value

Amid a highly competitive market in the first half of 2021, iBuyers began making more competitive offers and expanding the range of homes they were willing to purchase
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Ribbon, Redfin, Industry News, Inventory, Brokerage, Select, Opendoor, Knock, Easyknock, Redfin Now, Offerpad, Zavvie, iBuyer


Huge number of homeowners willing to consider an iBuyer: Poll

82 percent of homeowners in 1000watt survey said they either more likely to trust information from Zillow than from a real estate agent.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Agent, Zillow, Brokerage, Select, Opendoor, Brian Boero, 1000watt, iBuyer, Ibuying, Instant Cash Offer


Too much? Home prices up 17% in US, LA-Orange County, by this math

Have home prices gone up too much? The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller indexes released Tuesday, July 27, reaffirm that housing appreciation is sky-high. Its 20-city U.S. price index soared 17% in May from a year earlier on top of a 15% jump in April. The May increase was the biggest since August 2004. These benchmarks — “paired sales” indexes created by tracking appreciation of homes sold, not broad geographic medians or averages —  found the nation’s hottest market among the 20 cities tracked was P...
Tags: Business, News, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Associated Press, Federal Reserve, Seattle, Zillow, Phoenix, Bloomberg News, Freddie Mac, Commerce Department, Shiller


Home price growth sets new record, continuing 12-month streak

Home prices across the country rose another 16.6 percent in May, continuing a 12-month streak of home price appreciation.
Tags: Ap, Radio, Zillow, CoreLogic, Markets & Economy, News Brief, Case-shiller, Matthew Speakman, Craig Lazarra


Home price growth sets new record

Home prices across the country rose another 16.6 percent in May, continuing a 12-month streak of home price appreciation.
Tags: Ap, Radio, Zillow, CoreLogic, Markets & Economy, News Brief, Case-shiller, Matthew Speakman, Craig Lazarra


Chasten Buttigieg says he and Pete couldn't afford more than a 1-bedroom apartment in DC

Pete Buttigieg, right, nominee to be Transportation secretary, and his husband Chasten, attend the inauguration before Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Chasten Buttigieg told The Washington Post that DC is "almost unaffordable." "We couldn't afford the one-bedroom-plus-den," Chasten told The Post. Chasten moved to the city with his hu...
Tags: Transportation, Post, Politics, News, Housing, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, United States, Washington Dc, Capitol Hill, Dc, Zillow, The Washington Post


The pandemic ended the daily commute

Mario Tama/Getty Many Americans stopped commuting daily amid lockdowns and working from home in the last year. The average amount of time spent traveling each day dropped from about an hour and 12 minutes in 2019 to 47 minutes in 2020. Only about two-thirds of Americans traveled anywhere on an average day in 2020, down from 84% in 2019. See more stories on Insider's business page. The daily grind is over.It's one of the smaller, but potentially surprisingly pleasant, changes from ...
Tags: Boston, Trends, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Zillow, Wall Street Journal, Journal, BLS, Mario Tama Getty, Texas A M Transportation Institute, Andy Kiersz Madison Hoff, Time Use Survey, Nicole Freedman


3D tour giant Matterport makes its stock market debut

The company will begin selling shares via a SPAC merger at a moment when interest in 3D tours is surging — and when more competitors are inching onto Matterport's turf.
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Radio, Stock Market, Nasdaq, Zillow, Matterport, Tiger Global Management, SPAC, Spencer Rascoff, Markets & Economy, Select, Opendoor, Dragoneer, RJ Pittman, Offerpad


Median existing-home price sails to record high

The median existing-home sales price rose 23.4% year over year, propelling the median price to $363,300, the highest on record, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Tags: Analysis, Radio, Zillow, Predictive Analytics, National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, Matthew Speakman


12 housing trends inside Los Angeles County’s $148,500 price jump — or $17 an hour

Los Angeles County’s homebuying binge continued in June as price records were broken across the region and in all six Southern California counties. House hunters ignored soaring prices and bidding wars and bought homes at a pace not seen in years. Here are 12 must-watch trends my trusty spreadsheet found within DQNews/CoreLogic’s report on closed transactions in June for Los Angeles County … 1. Sales: 8,555 existing and new residences sold — up 10% from May and up 69% from pandemic-iced June 2...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, House, Riverside County, San Diego County, Zillow, Ventura County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, LA County


Toronto iBuyer raises $44M with help from Spencer Rascoff, Eric Wu

Properly is a tech-based real estate brokerage in Canada with a model similar to U.S. iBuyers like OpenDoor and Zillow Offers.
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Softbank, Toronto, Radio, Canada, Zillow, Brokerage, Select, News Brief, Opendoor, Wealthsimple, iBuyer, Properly, Anshul Ruparell, Spencer Rascoff Eric Wu


Zillow, NAR formed ‘group boycott’ to enforce commission rule: REX

On Monday, REX alleged that the National Association of Realtors and Zillow use NAR's segregation rule to hinder competitors who don't comply with NAR's commission rule.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Zillow, Price Fixing, Cartel, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Brokerage, Select, Lanham Act, Northwest MLS, MLS & Associations, Mantill Williams, Real Estate Commissions


Color me bad: The wrong shade of paint can cost sellers big bucks

Homebuyers have always tended to favor neutral tones in shared spaces, but some colors stand above the rest, Zillow found in a new survey.
Tags: Investing, Paint, Radio, Websites, Zillow, Home Interior, Home selling, Select, Staging, Wall Colors


Southern California home prices set fifth straight record as sales soar

Southern California’s housing boom stormed into June with home prices setting a fifth-straight record and sales soaring to the highest level in almost 15 years. The median price of a Southern California home — or price at the midpoint of all sales — hit $680,000, up 22.5% in a year, DQ News/CoreLogic reported Tuesday, July 20. By comparison, annual price gains averaged 9.5% over the past nine years. In dollar terms, the median jumped $125,000 during the 12 months ending in June, the second-bigge...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County, Zillow, Ventura County, Southern California, Los Angeles County


StreetEasy arms renters to fight housing voucher discrimination

New pop-up informs renters that it's illegal to discriminate by legal source of income in New York and New Jersey.
Tags: Property Portfolio, Regulations, Rentals, Select, Housing Discrimination, Housing Voucher Discrimination, Housing Vouchers, Renters, Section 8, Streeteasy, Zillow


Dotloop inks new deals with 4 agent associations

The deals include a comprehensive agreement with a Canadian MLS, and will also see dotloop integrate documents that more than 100,000 American agents use for their work.
Tags: Texas, Technology, Washington, Radio, Mls, Dallas, Ohio, Zillow, Dotloop, Industry News, Cincinnati, News Brief, Multiple Listing Service, MREB, Northwest MLS, MLS & Associations


Signs of seasonal inventory growth return in strained housing market

The number of homes for sale rose in June for the second consecutive month but remained far from a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels.
Tags: Radio, Websites, Rents, Zillow, Home Values, Markets & Economy, Select, Homes For Sale, Pandemic, Rent Prices, Home Inventory, Coronavirus


The Best Real Estate Blogs to Follow in 2021

Whether you’re interested in investing in real estate or just doing some research for a real estate-related client, it’s important to be familiar with the world of real estate blogging. Reviewing the top real estate blogs can introduce you to new topics, keep you up-to-date with the latest trends, and help you become an authority when writing about real estate. The Best Real Estate Blogs These are some of the best real estate blogs to follow as of 2021: 1. The Close. The Close was d...
Tags: Real Estate, Advertising, Features, Zillow, Zillow Porchlight, Real Estate Blog, Best Real Estate Blogs, Jason Fox Jason Fox, Wise Pelican


About the House

I bought a house. First time that I have ever bought a house really. And I did it ALL ON MY OWN!!! You have no idea how incredibly proud I am of this. The total loan amount is $98K. My monthly payment will be $662 for now. And it appraised for $130K. I think I did good, really good. Thoughts based on those numbers? We are two weeks in from closing (June 15th) and thus far, no buyers remorse. I really thing this was a good move. What I Bought The home is a single story, all brick house built i...
Tags: Marketing, House, Home Ownership, Zillow


Weichert Realtors launches end-to-end consumer incentive program

"We Do It All, Guaranteed!" will give consumers cash incentives to use Weichert's products to find things like mortgages and insurance.
Tags: Radio, New Jersey, Zillow, Industry News, Keller Williams, Qualia, Weichert Realtors, Weichert, Brokerage, News Brief, Carlo Siracusa, Aram Minnetian


Zillow, NAR slam REX’s alleged use of antitrust as a business strategy

Real estate giants Zillow and the National Association of Realtors are attempting to get an antitrust lawsuit filed by REX Real Estate tossed, hitting back against the discount brokerage’s allegations that it is the target of an illegal boycott. REX sued Zillow and NAR in March, alleging antitrust violations for a NAR rule that prompted […]
Tags: Technology, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Zillow, NAR, National Association of Realtors, IDX, Select, Commissions, Rex Real Estate, MLS & Associations, Real Estate Commissions, MLS rules, IDX policy, Zillow NAR


Agents reveal 4 ways to drum up more inventory

Inman asked real estate professionals what creative strategies they are using to maneuver through the inventory crisis.
Tags: Craigslist, Listings, Radio, Agent, Zillow, Cnbc, Lead Generation, Inman, Select, Houzeo, Veronica Figueroa, Martin Orefice, Chris McGuire, Sarah Renard, Dave Nations, Fizber


NAR, stop fighting for commissions — make better Realtors

The DOJ has withdrawn from the proposed settlement with NAR, but all that brings to focus is that NAR has been fighting for commission while letting the industry slide in the public’s opinion thanks to the low barrier of entry, disruptors and focusing on commission over training quality Realtors.
Tags: Opinion, Regulations, Radio, Commission, Agent, Department Of Justice, Zillow, Doj, Redfin, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Select, Bret Weinstein


How mortgage lenders are preparing for the end of the refi boom

While most mortgage executives continue to see direct-to-consumer lenders like Rocket Mortgage as their biggest competition, mortgage brokers are seen as an increasingly worthy rival.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Mortgage, Zillow, Partnership, Redfin, Fannie Mae, Select, Rocket Mortgage, Refinancing, Mortgage Brokers, Purchase Loans, Refi Boom


It’s Getting Harder to Save for a Down Payment, But First-Time Buyers Have New Opportunities in the Great Reshuffling

– Flexible work arrangements and low mortgage rates can help first-time buyers overcome down payment difficulties – First-time buyers today need a year longer to save for a 20% down payment than they did five years ago. – Renters will need to save an additional $369 per month in the coming year just to keep up with the forecasted growth in home values. – Most first-time buyers put down less than 20%, but today’s low mortgage rates mean monthly payments can remain affordable with a small...
Tags: Real Estate, News, Minneapolis, California, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Chicago, Austin, Radio, United States, Portland, San Diego, Dallas


Biden's big jobs plan will actually hurt low-income and minority Americans' chances of owning a home

The Biden administration's proposed American Jobs Plan would create new hurdles for minority and low-income first-time homebuyers. fstop123/Getty Images The American Jobs Plan would make home ownership less accessible for low-income and minority home buyers. If you can't put 20% down when you buy a house, you have to pay mortgage insurance. Biden's plan would make private mortgage insurance more expensive. Jerry Theodorou is the director of the Finance, Insurance and Trade Pol...
Tags: US, Trends, Biden, Zillow, Bermuda, Redfin, R Street Institute This, Jerry Theodorou, Finance Insurance and Trade Policy Program