In Like a Lion: Spring Gets Roaring Start With High Values, Low Supply

The spring home-buying season is off to a roaring start, with home values up 7 percent and supply down 3 percent year-over-year, according to Zillow’s Real Estate Market Reports for February. Competition is expected to be fierce as homebuyers chase down few listings, says Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Low inventory, strong demand and […]

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10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers This Spring

Spring is here, and so is spring home-buying and -selling. Buyers and sellers preparing to take action this season should put those plans into play now—according to Zillow Group’s Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the No. 1 regret for both buyers and sellers is “not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell […]

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Do Zillow leads to lenders violate RESPA? CFPB mum

Are the agents and lenders who participate in Zillow’s lender co-marketing program violating a federal anti-kickback law? The CFPB has not issued any guidance in regards to whether participating in Zillow’s lender co-marketing program violates RESPA, w…

In These Markets, You’ll Earn Enough to Cover Rent—and Then Some

Reasonable rent and a solid-paying job? Dream on…right? According to a recent analysis by LinkedIn and Zillow, there are dream markets for renters—if their field of choice is finance, healthcare or technology. The analysis identified markets where renters earn in excess of the necessary income to support costs of living, taking into account indicators such […]

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Fed Quickens Pace, Raises Rate 3 Months After Last Hike

The Federal Reserve voted on Wednesday to again raise the key interest rate one-quarter percentage point, the first of three hikes anticipated for 2017. The rate was increased one-quarter percentage point just three months ago, in December 2016. “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the [Federal Open Market] Committee decided […]

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January market reports: Inventories are down to the wire

January is the month when real estate markets traditionally take a breather to restock their shelves for the spring season. In the final quarter of 2016, record demand powered by concern over mortgage interest rates and rising prices encouraged buyers …

January market reports: Inventories are down to the wire

January is the month when real estate markets traditionally take a breather to restock their shelves for the spring season. In the final quarter of 2016, record demand powered by concern over mortgage interest rates and rising prices encouraged buyers …

Report: Homeowners in Negative Equity Are Treading Water

More than one million homeowners with negative equity came up from under the surface in 2016, but some are still treading water, according to Zillow’s recently released 2016 Q4 Negative Equity Report. Just 10.5 percent of homeowners now owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, a dip from 13.1 percent in […]

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Open letter to Ryan Serhant re: Zillow/StreetEasy

I am writing this in reference to your recent post on Facebook/Instagram about the new changes at StreetEasy/Zillow. Before I get started though, I have to preface this whole note with the fact that I respect you a lot …

Urban Living Comes at a Price for Families

Living an urban lifestyle comes at a price, especially for homeowners with children, according to a recent report by Care.com and Zillow. Between child care, a mortgage and property taxes, households with children in the city spend over $9,000 more each year, on average, than households with children in the suburbs, racking up $43,000-plus in […]

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