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planetRE Announces AI Video Generation and Marketing inside CRM
New features allow real estate agents to use AI Avatars for video narration with uploaded media assets and full video frame editing and syndication. SAN JOSE, Calif., May 21, 2024 -- planetRE, the nation's leading enterprise cloud vendor, today announced brand new CRM capabilities for real estate and mortgage professionals to create full ai generated videos using a library of AI avatars and voices along with user uploaded contents like images, video and text. Realistic AI avatars trained with human like expressions and voices can for example narrate videos, presentations on new listings, open houses etc. using uploaded background videos, imagery or text. A custom-built Video Timeline Editor enables editing of content images, video clips, music, graphics, brand, etc. that can be previewed right in the editor. Users can easily add text, overlays, and titles, to move from one scene to another for a seamless flow of content within the AI video. Agents can create multiple projects, review the rendering before publishing. They can edit videos like a professional using crop, trim, rotate, add multiple scenes, with different avatar and voices. Seamless integration within CRM and Zapier like tools in the works allow effortless distribution of AI videos via email, text or social marketing. Videos can boost engagement by driving more traffic with these eye-catching, innovative AI creations that helps agent stand out from the competition. With maximum flexibility and control, agents can develop new videos on-demand and update messaging for a fresh look. "The new tool removes the costly barriers of traditional video production and editing by allowing users create professional videos quickly and easily, within minutes with no prior filming or editing skills," said Subrao Shenoy, CEO of planetRE. "Agent marketing teams can unleash their creativity by customizing AI avatars to fit brand's persona, while expressing any messaging through simple typed scripts." About planetRE planetRE is privately held enterprise software company in Silicon Valley, CA. More information planetRE AI Video Marketing can be found on planetRE.com.
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Zillow providing open-source technology to promote fair housing in AI-powered real estate conversations
Zillow has created the Fair Housing Classifier for large language models (LLMs) to help others in real estate, civil rights and technology sectors safeguard AI-powered real estate conversations SEATTLE, May 21, 2024 -- Today, Zillow is releasing its open-source Fair Housing Classifier, which establishes guardrails to promote responsible and unbiased behavior in real estate conversations powered by large language model (LLM) technology. Many AI tools disregard fair housing requirements and, when deployed, can perpetuate bias and undermine the progress achieved in advocating for fair housing. Zillow's Fair Housing Classifier focuses on mitigating the risk of illegal steering — the practice of influencing a buyer's choice of communities based upon the buyer's legally protected characteristics under federal law. "Since 2006, Zillow has used AI to bring transparency to home shoppers, powering tools like the Zestimate," said Josh Weisberg, senior vice president of Artificial Intelligence. "We've made it our business to increase transparency in real estate — open sourcing this classifier demonstrates that advancements in technology do not need to come at the expense of equity and fairness for consumers. We're offering free and easy access so that others in civil rights, tech and real estate sectors can use it, collaborate and help improve it." The Fair Housing Classifier acts as a protective measure, to encourage more equitable conversations with AI technology. It detects questions that could lead to discriminatory responses about legally protected groups in real estate experiences, such as search or chatbots. The classifier identifies instances of noncompliance in the input or the output, leaving the decision of how to intervene in the hands of system developers. "In today's rapidly evolving AI landscape, promoting safe, secure and trustworthy AI practices in housing and lending is becoming increasingly important to protect consumers against algorithmic harms," said Michael Akinwumi, Ph.D., chief responsible AI officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance. "Zillow's open-source approach sets an admirable precedent for responsible innovation. We encourage other organizations and coalition groups to actively participate, test, and enhance the model and share their findings with the public." The decision to offer the Fair Housing Classifier as open-source underscores Zillow's commitment to transparency, equity and fair housing in real estate. Organizations looking to adopt the Fair Housing Classifier can access the code and comprehensive framework on GitHub. Trusted partners who would like to contribute to and enhance the classifier can reach out to the email alias on the GitHub page, through which they can request access to training data and a pretrained model, after presenting a genuine use case. This transparency is key to encouraging contributions to improve the model. Improvements to the Fair Housing Classifier can be submitted via the standard request process on GitHub. Given the hundreds of millions of Americans searching for housing online today, it's vital that people are equipped with tools to make getting home more equitable and transparent — and less daunting. Younger generations, renters, LGBTQ+ people and people of color are more likely to say fair housing is an issue facing them and their families, according to a recent Zillow survey of 26 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Although fair housing laws — which ensure equal and nondiscriminatory access to housing — have been in place for nearly 60 years, discrimination remains a stubborn factor in housing, Zillow's latest Housing Aspirations Report shows. The survey found a majority of respondents (57%) reported experiencing some kind of housing discrimination, with groups such as LGBTQ+ populations reporting discrimination at higher rates. However, overall, only 42% of respondents reported that fair housing impacts them or their families, highlighting how much work is needed to continue to educate people about their rights under fair housing laws. Making the Fair Housing Classifier available as open-source is just one way that Zillow is innovating its pro-consumer approach. Earlier this year, Zillow's cross-functional ethical AI team published AI principles, which highlight the company's commitment to prioritizing equitable outcomes in real estate. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, dedicated partners and agents, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Zillow Group's affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans℠, Trulia®, Out East®, StreetEasy®, HotPads®, ShowingTime+℠, Spruce® and Follow Up Boss®.
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Surf's Up! Realtor.com Announces the Most Affordable Beach Towns in America
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Florida, Texas rank best for home buyers in new Zillow index
Inventory and new listings are rising nationwide, while price cuts hit a seasonal high point SEATTLE, May 15, 2024 -- Texas and Florida metros dominate the best places for buyers in Zillow's new market heat index, securing seven of the top 10 spots. But most of the country's 50 largest metros — and the U.S. at large — favor sellers, according to the latest market report1 from Zillow®. "Prospective buyers in most markets today are feeling less intense competition than in recent spring shopping seasons. Pressure is easing up as mortgage rates raise costs and sellers return," said Skylar Olsen, Zillow chief economist. "However, the pool of homes for sale remains remarkably low. This means the nation remains a seller's market despite high mortgage rates — homes are selling faster, with more buyer interest over any one listing, than pre-pandemic." Strong construction in Texas and Florida has helped restore inventory levels in those states, easing competition. Austin and San Antonio are two of just three markets with more inventory now than before the pandemic, while Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville have among the smallest deficits. The top market for sellers is Buffalo, New York, forecast by Zillow in January as the hottest market of 2024. Among the top metros for sellers are more expensive (and inventory-constrained) coastal tech hubs, relatively affordable spillover markets in the Northeast — Hartford and Providence — and hot Upper Midwest metros Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Zillow's new market heat index visually represents buyers' urgency or sellers' confidence in an area and shows how that's changed over time. It takes into account the share of homes that sell quickly, the share of homes with a price cut, and buyer engagement with active Zillow listings in a market. Springtime competition coasts as costs and inventory rise Both inventory and new listings posted solid gains monthly and compared to last year. Buyers had a lot more options to choose from, as inventory rose 6.4% from March to April and climbed 18% over last year, the second-largest annual increase since at least 2019. They also had more fresh options, with new listings up nearly 11% month over month and rising almost 16% year over year. Despite April's improvement, total inventory sits 36% below pre-pandemic norms. Mortgage rates that spiked above 7% for the first time this year, along with these infusions of inventory, held competition steady at a time of year when it normally ramps up. U.S. home values grew 1.2% from March to April and are 4.4% higher than a year ago. That's a slight slowdown from 4.6% annual growth seen last month. The typical U.S. home is now worth $359,402. The share of listings with a price cut reached 22.4% in April, the highest rate for April in the past six years and a significant step up from 17.2% last year. Price cuts can be a sign of weakening demand that foretells softer price growth ahead, or they can be a natural process of feeling the market out as sellers and their agents come up with their pricing strategy. The latter scenario becomes more likely in a rapidly changing market like we see today, with relatively few recent sales to look at as comps. Homes that sold in April sold in 13 days, which is fast by historical standards. However, that is three days slower than last April, the first time since June 2023 that the speed of sales fell behind the previous year's pace. *Table showing national statistics first, then ordered by Zillow's market heat index value from most favorable for buyers to most favorable for sellers. 1The Zillow® Real Estate Market Report is a monthly overview of the national and local real estate markets. The reports are compiled by Zillow Research. For more information, visit www.zillow.com/research. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, dedicated partners and agents, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Zillow Group's affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans℠, Trulia®, Out East®, StreetEasy®, HotPads®, ShowingTime+℠, Spruce® and Follow Up Boss®.
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Second Century Ventures Announces Eight Companies for REACH LATAM 2024 Cohort
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Revive Adds First-of-its-Kind Neighborhood Report Feature to Vision AI, Transforming Real Estate Valuations with AI-Driven Condition Analysis
IRVINE, Calif., May 14, 2024 – Most homeowners understand that updating and renovating their home could help them earn more money at its sale, but because "seeing is believing," they might be hesitant to commit to such a big project. Now real estate agents can leverage AI to show home sellers how a pre-sale renovation could help their home command its highest sales price. The newest AI enhancement comes from pre-sale renovation leader Revive, which today announced their new Neighborhood Report. This "groundbreaking feature takes CMA data analysis to the next level and is now part of Revive Vision AI." According to Dalip Jaggi, co-founder of Revive, Neighborhood Report uses advanced AI to provide real estate agents and homeowners with unprecedented condition insights into the homes that recently sold in a neighborhood. "Our release of Vision AI last year was a fresh, groundbreaking use of how computer vision can be used in real estate. This feature of Vision AI provides powerful insights without the need for photos of the property but rather focuses on using computer vision on the recent sales [comps] to bring condition insights to a specific neighborhood," Jaggi said. "It still leverages the same computer vision models to enable agents to instantly show sellers a factual, data-backed analysis showcased in an easy-to-understand summary. This creates a foundation for a discussion about home values." Vision AI's new Neighborhood Report can be an invaluable tool for real estate agents, helping homeowners and past clients keep tabs on their property's value. For a limited time, homeowners can test out the online version of Neighborhood Reports here. Mansoor Bahramand, Revive's Chief Technology Officer and in-house AI expert, notes that Revive's mission to improve its AI offerings focuses on helping agents win more listings. "We're building world-class AI solutions at Revive to help agents deliver more value to sellers and potentially buyers, too," he said. "Demonstrating agent value has never been more important," he added. Bahramand explains that the Neighborhood Analysis section gives homes a score from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. This score looks at key areas like the condition of the home, the outside area, bathrooms, kitchen, and the rest of the interior. The tool uses artificial intelligence to compare these scores with similar homes. Additionally, there's a Neighborhood Condition Score that uses computer vision to review pictures of homes' exteriors and interiors from recent sales and combines them with market data to assign a letter grade from A to F, with A being the best condition. Key benefits of the Neighborhood Report feature for real estate agents: Objective neighborhood analysis: Agents gain access to an unbiased assessment of the overall neighborhood quality with a letter grade based on the condition of recently sold homes, enabling them to provide sellers with a realistic market snapshot. Comparative home condition insights: The feature equips agents with comparative data to help homeowners understand how their property's condition measures up to homes recently sold in the area, guiding informed decisions on potential improvements. Data-Backed Pre-Sale Renovation Discussions: Neighborhood Report offers agents a powerful tool for evidence-based discussions on the ROI of pre-sale renovations, aiding homeowners in realizing the value of bringing their property to top condition, with the goal of maximizing their sales price. Competitive Advantage for Early Adopters: Early adopting agents using Neighborhood Report demonstrate their market expertise, providing superior service to their clients and setting themselves apart. Availability The Neighborhood Report feature is now available to all Revive Vision AI users, accessible via both the desktop platform and mobile application. Real estate professionals interested in integrating this cutting-edge tool into their workflow can visit revivevision.ai to learn more or request a demo. About Revive Revive Real Estate partners with real estate professionals to provide the funding, guidance, and contractors needed to get strategic pre-sale renovations done fast and for maximum value. Discover more at www.revive.realestate.
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New Zillow Home Loans tool addresses home buyers' biggest concern: affordability
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For the Class of 2024, Austin Ranks as the Top Rental Market for College Graduates
A Combination of High Income-to-Rent Ratio, a Graduate-friendly Job Market and Appealing Lifestyle Make These Metros the Top Markets for Recent College Graduates SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 7, 2024 -- For graduates evaluating where they'll make their mark on the real world after college, Austin, Texas may offer them the best option for living, working and camaraderie amongst their peers. In a new report, Realtor.com® uncovered The Top Markets for Recent College Graduates and Austin ranked #1, followed by Bloomington, Minn. and Pittsburgh, Pa. to round out the top three. "Graduating college is a major accomplishment, and, as commencement speakers often point out, also the beginning of a new chapter. Graduates have a lot to consider when deciding where to start that next phase. Considerations like finding an affordable place to live, positive job prospects and a nice lifestyle, are all important and it can be tricky to balance each of these factors," said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist of Realtor.com®. "Renting is more affordable than buying in the short run and can be a great option, especially when life right after college is usually marked by navigation of uncertainty and personal and professional growth." Top Rental Markets for Recent College Graduates The Realtor.com® analysis of Top Markets for Recent College Graduates uncovers the places in the U.S. where the class of 2024 can find a healthy mix of affordable renting options, job opportunities, and appealing lifestyle based on the following metrics: Affordable Rent Realtor.com® calculated the ratio between rent and income for households between the ages of 25-34, which represents how much of their typical gross income is allocated to housing expenses. A low ratio is better as it suggests the housing costs take up a smaller portion of the monthly paycheck. Among the top 10 markets, the rent-to-income ratio spans from 19.9% to 26.7%. Bloomington, located within the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area, emerges as the most affordable top-ranked rental market among the top markets with a ratio of 19.9%. Plenty of Choices For recent college graduates starting a fresh new post-grad life, finding an apartment to rent can be tricky, if there aren't many options available it becomes even harder. Realtor.com® calculated a proxy for rental availability by measuring vacancy rates. Higher vacancy rates means a market could offer more options to choose from while potentially tapping into bargaining and negotiating with landlords because of the high supply. Out of the top markets, Austin within the Austin-Round Rock metro area (9.0%), boasts the highest rental vacancy rate. College-Graduate Friendly Jobs When moving to a new city after college, graduates are looking for opportunities to kick start their career. In the Realtor.com® list of Top Markets for Recent College Graduates, people may encounter less difficulty entering the workforce and securing positions that match their skills and qualifications. To define these roles, Realtor.com used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, categorizing occupations that require a bachelor's degree but no prior experience as recent college-graduate friendly. Austin, Texas, home to many tech-fueled company offices, leads with 29.6% of occupations in this category in the surrounding metro, followed by Raleigh, N.C. with 28.8%, and Bloomington, Minn. with 26.7%. Job Stability How well one can kick start their career is an important aspect that many college graduates consider when moving to a new city. Another aspect is how well they will be able to grow their career, and whether the area boasts a stable job market. A lower forecasted unemployment rate suggests that recent college graduates could encounter less competition when seeking employment, and better job security, which will help to launch their careers and achieve their professional goals. In the Realtor.com® report, Bloomington, Minn. is forecasted to have the lowest unemployment rate in 2024 (3.1%) among the top 50 metros, followed by Austin, Texas with an unemployment rate of 3.3% in the surrounding metro. Opportunities for Job Growth To measure job opportunities, Realtor.com® used the Indeed Job Posting Index, which details the change in job openings compared to pre-pandemic baselines. A higher index for a market indicates a healthy number of opportunities; recent graduates can use the index to identify whether a place can offer positive job growth in the future. Within the top 10 markets, the index ranged between 114 and 166. Specifically, Scottsdale, Ariz. (an average index score of 166) experienced the highest increase of job openings when compared to the pre-pandemic period. Surrounded by Peers When moving to a new city, college graduates looking to make new friends and encounter people in similar life stages may turn to places with a good amount of peers who can provide a supportive environment, networking opportunities, and access to entry-level jobs. This enhances the transition from college to life after university. Among the top 10 markets, the share of recent college graduates ranged from 2.5% to 4.4%. Notably, Pittsburgh, Pa. (4.4%), has the highest share, followed by Atlanta, Ga. (4.2%) and Richmond, Va. (3.7%). Short Commutes For college graduates who may be accustomed to walking to campus, the transition to work life after college may come with longer commutes, however it doesn't always mean sitting in hours of traffic. The top markets on the Realtor.com® list have an average expected commute time of 25 minutes in 2024, which is shorter than the city/town average of 30 minutes. Notably, Overland Park, Kan., boasts the shortest average commute time of 22 minutes. Bloomington, Minn. and Scottsdale, Ariz. were not far behind; both have an average commute time of 23 min. Appealing Lifestyle Classes are out for good, so why not enjoy the fruits of college labor? Realtor.com® measured how lively a town is using point of interest data provided by Yelp to indicate an abundance of entertainment, shopping, and lifestyle businesses. These businesses encompass a variety of venues such as restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, theaters, comedy clubs, and art studios. Among the top 10 markets, the number of businesses per 1000 households ranged between 17.1 and 39.5. Specifically, Beaverton, Ore., claimed the highest position within the top 10 list, with a ratio of 39.5. Atlanta, Ga., with a ratio of 27.5, and Scottsdale, Ariz., with a ratio of 25.2 were closely behind. For more information on the Realtor.com® Report on Top Rental Market for Recent College Grads please visit realtor.com/research. Data Source and Methodology For the purpose of the research, we ranked 313 cities and towns with a population of more than 75,000 that are located within the 50 largest metro areas. Rent-to-income ratio: Rental data are studio, 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom units advertised as for-rent on Realtor.com® between April 2023 and March 2024 in the top 50 metros. Rental units include apartments as well as private rentals (condos, townhomes, single-family homes). Household income was sourced from 2024 Claritas estimates based on Census Bureau data. Rental vacancy rates were the 2023 average vacancy rates calculated from Census's Housing Vacancies and Homeownership Survey for each city/place's surrounding metro area. Recent college graduates-friendly occupations were those defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, requiring a bachelor's degree but no prior experience. The share of these occupations were then calculated using 2022 ACS 1-Year individual data for each city/place's surrounding metro area. The stated forecasted unemployment rates are Moody's Analytics projections of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics for each city/place's surrounding metro area. The metro level online job posting index was sourced from Indeed's Hiring Lab and we took the average index between April 2023 and March 2024 The share of recent college graduates was estimated using 2022 ACS 1-Year individual data. Recent college graduates were individuals who were between 25 and 29 years old, earned a bachelor degree and were not in school. The average commute time data was sourced from 2024 Claritas estimates based on Census Bureau data. Counts of culture and lifestyle businesses were aggregated from Yelp's November 2023 point of interest data and are aggregated at the city/place level. The counts were then normalized using 2023 Claritas city/place level household data. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com.
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Revive CTO Mansoor Bahramand Named 2024 'Future Leader in Real Estate'
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Center for REALTOR® Development Partners with Shaping Wealth to Empower Agents with Human-Centric Training Suite
WASHINGTON (May 2, 2024) – The Center for REALTOR® Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, today announced a strategic partnership with Shaping Wealth to offer training programs crafted to equip agents with the human-centric skills needed to thrive in today's real estate environment. The partnership provides NAR members exclusive access and discounted pricing on three upcoming virtual workshops. "At the Center for REALTOR® Development, we are committed to empowering agents who are REALTORS® with the tools necessary for success in the dynamic real estate market," said Marc Gould, NAR chief learning officer and CRD board member. "Partnering with Shaping Wealth enhances our members' ability to serve their clients with empathy, integrity and professionalism." The virtual workshops will be led by Dr. Joy Lere, a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Shaping Wealth. Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and access to all course materials. "We are thrilled to partner with the Center for REALTOR® Development to empower their members to leverage the power of emotional intelligence, storytelling, and wellbeing to elevate their careers and pursue a life well lived," said Dr. Lere. "Participants will develop skills crucial for building strong client relationships, navigating complex situations in the workplace and achieving long-term success in today's competitive marketplace." To learn more and register for the workshops, visit wellbeing.crd.realtor. About the National Association of REALTORS® The National Association of REALTORS® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. About the Center for REALTOR® Development The Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD) is committed to fostering lifelong learning, facilitating career advancement, and providing specialized credentials for real estate professionals. With over 10 designations and certifications, a library of more than 100 microcourses, an acclaimed podcast, and in-person educational events, CRD ensures that there's a learning opportunity tailored to every real estate professional's needs. About Shaping Wealth Shaping Wealth is the global wealth industry's leading learning and coaching platform for human-first financial guidance. As experts in applied behavioral finance, emotional intelligence, neuroscience, and positive psychology, Shaping Wealth creates coaching and content experiences that inspire financial wellbeing among its worldwide clientele.
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Ben Caballero Crushes the World Record for Annual U.S. Home Sales
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New iGUIDE Lead Magnet Generates Real-Time Leads for Real Estate Professionals
The exclusive product feature lets buyers viewing iGUIDE's 3D Virtual Tours request additional property details providing agents with instant leads. WATERLOO, Ontario, April 30, 2024 – Planitar Inc., makers of iGUIDE, a proprietary camera and software platform for capturing and delivering 3D virtual tours and property data, today introduced iGUIDE Lead Magnet—an exclusive product feature designed to help real estate agents capture leads and get market feedback in real-time as prospective buyers view iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour property listings. iGUIDE Lead Magnet is an interactive pop-up element that appears in the iGUIDE. Viewer as potential buyers explore real estate listings. The feature allows buyers to request more details by providing their contact information in exchange for receiving access to additional visuals via an email or SMS from the listing agent. The agent now can engage with the qualified lead as they choose. "This new product feature is about forging relationships in real estate," said Alexander Likholyot, the CEO and co-founder of Planitar Inc. "Even after Covid-19, industrywide adoption of 3D tours in real estate has barely crossed into double digits, as listing agents haven't been able to capture feedback about a property or start a conversation with potential buyers within a 3D tour. The new iGUIDE Lead Magnet solves both problems by letting buyers share their contact information to get access to additional property visuals delivered in the detailed version of iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour while encouraging buyers to ask questions and provide feedback about the listing. This exchange gives agents a way to contact and engage with qualified, interested buyers and connect with potential future listing prospects." In addition to generating real-time leads 24/7, iGUIDE Lead Magnet empowers buyers to provide valuable feedback directly on the virtual listings, offering agents insights they can share with sellers. Real estate professionals have the flexibility to streamline their communication process by automatically responding to leads via email or SMS, saving time while still delivering personalized responses tailored to each potential buyer's inquiries. Here's how it works: A pop-up form appears in the iGUIDE Viewer after a prospective buyer explores the listing. A prospective buyer can elect to provide their contact information for access to additional property visuals delivered via the detailed iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour. The listing agent receives an alert, either by text or email, with the prospective buyer's contact information. If configured, an automatic email is sent at the same time to the prospective buyer with the detailed iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour link. The agent can choose to send an automatic or custom response, providing the buyer with the detailed iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour and engaging them into a conversation or arranging for a Virtual Showing if a curated agent-guided iGUIDE experience is desired. Key features and benefits of iGUIDE Lead Magnet include: Buyer lead data is sent in real-time via email notification or SMS. Prospective buyers are encouraged to provide valuable feedback that the listing agent can share with the sellers. Minimal effort is required by an agent to set up and maintain while retaining control over listing visuals, as well as client communications. iGUIDE Lead Magnet takes advantage of the unique way iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tours can hide and show visuals and/or rooms creating two unique iGUIDE versions. There is no additional cost above the iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour. The exclusive, new product feature is available on all iGUIDE 3D Virtual Tours (Instant, Standard & Premium). For more information, visit: goiguide.com/get-iguide/iguide/lead-magnet About Planitar Founded in 2013 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Planitar Inc. is the maker of iGUIDE, a proprietary camera and software platform for capturing and delivering immersive 3D virtual tours and extensive property data. iGUIDE is the most efficient system to map interior spaces and features accurate floor plans, measurements and reliable property square footage. By integrating floor plans and visual data, iGUIDE provides an intuitive and practical way to navigate and explore built environments digitally. For more, visit goiguide.com.
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Utility Concierge Rebrands as Move Concierge
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Movoto and GreatSchools announce exclusive partnership to bring greater data transparency to home search process
The nation's largest privately-owned residential real estate search site will become the exclusive home listing provider for the leading education nonprofit Austin, TX - Movoto, the nation's largest privately-owned residential real estate search website, announced today it's signing an exclusive partnership with GreatSchools.org to become the sole provider of home listing data for the leading nonprofit school information site. The partnership will ensure consumers searching for either schools or homes are provided with responsibly-sourced, top tier, high-quality data. "We are ecstatic to announce that Movoto will be the only residential real estate search website exclusively providing home search data to the millions of parents who visit GreatSchools.org each year," Movoto CEO and co-founder John Berkowitz said, in a statement. "GreatSchools is a nonprofit that unequivocally shares our vision for transparency in data and as a real estate company with a large audience we have a responsibility to not misrepresent our communities. GreatSchools understands the importance of providing high-quality, data-powered educational insights." Movoto is one of the largest residential real estate technology companies, helping millions of consumers on their homebuying and selling journey each month. In 2020, OJO acquired Movoto to serve as the key consumer acquisition channel for the Austin-based real estate technology company, one of the fastest-growing in the U.S. The partnership will allow both companies to utilize their leading data-driven technology and assets for the betterment of families and prospective homeowners. Movoto emphasizes quality, speed, and clarity in data for consumers, ensuring the consumers are equipped with all of the right tools in the homebuying and selling journey. The company focuses on providing a holistic picture of a neighborhood, including climate scores, access to food and greenspace, as well as market trends. GreatSchools is the only national organization that collects and analyzes data from all 51 state departments of education and the federal government to provide analysis, insights, and school quality ratings for parents, partners, researchers and policymakers. The data is used to support parents pursuing a great education for their child, schools striving for excellence, and communities working to diminish inequities in education. "We aim to provide families with high-quality school information that can support them throughout their child's education," added GreatSchools CEO Jon Deane. "This partnership with Movoto adds to that ease — connecting parents who are navigating significant life changes to relevant, local housing information directly on our platform." Both Movoto and GreatSchools support millions of consumers each month, and the partnership will allow for more data transparency when it comes to the biggest purchase a consumer will make in their lifetime: buying a home. Through this relationship, Movoto will be able to diversify the breadth and type of school data it provides to customers, as new data sets become available. The organizations will also work to share learnings and insights from the partnership in order to further equip customers with the information they value most. Both companies share transparency as a value, and this partnership is a significant step forward in creating a more transparent experience for consumers. For more information about Movoto visit www.movoto.com. For more information about GreatSchools visit www.greatschools.org. About Movoto Movoto is the largest privately-owned residential real estate search website, meeting millions of consumers each month. The company's platform for buying, selling, and homeownership meets people wherever they are on their journey, offering personalized guidance every step of the way. Through a bespoke combination of people and technology, Movoto cultivates a deep understanding of individual needs and preferences, matching people with the right tools and trusted providers to equip anyone to unlock the abundant benefits of home ownership. Movoto is part of the OJO family of brands. OJO has placed 29th on the Deloitte Tech Fast 500 and 49th on the Inc. 5000. To date, the company has raised more than $140 million to fuel its rapid growth. CEO and Founder, John Berkowitz, has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Texas and a top CEO by the Austin Business Journal and the company's executives have won more than a dozen industry awards in the past year. OJO Labs is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has employees globally with a presence in Chicago, Minneapolis, and San Mateo; and a large operations center in St. Lucia. About GreatSchools GreatSchools is the leading nonprofit providing high-quality information that supports parents pursuing a great education for their child, schools striving for excellence, and communities working to diminish inequities in education. We are the only national organization that collects and analyzes data from all 51 state departments of education and the federal government to provide analysis, insights, and school quality ratings for parents, partners, researchers, and policymakers. Over 49 million users visit GreatSchools' award-winning website annually to learn about schools in their area, explore research insights, and access thousands of free, evidence-based parenting resources to support their child's learning and well-being. Learn more at GreatSchools.org and join us on LinkedIn, X (Twitter) and Facebook.
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Adwerx Launches Digital Out-of-Home Advertising Solution for Real Estate and Mortgage
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Realtor.com Calls on Industry to Join Campaign to Stand up for Buyer Representation
Consumer campaign showcases the value and expertise of buyer's agents during the home sale process with 111 tasks an agent does in a typical transaction SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 18, 2024 -- Realtor.com® is standing up for buyer's agents and is calling on the industry to join them in a new campaign that highlights to consumers everything that agents do for them before, during and after the homebuying process. The national multi-tiered integrated marketing campaign launches this week across print, digital and social channels and showcases an astounding 111 item to-do list that an independent buyer's agent facilitates during the homebuying transaction. The tagline, "Here's 111 things to-do, or, do 1 thing. Find a buyer's agent," is a call to action for consumers to find a trusted agent to represent their interests during the often costly and complicated home purchase process. The campaign debuted yesterday with full-page ads of the 111 item to-do list in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post. "Buyers need professional support and expertise while navigating the largest financial decision of a lifetime, especially amid challenging market headwinds," said Realtor.com® CEO Damian Eales. "The goal of this campaign is to make sure every American understands the value of having a buyer's agent represent them by showcasing all the services they provide clients in a typical transaction. We're asking everyone in the industry – agents, brokers, MLSs, and even portals – to join the cause to help make sure consumers get the representation they need and deserve to avoid making costly mistakes." In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal this week, Eales wrote about the benefits of the U.S. model providing lower overall costs and better representation for buyers and sellers alike, "Americans chose this model for good reasons. Before the 1990s, few people in the U.S. used a buyers' agent. Yet home buyers began to demand representation, especially low-income and first-time buyers who needed help navigating the process. Consumer-rights advocates championed this development. As buyers' agents became more popular, eight states even banned the old model of a single agent representing both parties. Americans effectively gained two agents for the price of one, and that price has fallen from over 6% to closer to 5% today. Discouraging the use of buyer's agents would reverse this progress." As part of the campaign, Realtor.com® is calling on the industry to support the effort and help spread the word via a campaign toolkit that will launch in the coming weeks. It will include customized assets, including a print ad, billboard ad, poster, newsletter, videos and social assets to share via social media, direct mail and other channels. For those who want to join the cause today: Reshare Realtor.com®'s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram social posts Share your logo by filling out this form to receive customized assets as soon as they are available. Questions can be directed to [email protected]. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com.
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National Housing Conference unveils new Housing Resource Center, redefining access to federal housing policy insights
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Housing Conference (NHC) today announced the launch of its new Housing Resource Center, poised to transform access to federal housing policy information. This comprehensive platform serves as the penultimate destination for individuals and organizations seeking easy access to insights and resources in the realm of housing policy. With more than 1,000 curated resources and growing, NHC's Housing Resource Center provides access to an unparalleled wealth of knowledge. From research papers, case studies, and best practices to policy briefs, talking points, and FAQs to news articles, blogs, and podcasts, users will be a click away from a diverse array of materials designed to inform and empower. "At NHC, we recognize the critical importance of informed decision-making in shaping effective housing policies," said David Dworkin, NHC's President and CEO. "Our new Housing Resource Center consolidates information from across the housing spectrum, catering to the diverse needs of policymakers, journalists, lenders, home builders, civil rights, consumer and affordable housing advocates, real estate professionals, nonprofit and for-profit housing development corporations, academics, and more." The Housing Resource Center serves as a comprehensive and centralized repository of legislative and regulatory developments, ensuring that users stay abreast of the latest changes and trends impacting the housing landscape. NHC's Housing Resource Center equips users with access to the knowledge needed to navigate complex policy challenges and drive meaningful change. "We are excited to provide a single, accessible platform that empowers stakeholders to play an active role in shaping the future of housing," continued Dworkin. "By fostering collaboration and dialogue, we aim to create innovative solutions and advance equitable access to housing opportunities for all." Explore the NHC Housing Resource Center today and unlock the insights needed to make a difference in housing policy. The Housing Resource Center will remain accessible to all through June 30, 2024, after which it will become an exclusive benefit reserved for NHC members, policymakers, and academic researchers only. Visit hrc.nhc.org to access this invaluable resource. About the National Housing Conference (NHC) Founded in 1931, the National Housing Conference is the oldest and broadest housing coalition in America. NHC is a diverse continuum of affordable housing stakeholders who convene and collaborate through dialogue, advocacy, research, and education, to develop equitable solutions that serve our common interest—an America where everyone is able to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community. Politically diverse and nonpartisan, NHC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To learn more about NHC, visit www.nhc.org.
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National Association of Realtors Announces Partnership with SoFi
WASHINGTON (April 8, 2024) – The National Association of Realtors® today announced SoFi as a new partner with NAR REALTOR Benefits®. As part of the agreement, NAR members and their clients can receive exclusive rates and discounts on mortgages, student loan refinancing, personal loans and more. "This partnership amplifies our support for the diverse financial needs of our members," said Rhonny Barragan, NAR vice president of strategic alliances. "SoFi's full range of services can benefit real estate agents and their clients across all stages of life." "We're extremely excited to partner with NAR to provide a one-stop financial solution to their members," said Michael Bourgeois, SoFi vice president and business lead. "At SoFi, we are dedicated to helping people get their money right to realize their ambitions and we recognize that NAR members have many financial goals, from financing a college degree to helping their clients buy a dream home. We're looking forward to setting them up for success with a robust suite of products and services." NAR members and their clients can visit SoFi.com/NAR to see unique rate discounts and benefits, view educational resources and schedule a one-on-one call with a student loan specialist. About the National Association of Realtors® The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. The term Realtor® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. About SoFi SoFi is a member-centric, one-stop shop for digital financial services on a mission to help people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. The company's full suite of financial products and services helps its more than 7.5 million SoFi members borrow, save, spend, invest, and protect their money better by giving them fast access to the tools they need to get their money right, all in one app.
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Realtor.com and Cox Automotive Identify the Top Electric Vehicle Friendly Housing Markets
San Jose, Calif., Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Francisco Round out the Top Markets SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 10, 2024 -- In 2023, 1.2 million U.S. vehicle buyers chose to go electric according to Kelley Blue Book, a Cox Automotive company. For electric vehicle (EV) owners certain factors, like home-charging ability and easy access to charging facilities are necessary for smooth EV ownership. A new report from Realtor.com® and Cox Automotive has uncovered the top housing markets for EV owners. These markets include; San Jose, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco; Boston; Seattle, Wash.; Durham, N.C.; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colo. "A mix of accessibility to charging facilities and a high share of EV-friendly homes listed on Realtor.com® made these places the most EV-friendly housing markets," said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist of Realtor.com®. "The data shows that home sellers are very aware of the trend toward electrification. Mirroring the rise in the number of electric vehicles, the share of homes marketing EV-friendly characteristics on Realtor.com® is growing over time. Similarly, rates of EV adoption vary by market, and rates of EV-friendly homes in different areas reflect this. As the number of EV owners grows, I expect to see more demand for at-home charging and EV friendly characteristics from both buyers and renters. Sellers and property managers who can meet this demand–which can be found in newer and older homes– will undoubtedly have an edge." Top EV-Friendly Housing Markets The analysis of most EV-friendly housing markets looked at markets on Realtor.com® with a great combination of EV-friendly listings and congestion index, measured as the ratio of EVs and Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs) to public charging ports to uncover the best housing markets for electrified-vehicle owners. The Rise in EV ownership Means More Demand EV-Friendly HomesAs EV ownership grows, so does the share of home listings being described as EV-friendly. In 2023, 0.9% of for-sale homes listed on Realtor.com® were described as EV-friendly. While the share was slightly below 1%, it has been growing rapidly. Five years ago, it was only 0.1%. In the number one EV-friendly housing market, San Jose, Calif., one in five households has an electric vehicle. The metro area, consequently, also saw the highest share of EV-friendly homes listed (4.9%) among all the metros in 2023. Additionally, Boulder, Colo. (3.4%), Seattle, Wash. (3.3%), Bloomington, Ill. (2.2%), Urban Honolulu, Hawaii (2.1%), Bend, Ore. (2.1%), Trenton, N.J. (2.0%) and Austin, Texas (2.0%) all saw a higher-than-average share of EV-friendly homes listed for sale. "We have found a clear and positive synergy between the housing market and EV adoption," remarked Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist, Cox Automotive. "While we remain in the early innings in the electrification of the auto market with dramatic variation in adoption thus far, EV-friendly homes are proving to be key. Having access to a charger is fundamental to the ease of use for an EV, and when that charger is in a home it is both convenient and economical. This in turn makes EV-friendly homes stand out in markets with more EV owners." Opportunity for EV-Friendly Home Growth There's a growing demand for more EV-friendly homes to accommodate the increasing number of EV owners. Even in EV-friendly markets like Oxnard, Calif., Riverside, Calif., Urban Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Ore, where there's already a high concentration of EV-friendly listings, the crowded public charging facilities indicate a potential for even greater demand for EV-compatible homes. See more information on the top housing markets for EV owners and for a general snapshot of the state of EV ownership and home friendliness here. Methodology Top EV-friendly markets were first determined by calculating percentile levels for 1) share of EV-friendly listings and 2) congestion index (EV per public port). Then a weighted average was taken between the two metrics to come up with an EV-friendly housing score for each market, forming the basis for market rankings. According to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy, 80% of EV charging is done at home. We assign 0.8 as the weight to the home metric and 0.2 to the public charging metric. EV-friendly homes are single-family homes and condos/townhomes/rowhomes/co-ops listed for-sale on Realtor.com® with featuring terms such as 'electric vehicles' and '240-volt outlet' in the listing descriptions. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com®. About Cox Automotive Cox Automotive is the world's largest automotive services and technology provider. Fueled by the largest breadth of first-party data fed by 2.3 billion online interactions a year, Cox Automotive tailors leading solutions for car shoppers, automakers, dealers, retailers, lenders and fleet owners. The company has 26,000+ employees on five continents and a family of trusted brands that includes Autotrader®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital™ and vAuto®. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with $22 billion in annual revenue. Visit coxautoinc.com or connect via @CoxAutomotive on X, CoxAutoInc on Facebook or Cox-Automotive-Inc on LinkedIn.
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NAR Honors Fair Housing Month, Announces 2024 Fair Housing Champion Award Winners
Award recipients celebrated for contributions to communities and efforts in promoting homeownership to individuals from all backgrounds WASHINGTON (April 3, 2024) — The National Association of Realtors® and Realtor.com® today honored three winners of the Fair Housing Champion Award during NAR's Fair Housing Month event, "Many Rivers to Cross: America’s Ongoing Fair Housing Journey." Honorees received recognition for their efforts to advance fair housing and expand homeownership in their communities. With the Fair Housing Champion Award, Realtors® are recognized for going above and beyond to support buyers and communities that have faced housing discrimination, advocating for accessible and affordable housing opportunities, and promoting consumer and Realtor® fair housing education. Sponsored by Realtor.com®, the award provides a $5,000 prize that winners can dedicate to a housing-related nonprofit organization of their choice. "NAR's mission to promote the growth of prosperous, diverse, and inclusive communities across the United States is more resilient than ever," stated NAR President Kevin Sears. "Affordability and fair housing remain the most significant challenges confronting the real estate industry today, and I am immensely proud of the dedication displayed by our award recipients in expanding access to homeownership. Their leadership has paved the way for positive change, inspiring others to join in our collective efforts." This year's winners include: Eve B. Lee, a Lake County, Illinois, community leader, has spent more than 45 years expanding housing opportunities. Shadrick Bogany, a prominent figure in Houston real estate, advocates for homeownership as a means of empowerment, particularly within marginalized communities. Paul Yorkis, as president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®, successfully advocated for the state government to translate standard real estate forms into languages other than English. "Having someone to help consumers overcome the barriers of buying a home and advocate for them in the transaction is crucial to opening more doors to the many benefits of homeownership," said Realtor.com® Chief Marketing Officer Mickey Neuberger. "We are proud to support the professionalism of Realtors® and especially these Fair Housing Champions, who are making a real difference by helping expand housing opportunities in their communities." Alexia Smokler, director of NAR’s fair housing policy & programs, welcomed Patrice Ficklin, the founding director of the CFPB’s office of fair lending & equal opportunity, to the fair housing event to discuss the significance of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) on its 50th anniversary. The discussion highlighted ECOA’s role in advancing women's access to credit and mortgage lending by prohibiting discrimination based on sex and marital status. Before ECOA, women faced significant obstacles in obtaining credit due to discriminatory practices such as requiring male co-signers and devaluing women's income. The conversation also delved into the amendments made to ECOA in 1976, expanding protected classes and introducing special-purpose credit programs while addressing contemporary challenges such as digital discrimination and unjust lending restrictions based on criminal history or public assistance income. Ficklin concluded, "In the past 50 years, we've come a long way from women being interrogated by lenders on their family planning and marriage plans to qualify for credit, but the work to ensure fairness and equity is far from over. We cannot solve these problems alone or in a vacuum, but I am hopeful and encouraged by our collective efforts to advance the important yet unfinished work of advancing economic justice." NAR’s Vice President of Policy Advocacy, Bryan Greene, welcomed Thomas Sugrue, a preeminent civil rights historian, to discuss the activism preceding the 1964 Civil Rights Act, whose 60th anniversary NAR commemorated at the event. Their discussion emphasized the ongoing struggle against racial discrimination in various aspects of society, such as in the workplace, education, and housing. While the 1964 Civil Rights Act addressed some forms of discrimination, including in public spaces and employment, it notably did not confront issues in the private housing market. That didn’t happen until 1968, with the passage of the Fair Housing Act, seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sugrue highlighted that individuals’ housing choices today are still constrained by discrimination and other racial barriers beyond their control. "We often turn a blind eye to it or just assume that housing segregation is a result of individual choice," he said. "It's not." The discussion underscored the need for strengthened enforcement of existing laws, greater awareness of ongoing discrimination, and interventions to address systemic barriers to fair housing access. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. The term Realtor® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
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The US has a record-high 550 'million-dollar' cities
Low inventory is keeping competition high and home values rising SEATTLE, April 2, 2024 -- The U.S. has a record-high 550 "million-dollar" cities — cities where the typical home is worth $1 million or more — a new Zillow® analysis shows. That is 59 more million-dollar cities than a year ago,1 reversing losses from when home values were wobbling this time last year. A tight housing market with few homes available has kept home values rising, even while affordability challenges have hampered buyers. The good news for buyers in the market this home-shopping season is that new listings are on the rise as the effects of "rate lock" — occurring when homeowners are financially incentivized to keep their current home because of the low rate on their current mortgage — are weakening, and the hope for lower mortgage rates later this year may mean a second wave of buyer demand this summer. "Affordability is still a big challenge for buyers, but that hasn't stopped prices from growing," said Anushna Prakash, an economic research data scientist at Zillow. "Buyers this spring are going to see more options to choose from, but they'll also see a lot of other buyers wandering through the same open houses. Competition will stay fierce, especially for the most attractive and well-priced homes. If mortgage rates drop later this year, as many expect, we may see a surge in million-dollar cities as even more buyers jump in and drive prices higher." While million-dollar cities were affected more than the typical U.S. city when home values fell in late 2022, they have generally tracked with the national market over the past year. The typical U.S. home is worth 4.2% more than it was a year ago. In current million-dollar cities, the median year-over-year home value growth is 4.6%. California is home to 210 million-dollar cities, more than the next five states combined. New Jersey has added the most million-dollar cities over the past year, gaining 14. Florida, Texas and Delaware are the only states to have a net loss in million-dollar cities over the past year. Florida lost three million-dollar cities — Siesta Key, Santa Rosa Beach and Sanibel — while adding one, the Village of Palmetto Bay, near Miami. Texas lost two million-dollar cities in the Austin area, Sunset Valley and Volente, and added Bellaire, outside of Houston. The typical home in Delaware's Dewey Beach fell below the million-dollar cutoff. The New York City metro area, which includes parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has the most million-dollar cities with 106 — 24 more than a year ago. San Francisco is next with 69, followed by Los Angeles with 63. Other than the New York City metro area, Los Angeles gained the most million-dollar cities over the past year, adding seven. Boston added four during that time, and San Diego, Chicago and San Luis Obispo each added three. Whether a buyer or renter is searching for a home in a million-dollar city or somewhere with home values closer to average, Zillow has tools that can help. An affordability calculator can help a buyer better understand what they can afford and set a budget. Buyers can then use Zillow to search for homes filtered for a monthly cost they are comfortable with, instead of only by list price. Buyers can also find and connect with a knowledgeable real estate professional and loan officer on Zillow to help guide them through the home-buying process. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, dedicated partners and agents, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Zillow Group's affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans℠, Trulia®, Out East®, StreetEasy®, HotPads®, ShowingTime+℠, Spruce® and Follow Up Boss®.
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Renting Now Beats Buying in All of the Largest U.S. Metros
The top 5 metros with the largest savings for renters include Austin, Texas; Seattle; Phoenix; San Francisco and Los Angeles SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 26, 2024 -- Elevated mortgage interest rates, still-high home prices and falling rents have made it more affordable to rent than buy in all of the top 50 U.S. metros, according to the Realtor.com® Rental Report released today. In February, the mortgage payment on a starter home in the largest metros cost $1,027 (+60.1%) more than the monthly rent in those markets, on average. At the same time last year, 45 metros favored renting. The top 10 metros with the largest rent versus buy savings (see below for top 50 metros): Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, Texas – $2,165 monthly rent savings (141.5% difference) Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. – $2,422 (121.1%) Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, Ariz. – $1,528 (99.0%) San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, Calif. – $2,689 (95.5%) Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. – $2,539 (89.7%) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. – $2,780 (86.7%) Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. – $1,366 (86.0%) Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore. Wash. – $1,396 (84.4%) Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, Calif. – $1,514 (82.1%) Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas – $1,103 (80.0%) "With rents continuing to fall and the cost of buying a home remaining high, exacerbated by the rise in mortgage rates in the later half of 2023, renting a home is now a more cost-effective option in all major U.S. markets," said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com®. "Deciding whether to rent or buy often goes beyond a financial advantage though, and likely depends on a consumer's circumstances. Renters often prize flexibility while the biggest reasons homebuyers cite are that they want a place of their own and to be closer to family and friends. The financial scales have tipped monthly costs in favor of renting over buying, but it does not bring the benefit of housing wealth gains over time that owning does and movers should consider their long-term housing plans and personal situation as they make this decision." The overall advantage of renting continues to grow in most markets In February, the cost of buying a starter home in the top 50 metros was $1,027 (60.1%) higher than renting one; comparatively, the cost to buy was $865 higher than renting in February 2023 – a $162 higher monthly savings from renting compared to the prior year. The savings are mostly driven by declining rent prices and higher buying costs, especially interest rates – the 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained elevated at 6.78% in February 2024 compared to 6.26% 12 months ago. The advantages of renting have become more pronounced across the top metros. Looking specifically at the top 10 metros that favor renting over buying, the average monthly costs for buying a starter home were $1,950 (95.6%) higher than rents – nearly double the cost. Those metros are mostly markets with a higher concentration of tech workers and high earners, where both the average rent and buy costs are higher than the national average. Renting beats buying in all major metros, especially in south and west; five metros flip from last year In February, median rents fell across all unit sizes. Despite seven months of annual rent declines, median rents are still $252 (17.3%) higher than the same time in 2020, before the onset of the pandemic. Last February, 45 metros favored renting, but over the past 12 months Memphis, Tenn, Birmingham, Ala., Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Baltimore metros flipped from favoring buying to favoring renting. Four out of five of those markets were among the top markets seeing a high share of investor activity, which may have accelerated the growth of home prices there and increased the overall costs of buying a home, tilting those markets further toward favoring renting over buying. Austin, Texas, where the monthly cost of buying a starter home was $3,695 – 141.5% more than the monthly rent of $1,530, for a monthly savings of $2,165 – topped the list of markets most favoring renting. Other top markets favoring renting over buying were Seattle, Phoenix, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Metros with diminishing rental advantages were San Jose, Calif.; Dallas; San Francisco; Columbus, Ohio; Miami; and Minneapolis. Realtor.com®'s rent versus buy calculator can help consumers determine if the cost of homeownership is a better deal than renting based on their location and budget. National Rental Data – February 2024 Markets ranked by % of saving from buying vs renting a starter home – February 2024 * Buffalo, N.Y.; Hartford, Conn.; New Orleans; Providence, R.I.; and Rochester, N.Y. area metrics have been excluded while data is under review Methodology Rental data as of February 2024 for studio, 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom units advertised as for-rent on Realtor.com®. Rental units include apartments as well as private rentals (condos, townhomes, single-family homes). We use rental sources that reliably report data each month within the top 50 largest metropolitan areas. Realtor.com® began publishing regular monthly rental trends reports in October 2020 with data history stretching back to March 2019. The monthly cost of buying a home was calculated by averaging the median listing prices of studio, 1-bed, and 2-bed homes, weighted by the number of listings, in each housing market. Monthly buying costs assume a 8% down payment, with a mortgage rate of 6.78%, and include taxes, insurance and HOA fees. With the release of its January 2024 rent report, Realtor.com® incorporated a new and improved methodology for capturing and reporting more comprehensive rental listing trends and metrics. The new methodology is expected to yield a cleaner, more representative and more consistent measurement of rental listings and trends at both the national and local level. The methodology has been adjusted to better represent the true cost of primary housing for renters. Most areas across the country will see minor changes with a smaller handful of areas seeing larger updates. As a result of these changes, the rental data released since January 2024 will not be directly comparable with previous releases and Realtor.com® economics blog posts. However, future data releases, including historical data, will consistently apply the new methodology. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com.
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Concessions cool as spring rental season approaches
Property managers' race to woo tenants eases, signaling a tighter market for renters this spring SEATTLE, March 20, 2024 -- After a winter that saw nearly a third of rental listings offering tenants tempting concessions such as free months of rent or free parking, Zillow's latest data reveals the share of rentals offering perks may have hit its peak. The good news for renters is that the market is friendlier than it was a year ago, with the share of rentals offering a concession rising 5.6 percentage points. As spring approaches, February data show 32.2% of rental listings on Zillow offered a concession, down slightly from December and up 5.6 percentage points from a year earlier. That marks the slowest annual growth pace since last June. After seven months of consecutive monthly increases to end 2023, the share of rentals offering concessions fell to 31.9% in January before a slight uptick last month. If past seasonal trends continue to hold, renters looking to secure a new lease in the upcoming spring or summer may encounter fewer incentives and increased competition. "The rental market always ebbs and flows with the seasons, so it's no shock that we're seeing concessions start to level off as we move into the warmer months," said Anushna Prakash, an economic research data scientist at Zillow. "It looks like we're beginning to see the market balance the ongoing high demand from renters with a competitive environment for property managers and landlords. While concessions are beginning to dip, they are more common than they were a year ago, helped by new buildings that have opened their doors." While the expected seasonal shift accounts for the stabilization of concessions, the pace of rent growth and vacancy levels offer deeper insights. Recently, rents haven't been going up as quickly as they did before the pandemic, and it looks like supply and demand are starting to balance out. The share of rental housing units that were vacant was at 6.6% in the fourth quarter of 2023, which is just a bit higher than the nearly forty-year low seen at the end of 2021. This indicates there are enough eager renters, nudging the market toward stability. The Metros Leading the Concession Charge Despite the national trend toward stabilization, certain markets continue to lead with high shares of concessions. These metros exemplify the diversity within the rental market, with strategies varying widely across regions to attract tenants. 10 Metro Areas with the Largest Share of Rental Concessions Source: Zillow data In nine of the ten metros where the share of rental concessions is highest, rents are growing more slowly than the nationwide 3.5% annual rate, and they are outright falling in Austin. This could mean there are more apartments available than there are people looking to rent them. On the other hand, areas where there are fewer of these kinds of deals available, such as Providence, R.I. (12.3% of rentals offered concessions in February), Hartford, Conn. (16.3%), and Cincinnati, Ohio (18.9%), are seeing some of the fastest rent increases. In Providence, typical rents have jumped by 8.1% since last year. Hartford and Cincinnati both saw rents increase by 6.4%. Zillow provides a user-friendly platform for housing providers to share concessions information with prospective renters. Property managers can easily list concessions for their properties, and renters can find all available offers under the "Special Offers" tab on participating building detail pages, enabling them to make well-informed housing decisions. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, dedicated partners and agents, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Zillow Group's affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans℠, Trulia®, Out East®, StreetEasy®, HotPads®, ShowingTime+℠, Spruce® and Follow Up Boss®.
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It's Almost Here: The Best Time to Sell is April 14-20, Realtor.com Finds
Nationally, the week of April 14 will have the best mix of market conditions for sellers, who could get $34,000 more for their home than at the start of the year SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2024 -- Those looking to sell their home this year should start to get ready now, as the best week to sell a home is April 14-20, 2024, according to a new analysis from Realtor.com®. Nationwide, sellers listing during that week are likely to see the best conditions for listing prices, buyer demand and sales pace, as well as lower chances of price reductions and competition from other sellers. A recent survey from Realtor.com® found that the majority (53%) of home sellers took one month or less to get their home ready to list, so the time to start prepping is now. "Spring is generally the high season for home sales, and buyers tend to be more plentiful earlier in the year," said Realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. "Because listing a home is a process, sellers should start preparing now so they can list their home at a time when conditions are likely to be most favorable, giving them the best chance of selling their home quickly and at a competitive price." Why is April 14-20 the best time to sell in 2024? While some home buyers are waiting for mortgage rates to fall further before entering the housing market, it's still a good time for homeowners to sell as buyers continue to be in need of more for-sale options, with inventory still almost 40% below pre-pandemic levels. Those looking to take advantage of seasonal market trends should consider getting ready to list April 14-20 for the best mix of market conditions for sellers, including: Above-average prices – The prices of homes listed during this week have historically been 1.1% higher than the average week, and are typically 10.4% higher than at the start of the year. If 2024 follows last year's seasonal trend, the national median listing price could be $7,400 higher than the average week, and $34,000 more than at the start of the year. Above-average buyer demand – The more buyers looking at homes, the better it is for offers and sales. Historically, this week saw 18.4% more views per listing than the typical week, but in 2023 this week got 22.8% more views per listing than the average week during the year. Demand will in part depend on mortgage rates – falling rates may increase spring demand, while steady or rising rates may prompt some buyers to hold off. Faster market pace – Thanks to above-average demand, homes tend to sell more quickly during this week. Historically, homes actively for sale during the week of April 14 sold 17%, or about 9 days, faster than in the average week. In 2023, this week typically saw homes on the market for 46 days on average, 6 days faster than the year's average. With inventory levels remaining low, sales may happen more quickly as buyers compete for fewer properties. Less competition from other sellers – With past seasonal trends likely to persist, there would be 13.7% fewer sellers in the market this week compared to the average week during the year. Active inventory was 14.8% higher in February versus last February, but still 39.7% lower than pre-pandemic levels. This gap means there will continue to be opportunities for sellers entering the market this spring. Below-average price reductions – Price reductions tend to be lowest in late winter and early spring as buyer activity ramps up. Historically, about 24.6% fewer homes have had a price decrease this week compared to the average week of the year. In 2023, this week saw about 8,000 fewer listings with price reductions compared to the average week of the year. Key factors for the 2024 housing market and tips for getting ready The 2024 housing market is expected to behave according to typical seasonality, but will likely offer slightly better conditions than in 2023. According to Realtor.com®'s survey, it took most recent sellers (72%) between 2 weeks and 3 months to prepare their home for sale, with the sweet spot being between two weeks and a month (37%). For almost half (48%), it took less time than expected to list their home, while 11% said it took more time than they expected. Here are some market and other factors for sellers and buyers to keep an eye on as they navigate the spring housing market and beyond: Prices tend to peak later in the year – but so will competition. By the end of June, prices have historically reached near-peak levels (+13.8%) compared to the beginning of the year, while the number of new sellers increased by even more (+49.3%). By entering the market earlier, sellers can head off that competition, increasing the odds of a successful close and favorable terms. Working with an experienced agent can help sellers prepare for and navigate their local market dynamics. Realtor.com® RealChoice Selling lets sellers get proposals from multiple agents in their area to compare and pick the right professional who can help with their sale, and all without a commitment. Mortgage rates will determine the level of market activity. Mortgage rates are expected to ease to the mid-6% range later in the year, and once rates decline, we'll likely see an increase in potential buyers based on a recent Realtor.com® survey of Americans looking to buy this year, welcome news for those on the fence about selling. Homeowners wondering about whether they can get a good price if they sell this spring can use the Realtor.com® RealEstimate tool to see their home's value over time, as well as the tool's Proceeds Calculator to see how much money they could make selling. Sellers still stand to see favorable buyer attention. Demand tends to cool in the late summer and early fall, while by mid-August, the number of sellers with actively-listed homes typically increases 29% compared to the beginning of the year, increasing competition from other sellers. To help sellers keep a pulse on buyer interest in their area, the Realtor.com® My Home dashboard gives sellers real-time insights into demand signals from users searching on Realtor.com® for similar homes with a price range matching the home's RealEstimate. Consumers looking to prepare for and maximize their home sale can find helpful Realtor.com® seller tools and resources in the app by clicking on My Home and at realtor.com/sell. Methodology Listing metrics (e.g. list prices) from 2018-2019 and 2021-2023 were measured on a weekly basis, with each week compared against a benchmark from the first full week of the year. Due to the onset of the pandemic, 2020 was an uncharacteristic year and has therefore been excluded from the analysis. Averaging across the years yielded the "typical" seasonal trend for each metric. Percentile levels for each week were calculated along each metric (prices, listings, days on market, etc.), and were then averaged together across metrics to determine a Best Time to List score for each week. Rankings for each week were based on these Best Time to List scores. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com®.
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RESAAS Launches 'Coming Soon' Listing Integration with Zillow
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Realtor.com Adds Three New Climate Risk Factor Scores to Its Website
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2024 -- In the United States, 40.4% of homes, valued at $19.7 trillion, are at severe or extreme risk when it comes to heat, wind and air quality. To help consumers make more informed home buying and selling decisions, Realtor.com® announces the launch of three new climate risk factor scores on its website including Heat Factor™, Wind Factor™, and Air Factor™, with data from First Street, a leading climate technology company with expertise in climate change and the connection of climate risk to financial risk. "Realtor.com® currently offers users an in-depth look at fire and flood risks. When you consider the percentage of American homes, and the value at risk, against factors like extreme heat, air quality and wind, it was imperative for us to deliver more robust and comprehensive climate risk information to our users," said Mausam Bhatt, Chief Product and Technology Officer, Realtor.com®. "It's important for people to fully understand the climate risks that a home faces not only in the present, but in the future, so they can make the most informed decision for one of the biggest purchases and investments they will make in their life." 2024 Realtor.com Climate Risk Report Realtor.com® uses First Street's models that calculate property-level climate risk to present digestible, easy to understand information for its users. Home buyers and sellers can now more fully understand the climate risk associated with a property through maps illustrating exposure to risk factors. They can toggle between factors to see how a particular risk may affect the home's area in the present and over time, showing current exposure to risks and the expected change for each risk in 15 years, and in 30 years, the length of a typical mortgage. Across the U.S., certain areas have more value at risk relative to specific climate factors. For example, Miami holds the highest total value of homes at risk for severe or extreme heat (valued at $1,258 billion) and wind (valued at $1,276 billion), while San Francisco has the highest total value at risk of homes at severe or extreme air quality (valued at $1,455 billion). See more market level details here. More Ways to Evaluate How Climate Risks May Affect Homes Through Heat Factor™, users can access property-level information that displays a heat risk score between 1-10 (minimal to extreme). They can see how many days the property area experiences a heat index (measured as temperature and humidity) at or above the local definition of a "hot day" and they can see the average high "feels like" temperature in the typical hottest month, today and 30 years into the future. In 2024, approximately 32.5% of homes in the U.S., valued at nearly $13.6 trillion, will face severe or extreme risk of heat exposure. Wind Factor™ assesses property-level risk measured as the chance a property will be exposed to wind gusts exceeding 50 mph at least once, and scores it from 1-10 (minimal to extreme), today and 30 years into the future. This year, approximately 18.1% of homes in the U.S., valued at nearly $7.7 trillion, will face severe or extreme risk of hurricane wind damage. Air Factor™ assigns a property-level air risk score from 1-10 (minimal to extreme) and shows consumers the expected change in poor air quality days (Air Quality Index over 100), today and 30 years into the future. Approximately 9.0% of homes in the U.S., valued at nearly $6.6 trillion, will face severe or extreme air quality risk in 2024.Access to climate risk information including extreme heat, wind, and air quality are now available on for-sale homes listed on Realtor.com® and will be coming soon to rental properties. For more information, visit realtor.com/environmental-risk. Metros With the Most Share of Home Values at Severe or Extreme Heat Risk* *For metros having 50%+ of total home values at risk Metros With the Most Share of Home Values at Severe or Extreme Wind Risk** **For metros having 50%+ of total home values at risk Metros With the Most Share of Home Values at Severe or Extreme Air Quality Risk*** ***For metros having 50%+ of total home values at risk About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com.
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California, New Jersey and Illinois Still Facing Higher Risk of Housing Market Decline
New York City and Chicago Areas More Exposed to Market Downturns; At-Risk Locations Have Weaker Affordability, Foreclosure, Underwater and Job Numbers; Lower Risk Again Mainly Spread Across Southern and Midwestern Regions IRVINE, Calif. — March 7, 2024 — ATTOM, a leading curator of land, property, and real estate data, today released a Special Housing Risk Report spotlighting county-level housing markets around the United States that are more or less vulnerable to declines, based on home affordability, underwater mortgages and other measures in the fourth quarter of 2023. The report shows that California, New Jersey and Illinois continue to have the highest concentrations of the most-at-risk markets in the country, with some of the biggest clusters in the New York City and Chicago areas, along with inland California. Less-vulnerable markets are spread mainly throughout the South and Midwest. The fourth-quarter patterns – derived from gaps in home affordability, underwater mortgages, foreclosures and unemployment – revealed that California, New Jersey and Illinois had 34 of the 50 counties considered most vulnerable to potential drop-offs. As with earlier periods over the past few years, those concentrations dwarfed other parts of the country, with the latest coming at a time of significant market uncertainty connected to increasingly unaffordable home ownership costs and relatively high home-mortgage interest rates. The 50 counties on the most-exposed list included six in and around New York City, five in the Chicago metropolitan area and 14 in areas of California away from the Pacific coast. The rest were scattered around other parts of the country. At the other end of the risk spectrum, the Midwest and South again had the most markets considered least likely to decline, including nine in Wisconsin and five in Kansas. "Fault lines running through the foundation of the U.S. housing market continue to appear in different parts of the country, with some areas remaining more or less vulnerable than others," said Rob Barber, CEO at ATTOM. "As always, this is not a warning sign for homeowners to run out and sell, or rush to buy, in any specific market. The housing market remains strong throughout most of the country despite some recent small downturns. Rather, this report again spotlights areas that appear more or less exposed to a market fall, should that start to happen, based on key measures." Counties were considered more or less at risk based on the percentage of homes facing possible foreclosure, the portion with mortgage balances that exceeded estimated property values, the percentage of average local wages required to pay for major home ownership expenses on median-priced single-family homes and local unemployment rates. The conclusions were drawn from an analysis of the most recent home affordability, home equity and foreclosure reports prepared by ATTOM. Unemployment rates came from federal government data. Rankings were based on a combination of those four categories in 580 counties around the United States with sufficient data to analyze in the fourth quarter of 2023. Counties were ranked in each category, from lowest to highest, with the overall conclusion based on a combination of the four ranks. See below for the full methodology. The ongoing risk disparities throughout the country persisted in the fourth quarter of 2023 as key market measures tracked downward and home ownership remained a financial stretch across much of the nation. The national median home price was flat during the Summer of last year and dropped 3 percent in the Fall after a springtime surge stalled out. Declining prices in late 2023 slightly deflated homeowner equity and raised underwater mortgage rates. But even as values dipped a bit, home affordability continued to consume at least a third of average local wages in most of the U.S., putting the nation's 12-year housing market boom at risk. Chicago and New York City metro areas face greater risk along with wide swaths of California The metropolitan areas around Chicago, IL, and New York, NY, as well as a stretch of inland California, had 25 of the 50 U.S. counties considered most vulnerable in the fourth quarter of 2023 to housing market troubles (from among 580 counties with enough data to analyze). The 50 most at-risk counties included one in New York City (Kings County, which covers Brooklyn), five in the New York City suburbs (Essex, Ocean, Passaic, Sussex and Union counties, all in New Jersey) and five in the Chicago metropolitan area (De Kalb, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties). The 14 located across inland California were Butte County (Chico), Sacramento County, El Dorado County (outside Sacramento) and Solano County (outside Sacramento) in the northern part of the state, and Fresno County, Kern County (Bakersfield), Kings County (outside Fresno), Madera County (outside Fresno), Merced County (outside Fresno), San Joaquin County (Stockton), Stanislas County (Modesto) and Tulare County (outside Fresno) in central California. Two others, Riverside County and San Bernardino County, were in southern California. Elsewhere, the top-50 list included two in the Philadelphia, PA, metro area (Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey) and two near St. Louis, MO (Saint Clair and Madison counties in Illinois). Counties more vulnerable to declines have less-affordable homes as well as higher levels of underwater mortgages, foreclosures and unemployment Major home-ownership costs (mortgage payments, property taxes and insurance) on median-priced single-family homes consumed more than one-third of average local wages in 43 of the 50 counties that were considered most vulnerable to market drop-offs in the fourth quarter of 2023. Nationwide, major expenses on typical homes sold in the fourth quarter required 33.7 percent of average local wages – almost exactly one-third. The highest percentages in the 50 most at-risk markets were in Kings County (Brooklyn), NY (114 percent of average local wages needed for major ownership costs); Riverside County, CA (74.2 percent); El Dorado County, CA (outside Sacramento) (73.7 percent); Contra Costa County, CA (outside Oakland) (67.2 percent) and Passaic County, NY (outside New York City) (67.1 percent). At least 5 percent of residential mortgages were underwater in the fourth quarter of 2023 in 36 of the 50 most-at-risk counties. Nationwide, 6.1 percent of mortgages fell into that category, with homeowners owing more on their mortgages than the estimated value of their properties. Those with the highest underwater rates among the 50 most at-risk counties were Tangipahoa Parish, LA (east of Baton Rouge) (22.8 percent underwater); Saint Clair County, IL (outside St. Louis, MO) (17.4 percent); Montgomery County (Clarksville), TN (15.5 percent); Hardin County, KY (outside Louisville) (15.5 percent) and Madison County, IL (outside St. Louis, MO) (14.6 percent). More than one of every 1,000 properties faced a foreclosure action in the fourth quarter of 2023 in 36 of the 50 most vulnerable counties. Nationwide, one in 1,503 homes were in that position. The highest foreclosure rates among the top 50 counties were in Cumberland County (Vineland), NJ, (one in 456 properties facing possible foreclosure); Sussex County, NJ (outside New York City) (one in 540); Camden County, NJ (outside Philadelphia, PA) (one in 565); Madison County, IL (outside St. Louis, MO) (one in 575) and Madera County, CA (outside Fresno) (one in 597). The November unemployment rate was at least 4 percent in 39 of the 50 most at-risk counties, while the nationwide figure stood at 3.7 percent. The highest rates in the top 50 counties were all in central California: Tulare County, CA (outside Fresno) (10.2 percent); Merced County, CA (outside Fresno) (8.5 percent); Kings County, CA (outside Fresno) (8 percent); Kern County (Bakersfield), CA (7.8 percent) and Fresno County, CA (7.6 percent). Counties least at risk concentrated in South and Midwest Twenty-five of the 50 counties considered least vulnerable to housing-market problems from among the 580 included in the fourth-quarter report were in the Midwest and 14 were in the South. Nine were in the Northeast while just two were in the West. Wisconsin had nine of the 50 least at-risk counties in the fourth quarter: Brown County (Green Bay), Outagamie County (outside Green Bay), Dane County (Madison), Rock County (outside Madison), Eau Claire County, La Crosse County, Marathon County (Wausau), Washington County (outside Milwaukee) and Winnebago County (Oshkosh). Another five were in Kansas, all in or near Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita: Wyandotte County (Kansas City), Johnson County (Overland Park), Shawnee County (Topeka), Douglas County (outside Topeka) and Sedgwick County (Wichita). Less-vulnerable counties have better affordability along with other more favorable measures Major ownership costs on median-priced single-family homes required more than one-third of average local wages in 31 of the 50 counties that were considered least vulnerable to market problems in the fourth quarter of 2023 (compared to 43 of the most at-risk). The highest levels were in Gallatin County (Bozeman), MT (76.8 percent of average local wages needed for major ownership costs); Washington County, RI (outside Providence) (74.6 percent); Forsyth County GA (outside Atlanta) (66.2 percent); Williamson County, TN (outside Nashville) (62.2 percent) and Loudoun County, VA (outside Washington, DC) (59.3 percent). Less than 5 percent of residential mortgages were underwater in the fourth quarter of 2023 (with owners owing more than their properties were worth) in 39 of the 50 least-at-risk counties. Those with the lowest rates were Williamson County, TN (outside Nashville) (1.6 percent underwater); Loudoun County, VA (outside Washington, DC) (1.8 percent); Washington County, RI (outside Providence) (1.8 percent); Forsyth County GA (outside Atlanta) (2 percent) and Hillsborough County (Manchester), NH (2 percent). More than one in 1,000 properties faced a foreclosure action during the fourth quarter of 2023 in none of the 50 least-at-risk counties. Those with the lowest rates were Johnson County (Overland Park), KS (one in 49,771 properties facing possible foreclosure); Wyandotte County (Kansas City), KS (one in 17,086); La Crosse County, WI (one in 13,056); Williamson County, TN (outside Nashville) (one in 12,677) and Dane County (Madison), WI (one in 11,176). The November 2023 unemployment rate was less than 3 percent in 45 of the 50 least-at-risk counties. The lowest rates among those counties were in Cass County (Fargo), ND (1.3 percent); Olmsted County (Rochester), MN (1.4 percent); Howard County, MD (outside Baltimore) (1.4 percent); Minnehaha County (Sioux Falls), SD (1.6 percent) and Stearns County (St. Cloud), MN (1.8 percent). Report methodology The ATTOM Special Housing Market Impact Report is based on ATTOM's fourth-quarter 2023 foreclosure, home affordability and underwater property reports, plus November 2023 unemployment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Press releases for affordability, foreclosure and underwater-property reports show the methodology for each.) Counties with sufficient data to analyze were ranked based on the fourth-quarter percentage of properties with a foreclosure filing, the percentage of average local wages needed to afford the major expenses of owning a median-priced home and the percentage of properties with outstanding mortgage balances that exceeded their estimated market values, along with November 2023 county unemployment rates. Ranks then were added up to develop a composite ranking across all four categories. Equal weight was given to each category. Counties with the lowest composite rank were considered most vulnerable to housing market problems. Those with the highest composite rank were considered least vulnerable. About ATTOM ATTOM provides premium property data to power products that improve transparency, innovation, efficiency, and disruption in a data-driven economy. ATTOM multi-sources property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties covering 99 percent of the nation's population. A rigorous data management process involving more than 20 steps validates, standardizes, and enhances the real estate data collected by ATTOM, assigning each property record with a persistent, unique ID — the ATTOM ID. The 30TB ATTOM Data Warehouse fuels innovation in many industries including mortgage, real estate, insurance, marketing, government and more through flexible data delivery solutions that include ATTOM Cloud, bulk file licenses, property data APIs, real estate market trends, property navigator and more. Also, introducing our newest innovative solution, making property data more readily accessible and optimized for AI applications– AI-Ready Solutions.
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Household formations outpaced single-family home construction by 7.2 million homes in 2023; including multi-family home construction reduces the gap to 2.5 million homes SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2024 -- While the number of homes for sale has been recovering from pandemic-era lows thanks to a surge of new construction, a new Realtor.com® analysis found that the market is still missing up to 7.2 million homes, the result of more than a decade of underbuilding relative to population growth. "The U.S. is in a long-term housing shortage with the construction of new homes failing to keep pace with a growing population. While a recent uptick in new construction has the potential to alleviate the historically low level of homes for sale on the market today, it's going to take some time to close the gap," said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com®. "That said, the elevated level of both single- and multi-family construction coming to market this year is likely to put downward pressure on rent prices in many markets, welcome news for renters. It also means that the higher than usual share of new homes for sale is likely to continue, giving home shoppers willing to consider new homes more options." Household formation outpaces single-family home construction, despite uptick In 2023, an additional 1.7 million households formed, resulting in a total of 17.2 million new households between 2012 and 2023. Homebuilders started construction on 947,200 single-family homes and 472,700 multi-family homes in 2023, bringing the 2012 to 2023 overall housing starts total to 14.7 million homes, roughly 10 million of which were single-family. The gap between single-family housing starts and household formations grew from 6.5 million at the end of 2022 to 7.2 million at the end of 2023 as household formations remained steady and single-family home construction waned. Though the gap widened, it was the third smallest single-year gap between households and housing starts since 2016. As household formations outpaced housing starts in 2023, the overall gap between household formations and total housing starts, including single- and multi-family homes, widened from 2.3 million housing units between 2012 and 2022 to 2.5 million units at the end of 2023. Affordable new for-sale inventory starts to recover, sunbelt metros grow faster In 2022, just 38% of new homes were sold for less than $400,000, however, in 2023, this share increased to 43%, indicating a shift toward more affordability in the new construction space. Many builders offered price cuts and other incentives in 2023 to prompt home sales and also focused on smaller units, which likely led to this progress in affordability. At the metro-level, some areas have seen outsized household growth relative to permitting activity. Looking at just the gap between single-family permits and household formations reveals that permitting activity has lagged household growth in 73 of the top 100 metros in the U.S. The metros with the largest single-family gap include San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas; Austin-Round Rock, Texas; and Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla. The top 10 list of metros by size of gap relative to population includes three Texas metros, five Florida metros, and two Washington metros. Many of these areas have seen significant population growth because of their affordable cost of living and overall desirability. Who are today's new construction buyers? 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Newness, customizability and location top draws for new home buyers When it comes to the appeal of new homes, buyers purchased first for its newness, followed by customizability and resale value. Price is a top concern for new home shoppers, but location matters most; 28% of new construction respondents placed location above price (24%) as their prime initial consideration factor. When choosing a builder, their reputation rounded out the top three most important factors, and mattered to potential buyers almost as much as price and location. In fact, early half of surveyed buyers (48%) said they considered a builder's reputation and ratings as part of their selection criteria, scoring higher than the ability to customize and the timing/availability of the home. Repeat customers are top future customers too; 91% of recent buyers say they'd purchase a new construction home again. Realtor.com® is helping educate homeshoppers about the benefits of new construction with a newly launched consumer campaign at www.realtor.com/newconstructioneducation. Methodologies To view the full reports and methodologies, please visit the U.S. Housing Supply Gap Report and the New Construction Consumer Report pages. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. 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More Than 85% of Metro Areas Registered Home Price Increases in Fourth Quarter of 2023
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Redfin reports buyers can afford a more expensive home now that mortgage rates have dropped to 6.7%, down from nearly 8% in October SEATTLE — A homebuyer on a $3,000 monthly budget has gained nearly $40,000 in purchasing power since mortgage rates peaked this past fall, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. A $3,000 monthly budget will buy a $453,000 home with a 6.7% mortgage rate, roughly this week's average. That's compared to the $416,000 home the same buyer could have purchased in October with an average rate of 7.8%. To look at affordability from another perspective, the monthly mortgage payment on the typical U.S. home, which costs roughly $363,000, is $2,545 with a 6.7% rate. The monthly payment was nearly $200 higher— $2,713— when rates were at 7.8%. Homebuyers are getting some relief in 2024 as mortgage rates come down from the two-decade high they hit this past October. Weekly average rates dipped into the 6.6% range by the end of 2023, and ticked up slightly to 6.7% this week. While that's double the record-low 3% rates buyers scored during the pandemic, Redfin agents report that buyers have come to terms with the 6% range— but they were more hesitant when they were approaching 8%. "Bidding wars are picking up as mortgage rates decline and inventory stays low. I've seen a few homes get 15-plus offers recently, and one got more than 30," said Shoshana Godwin, a Redfin Premier agent in Seattle. "Late last year, many listings sat on the market as buyers sat on the sidelines, hoping for rates to drop. Now, buyers are snapping up homes because even though rates haven't plummeted, people are realizing that the longer they wait to buy a home, the more competition they're likely to face." Mortgage rates likely to stay in the 6's for the foreseeable future Redfin economists predict mortgage rates will end the year lower than they started, but the path is likely to be bumpy. Redfin is keeping an eye on next week's Fed meeting to provide more clues on how soon they will cut interest rates: It could be as soon as March, but it's likely to be later. Mortgage rates should come down a little— but not a lot— when interest rates are cut. "My advice to serious house hunters: Trying to time the market around mortgage rates is probably a waste of energy, as affordability is unlikely to change meaningfully in the next several months," said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. "Instead, buyers should consider their own personal and financial circumstances: What matters most is whether the home meets your needs long term and whether you can afford it. Timing the market mattered in 2021, when we were in a golden window of record-low rates— but that window is closed." View the full report here. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We also run the country's #1 real estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with same day tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home in certain markets can have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Customers who buy and sell with Redfin pay a 1% listing fee, subject to minimums, less than half of what brokerages commonly charge. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1.5 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 4,000 people.
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Lofty Unveils AI Powered Virtual Assistant at Inman Connect New York
Lofty Assistant serves as platform's central intelligence hub and features new voice capabilities to better support the way agents work; Lofty executives to discuss the next phase of AI at annual industry event PHOENIX and NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2024 -- Today, award-winning real estate innovator Lofty unveiled Lofty Assistant, a new virtual assistant that operates as the platform's central intelligence, managing all automations and AI features. From qualifying leads to creating marketing content, the new assistant was designed to better support an "on the go" workday, typical of most agents, and provides a single point of control for all of Lofty's robust AI capabilities. Unveiled at the annual Inman Connect New York, Lofty Assistant also features new voice capabilities designed to help busy agents spend more time focused on building strong client relationships and closing deals. Lofty Assistant Designed for the Way Agents Work With nearly a decade of experience supporting the real estate industry, Lofty keenly understands the typical way agents work and roadblocks to tech adoption when working on the go. The new virtual assistant eliminates the need for agents to cater to the technology and instead was designed to enhance existing agent workflows. Now, Lofty Assistant not only answers online chats and qualifies leads but can create content for multiple channels – from email and text to social posts and blogs. By empowering agents with a wide range of capabilities virtually, Lofty removes the friction in platform adoption and delivers a practical resource in efficiently growing the business. "As a busy agent, I prefer technology that meets me where I am, which is typically on the go. If it is too hard to incorporate into my day-to-day life, I know I won't use it," said Adam Frank, "The CRM Coach™," eXp Realty. "I appreciate Lofty's continued focus on delivering new capabilities that fit my life and not the other way around. I look forward to learning more about how Lofty Assistant can help me be more productive and grow my business this year." New Voice Capabilities Boost Productivity and Increase Efficiencies With simple voice commands, Lofty Assistant can be directed to call, text or update a lead allowing an agent to conduct essential yet time consuming tasks on the go. An agent can also ask the assistant to call the Lofty knowledge base to learn more about how to execute new or unfamiliar tasks. By making resources easily accessible, Lofty Assistant helps shorten the learning curve and allows real estate professionals to take full advantage of all the powerful Lofty platform features. In addition, Lofty Assistant can easily field inbound calls, answer typical questions, and create a new lead based on feedback. If deemed a high quality, sales ready lead, Lofty Assistant can transfer to an agent to engage further. And because the virtual assistant works 24/7, agents can rest easy knowing they will never miss a call or opportunity to qualify a lead, even after hours. Future enhancements are planned to further customize the assistant and continue to optimize the AI for high quality lead capture and engagement. Commitment to AI Refinement Fuels Platform Enhancements A recognized tech innovator, Lofty has been on the forefront of AI for years, thoughtfully and practically applying the technology to address an agent's most pressing business challenges. Today's announcement underscores Lofty's razor focus on meeting time strapped agents where they are and delivering innovative, yet practical tools designed to boost productivity and increase efficiency. Continued enhancements to the AI are planned to refine the virtual assistant and enable new learnings for the benefit of the more than 50k agents who rely on Lofty today. "With deep roots in the real estate industry, we understand the nuances of typical agent life and designed Lofty Assistant to serve as an easily accessible resource for hard working agents on the go," said Stuart Sim, Vice President, Industry Development, Lofty. "New voice capabilities represent our team's commitment to delivering continuous platform enhancements and expanding our AI to help real estate professionals be more productive and efficient, no matter where they are. We are thrilled to unveil these new capabilities at Inman Connect and share our experiences with colleagues, partners, and customers." For more information on Lofty and how we can help your real estate business grow, visit lofty.com. About Lofty Inc. Lofty Inc. (formerly Chime Technologies) provides an AI-powered platform that helps real estate professionals increase their productivity and accelerate business growth. Featuring award-winning technology, the Lofty platform is designed to optimize every step of the real estate journey, from search to settlement. By leveraging one unified hub, customers can automate marketing programs, streamline the sales process, and maximize collaboration between agents empowering them to spend more time building relationships and their business. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Lofty operates as a US subsidiary of Moatable, Inc. (NYSE: MTBL). For more information, visit lofty.com.
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Zillow empowers renters with credit-building payment reporting
Innovative new feature helps renters build a credit history at no cost to them or their landlord SEATTLE, Jan. 17, 2024 -- Zillow is introducing a new feature that allows renters who pay their rent on Zillow to have their on-time payments reported to a major national credit bureau at no cost to them. This is a first for any online rental marketplace, offering a unique opportunity for renters to build credit through regular rent payments at no additional cost. Zillow's rent reporting program is rooted in the recognition of a significant gap in credit reporting. Despite renters in the U.S. spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually on rent, these substantial payments often aren't reported. Concurrently, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau data indicates that approximately 26 million Americans are "credit invisible," meaning they lack a history with major credit bureaus. Recent research by Zillow highlights the importance of this issue, particularly in Black communities, where residents often pay more in rent than they would toward a mortgage. This is due, at least in part, to limited credit access — a remnant of historic redlining. For example, in New Orleans, the median renter in a credit-insecure area spends 77.5% of their income on rent, compared to 28.6% for a typical mortgage. Reporting on-time rent payments can help renters build or enhance their credit history, an important step in accessing broader financial opportunities. Higher credit scores can potentially lead to easier loan approvals as well as better rates for home purchases, credit cards, future rentals and more, with the impact varying based on the credit scoring model that lenders use. "Every on-time rent payment is a testament to a renter's reliability, yet it's often overlooked in credit reports, and we want to change that," said Michael Sherman, vice president of Zillow Rentals. "This new program is all about acknowledging and supporting consistent financial habits. It ensures renters' largest expense can now work in their favor and potentially help them on their path to finding and securing a place they can call home." All renters who use Zillow to pay their rent can opt in to this feature for free. Once a renter decides to opt in, Zillow will report on-time rent payments to Experian, a major credit bureau. How rent reporting on Zillow works Zillow's rent reporting feature is designed for ease and efficiency, providing renters with a straightforward, secure path to building credit. Here's an overview of the process: Opt In: Renters already utilizing Zillow for rent payments can enable rent reporting via their Renter Payments Dashboard on Zillow. New renters will be asked if they'd like to opt in when they enroll in the service. Payment Tracking: Once a renter opts in to this service, Zillow identifies on-time rent payments, defined as payments made within 30 days of their due date. Credit Reporting: These on-time payments are then reported to Experian on a monthly basis. Late payments, defined as those more than 30 days past due, are not reported by Zillow. After the user's enrollment, the process is automatic. Zillow continues to report the renter's on-time monthly rent payments without requiring further action from the renter. Renters may opt out of rent reporting at any time. Zillow is committed to broadening this service while consistently offering valuable solutions that benefit renters. This launch is part of Zillow's commitment to creating tools to empower individuals in their housing journey. It complements Zillow's comprehensive marketplace for buying, selling and renting properties, showcasing our dedication to streamlining the process to get more people home. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences.
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HomeActions and IndustryNewsletters Announce New AI Module
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla., Jan. 16, 2024 -- HomeActions, which provides customizable e-newsletters for the real estate market, as well as for the financial and business markets through its IndustryNewsletters division, announces AIComposer, an artificial intelligence ChatGPT module that it has incorporated into its system. HomeActions/IndustryNewsletters clients can now create AI-generated articles and add them seamlessly to their newsletters alongside the professionally written articles they already receive. Without leaving their HomeActions/IndustryNewsletters dashboard, clients can access AIComposer to create a new article, rewrite or repurpose an existing article, create a blog post or create a social media post. Real estate agents can even use AIComposer to write real estate listings. Custom templates mean clients don't need a background in AI or to be familiar with ChatGPT to take advantage of the new module — the system walks them through the creation process, including the development of an image. "We want to keep our clients on the cutting edge of content creation," said Barry Friedman, founder and CEO of HomeActions/IndustryNewsletters. "Artificial intelligence keeps getting better and better, and we are thrilled to offer this AI-generated option to help our clients take advantage of the latest and most sophisticated technology. With AI alongside hundreds of professionally written articles, there's nothing our clients can't achieve with their newsletters." Indeed, an article on Forbes.com noted: "When efficiency is your goal, AI content generators can go a long way toward removing the tedious parts of writing so you can get more done." Less time spent on content creation means more time spent doing your job. AIComposer helps clients get there. About HomeActions/IndustryNewsletters The HomeActions/IndustryNewsletters platform provides automated prospecting and marketing delivered biweekly via email to a professional's sphere of influence. The professionally written articles portray a range of professional trusted advisers looking out for readers' interests. With instant lead access, customer relationship management capabilities and robust predictive metrics, the system has the capability to generate real-time leads and top-of-mind awareness while nurturing relationships that lead to long-term success and more referrals. HomeActions, with its IndustryNewsletters division, is a privately held virtual company that employs more than 50 people and is headquartered in Green Cove Springs, Florida. For more information, visit www.homeactions.net.
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Realtor.com Forecasts the 10 Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers in 2024
Small and Mid-Size Towns Prove to Be the Hottest Options for Buyers Starting Their Home Ownership Journey SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2024 -- First-time homebuyers are optimistic when it comes to buying a home in 2024 with 61% indicating that now is a good time to buy, per a recent Realtor.com® survey. And, when it comes to investing in their first home, they may find the best luck in some unexpected places. In its most recent report, Realtor.com® unveiled the Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers in 2024. This year's ranking includes Irondequoit, N.Y.; Benton, Ark.; Winterset, Iowa; Newington, Conn.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Moore, Okla.; Mattydale, N.Y. and Riviera Beach, Md. "Buying a first home can be a daunting task. Couple high interest rates with historically low inventory of homes available for sale in 2023 and hopeful buyers have faced a particularly challenging market," said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, Realtor.com®. "While affordability will remain an issue in 2024, a recent Realtor.com® survey showed that 95% of prospective first-time homebuyers overwhelmingly feel that they'll be able to afford a home within their lifetime, with 40% saying they'll be able to afford it within the next year." The Realtor.com® analysis of Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers uncovers a collection of small to mid-size towns and cities that are hidden gems of opportunity where affordability meets healthy inventory, culture and liveliness, lower than average commute times, forecasted price growth, and good company of similar-aged peers. Affordability - As one of the biggest purchases consumers will make in their lives, affordability is a major decision driver. In its analysis, Realtor.com® looked at listing prices compared to gross household incomes of 25- to 34-year-olds in a city for the past 12 months to understand home affordability. A lower ratio indicates a more affordable place to live. The top markets in this year's list had an average 2023 listing price to income ratio of 3.1 compared to the national rate of 5.4. Additionally, homes in these towns/cities had an average median listing price that is 42% lower than the national median of $382,000. Within the top 10 list, Mattydale, N.Y., was the most affordable market relative to local incomes for 25–34-year-olds. Investing in growth - Buying a home is not only a large investment up front, it's a commitment for the duration of ownership, which means investing in the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the home. Naturally, first-time home buyers are looking for homes that fit everything they want, but also provide opportunities for their investment to grow. The top markets are located within metro areas that have an average forecasted 2024 home price growth rate of 6.1%, which is considerably higher than the national expected decline of -1.7%. Irondequoit, N.Y., is located in the metro area with the highest expected median sale price growth rate (10.4%). Options to buy - At a time marked by chronically low inventory levels, the top markets had an average count of 40.2 active listings per 1,000 existing households in 2023, and one area in particular, Riviera Beach, Md., had the most active listings per household (59.3 per 1,000) across the list of top 10. Things to do - It's not only about the house but what surrounds it, and first-time buyers are keen on finding areas that have plenty of things to do. The top places on this year's list have great options for restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping, and entertainment businesses such as theaters, comedy clubs, and arts classes per point of interest data provided by Yelp. As a group, the top cities and towns have 16.6 of these businesses per 1,000 households, slightly higher than the overall city/town average of 15.6. However, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Newington, Conn. particularly shine, with a ratio higher than 19 per 1,000 households. Shorter commutes - The time it takes getting to and from work is a major consideration for home buyers, especially as return to office becomes more prevalent. With an average expected 2024 commute time of 24 minutes for the top cities on this year's list, they clock in at less than the city/town average of 30 minutes and the national rate of 29 minutes – saving commuters about 50 hours per year for a 5-day commuter. Mattydale, N.Y., has the lowest average commute time to work, at 20 minutes. Youthful towns - Along with having things to do, first-time buyers may want to be close to people in similar life stages and around the same ages. The share of homeowners between the ages of 25 and 34 in this year's top markets is 8.1%, well above the national average of 5.4%. Among the top 10 cities and towns, Riviera Beach, Md., is expected to have the largest share of young adult homeowners (10.9%), which may prove to be a hot spot for the next generation of first-time home buyers. Realtor.com® Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers Ranked Complete details of the report can be found on Realtor.com®, along with a First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center, multiple guides on mortgages and tools like a RealCost™ Buying Power Tool to help prospective buyers understand how much house they can afford. Methodology This year, the candidate list of places was filtered to only expose areas with an expected 2024 population of at least 5,000. The inventory of homes for sale and local median listing prices are from Realtor.com® December 2022 to November 2023 listing data and are reported at the city/place level. The cities and places are defined as postal codes mapped to Census Designated places and reflect approximate but not precise city or place boundaries. The population, household count, household income, and average commute time data were sourced from 2023 and 2024 Claritas estimates based on Census Bureau data. Population and household count numbers are at the city/place level but are also composed of mapped zip code data while household incomes and average commute times at the city/place level. The stated forecasted unemployment rates are Moody's Analytics projections of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics for each city/place's surrounding metro area. Counts of culture and lifestyle businesses were aggregated from Yelp's November 2023 point of interest data and are aggregated at the city/place level. The 2024 sales and price forecasts are Realtor.com® projections for each city/place's surrounding metro area as detailed in our 2024 Housing Forecast and Top Housing Markets for 2024 reports. Additional data sourced from an October 2023 survey of 5,012 U.S. respondents aged 18+, conducted by Realtor.com® and Censuswide, with data weighted to be nationally representative. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com®.
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Home Affordability Remains Difficult Across U.S. During Fourth Quarter Even as Prices Dip Downward
Major Home-Ownership Expenses Again Require One-Third of Average Wage Nationwide, a 16-Year High; Historical Affordability Also Stays at Worst Point Since 2007; But Both Measures End Nearly Three-Year Slide Amid Mixed Trends in Home Prices and Mortgage Rates IRVINE, Calif. – Dec. 21, 2023 — ATTOM, a leading curator of land, property, and real estate data, today released its fourth-quarter 2023 U.S. Home Affordability Report showing that median-priced single-family homes and condos remain less affordable in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to historical averages in 99 percent of counties around the nation with enough data to analyze. The latest trend continues a pattern dating back to 2021 of home ownership requiring historically large portions of wages around the country. WATCH: ATTOM Q4 2023 U.S. HOME AFFORDABILITY REPORT The report also shows that major expenses on median-priced homes consume 33.7 percent of the average national wage in the fourth quarter – a level considered unaffordable by common lending standards. Both measures – historical and current affordability – have stayed virtually the same from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of this year after trending consistently against home buyers for almost three years. That has happened as major ownership expenses and wages both are virtually unchanged this quarter. But the two measures are still worse than they were a year ago and far weaker than in 2021. For example, the portion of average wages nationwide required for typical mortgage payments, property taxes and insurance are up three percentage points from a year ago and 12 points from early in 2021, right before home-mortgage rates began shooting up from their lowest levels in decades. The latest expense-to-wage ratio continues to sit above the 28 percent level preferred by mortgage lenders and marks the highest point since 2007. "The good news is that home affordability has stopped getting tougher around the U.S., at least for the moment. The bad news is that owning a home remains more of a financial stretch than it's been for many years," said Rob Barber, CEO for ATTOM. "The annual Fall slowdown in the housing market clearly has helped stem the tide working against potential purchasers. Whether that's just a temporary thing tied to seasonal market patterns is something we won't know until next year, especially given recent signs that interest rates are coming down. But for now, there is some break into the growing financial stress for house hunters." The fourth-quarter trends come at a time of mixed patterns among home prices and home-mortgage interest rates. While average 30-year fixed mortgage rates around the U.S. have grown this quarter from 7.1 to 7.4 percent, the nationwide median home value has slipped almost 3 percent. Those two factors have helped to keep home ownership expenses steady from the third to the fourth quarter, which has helped to keep those costs from becoming even more unaffordable for average workers. Affordability had worsened almost every prior quarter since early 2021 as wage increases were outpaced by rising interest rates and prices that kept going up amid a decade-long market boom. Another round of price declines during the annual Winter market contraction combined with interest rate declines that have emerged very recently may help turn the affordability picture back around in favor of buyers. The report determined affordability for average wage earners by calculating the amount of income needed to meet major monthly home ownership expenses — including mortgage payments, property taxes and insurance — on a median-priced single-family home, assuming a 20 percent down payment and a 28 percent maximum "front-end" debt-to-income ratio. That required income was then compared to annualized average weekly wage data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (see full methodology below). Compared to historical levels, median home ownership costs in 572 of the 580 counties analyzed in the fourth quarter of 2023 are less affordable than in the past. That number is virtually the same as in the third quarter of this year and up slightly from the fourth quarter of last year, but more than double the figure from two years ago. Meanwhile, the portion of average local wages consumed by major home-ownership expenses on typical homes is considered unaffordable during the fourth quarter of 2023 in more than three-quarters of the 580 counties in the report, based on the 28 percent guideline. Counties with the largest populations that are unaffordable in the fourth quarter are Los Angeles County, CA; Maricopa County (Phoenix), AZ; San Diego County, CA; Orange County, CA (outside Los Angeles) and Kings County (Brooklyn), NY. The most populous of the 130 counties where major expenses on median-priced homes are still affordable for average local workers in the fourth quarter of 2023 are Cook County (Chicago), IL; Harris County (Houston), TX; Wayne County (Detroit), MI; Philadelphia, County, PA, and Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), OH. Home prices decline quarterly but remain up annually in three-quarters of local markets After jumping almost 10 percent during this year's Spring and Summer home-buying season, the national median price for single-family homes and condos has decreased from $344,670 in the third quarter of 2023 to $335,000 in the fourth quarter. However, it is still up 6 percent from $316,000 in the fourth quarter of 2022. Data was analyzed for counties with a population of at least 100,000 and at least 50 single-family home and condo sales in the fourth quarter of 2023. Among the 47 counties in the report with a population of at least 1 million, the biggest year-over-year increases in median prices during the fourth quarter of 2023 are in Orange County, CA (outside Los Angeles) (up 14.7 percent); Fulton County (Atlanta), GA (up 14.7 percent); Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), FL (up 10.6 percent); Santa Clara County (San Jose), CA (up 10.4 percent) and Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach), FL (up 10.4 percent). Counties with a population of at least 1 million where median prices remain down the most from the fourth quarter of 2022 to the same period this year are New York County (Manhattan), NY (down 10.3 percent); Travis County (Austin), TX (down 3.4 percent); Queens County, NY (down 2.9 percent); Bexar County (San Antonio), TX (down 2.6 percent) and Philadelphia County, PA (down 1.9 percent). Prices growing faster than wages in half the U.S. While home values have settled down around the U.S. housing market, annual price changes still have outpaced changes in weekly annualized wages during the fourth quarter of this year in 294, or 50.7 percent, of the 580 counties analyzed in the report. That was down slightly from the fourth quarter of 2022 when prices were growing faster annually than wages in 56 percent of the same counties. The current group of counties where prices are increasing more than wages annually, or decreasing less, include Los Angeles County, CA; Cook County, (Chicago), IL; San Diego County, CA; Orange County, CA (outside Los Angeles) and Kings County (Brooklyn), NY. Year-over-year changes in average annualized wages have bested price movements during the fourth quarter of 2023 in 286 of the 580 counties analyzed (49.3 percent). The latest group where wages are increasing more, or declining less, than prices include Harris County (Houston), TX; Maricopa County (Phoenix), AZ; Dallas County, TX; Riverside County, CA, and Queens County, NY. Portion of wages needed for home ownership still up annually in most of nation Amid interest rates ticking up but home values inching down, the portion of average local wages consumed by major expenses on median-priced, single-family homes has grown from the third to the fourth quarter of 2023 in just 54.7 percent of the 580 counties analyzed. However, it remains up annually in 88.8 percent of those markets. The typical $2,016 cost of mortgage payments, homeowner insurance, mortgage insurance and property taxes nationwide consumes 33.7 percent of the average annual national wage of $71,708 this quarter. That remains the same as in the third quarter of 2023, as expenses and average wages both have risen less than 1 percent from the third to the fourth quarter. But the latest portion is up from 30.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year and is far above the recent low point of 21.4 percent hit in the first quarter of 2021. The latest figure exceeds the 28 percent lending guideline in 450, or 77.6 percent, of the counties analyzed, assuming a 20 percent down payment. That is virtually unchanged from 78.3 percent of the same group of counties in the third quarter but up from 71 percent two years ago and more than twice the 31 percent level in early 2021. In slightly more than a third of the markets analyzed, major expenses consume at least 43 percent of average local wages – an amount considered seriously unaffordable. "This remains among the most important bits of fallout from the double-whammy of higher prices and mortgage rates over the past few years," Barber said. "Even though there are signs of better times for buyers this quarter, the high expense-to-wage ratio is still a stretch in most of the country for average workers who don't have a lot of other financial resources like significant savings or investments. Lenders will often push the 28 percent rule, especially if buyers have lots of financial resources outside of wages, we now are seeing fully three-quarters of markets around the country pushing the basic lending benchmark." Home ownership on the northeast and west coasts still eats up largest chunk of wages The top 20 counties where major ownership costs require the largest percentage of average local wages are again in the Northeast or the west coast. The leaders are Kings County (Brooklyn), NY (114 percent of annualized local wages needed to buy a single-family home); Santa Cruz County, CA (112.2 percent); Marin County, CA (outside San Francisco) (109.8 percent); San Luis Obispo County, CA (103.9 percent) and Monterey County, CA (100.8 percent). Aside from Kings County, those with a population of at least 1 million where major ownership expenses typically consume more than 28 percent of average local wages in the fourth quarter of 2023 include Orange County, CA (outside Los Angeles) (98.9 percent required); Alameda County (Oakland), CA (81 percent); Queens County, NY (80.8 percent) and Nassau County (Long Island), NY (77.2 percent). Counties where the smallest portion of average local wages are required to afford the median-priced home during the fourth quarter of this year are Cambria County, PA (east of Pittsburgh) (11.8 percent of annualized weekly wages needed to buy a home); Macon County (Decatur), IL (11.8 percent); St. Lawrence County (Canton), NY (12.3 percent); Peoria County, IL (13.5 percent) and Schuylkill County, PA (outside Allentown) (14.7 percent). Counties with a population of at least 1 million where major ownership expenses typically consume less than 28 percent of average local wages in the fourth quarter of 2023 include Wayne County (Detroit), MI (16 percent); Philadelphia County, PA (18.7 percent); Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), OH (20.2 percent); Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), PA (20.5 percent) and St. Louis County, MO (23.3 percent). Annual wages of more than $75,000 needed to afford typical home in nearly 60 percent of county markets Annual wages of more than $75,000 are needed to pay for major costs on the median-priced homes purchased during the fourth quarter of 2023 in 332, or 57.2 percent, of the 580 markets in the report. By contrast, just 11 percent of the counties reviewed have average annual wages that high. Looked at another way, the $86,404 income needed to afford a median-priced home in the U.S. is 20.5 percent more than the latest average national wage. The 20 highest annual wages required to afford typical homes are all on the east or west coasts, led by San Mateo County (outside San Francisco), CA ($392,418); Santa Clara County (San Jose), CA ($364,099); New York County (Manhattan), NY ($360,177); Marin County (outside San Francisco), CA ($356,537) and San Francisco County, CA ($327,652). The lowest annual wages required to afford a median-priced home in the fourth quarter of 2023 are in Cambria County, PA (east of Pittsburgh) ($19,978); St. Lawrence County (Canton), NY ($25,275); Schuylkill County, PA (outside Allentown) ($27,325); Mercer County, PA ($27,565) and Macon County (Decatur), IL ($28,655). Almost all local markets historically less affordable this quarter Among the 580 counties analyzed, 572, or 98.6 percent, are less affordable in the fourth quarter of 2023 than their historic affordability averages. That is almost the same as the 98.8 percent level of a year ago but double the 48.7 percent figure from the fourth quarter of 2021. Historical indexes have worsened since the fourth quarter of last year annually in 88.8 percent of those counties, pushing the nationwide index to its lowest point since 2007. Counties with a population of at least 1 million that are less affordable than their historic averages (indexes of less than 100 are considered historically less affordable) include Fulton County (Atlanta), GA (index of 60); Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), NC (60); Wayne County (Detroit), MI (62); Hillsborough County (Tampa), FL (62) and Collin County (Plano), TX (63). Counties with the worst affordability indexes in the fourth quarter of 2023 include Newton County, GA (outside Atlanta) (index of 50); Jackson County, MS (index of 50); Paulding County, GA (outside Marietta) (52); St. Lucie County (Port St. Lucie), FL (53) and Forsyth County, GA (outside Atlanta) (54). Only 1 percent of markets are more affordable than historic averages Only eight of the 580 counties in the report, (1.4 percent), are more affordable than their historic averages in the fourth quarter of 2023. That is about the same as in the third quarter of this year, but less than the 12.1 percent level a year ago and far worse than the 51.3 percent that were historically more affordable in the fourth quarter of 2021. Counties that are more affordable in the fourth quarter of this year compared to historical averages include Macon County (Decatur), IL (index of 132); New York County (Manhattan), NY (114); San Francisco County, CA (107); Ector County (Odessa), TX (105) and Mercer County, PA (105). Report Methodology The ATTOM U.S. Home Affordability Index analyzed median home prices derived from publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM and average wage data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 580 U.S. counties with a combined population of 257.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2023. The affordability index is based on the percentage of average wages needed to pay for major expenses on a median-priced home with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and a 20 percent down payment. Those expenses include property taxes, home insurance, mortgage payments and mortgage insurance. Average 30-year fixed interest rates from the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey were used to calculate monthly house payments. The report determined affordability for average wage earners by calculating the amount of income needed for major home-ownership expenses on median-priced homes, assuming a loan of 80 percent of the purchase price and a 28 percent maximum "front-end" debt-to-income ratio. For example, the nationwide median home price of $335,000 in the fourth quarter of 2023 requires an annual wage of $86,404. That is based on a $67,000 down payment, a $268,000 loan and monthly expenses not exceeding the 28 percent barrier — meaning wage earners would not be spending more than 28 percent of their pay on mortgage payments, property taxes and insurance. That required income is more than the $71,708 average wage nationwide, based on the most recent average weekly wage data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making a median-priced home nationwide unaffordable for average workers. About ATTOM ATTOM provides premium property data to power products that improve transparency, innovation, efficiency and disruption in a data-driven economy. ATTOM multi-sources property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties covering 99 percent of the nation's population. A rigorous data management process involving more than 20 steps validates, standardizes, and enhances the real estate data collected by ATTOM, assigning each property record with a persistent, unique ID — the ATTOM ID. The 30TB ATTOM Data Warehouse fuels innovation in many industries including mortgage, real estate, insurance, marketing, government and more through flexible data delivery solutions that include bulk file licenses, property data APIs, real estate market trends, property navigator and more. Also, introducing our newest innovative solution, that offers immediate access and streamlines data management – ATTOM Cloud.
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Over the past 10 days, we've been counting down our top 10 articles of the year. These articles are an exclusive breed—at RE Technology, we publish over 1,000 articles each year. So which articles were among the 1 percent that made it into our top 10? Not surprisingly, our most-read story of the year deals with the industry's biggest development of 2023: the commissions lawsuits. Similarly, ChatGPT was the most significant development in the tech space in 2023, and three of this year's top 10 articles reflect that (see articles #2, #9 and #10 below). So what else made it into this year's hall of fame? Check out the full list of our most-read articles below: The Jury Has Ruled on Commissions: What Are the Next Steps? Using ChatGPT Is Probably an MLS Violation Beware, DocuSign: Google Docs now offers eSignatures 10 Common Questions Home Buyers Ask Google (and 30 Key Phrases to Target with Google Ads) 13 Scary Listing Photos that Will Horrify Buyers How Agents Are (Unintentionally) Violating Fair Housing Top 10 Mobile Apps for Real Estate Agents 14 New iOS 17 Features That Were Built for Real Estate Agents We Asked 6 AI Bots to Recommend a Realtor. Here's What Happened 8 Browser Extensions for ChatGPT
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Small Northeast towns reign supreme as Zillow's 2023 most popular markets
West Chester, Pennsylvania, ranked as Zillow shoppers' favorite market of 2023 SEATTLE, Dec. 19, 2023 -- The most popular market among Zillow® surfers this year was West Chester, Pennsylvania. After the West Coast ruled in 2021 and the Midwest took the top spot last year, the Northeast dominated this year's list. Zillow surfers generally gravitated toward smaller cities in 2023. Of the 10 most popular markets, only one — Manchester, New Hampshire — has a population of more than 100,000, and most have less than half that number. The top 10 most popular markets of 2023 on Zillow: West Chester, Pennsylvania Nashua, New Hampshire Manchester, New Hampshire Wethersfield, Connecticut West Hartford, Connecticut Stow, Ohio Middletown, Connecticut Twinsburg, Ohio Newington, Connecticut Concord, New Hampshire Chula Vista, California, won out for most popular large city. South Portland, Maine, was the most popular seaside town, while Vermilion, Ohio, took the top spot among vacation towns. North Carolina's Pinehurst edged out Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for the top retirement town. West Chester also ranked first among college towns, with Kent, Ohio, coming in just behind it. "Affordability was the word on home shoppers' minds this year, and it shows in the most popular cities that buyers on Zillow gravitated toward," said Zillow Chief Economist Skylar Olsen. "Heading into next year, the winds appear to be shifting just a bit. Buying a home will still be expensive in much of the country, but more listings and much flatter home price growth will make life easier for home shoppers." To rank the most popular markets among Zillow surfers, Zillow analyzed housing metrics that indicate consumer demand — including page-view traffic, home value growth and days on market — for nearly 2,300 U.S. cities. Most popular on Zillow overall: West Chester, Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania, a quaint town of about 20,000 people near Philadelphia, took the top spot in Zillow's list of 2023's most popular markets. Strong interest among home shoppers on Zillow has helped push West Chester home values about 8% higher over the past year. The typical home in West Chester is worth about $584,000, putting it among the more expensive cities in Pennsylvania. But given its relative affordability compared to larger markets nearby, such as New York City and Washington, D.C., those looking for a break from city life may see West Chester as an attractive and affordable place to call home. West Chester ranked within the top 100 cities in Zillow page views per listing in Zillow's rankings, far outperforming its size. Almost two-thirds of those views came from outside the city, possibly signaling interest in moving there. While West Chester took the top spot, New England towns were the favorite among Zillow surfers this year: Seven of the 10 most popular markets of 2023 were in either New Hampshire or Connecticut. Most popular large city: Chula Vista, California While affordability ruled the day for many home shoppers on Zillow, the San Diego area also had a strong pull. Chula Vista, just south of San Diego, was the most popular large city — those with a population of 250,000 or greater — among Zillow surfers. The typical home in Chula Vista is worth about $808,000. San Diego itself, with a typical home value of about $962,000, ranked third. Fort Wayne, Indiana, took second in Zillow's most popular large cities ranking. Cincinnati and Durham, North Carolina, were fourth and fifth, respectively. Most popular seaside town: South Portland, Maine South Portland was the most popular seaside town among Zillow surfers this year. Buyers eyeing a home in South Portland must move quickly; homes that sold there in 2023 typically found a buyer after just one week on the market. Two Connecticut cities — West Haven and Milford — were the second- and third-most-popular seaside towns this year. Oceanside, California, was the top Pacific Ocean destination, ranking fourth overall. Most popular vacation town: Vermilion, Ohio Situated along the shore of Lake Erie, Vermilion came out on top in Zillow's rankings of the most popular vacation towns this year. Vermilion is a popular summer destination for boaters and those looking for a city with old-fashioned charm. This year's results may reflect the impact that higher mortgage rates are having on even those shopping for a vacation home. While last year's most popular vacation town, Lavallette, New Jersey, boasts a typical home value of more than $1 million, the typical home in Vermilion is worth a little more than $225,000. Most popular retirement town: Pinehurst, North Carolina While Florida held the top spots for Zillow's most popular retirement towns last year, the Carolinas took the crown this year. Pinehurst was the most popular retirement town among Zillow surfers in 2023, edging out Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. With warm climates and golf courses galore, it's easy to see why both cities are popular among retirees. Most popular college towns: West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Kent, Ohio Zillow's most popular market overall for 2023, West Chester, also took the title of the most popular college town, as the home of West Chester University. Coming in second was Kent, Ohio, with Kent State University. Rounding out the top five were Newark, Delaware (University of Delaware); San Luis Obispo, California (California Polytechnic State University); and Ypsilanti, Michigan (Eastern Michigan University). About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Zillow Group's affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans℠, Trulia®, Out East®, StreetEasy®, HotPads®, ShowingTime+℠, and Spruce®.
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National Association of Realtors Announces Partnership with SnoopDrive
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IRAR Trust Partners with NAR to Offer Exclusive Self-Directed Retirement Plans
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Dec. 6, 2023 -- At the recent event NAR NXT, The REALTOR® Experience in Anaheim, CA, IRAR unveiled its latest retirement savings initiative exclusively designed for NAR members. Serving as the preferred provider for self-directed retirement plans under NAR REALTOR Benefits®, IRAR extends discounted offerings for self-directed IRAs and solo 401(k) accounts to NAR members, their families, and association staff at the national, state, and local levels. "We are thrilled to announce the collaboration between IRAR Trust and NAR, to introduce a retirement platform for NAR members. This partnership is geared towards empowering members not only in savings but also in cultivating business growth," affirms Liane Bathey, Founder and CEO at IRAR. "We have full confidence that NAR is the perfect partner to present this valuable opportunity, enabling its members to prioritize both personal and financial advancement." The program provides NAR members with the opportunity to take full control of their savings through self-directed IRAs and Solo 401(k)s, enabling them to invest in assets they understand well, such as real estate. Additionally, NAR members can benefit from exclusive discounted fees, with an agreement offering a flat annual fee of $299 for self-directed IRAs and $799 for solo 401(k) accounts. These accounts provide NAR members with powerful tax advantages, enabling them to: Invest in real estate with retirement dollars—tax-deferred. Reduce taxable income through contributions. Accelerate business growth by assisting IRA investors with transactions. "Partnering with IRAR Trust Company underscores NAR's dedication to delivering value to our members, offering them tools and resources needed for their financial wellbeing," said Rhonny Barragan, NAR Vice President of strategic alliances. "This collaboration not only amplifies the choices available to our members for retirement planning but also aligns seamlessly with their professional expertise and goals." For detailed information on this program, NAR members can visit iraresources.com/nar. About IRAR Trust Company Founded in 1996, IRAR Trust Company (IRAR) serves as a custodian for self-directed retirement accounts nationwide. IRAR works with real estate agents and their clients helping them to invest in real estate to diversify their retirement portfolios. IRAR's mission is to empower people to build retirement wealth through real estate at a lower cost. About NAR The National Association of REALTORS® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
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Freddie Mac Announces Action to Make Down Payment Assistance Programs More Accessible for Individuals and Families Across the Nation
Multi-pronged approach removes industry-wide barriers to DPA programs MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 04, 2023 -- Freddie Mac today announced new, standardized mortgage documents that increase clarity, consistency and accessibility of down payment assistance (DPA) programs nationwide. These documents can be used by lenders working with housing finance agencies (HFAs) at the state, city, county and local levels to eliminate confusion and misinterpretation of DPA programs. Currently, these forms vary greatly. "Saving for a down payment continues to be the largest barrier to homeownership for lower-income and first-time homebuyers," said Danny Gardner, Single-Family Senior Vice President of Mission and Community Engagement at Freddie Mac. "We know that standardization has increased efficiency, lowered costs and improved many areas of the mortgage industry. By embracing standardization and creating a set of industry-wide documents, we are providing clarity and consistency that will enable more lenders to help more individuals and families leverage down payment assistance programs across the country." Historically, subordinate lien documents for various DPA programs have been HFA-specific and worded differently, leaving room for confusion when interpreting terms and payment plans. Through standardization, Freddie Mac is helping to bring efficiency to the loan manufacturing process, creating time and cost saving opportunities across the industry. This greater visibility will also help increase the number of lenders interested in participating in DPA programs as well as the number of individuals and families able to access them. "This effort by Freddie Mac compliments NCSHA's HFA1 Affordable Homeownership Lender Toolkit online resource, which enables home mortgage lenders to partner more efficiently with state housing finance agencies in providing mortgage loans and down payment assistance to lower-income home buyers," said Stockton Williams, Executive Director, National Council of State Housing Agencies. To construct the standardized subordinate lien documents, Freddie Mac partnered with Fannie Mae and state HFAs as co-creators and early adopters. By the end of this year, standardized lien documents will be available for at least nineteen states followed by the remaining states and the District of Columbia. Current versions of the state standardized lien documents are available on Freddie Mac's website for the following states: Alabama Arkansas Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Idaho Illinois Iowa Massachusetts Minnesota New Mexico South Dakota Tennessee Virginia Washington The effort is part of Freddie Mac's multipronged approach to create more standardization and awareness around down payment assistance programs. Last month, Freddie Mac announced DPA One®, an innovative new tool that aggregates and showcases down payment assistance programs on a single, insights-rich platform so lenders can easily access and compare programs while providers can have less submission errors, make real-time updates, and receive more visibility for their programs. DPA One is available at no cost to lenders, housing counselors and down payment assistance program providers. DPA One currently has the down payment assistance programs available for 48 of the 50 state housing finance agencies, including local and municipal programs for the Texas, Minnesota, Florida, California, Virginia and Kentucky markets. The remaining local and state assistance programs will come online throughout 2024. About Freddie Mac Freddie Mac's mission is to make home possible for families across the nation. We promote liquidity, stability, affordability and equity in the housing market throughout all economic cycles. Since 1970, we have helped tens of millions of families buy, rent or keep their home.
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Matterport Signs Multi-Year Partnership with Vacasa to Provide Digital Twins for International Portfolio of Vacation Homes
Matterport's Property Marketing Solution will become an integral part of Vacasa's home onboarding and guest experience for the tens of thousands of properties Vacasa manages SUNNYVALE, CA (November 30, 2023) — Matterport, Inc., the leading digital twin platform to access, understand and utilize properties, and Vacasa, Inc., North America's leading vacation rental management platform, today announced a new multi-year partnership to leverage Matterport's Digital Twin Platform and Capture Services. Vacasa will expand its use of Matterport's Digital Twin Platform as an integral part of its home onboarding and guest service experiences for the tens of thousands of properties Vacasa manages. Matterport's full-stack digital twin solutions will enable Vacasa to more efficiently and effectively capture, document and promote its listings. Each digital twin will produce an immersive virtual tour as well as high-resolution photos to deliver a consistent showcase experience across Vacasa's rentals, all through a single capture appointment. Sourcing visual documentation through Matterport will assist Vacasa in delivering a consistent guest experience and maintaining brand consistency across its international network of listings. Vacasa will leverage Matterport's APIs and software development kit to integrate Vacasa's platform data with the digital twin of each listing to automate historically manual data-capture processes and improve efficiency. "Vacasa is proud to provide our owners with immersive home tours and high-quality digital photographs for each and every one of the properties under our care," said Chief Operating Officer, John Banczak. "It's one of the many benefits we provide to ensure their homes stand out from the rest. Matterport tours ensure guests have a full picture of what they are booking and the vacation experience they'll have in that home—whether that is simply understanding the layout of the home for family and friends to addressing if the home meets accessibility needs." "Matterport is the only all-in-one solution to both market and optimize a global network of properties," said Jay Remley, Chief Revenue Officer, Matterport. "Our work with Vacasa demonstrates our ability to deliver value throughout the property life cycle, from marketing to operations, and ultimately the customer experience–all made possible by the investments we've made in our digital twin platform for promoting and operating properties anywhere in the world." Matterport is the industry standard for marketing properties, helping people and businesses across industries such as real estate, travel, hospitality and entertainment increase engagement and sales. To learn more about how Matterport can support your organization's property marketing, management or design needs, visit Matterport.com. About Matterport Matterport, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTTR) is leading the digital transformation of the built world. Our groundbreaking spatial data platform turns buildings into data to make nearly every space more valuable and accessible. Millions of buildings in more than 177 countries have been transformed into immersive Matterport digital twins to improve every part of the building lifecycle from planning, construction, and operations to documentation, appraisal and marketing. Learn more at matterport.com and browse a gallery of digital twins.
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Realtor.com 2024 Housing Forecast: Housing Affordability Finally Begins to Turnaround
Buyers will finally see lower prices (-1.7%) and mortgage rates of 6.8% (on average), but may scramble to find inventory (-14%) as current owners happy with their low mortgage rates and pandemic home purchases stay put. SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Nov. 29, 2023) – Lower mortgage rates and easing prices will help spark the beginning of an affordability turnaround in 2024, according to the Realtor.com® 2024 Housing Forecast released today. But the supply of existing homes will still be tight and renting will remain a competitive option in most markets. Overall in 2024, Realtor.com® forecasts that buyers and sellers can expect: Average mortgage rates of 6.8%, with rates edging down over the year to reach 6.5% by the end of the year. Home prices to ease slightly and drop by 1.7% after generally increasing since 2012. Rents to drop by 0.2%, making renting a more budget-friendly option than buying in most markets. A -14% year over year drop in inventory, as existing homeowners with low mortgage rates stay put. Home sales to hold steady, rising 0.1% year over year to 4.07 million. "Our 2024 housing forecast reveals the green shoots we've been waiting to see in the housing market and should give buyers some optimism after a grueling few years. Although mortgage rates are expected to ease throughout the course of the year, the continuation of high costs will mean that existing homeowners will continue to have a high threshold for deciding to move, but we will start to see some interest," said Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com®. "Moves of necessity – for job changes, family situation changes, and downsizing to a more affordable market – are likely to drive home sales in 2024. Home buyers will continue to seek out markets where they feel like they get the most out of their dollar as they look for homes that better meet their needs." Key 2023 housing trends and wildcards Affordability will officially turn around in 2024!! In 2024, the typical monthly purchase cost for the median priced home listing is expected to be slightly less than $2,200/month, or about 35% of the typical household income. That's an improvement from 2023, when purchase costs ate up nearly 37% of income and the typical for-sale home cost $2,240. This tick up in affordability will give a foothold to some buyers trying to break into the market. Buyers planning to get into the market this year should use Realtor.com®'s Buying Power tool which uses results from the affordability calculator to tag homes as "affordable," "stretching," or "difficult" based on typical lending criteria. Even more sellers hang back, but they could get motivated if rates drop faster than forecasted. Despite the fact that builders have been catching up, the lack of excess capacity in housing has been obvious over the last few years. With home sales activity forecasted to continue at a relatively low pace, the number of unsold homes on the market is also expected to remain low. But if rates drop faster than expected (which is possible given the roughly half point decline seen in November 2023), this could lessen rate lock sooner and bring more homes to the market than forecasted. Shiny new rental construction will hit the market. A once-hot rental market has slowed down, with the rental vacancy rate rising slightly, up to 6.6% in the third quarter of 2023, about where it was right before the pandemic. In 2024, an increase in new rentals will help push vacancy higher, closer to the 7.2% average seen from 2013-2019. While the surge in new rental options gives renters more to choose from, the sheer number of renters will minimize the potential price impact. The median asking rent in 2024 is expected to drop only slightly below its 2023 level (-0.2%). Sellers should be ready to compete with new construction. Home sales will likely be driven by moves of necessity in 2024. And even with the lower inventory of existing homes, sellers will be competing with new housing. Single-family home housing starts will increase an estimated 0.4% in 2024. Sellers will need to look at the new construction market in their area to make sure pricing and marketing are competitive. Geopolitics and inflation are among 2024's wildcards: Even as markets adjusted to Russia's war in Ukraine, conflict in the Middle East heated up to historic levels in the 4th quarter of 2023. Both wars have the potential to affect the global economy in ways that can't be fully anticipated. On the domestic front, the 2024 election season, with its attendant uncertainty, will be in full swing. And while inflation is expected to continue to subside, anything that reverses that trend could raise long-term interest rates, and in turn nudge mortgage rates higher than expected. That might discourage potential sellers from making a move and could keep potential buyers on the sidelines, putting a damper on home sales. "Buyers and sellers who are planning to get into the market this year should be prepared. Tools like Realtor.com®'s RealCost rent vs. buy and affordability calculators can help buyers ensure they are making a sound financial decision based on current interest rates and their personal financial situation. Sellers can use the RealValue™ tools in Realtor.com's My Home to understand what their proceeds from a sale could be, and plug this data into our mortgage payment calculator with current interest rates to understand exactly how much they would pay each month with a new home purchase. Additionally, everyone can see what our projections mean for home prices around the country by checking out the forecast layer in our RealViewTM mapping tool," Hale added. Realtor.com®'s RealViewTM mapping tool now shows 2024 forecasted home price data by ZIP code right on the map. To view this information, simply start a search on Realtor.com® and select the map view to start filtering. Then, select the Forecast map layer to see predicted average home prices in your ZIP codes of interest. This feature is included for the top 100 largest U.S. metros and is available on the Realtor.com® Mweb and desktop. Local Market Predictions – 100 Largest U.S. Metros (in alphabetical order) Methodology Realtor.com®'s model-based forecast uses data on the housing market and overall economy to estimate values for these variables in the year ahead. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® is an open real estate marketplace built for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 25 years ago. Today, through its website and mobile apps, Realtor.com® is a trusted guide for consumers, empowering more people to find their way home by breaking down barriers, helping them make the right connections, and creating confidence through expert insights and guidance. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted partner for business growth, offering consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit Realtor.com®.
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Second Century Ventures Selects Seven Tech Companies for 2024 REACH Canada Program
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Inside Real Estate Announces Fourth Annual Give Back Awards, Nominations Now Open
Awards will recognize three members of the real estate community who have made an impact on the lives of others, their businesses, or the community around them, and celebrate the impact of "paying it forward" MURRAY, Utah, November 3, 2023 -- Inside Real Estate, one of the fastest-growing independent real estate software companies and trusted technology partner to nearly 500,000 agents, teams, brokerages and top franchise brands, is excited to announce the fourth annual Give Back Awards, highlighting members of the real estate community who have made a significant impact through service within their communities in 2023. The Give Back Awards include three categories, The Helping Hand Award for those jumping in to aid friends, family, employees, another business or the community, The Walk-The-Talk Award for those making charitable giving a part of their business, and The Creative Changemaker Award for those using their creativity to put an innovative spin on giving back. "In times of so much market volatility, it's a special privilege to highlight some consistency, especially when it comes to real estate professionals going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their business and community," said Joe Skousen, Founder & CEO of Inside Real Estate. "These awards celebrate the real estate leaders who are putting service over self, and making an impact by paying it forward, and we are excited to share their stories." Nominations close on December 7, 2023, and three winners will be selected by a panel of judges from Inside Real Estate, based on how strongly they exemplify each award. The winners will be announced on December 13, 2023. Winners will be featured on social media, and the Give Back Awards website, and receive a $1,000 prize with the option to donate the prize to an organization of each winner's choice. To learn more and submit a nomination, visit https://s.insiderealestate.com/give-back-awards-2023.
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Sentrilock Announces Sentrikey Showing Service Now Included for All Customers
The basic tier of SentriKey Showing Service® provides REALTORS® with a complete showing and client management tool to manage their listings, manage showing feedback, and facilitate scheduling for buyer and seller clients all within the same secure mobile app that they use to control property access. "We continue to bring innovative solutions to REALTORS® and ensure we provide a trusted platform that does not turn REALTORS® livelihoods into data that can be used by others for their own purposes," said Scott Fisher, CEO of SentriLock. "Our integrated lockbox and scheduling management platform bring a fantastic set of tools for our customers to use. Making this showing service more widely available just made sense. We want our clients to have all the best tools they need so they can save time and concentrate on what they do best – helping their clients achieve their real estate dreams." SentriLock is currently working with their current SentriKey Showing Service® customers to ensure that all customers have the option to remain within their current tier or upgrade to higher tiers. Agents and brokerages will also be able to upgrade directly to higher tiers, which provide features like a full office dashboard and scheduling center, access to the concierge call center to schedule appointments, ability to sign clients up to the Client Connect app, and access to the enhanced features in the industry's first AI-Enabled assistant, SAM™, who assists agents in their day to day client appointments. "We cannot wait for our customers to have access to a great showing management product designed to be a part of our SentriLock ecosystem of products," said Andrew Sims, Vice President of Revenue. "This is a product designed and improved by the help of our REALTOR® members. It's not something we just bought and tried to make fit. We really see this full suite of products as well as integrations with other leading proptech partners as our future." All SentriLock customers will now be able to take advantage of this offer. To start the conversation, please contact our sales team at [email protected].
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Plunk and BHR Partner to Integrate AI-powered Property Analytics into RealReports Platform
Data partnership streamlines access to property research, comprehensive valuation, and remodeling insights into one platform BELLEVUE, WASH. – November 14, 2023 – Plunk, the world's first AI-powered analytics platform for residential real estate, announced a partnership with BHR, a leading provider of property intelligence for real estate professionals. This collaboration will see Plunk's proprietary AI technology integrated into BHR's RealReports™ platform, creating a streamlined and powerful solution for real estate professionals to access and leverage a wealth of property data effortlessly. "In this current market, the more insight you have into a property, the more competitive you can be. Plunk's real-time valuation and AI-powered remodel recommendations are a powerful layer of insight for agents using RealReports and their clients to drive more informed decision-making," remarked James Rogers, Co-founder and CEO of BHR. "Partnering with Plunk is a no-brainer for us because our mission and values are so intrinsically aligned. Both of our teams are passionate about increasing transparency within the real estate industry and driving innovation using cutting-edge technology to provide real value for all of our users," added Zach Gorman, Co-founder and COO of BHR. Property data and intelligence has become critical for agents looking to remain competitive in today's demanding real estate climate. Having easy access to Plunk's one-of-a-kind remodel data along with the extensive property information provided by RealReports enables agents to stand out to prospective clients. "The integration of Plunk's advanced analytics into RealReports™ will enable real estate professionals to access a comprehensive and powerful tool to optimize decision-making processes and drive business growth," commented Brian Lent, Co-founder and CEO of Plunk. To get a RealReport, visit bhr.fyi. To gain access to Plunk's AI-powered home analytics platform, visit getplunk.com/developers. About PlunkPlunk is bringing advanced analytics and unique data to residential real estate for more confident investing in the largest asset class in the world. Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, computer vision and deep learning, Plunk delivers real-time insights into home valuation, risk assessment and remodeling analysis through its SaaS platform. For more information, visit www.getplunk.com. About BHR BHR is the ultimate property intelligence solution for real estate professionals. BHR's flagship product, RealReports provides comprehensive property information for every home in the United States, powered by over 30 top data providers and Aiden, an AI real estate copilot, which can answer any property question instantly.
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Introducing RealStat: The Insightful Solution for Real Estate Professionals
From the award-winning data platform, Revaluate Golden, CO (November 9, 2023) – Revaluate, is artificial intelligence, insight and data for the real estate and mortgage industry that segments lists and databases for marketers by propensity to move, is proud to introduce "RealStat," a groundbreaking solution designed to empower real estate professionals, teams and the industry. It's available starting on Thursday November 9th. Real estate professionals are all too familiar with the sinking feeling of losing a potential sale to another agent. Whether it's the drive-by with another agent's sign in the yard or a social media post revealing that your past client's property listed with a different agent, especially in this market where each listing is more valuable, the agony of missed opportunities can be unbearable. In the competitive world of real estate, it's crucial to have the right tools and insights to stay ahead of the game. "The primary problem that RealStat addresses is the need for a comprehensive and real-time view of the active listings within a real estate professional's client database. This new product offers an instant and accurate health check of what's happening within your client database. Never before has the industry had access to such a level of insight," said Chris Drayer, CEO & Co-founder of Revaluate. RealStat is a digital coach, a live dashboard that provides real estate professionals with the information they need to make informed decisions, find listings and stay competitive in the market. It offers a wide range of benefits, including: Grades the Database Quality: RealStat allows you to audit your database for completeness. Identifies opportunities for Growth: Displays lost commissions over the last 12 months offering a snapshot of how your marketing to your database is performing so you can see the opportunities at your disposal. Effectiveness of Outgoing Marketing: RealStat allows real estate professionals to measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts, providing valuable insights into what works and what doesn't. Measuring the Effectiveness of Prior Marketing: Without measurement, it's impossible to know which marketing strategies are delivering results. RealStat helps bridge this gap. Identifying Expireds and Potential Listings in Your Database: RealStat can identify people in your database who have listed their properties, with or without your assistance. Enhanced Contact Information: By using RealStat, you can ensure that your contact data, including physical addresses and email addresses, is more complete and accurate. Compliance with Marketing Regulations: RealStat helps agents avoid marketing to individuals with active listings, reducing the risk of violating regulations and facing fines. Expert Guidance: The Revaluate Lab connects you with industry experts who can provide insights into additional automation, systems and scripts to get more listings. Geography Visualization: RealStat allows you to visually see where your database is on a map - along with where your marketing is working and not working. RealStat seamlessly integrates with Revaluate's award-winning and trusted AI platform, which predicts likely movers and offers top-tier contact data quality. Together, this powerful combination validates whether real estate professionals are effectively staying in front of their clients or losing them along the way. "Revaluate is so far ahead in its thinking and knows how to provide the data that is critical for me to build my real estate business the way it needs to be built." said Barry Jenkins, CMO and owner of Better Homes and Gardens NAGR in Virginia Beach. RealStat is set to become an invaluable tool for real estate professionals seeking to gain a competitive edge, enhance their marketing strategies, and improve their database management. Revaluate is proud to introduce this new solution to the real estate industry, enabling professionals to prevent missed opportunities and secure their sales. For more information about RealStat and Revaluate, please visit https://revaluate.com/talk About Revaluate Revaluate is artificial intelligence for the real estate and mortgage industry. Revaluate segments lists and databases for marketers by propensity to move. The award winning third-party validated accuracy is the best in the industry at identifying people who are likely to move in the next six months.
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Chime Technologies Rebrands to 'Lofty'
Newest AI-powered Innovation Streamlines Marketing Content Creation and Execution for Busy Real Estate Agents and Teams Phoenix, AZ – November 7, 2023 – Award-winning real estate innovator, Chime Technologies today announced the company has rebranded as Lofty. This marks a significant step in the evolution of the company and underscores the organization's persistent commitment to providing practical AI-powered innovations for the modern real estate professional as they seek to better manage and grow their business. To learn more and hear directly from the executive team about what this evolution means visit, lofty.com/chimetolofty. As the real estate space becomes more competitive, AI has the potential to greatly increase process efficiency through automation and lowering operating costs, all while empowering agents to spend more time doing what they do best – building relationships and selling properties. Powered by proven AI technology, Lofty's cohesive platform ensures real estate pros can spend less time juggling multiple software applications and more time building their business. Customers have been successfully leveraging the company's AI innovations since 2019. The Lofty platform features a single, flexible hub to help automate marketing programs, streamline the sales process, maximize collaboration, and convert more leads into transactions. Most recently, the company introduced an AI Marketing Assistant designed to help busy agents and teams streamline marketing content creation and execution. Unlike simple point solutions and outdated CRM software, Lofty seamlessly optimizes every step of the customer journey from search to settlement. "The real estate industry is arguably amid the most significant, positive disruption in its history. It stands to unravel structures that have long undermined innovation and competition. The agents and firms that best utilize technology and systems will outcompete the competition and seize market share," noted Robert Lucido Jr., chief strategy officer at Lucido Global. "Our team has long been impressed by Lofty's commitment to providing best-in-class innovations that make a real difference in the lives of our agents and teams. We are excited to leverage Lofty's next wave of product development and aggressively compete in the next era of our industry." In tandem with the rebrand, Lofty is also introducing a significantly upgraded mobile app, recognizing that efficiencies generated by AI will enable agents to spend more time out in the field while still requiring on-the-go access to the Lofty platform. Built from inception as a mobile-first offering, the Lofty app will bring together all the key capabilities customers know and love plus brand-new features including: Chat Groups – Enables greater team collaboration and efficiency around listings and provides an upgraded user experience for agent-to-consumer chat. Showing Management – Provides a NEW innovative solution for agents to communicate and coordinate showings, create more engagement, and capture more interest on their listings. Listing Management – Agents can now easily search, manage, and promote listings directly from their mobile device empowering them to be even more productive while on the go. "As the real estate industry continues to change rapidly, we have expanded our vision to best meet the evolving needs of our customers, helping them navigate and prosper in a world that will be driven by AI," noted Joe Chen, CEO of Lofty. "We want our brand to inspire customers to believe in their future success and set ‘lofty' goals for their business. Our clients can continue to expect the same high level of product innovation and commitment to addressing their business needs through the practical application of AI technology." For more information on Lofty and how we can help your real estate business grow, visit lofty.com/chimetolofty. About Lofty, Inc. Lofty, Inc. (formerly Chime Technologies) provides an AI-powered platform that helps real estate professionals increase their productivity and accelerate business growth. Featuring award-winning technology, the Lofty platform is designed to optimize every step of the real estate journey, from search to settlement. By leveraging one unified hub, customers can automate marketing programs, streamline the sales process, and maximize collaboration between agents empowering them to spend more time building relationships and their business. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Lofty operates as a US subsidiary of Moatable, Inc. (NYSE: MTBL). For more information, visit lofty.com.
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RentSpree Celebrates 2 Million Users Milestone on Its Rental Platform
RentSpree's user base doubles in less than two years LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2023 -- RentSpree, the industry's premier end-to-end rental management software provider, today announced it reached two million users on its platform, effectively doubling its user base in less than two years. "It took us more than five years to get to the first million mark and less than two years to add the second million," said Michael Lucarelli, CEO and co-founder of RentSpree. "This is a testament to the power of our platform, our prolific industry partnerships and strong demand for smart rental solutions." Since a $620,000 pre-seed round in 2017, RentSpree has been able to raise a total of $28 million in Series A and B financings. The funds have enabled the company to expand product offerings for agents, landlords and renters and secure additional strategic partnerships. The company's exponential growth - a 598 percent revenue increase over three years - has landed it on the Inc. 5000 of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. this year. RentSpree's key feature, its tenant screening solution, allows agents to view a rental applicant's report instantly. Over the years, RentSpree added a substantial array of additional rental solutions for agents, landlords and renters. Its latest is Credit Builder, RentSpree's rent payment reporting tool that allows renters to opt into having on-time payments reported to a credit bureau. RentSpree's comprehensive suite of tools helped boost transactions on the platform in any one month to a record 485,000 in July. These transactions include running tenant screening reports, agents adding properties to the system and renters submitting reviews for agents. Demand for rentals continues to be a timely topic as mortgage rates hovering around 8 percent and continuously increasing property prices have made buying a home out of reach for many. According to a recent study by CBRE, the cost comparison between purchasing a home and renting one has reached its most significant disparity since at least 1996. The study reveals that the average monthly new mortgage payment is now 52 percent higher than the average apartment rent. As part of its strategy to reach the largest number of users to benefit from its rental solutions, RentSpree has also formed hundreds of partnerships, including with three of the top five multiple listing services (MLS) in the United States – California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS), First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), and Bright MLS. Other key partners include Beaches MLS, Miami Association of REALTORS®, Austin Board of REALTORS®, RE/MAX and Realty ONE Group, along with more than 250 of the most trusted brands in real estate, such as Lone Wolf Technologies. RentSpree's latest partnership includes OneKey® MLS, the largest multiple listing service in New York. RentSpree's key offerings include: Rental Application - Rental Application allows for easy-view, easy-to-read, and mobile-friendly applications. No need to be tied down to an office or computer to find the best tenants. Tenant Screening - Tenant Screening allows for agents to screen prospective tenants with a comprehensive background check from a credit bureau. Rental Client Manager - Rental Client Manager (RCM) leverages key milestones to help agents provide real estate guidance to clients. Listing Pages - With Listing Pages, RentSpree empowers agents to market their properties with a best-in-class user experience. Agent Profiles - Agent Profiles enable agents to create a personalized profile to promote their experience, feature their expertise, and market their listings. Accept/Deny Letters - Send a congratulatory welcome letter to new tenants and get off on the right foot, or a standardized denial letter to make it as painless as possible. Rent Payment - Rent Payment ensures all your rental transaction needs can be managed under one roof. RentSpree partners with Stripe to safely deposit payments into your bank account and automates the process to make sure to remind tenants when rent is due. Credit Builder - Renters can opt in to have on-time rent payments reported to a credit bureau to help boost their credit score. E-Sign Documents - Upload and send documents for fast and convenient signing anytime, anywhere. Agents can stay organized by uploading only the documents needed for the transaction and tracking the signature status. Renters Insurance - Insurance can help avoid issues during the lease. Tenants can purchase renters insurance or submit proof of their policy in one step. Rent Estimate - Rent Estimate helps agents discover similar properties in the area and develop strategies to maximize property values. About RentSpree Los Angeles-based RentSpree is a provider of award-winning rental software that helps easily connect real estate agents, landlords, and renters to simplify the entire rental process. The platform is known across all 50 states for its seamless and secure interface and suite of rental tools, including tenant screening, rent payments, marketing and renter management. To date, RentSpree has partnered with more than 250 of the most influential MLSs, real estate associations and brokerages to serve over one million users in the U.S. RentSpree was ranked on Inc. 5000's fastest-growing private companies in 2022 and 2023. Visit http://www.rentspree.com for more information.
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Zillow Group to acquire Follow Up Boss, an industry leader in customer relationship management
Zillow Group's investment in the Follow Up Boss platform will further help teams and agents deliver great customer experiences, boost productivity and grow their businesses SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2023 -- Zillow Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Follow Up Boss, a customer relationship management (CRM) system for real estate professionals. Follow Up Boss gives teams and agents a central hub to stay organized, engage customers, close deals and grow their production. As part of Zillow Group, Follow Up Boss will be able to invest further in improving its product offerings, helping their clients deliver the best possible customer experience while supercharging their businesses. Follow Up Boss will remain an independent brand and will continue to build its client base as a standalone product offering while serving all existing clients, regardless of whether an agent engages with other Zillow Group platforms. "We're excited to have more resources to invest in new features and functionality while still delivering the great experience our clients enjoy today," said Follow Up Boss co-founder Dan Corkill. "Our mission remains the same — to serve top-performing real estate teams and agents by providing industry-leading technology to power their businesses. We know Zillow Group shares that commitment." Follow Up Boss also plans to continue supporting its vast ecosystem of third-party integration partners, enabling agent clients to keep using their preferred systems seamlessly. Additionally, Zillow Group will continue supporting third-party CRM integrations on the Zillow Premier Agent app so Premier Agent partners can work in whichever CRM they choose. "Follow Up Boss is beloved by agents across the industry, including many Zillow Premier Agent partners and ShowingTime+ clients. Zillow Group continues to invest in tech solutions to help agents deliver an increasingly seamless experience for our shared customers," said Zillow president Susan Daimler. "Follow Up Boss has built the best CRM for agents and teams in the industry, and we look forward to supporting its continued success so agents can exceed the needs of today's buyers and sellers." Zillow Group has a track record of responsibly investing in the growth of industry tools, including in its previous acquisitions of dotloop and ShowingTime. Security and customer data privacy are a top priority for both Zillow Group and Follow Up Boss, and both companies have robust processes to secure customer data. The customer data that Follow Up Boss subscribers enter into the system is theirs, just as it always has been, and will stay within Follow Up Boss. In addition, Follow Up Boss will work with a third-party validator to ensure that the data stays safe and protected under the Follow Up Boss terms of use and privacy policy. The acquisition purchase price includes $400 million of initial cash consideration and up to $100 million in a potential cash earnout. Follow Up Boss has approximately 100 full-time employees who will join Zillow Group once the acquisition closes, including co-founders Dan Corkill and Tom Markov. More information can be found here. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Zillow Group's affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®; Zillow Premier Agent®; Zillow Home Loans℠; Trulia®; Out East®; StreetEasy®; HotPads®; ShowingTime+℠; and Spruce®.
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Nearly 70% of prospective buyers would buy a haunted house if it checked all their boxes
Zillow survey finds 35% of prospective buyers would buy a haunted house if it cost less SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2023 -- This spooky season, a new survey from Zillow® finds that a scary number of prospective home buyers would be willing to put up with a few ghosts in the attic if those spirits happened to haunt the right home. More than two-thirds of prospective buyers (67%) say they could be convinced to buy a haunted house if it had appealing features, were in the right location, were more affordable or for another reason. These findings highlight the extreme compromises buyers are willing to make in order to land a home in today's housing market. Zillow's survey of prospective buyers finds that 40% say they could be convinced to buy a haunted house if it had features such as a big backyard, a pool or a two-car garage. Nearly one-third of prospective buyers (32%) say the same if the home were in their desired location. Finding a home that checks all the boxes has become challenging with frighteningly few new listings hitting the market. Zillow's latest monthly market report finds that inventory is starting to creep back up, but it remains more than 10% lower than this time last year, and more than 40% lower than 2019 levels. More than one-third of prospective buyers (35%) say they could be convinced to buy a haunted house if it were priced lower than the rest of the market. Home values remain near record highs after the pandemic-era run-up in prices. Meanwhile, mortgage rates surpassed a 22-year high this month, slashing buying power and spooking many would-be home shoppers. A new Zillow analysis finds buyers now need a six-figure income to comfortably afford the typical U.S. home, assuming a 10% down payment. "The combination of high prices, limited inventory and rising interest rates is creating a witches' brew of trouble for would-be homeowners," said Manny Garcia, a senior population scientist at Zillow. "Despite these chilling conditions, life events like job changes, coupling up and having children still drive households to buy. These shoppers have to square their budgets with important home characteristics like bedrooms, bathrooms and floor plans. When balancing so many priorities in an inventory-starved market, avoiding ghosts and ghouls doesn't always make the cut." In order to afford a home, many buyers end up trick-or-treating at the bank of Mom and Dad. A new Zillow report finds that 43% of recent buyers received a gift or loan from family or friends to help finance their down payment. Others are seeking out down payment assistance programs, which are listed on every for-sale home on Zillow. To reduce monthly mortgage costs, 45% of buyers are paying more money up front to buy points and lower their interest rate, according to a survey by Zillow Home Loans. There are new tools helping buyers better understand what they can afford. Mortgage and affordability calculators can help shoppers set a budget. Those shoppers can then search for homes by monthly cost instead of by sticker price when they are shopping on Zillow. Teaming up with a great agent and lender can also help manage the fear factor. For some brave souls, an otherworldly roommate can be a selling point. Nearly 30% of prospective buyers say they would be more likely to purchase a home if it were haunted (29%), while 20% say ghostly apparitions wouldn't impact their purchase decision. Either way, buyers may not know who is haunting the halls of their dream home. A Zillow analysis finds most states don't require sellers to disclose paranormal activity in the home they're selling. A spine-tingling 12% of successful buyers say their home is definitely haunted, while an additional 17% say their home may be harboring spirits. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences.
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