The latest economic and policy trends facing mortgage servicers

Join this webinar for an in-depth roundtable discussion on economic and policy trends impacting servicers as well as a look ahead at strategies servicers should employ in the next year.

2021 RealTrends Brokerage Compensation Report

For the study, RealTrends surveyed all the firms on the 2021 RealTrends 500 and Nation’s Best rankings, asking for annual compensation data for the 2020 calendar year.

Steve Murray on the importance of protecting property rights

In this episode, Steve Murray, RealTrends advisor and industry stalwart, discusses some of the issues facing private property rights, including how a case in Germany could potentially affect U.S. legislation.

Lenders, it’s time to consider offering non-QM products

The non-QM market is making a comeback following a pause in 2020. As lenders rush to implement, Angel Oak is helping them adopt these new lending products.

Real Estate

Even with low inventory, expect a strong 2021 housing market

Homesnap expects the housing market to remain busy through springtime

Even prior to the pandemic, housing inventory had hit record lows, and the problem has only gotten worse as demand continues to rise. Total home sales are outpacing new listings by a wide margin every month, and real estate tech company Homesnap foresees the shortage continuing in 2021 unless more sellers enter the housing market.

The divide between supply and demand is striking: compared to last year, total new listings increased .22%, while total sales increased 19.29%. Homesnap said this trend could further drain inventory as 2021 approaches.

Home prices have risen as a result of the mismatch in homebuyer demand and housing inventory. The average list price for properties that sold rose 6.7% from September to October this year, which Homesnap said is significantly higher than the same figure in 2018 and 2019.

As median home prices keep rising, homeowners who originally planned to sell within the next three to five years might list their homes sooner, Homesnap said, freeing up more inventory.


Freddie Mac on the state of housing affordability

Join experts at Freddie Mac for a discussion on The State of Affordability. This panel will identify significant data and trends impacting the future and outline key challenges. Get up to speed on today’s housing market and discover how the industry can evolve to better serve tomorrow’s market, together.

Presented by: Freddie Mac

Homesnap predicts that even hampered by low inventory, the housing market will remain competitive in 2021, leading into a strong traditional spring home-buying season. Popular places to buy continue to evolve, with Homesnap agents reporting more homebuyers are searching in rural areas outside major city limits because they aren’t commuting to the office anymore and are looking for more space.

Guy Wolcott, founder of Homesnap, says buyers need to be realistic about their budgets, stay on top of new listings and be prepared to make quick decisions, especially in a competitive market. 

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