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Realtor survey shows importance of tech in pandemic
Realtor survey shows importance of tech in pandemic

Looking forward, 37% of the survey’s respondents expect drones to be the most-impactful technology over the next 24 months, followed by cyber security (34%), 5G (31%) and virtual reality (30%).

Share of international homebuyers fell last year
Share of international homebuyers fell last year

International buyers purchased 107,000 residential properties from April 2020 through March 2021, marking a 31% decline from the 154,000 residences bought the previous year.

New-home sales fall 6.6% in June
New-home sales fall 6.6% in June

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the median sales price slid to $361,800 from $380,700 in May.

Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise
Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted purchase index declined 6% from the previous week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported.

Housing starts tick higher in June
Housing starts tick higher in June

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in June came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
1,598,000, down 5.1 % from the revised May rate of 1,683,000, but 23.3% above the year-ago rate of 1,296,000.

NAHB: Builder confidence drops again on materials costs, supply-chain woes
NAHB: Builder confidence drops again on materials costs, supply-chain woes

July’s reading of 80 was down one point from June, but still signaled strong demand for housing, the National Association of Home Builders said.

Redfin: Housing market could be reaching something of an equilibrium
Redfin: Housing market could be reaching something of an equilibrium

During the four-week period ended July 11, the average weekly share of homes for sale with a price drop passed 4% for the first time since September 2020.

Mortgage applications surge 16% as interest rates fall
Mortgage applications surge 16% as interest rates fall

Meanwhile, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted purchase index rose 8% from the previous week.

Pandemic reshuffles homebuyers’ amenity priorities
Pandemic reshuffles homebuyers’ amenity priorities

Adjectives reflecting the desire for privacy and physical isolation gained a place of prominence: “private,” “covered,” “quiet,” “separate” and “enclosed” were among the top 100 most-used description terms.

DOJ withdraws from antitrust settlement with NAR
DOJ withdraws from antitrust settlement with NAR

The department determined that the settlement would not do enough to protect its ability to investigate other conduct by the association affecting competition in the real estate market.

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