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Gen X and millennials want home gyms. Boomers? Not so much.
Gen X and millennials want home gyms. Boomers? Not so much.

Whether they’re still weary of going to a gym full of people or just looking to work off those extra pandemic pounds in privacy, homebuyers are increasingly prioritizing home exercise rooms.

Employment growth misses estimates in April with 266k new jobs
Employment growth misses estimates in April with 266k new jobs

The employment numbers for March were revised down as well. The most recent data indicate a 770,000 increase in jobs for the month, compared to the previously reported increase of 916,000.

Mortgage applications dip as rate increases in latest MBA survey
Mortgage applications dip as rate increases in latest MBA survey

“This is a sign that the competitive purchase market, driven by low housing inventory and high demand, is pushing prices higher and weighing down on activity.” — Mortgage Bankers Association Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting Joel Kan.

New-home sales surge 21% in March
New-home sales surge 21% in March

Year over year, the pace of sales was up 66.8% nationwide.

Forbearance rate drops to 4.5%
Forbearance rate drops to 4.5%

As the economy slowly recovers from the early days of the pandemic, the share of loans in forbearance dropped for the seventh consecutive week, signifying a 40-basis-point decrease in the last two weeks.

U.S. Supreme Court decision makes it easier for brokers to market their business
U.S. Supreme Court decision makes it easier for brokers to market their business

Brokers may use their cell phones to make marketing calls and send marketing texts, if the cell phone does not have an app that will automate the dialing system.

How does credit scoring impact fair lending and minority home ownership?
How does credit scoring impact fair lending and minority home ownership?

“A credit report and credit score are the gateway to a mortgage,” — NAR President Charlie Oppler.

Who made up the National Association of Home Builders in 2020?
Who made up the National Association of Home Builders in 2020?

The National Association of Home Builders published the results of its Special Study for Housing Economics, highlighting the 2020 annual census of who makes up its members.

Home prices hit 15-year high nationwide
Home prices hit 15-year high nationwide

Prices in the Houston metro area were up 6.3% over February 2020. CoreLogic classified Houston’s market as “overvalued.”

Interest in tiny homes grows as popularity rises
Interest in tiny homes grows as popularity rises

While pandemic headlines had many leaving cities and moving to the suburbs or looking for additional space in their current home, interest in tiny homes was little remarked upon.

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