Renters and Biden’s $15,000 homebuyer tax credit

Published by Housing Wire | March 16, 2021 Unintended consequences could send home prices up even further The housing industry has been keeping a keen eye on President Joe Biden’s proposed $15,000 homebuyer tax credit for first-time homebuyers. But just how many people would actually benefit from it? According to a report from Zillow, about 9.3 million renter …

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Did You Refinance Your Mortgage Last Year? Here’s How It Could Affect Your Taxes

Published by REALTOR.com | March 8, 2021 The Mortgage Bankers Association estimated that lenders originated some 7.1 million refinance loans last year. As interest rates plummeted throughout 2020, mortgage refinancing became a major avenue to saving money in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But those who took the plunge need to be aware of …

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Omar Pitches National Cancellation of Rent and Mortgage Payments Until April 2022

Published by The Washington Examiner | March 11, 2021 Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced a bill that seeks to cancel rent and mortgages nationwide through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act would allow for full payment forgiveness, with no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners and no negative impact on …

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Top Markets Where It Makes the Most Sense To Rent vs. Buy

Published by REALTOR.com | March 2, 2021 In more than 15 of the 50 largest metros, buying a home was as—or more—affordable than renting in January 2021, according to a recent Realtor.com report. Since the coronavirus pandemic took the shine off expensive (and cramped!) urban living, rents have tanked in some of the nation’s top …

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Mortgage Rates Tick Up Over 3 Percent, Dealing Home Buyers Another Blow

Published by REALTOR.com | March 4, 2021 It looks like the era of cheap loans may be coming to an end. For the better part of a year, one bright spot for home buyers in this hypercompetitive market of record-high prices and a record-low number of homes for sale has been mortgage interest rates, which …

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TX Federal Judge Rules That National Eviction Moratorium is Unconstitutional

Published by Yahoo! News | February 26, 2021 Barker sided with the landlords and property owners, saying the national moratorium encroached on states’ rights. A federal judge has ruled that the national moratorium on evictions instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John Barker did not issue an …

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Federal judge blocks CDC’s national eviction moratorium

Feb. 26, 2021 — A federal judge has delivered a potential blow to the national eviction moratorium. J. Campbell Barker, federal district judge for the Eastern District of Texas who was nominated by President Trump, ruled that the powers granted to the federal government in the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce does not give it the …

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RealtyTrac: There’s a Greater Chance Landlords Will Default

Originally published by Florida Realtors | February 17, 2021 4 Florida counties made the top 25 for increased risk of landlord default, mostly due to an eviction ban that made it harder for some owners to pay the property’s mortgage. A RealtyTrac analysis finds that single-family rental property owners face an above-average risk of default …

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