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Potential Hotspots for Distressed Sales

While many consumers are planning to buy homes, cars, and major appliances, there are still about 2 million homeowners behind on their mortgage payments and/or in forbearance programs.

What’s the Secret to Increasing Appraised Value?

In this episode, host Maiclaire Bolton Smith is joined by the Appraiser Coach, Dustin Harris. He discusses the value of truth, the impact of appraisal bias and reveals the secret to increasing the appraised value of a home.

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Comparing Two Home Price Booms, Fifteen Years Apart

As home prices soar in 2021, many comparisons are being made between the current housing environment and the one in 2006. However, despite recent double-digit home price appreciation, the mortgage payment to purchase a home is substantially more affordable than it was 15 years ago.

Refinance in a Rising-Rate Market

With mortgage rates declining to ever new lows during 2020, the mortgage market had the largest number of originations in 17 years. The volume was driven by no-cash-out refinance: more than one-half of the originations, and 4-in-5 refinance loans, were no-cash-out during 2020.