DMAR Digest | Week of February 28

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Isaiah Hankel, American author, CEO and Fortune 500 consultant

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Strategies for Adapting to the New Lending Landscape in 2022 | Guest Post
The housing market is on a rollercoaster — and there's no end in sight. Amid a pandemic and economic crisis, Americans are buying homes at near-record rates. Millennials, tired of renting, are entering their mid-30s and starting families. Meanwhile, COVID-driven supply chain issues have decreased housing inventory tremendously. Low inventory leads to more intense bidding wars and deeply frustrated buyers, and now more than half of homes are selling for over the asking price. Read More

Pandemic Relief Assistance Still Available to Homeowners
Pandemic relief assistance is still available for homeowners who may be struggling to catch up on mortgage payments, utility bills, or other housing costs. Several states are beginning to distribute a new round of funds. States have access to $9.961 billion in federal funding as part of the Homeowner Assistance Fund intended to help homeowners recover from the impact of the pandemic. The program was established to support homeowners facing pandemic-related hardship such as job losses, a decline in income, or costs to care for an ill family member. Read More

Home Prices Increase at Fastest Rate in 34 Years in December, but Rising Mortgage Rates Remain a Threat
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city price index posted an 18.6% year-over-year gain in December, up slightly from 18.3% the previous month. On a monthly basis, the index increased 1.5% between November and December. Meanwhile, the Case-Shiller national home price index demonstrated 18.8% growth between 2020 and 2021 in December, in line with November’s reading. “This is the highest calendar-year increase in 34 years of data, and substantially ahead of 2020’s 10.4% gain,” Craig J. Lazzara, managing director at S&P DJI, said in the Case-Shiller report. Read More

Homesites destroyed in the Marshall fire are going up for sale. Who will buy them?
On a ridge in Louisville with a stunning view of the Flatirons stood a six-bedroom, five-bath home, now reduced to a pile of ash by the Marshall fire, one of more than 1,000 homes in Louisville, Superior and unincorporated Boulder County destroyed on Dec. 30. The lot, rubble and all, went up for sale in early February, listed at $950,000. It’s the costliest of at least 10 burned homesites up for sale after the fire, and after the price was reduced to $799,000, it may already have an offer. Read More

U.S. Homeownership Rate Experiences Largest Annual Increase on Record, Though Black Homeownership Remains Lower Than a Decade Ago, NAR Analysis Finds
The U.S. homeownership rate climbed to 65.5% in 2020, up 1.3% from 2019 and the largest annual increase on record. More Americans are likely to own a home now than during any year following the Great Recession (65.4% homeownership rate in 2010); however, Black Americans continue to face significant obstacles along the path to homeownership, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Read More

Resources & services

Global & Luxury Summit - Denver | March 28 - 30 
AREAA’s Global & Luxury Summit is coming to the Four Seasons in Denver, March 28-30. The Global & Luxury Summit is an AREAA signature event that brings together an exclusive group of top producers, luxury experts and global investors. Previously hosted in New York City, Beverly Hills, Miami and Seattle, we encourage you to take advantage of this special occasion in Denver. Read More

First-Time Homeowner Tax Guide (2022)

You did it! You secured a new home in the hottest seller’s market we’ve ever seen. Now what? Tax season is here and you’re wondering how this new purchase will change how you file. We’re here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you head into your first tax season as a homeowner. Note, this article has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. Read More

Five Things Realtors® Can Do for Black History Month
February is Black History Month, which is why now is the perfect time to talk about how we as real estate professionals can help fight racial injustice and support the Black community. It may sometimes seem impossible for one individual to make a meaningful change, but as Realtors® you are leaders in your community and that’s where change starts. Here are five things Realtors® can do to support the Black community. Read More

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