2020 Real Estate News

(Note: This page is continuously updated with relevant news throughout the year.)

Liens Against Your Home – In addition to the mortgage(s) lien(s), a property tax, income tax, and unpaid HOA dues lien that could be filed against the value of your home. Be careful what you sign and what liens can be against your property.

Does your local government authority do this? Issue free on-line Consumer Notification Service offered by the Registry of Deeds to protect county property owners against fraud.

Money & the Law: Realtor association agrees to changes – No more steering to higher commission sale or advertise buyer brokers work for “free”.

Could homebuyers save thousands without Oregon’s rebate ban? Lawsuit takes aim at state’s rule – Oregon bars real estate brokers from refunding any part of their commission to customers.REX filed a lawsuit against state officials this November to get rid of the ban, arguing that allowing rebates could save homebuyers in the state up to around $385 million a year.

2020 Consensus Forecast from NAR Real Estate Summit

Thinking of refinancing your mortgage? Do your homework before you jump in.

Rise in cash offers negatively impacts traditional buyers

Andrews: Solar power real estate too costly

Sponsored: How does a family halt an agent and broker from showing the home of a relative with early dementia?

Mortgage and real estate news this week: refinancing trends and homeowner credit scores

More people want fences, despite rising costs

Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Real estate trends to watch for in 2021

FHA extends mortgage forbearance deadline

What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate Sales?

How Inventory, Contingencies And Financing Play Out In The Current Housing Market

Why you shouldn’t think of a home as an investment

Top 10 Things Your Real Estate Agent Should Be Doing To Sell Your Home

Are We Headed for Another Foreclosure Crisis? 9 Housing Experts Share Their Predictions

Best Down Payment Assistance Programs for First Time Buyers – Don’t forget about NACA

How Much Homeowners Insurance Do I Need?

Higher FICO Scores Indicate Lenders are Being More Selective

Mortgage rates fall again but credit availability gets tighter

The FTC is investigating Opendoor over its advertising practices

A dozen mortgage, real estate pros charged in sprawling scam

Are referral fees doing damage to real estate consumers?

Could this real estate tax be Coming to America?

Here Are The Hottest Housing Markets, Real Estate Stocks In Surprise Covid Boom

Zillow to hire agents as employees for iBuyer transactions in 2021

Almost 400,000 Delinquent Homeowners Have Better Options

Zillow’s iBuying Program Cuts Back on Third Party Real Estate Agents

Do You Really Need A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home Right Now?

Which real estate brokerage offers the least amount of service to sellers (based on my experience)?

September 2020: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties agent failed to give a Seller feedback on showing…

Coronavirus is clobbering the real estate industry. From a frenzy of flex-office layoffs to big deals falling apart, here’s everything you need to know.

Builder Confidence Utterly Decimated by Coronavirus


6 Tips That Can Reduce Real Estate Pros’ Taxes

Mortgage Forbearance Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be—Here’s the Ugly Truth

Distressed Real Estate During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips for Negotiating Forbearance Agreements

The coronavirus is changing real estate sales contracts. The shift looks permanent

Tips for Real Estate Agents When Working from Home

CARES ACT = Dangerous price of legislation

CARES Act Update: Impact on Commercial Real Estate – Part One

CARES Act is a “Game Changer” For One Real Estate Firm

The CARES Act: Provisions for Real Estate Industry

REAL ESTATE MATTERS: Which documents should you save once your mortgage is paid in full?

This is happening in many areas including Chicago area… Real Estate Market Struggling During COVID-19 Pandemic, With Ban On Open Houses


The Retail Apocalypse Is Accelerating

Five reasons why first-home buyers should buy right now despite COVID-19

How To Negotiate an Offer on a Home in the Age of Coronavirus

Any other states doing this? Gov. DeSantis suspends all evictions and foreclosures in Florida for 45 days

Real Estate Is Struggling With a Lack of Data

CFPB Empowers Fannie/Freddie to Overcome Lockdown Woes

Want To Keep An Eye On Local Housing Trends? Try These 16 Strategies

Moving during coronavirus: ‘It’s really stressful to buy a home in general. This just felt surreal.’

Underground market in real estate looming, agent fears

Home Builders Hammering Away but Fear Slowdown Looms

Real Estate Advice For Home Buyers and Sellers

Real Estate Advice: What to expect from a home inspection

Real estate experts: Now is the time to buy or refinance a home

Realtor.com launches noise indicator to help home buyers

Should you get an appraisal before selling your home? This all depends on whether your home is very unique, or if you have several similar homes nearby that have sold recently.

Understanding Liens in Commercial Real Estate

Is It Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

NAR to Supreme Court: Don’t Hurt Real Estate in CFPB Case

Supreme Court Seems Inclined to Curb Wall Street Overseer

Housing Trends: First-Time Buyers Band Together

Customer or client? Just what are you?

Dear Monty: Who pays the real estate commission? Answer: The Buyer ultimately pays for it in the price of a home…

5 reasons why every real estate agent should embrace podcasting

So Flo Real Estate Group sued over spam text messages

Joe Biden wants tougher standards for real-estate appraisers to help black and Latinx homeowners

Ways the 2020 real estate market may surprise us

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home

Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring

Buying a Foreclosure? 4 Reasons Why You Probably Still Need a Buyer’s Agent

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