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Real Estate

LGBT Buyers Fear Discrimination

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Those fears over prejudice may be holding back a significant share of LGBT renters from buying, a new survey from Freddie Mac finds.

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Homeowners Wait on Prices to Leverage Current Home

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Some homeowners are holding back on selling, hoping they’ll be able to afford a larger down payment on their next home.

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Will the Housing Market Pass or Fail the ‘5 Percent’ Test?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 2, 2018 - 12:00am

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is inching closer to the 5 percent range, which will be a big test of affordability on the housing market.

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Airbnb Guests in N.J. Use Agents to Avoid Occupancy Tax

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am

A loophole in state law allows users of short-term rental sites to save money on accommodations if they book through a real estate professional.

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Amazon Partners With Builders to Put Alexa in New Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am

The online retailer aims to make its voice assistant a standard smart-home feature in newly constructed properties.

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High-Earning Millennials Driving Demand in Hottest ZIPs

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am

They’re increasingly attracted to smaller, suburban areas, where homes are spending nearly 10 percent less time on the market.

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Hotter Rental Demand Forces Apartment Costs to Rise

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am

In the third quarter of the year, rents rose 2.9 percent compared to a year ago, according to RealPage, a real estate data firm. How will would-be buyers respond?

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5 Cities Suffering Worst Inventory Losses

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Some markets are beginning to feel the relief of more for-sale inventory, but these cities are seeing the number of listings further shrink.

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Where You’ll Have the Most Annoying Neighbors

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am

A new survey discovers what consumers consider the most offensive traits of the people living next door, as well as where disturbances are most common.

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Hurricane Florence: Nearly $30 Billion in Estimated Losses

RisMedia Consumer News - September 30, 2018 - 12:03pm

Earlier this month, Hurricane Florence blasted through the Carolinas and Virginia, leaving a path of flood and wind damage in its wake.

According to an analysis by real estate data provider CoreLogic, residential properties in the Carolinas and Virginia sustained between $19-$28.5 billion in damage, which includes impact from both inland flooding and storm surge. Of that amount, an estimated $13-$18.5 billion is in uninsured losses. Flood losses insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are estimated to be $2-$5 billion, and wind losses are estimated to be an additional $1-$1.5 billion.

In total, CoreLogic estimates that flooding and wind damaged 487,000 residential homes in North Carolina, 109,000 in South Carolina and 28,000 in Virginia.

The House recently passed a five-year FAA reauthorization with a bill—the Aviation, Transportation Safety, and Disaster Recovery Reforms and Reauthorization—that includes relief funding designed to expedite recovery efforts for Florence-impacted areas. The FAA’s current authorization was set to expire on September 30; however, the House approved a one-week extension and the Senate is expected to vote shortly (at press time), according to Aviation International News.

“…Even today, over a week after the storm made landfall, flooding remains a significant concern for families in both North and South Carolina,” said NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall in a statement. “In these times, we are reminded of the importance of peace of mind for property owners with access to quality and affordable flood insurance, and maintain our call for Congress to pass responsible, long-term NFIP reauthorization. We commend the House for passing H.R. 302, and urge the Senate to take up this important legislation quickly.”

Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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You Can’t Deduct the Ballgame, But What About the Beer?

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 28, 2018 - 12:00am

The IRS is working on guidance that would clarify the deductibility of expenses for client meals under the new tax law, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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5 Reasons Clients Should House Hunt in the Fall

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 28, 2018 - 12:00am

If your buyers are on the fence or need a little motivation to shop for a home this season, here are some reasons autumn is the perfect time to buy.

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Economists: Landlords Should Tread Carefully Raising Rents

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 28, 2018 - 12:00am

Low rental vacancies nationwide, coupled with continued strong demand for single-family rental properties, could prompt landlords to increase rents even more.

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Wall Street Bets on Compass, Opendoor

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 28, 2018 - 12:00am

Investment firms pour millions into real estate startups that aim to change traditional real estate transactions.

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Mortgage Rates Surge to 7-Year High After Fed Hike

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 28, 2018 - 12:00am

However, despite higher borrowing costs, prospective buyers appear to be having more success breaking into homeownership, according to Freddie Mac.

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The Defining Financial Question of Millennials: Do You Want to Live Comfortably Now, or in the Future?

RisMedia Consumer News - September 27, 2018 - 2:53pm

(TNS)—Millennials are faced with the internal conflict almost every day: live comfortably now, or later?

Thanks to $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, rapidly increasing healthcare costs and high living costs, scraping by now often can be prioritized over worrying about retiring on a beach later.

Regardless, millennials are doing a good job at prioritizing retirement savings more than other generations—but most, including millennials themselves, believe their efforts still won’t be enough.

Current Savings Habits of Millennials Show Bleak Financial Futures
Experts say saving 15 percent of your income should lead to comfortable retirement. Millennials are struggling to hit that target.

Only one-third of millennials currently have money saved for retirement, according to a report from the National Institute on Retirement Security. Of that one-third, they have a median amount of about $19,100 saved.

For older millennials, those values aren’t ideal. There might still be time for younger ones to ramp up their savings—but affordability is a giant barrier.

For Susan Stalte, a 26-year-old healthcare professional in Pennsylvania, her retirement savings are a work in progress. Each month, she puts $150 into a Roth IRA; it’s a number she admits “doesn’t feel like enough” but hopes to increase over time. She currently has about $2,500 saved.

However, Stalte says she’s often told that even having $1 million for retirement won’t suffice.

“It almost feels as if there will never be enough to save in order to retire comfortably,” she says.

Based on Stalte’s current balance and savings habits, and under the assumption that she’d earn a 7 percent annual return and like to retire at 65, Bankrate’s Roth IRA calculator shows that she will have only $392,530 by the time she’s ready to retire.

Stalte would have to nearly triple her monthly contributions to retire with a little over $1 million, considering Social Security benefits are expected to decrease over time.

When asked about her capability to triple her monthly savings, Stalte says the number is “terrifying”—but possible.

“I’ve known that I’ve had to someday invest that amount each month, but I think I was just waiting for the right time,” she says. “There will never be a right time, so better now than never. It’s very stressful to think about.”

Millennials Have to Choose: Live Comfortably Now, or Later?
Some experts say retirees will need at least 80 percent of their pre-retirement income once they quit the workforce. Not everyone has the same ability as Stalte to increase their savings—a recent Prudential survey finds that 70 percent of millennials can’t.

“The issue is not the inability to plan; it is the inability to save,” says Ben T., a survey respondent quoted in the survey. “Saving money for retirement just isn’t a luxury everyone has.”

A giant factor in the inability to save more is debt. According to Harry Dalessio, head of Full Service Solutions at Prudential, millennials are more focused on paying down their student loan and credit card debt than saving.

“They don’t believe (they can do both) at the same time,” Dalessio says.

When you put the numbers on paper, though, it’s hard to believe they can. 

Living Costs Increase, Earnings Don’t
Living expenses can be overwhelming. Childcare costs, healthcare costs and education costs are escalating—and millennials are making less than the previous two generations. In 2016, 41 percent of young men ages 25 to 34 had an annual income below $30,000, compared with 25 percent in 1975, based on 2015 dollars, according to the U.S. Census.

So, they’re forced to choose: Do they want to live comfortably now, or sacrifice for comfort down the road?

Josh Rubin, a 35-year-old millennial business owner in Sacramento, Calif., has chosen to embrace the now; he has almost no retirement savings. Even though he has what he thinks is a “decent” income, he cites high living costs and wanting to be happy as the main reasons he isn’t building a nest egg.

“I think my generation sees more value in enjoying life than working hard and being miserable to hope to be secure later,” Rubin says. “This doesn’t mean I spend money freely and buy things I can’t afford, but the average cost of even just rent is sky-high compared to what older generations used to have to deal with.”

It’s not that millennials aren’t sacrificing at all; they just are in ways that aren’t monetary. They’re delaying major life milestones, like homeownership, marriage and childbearing, partially because they can’t afford them.

They also fear the economic future.

As a millennial who was born in 1982, Rubin lived through the 2008 recession. He cites low faith in the long-term value of stocks and savings to be another reason he isn’t saving for his future. The Prudential survey found that 77 percent of millennials fear another global recession will take place in their lifetime—one more disruptive than that of 2008.

Bridget Fitzgerald, certified financial planner and wealth strategist at PNC Wealth Management, is 26 years old. As someone who lived through the recession, she empathizes with the dreary outlook.

“When you experience a traumatic event in childhood, it can be a weakness even as an adult,” Fitzgerald says. “The best defense is to prepare for it—save, understand how the markets work, remove emotion from your financial decisions and don’t let impulse drive you.”

Do Millennials Really Need to Catch Up With Retirement Savings?
About 79 percent of millennials surveyed think it’s highly or somewhat likely that people will no longer be able to retire comfortably in the future.

The concept of retirement is already rapidly changing. With the disappearance of pension plans and tightened Social Security benefits, baby boomers are starting to work well past the industry-standard retirement age of 65. It’s estimated that they’ll account for almost 25 percent of the labor force by 2024.

Full retirement will likely be a thing of the past by the time millennials reach 65.

Dalessio acknowledges that there’s a retirement crisis in our country—but he adds that there are plenty of tools available, especially from employers, that can help. These tools include aid with understanding the building blocks of financial wellness. Employers are using these tools to recruit and retain all generations, but especially millennials.

They’re also implementing automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans, which enables employees to save without having to think about it.

“While there is now more of a shared responsibility for saving, many employers are still doing their part,” Dalessio says.

He also adds that many millennials don’t fully understand their employer-sponsored plans—most of them find the information to be “complicated,” he says.

Fitzgerald agrees that there are tools available to help millennials plan for retirement, but she adds that these tools don’t leave millennials feeling optimistic about the future.

“The numbers are just unreal and can be soul-crushing,” Fitzgerald says. “What is annoying for some is that you try to save into your 401(k) and the available tools tell you that you still need to save more. That is often not an option.”

Instead of letting the pressure of industry standards bog down and discourage millennials, Fitzgerald tells her clients to think about their own specific goals for retirement. Shifting the conversation away from traditional expectations and toward an individual’s own wants and needs can lead to a more productive mindset toward saving.

“It depends on what you want to accomplish in retirement,” Fitzgerald says. “What is ‘comfortable’? What will you be doing? What are your goals? These are important, motivating questions to consider.”

And if you haven’t started saving?

“Saving is a hard choice,” she says. “Sacrifice is hard—but starting the discipline of saving early will help you accomplish your goals in the future.”

Even if those goals are untraditional.

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Bill Aims to Help More People Break Into Homeownership

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 27, 2018 - 12:00am

Congress is weighing the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018, which seeks to add more affordable housing inventory.

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Eroding Affordability Puts Damper on New-Home Sales

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 27, 2018 - 12:00am

Though newly built single-family homes eked out an increase in August, it wasn’t enough to impress economists or make up for big shortfalls in housing.

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Why Were Fewer Contracts Signed in August?

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 27, 2018 - 12:00am

Pending home sales continued to fall last month, marking the eighth consecutive month for annual decreases.

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‘Era of Super-Low Mortgage Rates Is Over’

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 27, 2018 - 12:00am

The real estate market is bracing for the fallout after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate Wednesday by a quarter of a point.

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