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Backtracking: Mortgage Rates Retreat

Backtracking: Mortgage Rates Retreat

For the first time this year, the average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate has retreated, back to 4.44 percent this week after rising for nine straight weeks, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.46 percent the week prior. Mortgage rates are moved by TreasuryRead more about Backtracking: Mortgage Rates Retreat[…]

Jason Waugh: Delivering Exceptional Experiences

Jason Waugh: Delivering Exceptional Experiences

Vitals: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals Years in Business: 76Size: 32 offices, 950 agentsRegions Served: Oregon and Washington2017 Sales Volume: $3.9 billion2017 Transactions: 10,567www.bhhsnw.com This summer, Jason Waugh, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals, will celebrateRead more about Jason Waugh: Delivering Exceptional Experiences[…]

Commentary: Let the Prime-Time Housing Market Begin

Commentary: Let the Prime-Time Housing Market Begin

In this commentary, J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, discusses the housing market nationally and in Puget Sound/Seattle, Wash. The arrival of Daylight Savings triggers a burst in new listings, and more listings lead to more sales. In real estate, it’s all about the new listing. The winter marketRead more about Commentary: Let the Prime-Time Housing Market Begin[…]

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate

Following the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the federal government imposed regulations in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—an effort to ensure financial stability and consumer protection. Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo introduced bill S. 2155—the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act—which proposesRead more about Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate[…]

Across All Buyers, Millennials Have the Most Purchases

Across All Buyers, Millennials Have the Most Purchases

In housing, generations intersect regularly. Who’s downsizing? Who’s driving the market? Who’s trading up? The generation impressing on the market most today? Millennials, according to the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, recently released by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Millennials are accounting for 36 percent of purchases, ahead of baby boomersRead more about Across All Buyers, Millennials Have the Most Purchases[…]

REIT Legal Experts See Potential IPO Activity from Unique Asset Classes

REIT Legal Experts See Potential IPO Activity from Unique Asset Classes

Despite a challenging environment for REIT IPOs, private companies that offer investors something unique are lining up as possible public market entrants this year, according to legal experts. David Slotkin, co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s (MoFo) corporate finance and REIT practices, says the firm is actively working on a number of potential IPOs, but adds thatRead more about REIT Legal Experts See Potential IPO Activity from Unique Asset Classes[…]

FTSE Nareit All REITs Index Down 7% in February

FTSE Nareit All REITs Index Down 7% in February

REIT returns fell in February as macroeconomic factors continued to dominate investor sentiment. The total returns of the FTSE Nareit All REITs Index fell 7 percent in February, while the S&P 500 fell 3.7 percent. Total returns of the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index fell 7.3 percent in February. The total returns of theRead more about FTSE Nareit All REITs Index Down 7% in February[…]

Wisconsin Students Get Hands-On Approach to REIT Investing

Wisconsin Students Get Hands-On Approach to REIT Investing

Second-year Real Estate MBA students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are gaining unique hands-on experience in active portfolio management as they manage a $2 million fund invested solely in REITs. The REIT fund is part of the University of Wisconsin Endowment first established in the late 1990s by three prominent alumni. The students are enrolledRead more about Wisconsin Students Get Hands-On Approach to REIT Investing[…]

HPET Preserving Affordable Housing as Competition Intensifies

HPET Preserving Affordable Housing as Competition Intensifies

A typical tenant at the Courtyard at Encanto in central Phoenix is a single mother working as a home health care aide. She makes about 51 percent of area median income in a neighborhood that is undergoing rapid gentrification. Housing Partnership Equity Trust (HPET) purchased the 160-unit Courtyard at Encanto in conjunction with Chicanos porRead more about HPET Preserving Affordable Housing as Competition Intensifies[…]