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HUD Sec. Fudge: ‘We will enforce U.S. Fair Housing Act’
HUD Sec. Fudge: ‘We will enforce U.S. Fair Housing Act’

Housing secretary reaffirms U.S. commitment to closing the racial homeownership gap at a forum with NAR president and top housing officials.

New home construction surges in March, suggesting relief for homebuyers
New home construction surges in March, suggesting relief for homebuyers

Privately owned housing starts jumped 19.4% from February’s revised estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,739,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development

NAHB: Builder confidence rises in April, despite cost headwinds
NAHB: Builder confidence rises in April, despite cost headwinds

The National Association of Homebuilders expects continued growth in single-family construction through the rest of 2021, although at a slower pace than that of 2020.

U.S. Supreme Court decision makes it easier for brokers to market their business
U.S. Supreme Court decision makes it easier for brokers to market their business

Brokers may use their cell phones to make marketing calls and send marketing texts, if the cell phone does not have an app that will automate the dialing system.

How does credit scoring impact fair lending and minority home ownership?
How does credit scoring impact fair lending and minority home ownership?

“A credit report and credit score are the gateway to a mortgage,” — NAR President Charlie Oppler.

Who made up the National Association of Home Builders in 2020?
Who made up the National Association of Home Builders in 2020?

The National Association of Home Builders published the results of its Special Study for Housing Economics, highlighting the 2020 annual census of who makes up its members.

Home prices hit 15-year high nationwide
Home prices hit 15-year high nationwide

Nationally, home prices increased by an average of 10.4% over the previous year, representing the largest year-over-year gain since April 2006.

Redfin closes $608 million takeover of Atlanta-based RentPath early
Redfin closes $608 million takeover of Atlanta-based RentPath early

RentPath’s sites, which include ApartmentGuide.com, Lovely, Rent.com and Rentals.com, will continue to operate as normal while their listings are integrated with Redfin.com, a process that is expected to wrap up in 2022.

S&P Case-Shiller: Atlanta home prices continue to climb
S&P Case-Shiller: Atlanta home prices continue to climb

Home prices posted monthly and yearly gains in January across the U.S. as well, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.

Redfin chief economist issues post-pandemic predictions
Redfin chief economist issues post-pandemic predictions

Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather lays out five key predictions for the housing market in a post-pandemic world.

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