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NAR partners with National Forest Foundation to plant 1.575 million trees

NAR and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) plan to plant 1.575 million new trees by the end of 2025, thanks to a $1.575 million donation from NAR. That many trees will reduce 750,000 metric tons of carbon in the atmosphere — the equivalent of 145,931 homes’ yearly electricity use.

Guaranteed Rate unveils new Spanish-language mortgage program

The mortgage lending and digital finance company Guaranteed Rate has launched an extensive Language Access Program to expand services to Spanish-speaking clients. The program uses language and cultural information to create an inclusive and informative experience for all clients, regardless of their English proficiency.

Two views on what the Fed’s latest interest-rate hike means for real estate

Two economists expressed concerns about the real estate industry in the wake of the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates by three-quarters of a percent. 

NAR: Charitable giving by REALTOR® associations increased 20% in 2021

The NAR’s Community Aid and Real Estate (CARE) Report shows that REALTOR® associations donated a median of $12,070 this past year, a 20% increase over 2020.

Sellers lose the upper hand as mortgage rates rise

The housing market is starting to become more balanced.

Boston named among the 10 U.S. cities with the worst housing shortages

Boston ranks No. 4 among major U.S. cities with the worst housing shortages, according to an analysis by Angi.

ATTOM: Foreclosure rates returning to pre-pandemic levels

ATTOM’s 2022 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report shows that foreclosure filings are up 118% compared to this time last year.

Student loan forgiveness could mean homeownership for millennials

The recent order by President Joe Biden canceling tens of millions of dollars in student loan debt is good news for the real estate industry, according to a new report.

As demand for new homes cools, builders reconsider future plans

A sudden slowdown in home construction hasn’t affected the rise of new apartment buildings. Ten of the country’s top metros are set to reach five-year peaks in new-apartment construction during 2022.

Median days on the market increases in Boston and nationwide

Homebuyers nationwide had more time to make decisions in August with the first year-over-year increase in median days on the market since June 2020.

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