Daily Real Estate News

10 Mortgage Lenders With the Highest Volume

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 25, 2020 - 1:00am

Find out which servicers home buyers are increasingly turning to for a purchase loan.

Tech Giants Prop Up Commercial Recovery

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 25, 2020 - 1:00am

Big technology companies emerge as major tenants and acquirers of office space, warehouses, data centers, and retail stores.

15 Cities With the Lowest Costs of Living

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 25, 2020 - 1:00am

More Americans are planning to move to a cheaper town to cut living expenses, according to a new survey.

FHFA Increases Conforming Loan Limits for 2021

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 25, 2020 - 1:00am

For countless American households, especially those in more expensive markets, higher loan limits open more opportunities for homeownership.

What Real Estate Has to Be Grateful For in 2020

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 25, 2020 - 1:00am

While this year has been full of challenges, the residential real estate industry has been an economic bright spot.

Vivid Slaw Tosses in Beets and Apples for a Fresh, Tangy Crunch

RisMedia Consumer News - November 24, 2020 - 4:43pm

(TNS)—The health benefits of incorporating the Mediterranean diet’s vegetables, fish, whole grains, olive oil and fresh herbs are well documented. With the newly published “Easy Everyday Mediterranean Diet Cookbook,” registered dietitians Deanna Segrave-Daly and Serena Ball show how to keep these foods on regular rotation in your kitchen, with 125 recipes.

The book includes pantry lists to stock a Mediterranean kitchen, tips on avoiding food waste, and some myth-busting of claims about costs and carbs. Five-day meal plans guide those who want gluten-free, vegetarian, twice-weekly seafood, or meatless Monday menus.

Here’s one quick, flavorful menu idea that’s ideal for fall. The jewel-like Shredded Beet-and-Apple Slaw is a simple but surprising mix that may have you looking at beets in a new way.

Shredded Beet-and-Apple Slaw
In the Ball household, this gluten-free, egg-free, vegetarian slaw is the go-to side for main dishes from Mediterranean Crispy Chicken and Potatoes to pizza. Even Ball’s kids can whip together this vibrant tangle of shredded root veggies with a touch of honeyed fruit. Raw beets and carrots are common in Mediterranean veggie dishes from Italy to Israel, as a tangy and delicious mix of sweet and sharp. And even in the dreary wintertime, bright orange carrots and ruby-red beets are in season when there isn’t that much colorful fresh produce around.

Makes 4 servings
1 medium lemon, cut in half
1/2 cup plain 2 percent Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 medium apple, chopped
1 medium beet, scrubbed
1 medium carrot, scrubbed
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins

– Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a small bowl. (Save any remaining lemon for another use.) Add the yogurt and honey and whisk together. Add the chopped apple, mix together, and set aside.

– Using the large holes on a box grater, shred the beet and the carrot. (For the most efficient shredding process, use long strokes as you run the vegetable from the top to the bottom of the grater. Other shredding options include using a mandoline or a julienne peeler.)

– In a serving bowl, stir the shredded beet and carrot together. Add the yogurt mixture, pecans and raisins. Stir to combine.

– Healthy Kitchen Hack: To bump up the nutrition content, we don’t peel the beet, carrot or apple skins. Many of the phytonutrients—the components that help plants ward off disease and can help our bodies ward off disease, too—are located right beneath the skin. Peeling a fruit or vegetable strips these away.

Per serving: 183 calories, 7 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 46 mg sodium, 30 g total carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein

Excerpted with permission from “Easy Everyday Mediterranean Diet Cookbook” by Deanna Segrave-Daly and Serena Ball (2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

2020© The San Diego Union-Tribune
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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Commercial Giant Takes Step Into Residential Data Business

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 24, 2020 - 1:00am

CoStar Group is purchasing Homesnap for $250 million, increasing its stake in both the residential and commercial markets.

10 Opportunity Zones That Saw Home Prices Nearly Double

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 24, 2020 - 1:00am

“The increases point toward signs that some of the country’s most distressed communities have great potential for revival,” according to a new report.

Demand for Fencing Is Surging Despite Higher Costs

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 24, 2020 - 1:00am

While homeowners may be feeling more neighborly, they also are seeking greater privacy and security.

Where to Find the Top New-Home Markets

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 24, 2020 - 1:00am

Construction of single-family homes last month soared to the highest level since the spring of 2007. These areas saw the largest uptick in building.

Many Americans Plan Move to Reduce Costs

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 24, 2020 - 1:00am

Of more than 2,000 Americans recently surveyed, nearly half said they plan to relocate within the next year.

Add Greenery to Reduce Stress, Studies Show

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 23, 2020 - 1:00am

“Plant therapy” is a coping method for those hunkering down at home.

Home Buyers Increasingly Seeking Friendly Neighbors

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 23, 2020 - 1:00am

“A lot of people can’t stand where they’re living now. They want to feel part of a community,” says one real estate pro.

7 Suburbs With the Most Affordable Big Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 23, 2020 - 1:00am

Find out where home shoppers are finding the largest homes for the least amount of money outside major city centers.

Report: iBuyers Lose Half Their Market Share

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 23, 2020 - 1:00am

Despite housing's recovery during the pandemic, iBuying activity continues to lag. 

NAR Launches the American Property Owners Alliance

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 23, 2020 - 1:00am

The new nonprofit group seeks to be the voice for millions of property owners across the country.

Hallmark Holiday Movies Deliver Comfort and Joy in Dark Times

RisMedia Consumer News - November 22, 2020 - 1:05pm

(TNS)—Ruthie Caitham’s driver’s license and other official documentation insist she resides in Vallejo. Ah, but when fall and winter roll around, Caitham proudly proclaims that she dwells in “Hallmark Land.”

“It’s my happy place,” she says. “And in these crazy, hateful times, I want to live where people care for each other.”

Don’t check your GPS. Hallmark Land isn’t a spot on a map, but a powerful head rush of feel-good vibes, romantic happily-ever-afters and relentless outpourings of holiday cheer that emanate from the sleighload of made-for-TV Christmas movies annually offered by the Hallmark Channel and its cable sibling, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

“I can’t help it. They just warm your heart,” says Caitham, who has been known to watch 35 or more of the festive flicks at this time of year. And that doesn’t include reruns and/or the vintage Hallmark movies she owns on DVD.

Clearly, she’s not the only one mainlining this televisual comfort fare. What began as a modest TV experiment has become a full-blown, twinkle-lit, pop-cultural juggernaut enjoyed by millions and mimicked by other outlets like Lifetime, Netflix and UPtv.

Between 2002 and 2008, the Hallmark Channel produced no more than six holiday films per year—and only one in several of those years. In 2010, that number jumped to a dozen, and by 2017, it was up to 20.

This year, across a schedule that kicked off before Halloween, the two Hallmark networks will combine to gift fans with 40 new original yuletide movies—matching last year’s output, which cumulatively drew 70 million unduplicated viewers.

Don’t be surprised if the audience grows even bigger this winter. After all, 2020 has been marked by political and social turbulence and a health crisis that has left so many of us anxious and stressed. Hallmark holiday movies, with their abundance of comfort and joy, surely will be counted on to deliver some much-needed relief.

Hallmark Programming Chief Michelle Vicary

“Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings,” says Michelle Vicary, the executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Networks, who hopes it’s a “winning formula” that will bring viewers “much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

Those scenes of meaningful connections and family gatherings? They now come when holiday gatherings across America figure to be greatly downsized—or curtailed altogether. And Hallmark’s largely predictable storylines? They arrive amid highly unpredictable times.

The Hallmark formula is simple, on the surface at least: Give the audience what it wants, including familiar plots stuffed with unlikely romances, holiday homecomings, charmingly snow-covered hamlets and life-affirming tales of redemption.

And by the end of two hours, good triumphs over evil, the requisite love connections are made, Scrooge-like tendencies are squelched, Christmas is saved from ruin, and everything is tied up in a big, bright, beautiful bow. Last year, that bow also wrapped up two Hanukkah movies, Hallmark’s first.

Along the way, Hallmark capitalizes by going against the grain—offering a cozy alternative to the dark and edgy dramas that are lathered over much of television and populating its casts with people in their 40s and 50s, a demographic underserved by the broadcast networks.

Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor in “A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and many of its go-to leading ladies, like Lacey Chabert, Candace Cameron Bure and Holly Robinson Peete, have become part of the seasonal TV family over the years, making visits as regularly as Charlie Brown and Rudolph.

“We are honored to work with some of the best talent in the entertainment industry,” says Vicary. “They each have amazing bodies of work with loyal fan bases who also loved the (previous shows) in which they starred. Many of our stars tell me that when they are recognized in public, they are thanked by viewers for the Hallmark Channel movies they make. That makes me so proud.”

Of course, the holiday films have their Grinchy detractors. Critics call them “corny” and “sappy.” Late-night comedians and “Saturday Night Live” have gleefully mocked them. Even Caitham glumly reveals that her husband “rolls his eyes” when the holiday onslaught begins. (He undoubtedly will be getting a lump of coal in his stocking).

Vacaville resident Lisa Rico used to be among the naysayers. That was until early this year, when a longtime friend, Debbie Segura, was in the final stages of a battle with terminal brain cancer. During the months before her death, Rico would drop by and spend some TV time with Segura, who only wanted to watch Hallmark movies.

“It was a really lovely and calming experience,” Rico recalls. “They made her feel good. And considering that she was in so much pain, that’s really saying something.”

Rico soon came to believe that such films “serve a beautiful purpose.” And since Segura’s passing in April, Rico has often found herself watching more of them—with an 8-by-10 photo of her pal perched right near the TV.

“I’m still watching them with her,” Rico says. “So often this year, I just can’t bring myself to watch the news. The world is so dark and depressing. So I go and find the Hallmark Channel. There are times when you just want to tune out everything else and watch someone fall in love.”

Obviously, many fans—so-called “Hall-markies”—will be yearning for the same thing, as their favorite channels unleash a blizzard of films that includes cheeky titles like “On the 12th Date of Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Bride” and “Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater.”

In addition, the 2020 slate appears to be more diverse. It features a gay couple trying to adopt (“The Christmas House,” starring Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder) as well as a woman who discovers via a DNA test that she’s Jewish (“Love, Lights, Hanukkah!” with Mia Kirshner, Ben Savage and Marilu Henner).

“This year, our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” says Vicary. “The movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, stories and families.”

Hallmark is also expanding its holiday empire with, among other things, wines, books, a new Monopoly game, “Countdown to Christmas”-themed tea tins, special apparel and, of course, enough reruns of past classics to keep viewers experiencing a potent case of mistletoe merriment through January.

That’s all fine with Caitham, who encourages others to jump on the Hallmark bandwagon.

“If you need to take a break from reality and go to fantasyland and feel good about the world,” she says, “this is for you.”

2020© The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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Get Your Brokerage Up and Running

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 20, 2020 - 1:00am

Tips and tools for new broker-owners who are carving their path as business leaders.

From the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 2-18

Why 5G Matters to Real Estate

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 20, 2020 - 1:00am

The emergence of super-fast wireless speeds will potentially widen buyers’ home searches and accelerate growth in real estate technology.

From the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 2-18

Build Your Business on Data, Not Your Charm

NAR Daily News Magazine - November 20, 2020 - 1:00am

If you don’t lead sellers into listings with integrity, you risk getting into dicey situations. Relying on research and ethics will protect you, your business, and your clients.

From the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 2-18

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