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Watchdog Report – October 12th

Hello REALTORS®, Fortunately, the Federal government didn’t shut down on September 30.  Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck a deal with Democrats to fund the government until November 17.  That deal included a short-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance program as well.  And then the House members removed McCarthy as Speaker of the House…. Read more »

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September 2023 Market Updates

Monthly Indicators National sales of existing homes recently fell to a 7-month low, as surging borrowing costs, rising sales prices, and limited inventory continue to keep many would-be buyers out of the market. Borrowers have become increasingly sensitive to fluctuations in mortgage rates, which have remained above 7% since mid-August. With fewer buyers able to… Read more »

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Watchdog Report – September 26th

Hello REALTORS®, I hope by the time you read this Watchdog Report, you won’t need to read this Watchdog Report.  If no action is taken, the Federal government will shut down on September 30.  The Federal government has shut down 14 times since 1980.  Most of those were in the 80s, and most shutdowns have… Read more »

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August Market Reports

Monthly Indicators Higher mortgage rates, along with elevated sales prices and a lack of housing inventory, have continued to impact market activity during the summer homebuying season. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has remained above 6.5% since May, recently hitting a two-decade high in August, according to Freddie Mac. As a result, existing-home sales have… Read more »

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Watchdog Report – September 19th

Hello REALTORS®, I know when you read about Flood Insurance, many of you are reminded of the movie Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray.  I feel your pain, but unfortunately the National Federal Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire, again, on September 20, 2023. The National Association of REALTORS® joined the CCIM Institute,… Read more »

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Watchdog Report – September 7th

Watchdog Report Hello REALTORS®, NIMBY: Not In My Backyard.  I am sure you have heard the term.  Most of us have been a NIMBY at some point.  It is understandable.  We like our neighborhood, and we don’t want it to change.  Sometimes we become concerned about our property value, although that hasn’t been a legitimate… Read more »

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Watchdog Report – August 24th

Hello REALTORS®, At this writing, almost all the filing periods for local city councils are closed.  The remaining filing periods close by August 25 at 12 noon.  I am not going to cover all the details of the elections this week, but some are interesting and worth highlighting.  But first, these city and town councils… Read more »

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July Market Reports

Housing Supply Overview Nationally, sales of new single-family homes fell 2.5% month-over month as of last measure, marking the first monthly decline since February, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite the decrease, new-home sales are up 23.8% year-over-year, as a lack of existing home inventory has boosted demand for the new-home market in recent… Read more »

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Watchdog Report – August 15th

Hello REALTORS®, We have worked on three significant issues this month, all of which have received final readings and were adopted.  They include a new sign ordinance at the City of Anderson, updates to the Stormwater Design Manual at Anderson County, and a large overhaul to Easley’s zoning ordinance.  Anderson County’s Stormwater Design Manual Your… Read more »

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Watchdog Report – August 1st

Hello REALTORS®, Many local governments had lighter meeting schedules in July, but there is still a lot to report.  These are some of the important issues that we are following: Anderson County City of Anderson Pickens County Pickens County Council gave second reading in July to issuing $12,750,000 in general obligation bonds to fund the… Read more »

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