Good Morning! Today is Friday, August 5. The Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a national health emergency, releasing extra funds. Senator Kyrsten Sinema agreed to advance a modified version of the Democrats’ climate and tax bill. A Russian judge sentenced Brittney Griner to nine years in a penal colony on drug charges.
The Mortgage Note Reports
Rates Sink: Mortgage rates nosedived by 31 basis points last week to an average 4.99%, dropping below 5% for the first time since April.
Zillow, Opendoor Shake Hands: Zillow is partnering with once-rival Opendoor in a multi-year deal that allows Zillow users to request an Opendoor offer on their home.
And in other mortgage and housing news…
Jobs Report: U.S. employers added 528,000 jobs in July, again besting expectations and bringing the total employment back to its level of February 2020.
Berkshire Hathaway COO: Kathy Connelly is now Chief Operating Officer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties
Flood Relief Funds: NAR’s Relief Foundation will distribute $500,000 in disaster relief aid to Kentucky Realtors after recent flooding devastated communities.
Out Of Reach: The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2022 “Out of Reach” report breaks down how many hours someone needs to work to afford rent in their state.
“A Strange Dream”: Are REITs distorting the real estate market? Michael J. Polk discusses the possibility of America as a “renter nation” in Forbes.
What Agents Want: Real estate agents want digital modernization from mortgage lenders, not a free lunch and mortgage rate sheet, Joe Welu argues.