Morning Roundup (8/9/21) — Home Repair Assistance, Big Real Estate Earnings

Good Morning! Today is Monday, Aug. 9. A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid his ongoing sexual harassment scandal. The U.S. is averaging over 100,000 COVID cases a day, but deaths are much lower than earlier spikes. The U.N. is warning of potential climate catastrophe ahead. The 2020 olympics ended with the U.S. winning the most medals, including the most gold, narrowly beating China. Legendary FSU football coach Bobby Bowden has died at 91. 

And in mortgage and housing news…

Moratorium Infighting: Lobbyists are fuming that the Biden administration left them out of the eviction ban decision

Elderly Home Repair Assistance: The federal government is offering targeted loans to elderly Americans to help with critical repair projects.

Home Renovation Loans: Freddie Mac is offering homeowners a streamlined tool to finance home renovations via their existing mortgages. 

Zillow’s Big Quarter: Online real estate company Zillow has announced a massive jump in year-over-year quarterly earnings.

Don’t Throw Out the Chalkboard: Homeowners who built out home classrooms may find those rooms end up an attractive selling point.

Bridge the Gap: How to buy a home while selling one at the same time.

Take a Grand Tour: Shoppers who can’t afford to buy a home in the U.S. might consider heading to Europe.