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You’ve nearly gone through the entire homebuying process. From those early days of using a mortgage calculator to see how much house you could afford, to touring homes online or in-person, and then finally and excitedly making an offer on your first home. Now here you are, the home inspection is complete, your bank’s appraiser has submitted their report, and the bank has given the green light to send settlement funds to the title company. All the stars have aligned, and this transaction looks like it’s on track to close without a hitch. Except there’s just one last thing to

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25% of Homebuyers Are Moving Because of the Pandemic

You’ve nearly gone through the entire homebuying process. From those early days of using a mortgage calculator to see how much house you could afford, to touring homes online or in-person, and then finally and excitedly making an offer on your first home. Now here you are, the home inspection is complete, your bank’s appraiser has submitted their report, and the bank has given the green light to send settlement funds to the title company. All the stars have aligned, and this transaction looks like it’s on track to close without a hitch. Except there’s just one last thing to

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East Melbourne house comes with huge artwork too big to move

You’ve nearly gone through the entire homebuying process. From those early days of using a mortgage calculator to see how much house you could afford, to touring homes online or in-person, and then finally and excitedly making an offer on your first home. Now here you are, the home inspection is complete, your bank’s appraiser has submitted their report, and the bank has given the green light to send settlement funds to the title company. All the stars have aligned, and this transaction looks like it’s on track to close without a hitch. Except there’s just one last thing to

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The Ultimate Final Walk-Through Checklist Before You Close on a Home

You’ve nearly gone through the entire homebuying process. From those early days of using a mortgage calculator to see how much house you could afford, to touring homes online or in-person, and then finally and excitedly making an offer on your first home. Now here you are, the home inspection is complete, your bank’s appraiser has submitted their report, and the bank has given the green light to send settlement funds to the title company. All the stars have aligned, and this transaction looks like it’s on track to close without a hitch. Except there’s just one last thing to

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HomeBuilder extended in Victoria due to stage four lockdown

The good news for homebuyers is also good news for builders.


Victorians hoping to cash in on the $25,000 HomeBuilder grants from the federal government have been given an extension.

Initial plans for the scheme required those claiming the cash to commence construction within three months of signing a contract.

In light of stage four COVID-19 restrictions the Commissioner of State Revenue has extended that timeline to six months.

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Late-July Home Sale Prices Up 11%, Largest Annual Increase Since 2014

Pending home sales still turning in strong gains

The U.S. housing market continued to see strong demand from homebuyers for the four-week period ending July 26. The seasonally-adjusted Redfin Homebuyer Demand Index was up 27% from pre-pandemic levels in January and February. Pending home sales were up 12% compared to a year earlier, driven by mortgage rates that remain near historic lows.

One factor spurring strong pending sales and keeping sales from declining more quickly may be buyers who delayed purchasing in the spring now rushing to buy before school starts in the fall. “School districts are still important even

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HomeBuilder: Melbourne’s stage four restrictions could hurt grants

Melbourne’s stage four lockdown could cut back access to HomeBuilder grants.


Melbourne homebuyers could miss out on the federal government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grants as a result of the stage four lockdown.

Victoria’s construction industry groups are urgently negotiating fine detail to the planned restrictions amid fears they will hit harder than intended.

Key concerns are understood to centre around whether tradespeople will be able to move between sites and projects during the six-week shutdown, as well as if land development and civil works will be able to continue — vital to preparing land to be built on for the grants.

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Victoria stage four restrictions: How COVID lockdown will affect property and construction industry

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a raft of closures of non-essential businesses. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie


Melbourne homeowners will only be able to bring tradies into their properties for “emergency” maintenance under the city’s stage four COVID-19 lockdown, but Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated sale settlements and moving home will be permitted.

And the construction industry — described by Mr Andrews as “in many respects the lifeblood of the Victorian economy” — will be allowed to keep operating at a scaled-back level.

The announcement follows Melbourne’s shift into stage four restrictions, which have placed the city

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Homebuyers Are Making Sight-Unseen Offers at the Highest Rate on Record

45% of surveyed homebuyers said they made a bid on a home without first seeing it in person, up from 28% in 2019. Redfin agents cite health concerns around the pandemic and competition fueled by a worsening housing shortage as reasons more buyers are bidding on homes before visiting them.

Almost half (45%) of people who bought a home in the past year made an offer on a property that they hadn’t seen in person, the highest share since at least 2015, according to a Redfin-commissioned survey in May and June of more than 1,400 people across 29 major markets.

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