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Author Archives: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography including best newspaper design by the Associated Press Managing Editors Group and the international iPhone photographer of the year by the iPhone Photography Awards. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at kyle.horst@thefivestar.com.

Study Reveals Americans’ Homebuying Deal-Breakers

Searching for the perfect home requires a little give and take; you have to balance location, price, and style among other things. And in the current market, where the average home is now going for $380,000 and are selling in a matter of days, buyers are having to adjust their expectations. But no ...

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Where Are the Best Cities for Real Estate Investment?

Due to the explosion of real estate prices over the past few years, more are looking to diversify their investments by expanding into real estate. But not all real estate properties are a sound investment; those looking for the best “bang for ...

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HUD Extends Exclusive Listing Period

HUD has announced a change to the length of time that HUD-owned REO properties have exclusive listing rights for owner/occupants and “mission-minded” organizations. Here’s what you need to know.

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Examining Lingering Housing Inequities

Applying for a mortgage is one of the most important applications most will ever fill out in their lifetimes; getting denied because of simple omission can set the process back by weeks. According to a new report by Zillow, the rate at ...

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Foreclosure Activity Drops to All-Time Low

ATTOM, along with its subsidiary RealtyTrac, has released its year-end 2021 Foreclosure Market Report which has found that there was a total of 151,153 properties with foreclosure filings against them over the course of the year, down 29% from 2020 and down 95% from a peak of 2.9 million ...

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Should Conforming Loan Limits be Capped?

In November, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced its annual change to the conforming loan limit for loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs). For 2022, it was announced that the limit increased by 18% to $647,200, reflecting the average increase of home prices over the last year.  But ...

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Family Was the Chief Reason People Moved States in 2021

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Migration is essential to the American way of life—people move seeking different climates, better job opportunities, cost of living, or to be closer to family. Long gone are the days of having to pack a covered wagon to venture across the country; commercial shippers are now the ...

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January Active Forbearance Numbers Fall Yet Again

Mortgages that are in active forbearance plans continue to fall in January, led by FHA/VA plans.  According to Black Knight’s McDash Flash daily mortgage performance dataset, which covers more than 197 million home loans and home equity data on more than 27 ...

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