About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois REALTORS®.

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall to lowest rate this year

Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week and are now at the lowest levels so far in 2017. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.34 percent. Read more from Freddie Mac.

In other headlines:

Affordability, Tight Supply Cause Vacation Home Sales to Plummet in 2016; Investment Sales Climb 4.5% – National Association of REALTORS®

Majority of Realtors® Say Clients Interested in Sustainability – National Association of REALTORS®

April is Fair Housing Month

The Fair Housing Act marks 49 years in 2017 and April is Fair Housing Month. To commemorate the event and the ongoing commitment of REALTORS® to uphold fair housing law and offer equal professional service, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has created this 2017 Fair Housing poster. Find the poster and other fair housing resources from NAR and additional resources from Illinois REALTORS®.


Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move lower for second week

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Mortgage rates shifted lower this week with a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.14 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.39 percent, according to Freddie Mac. It marks the second consecutive week that rates have trended lower. Read more.

In other headlines:

Don’t Panic! 3 Money-Saving, Last-Minute Tax Tips for Homeowners – Realtor.com

How to Select the Right Sheen to Your Paint – NAR’s Styled, Staged and Sold

Morning Minute: What’s that smell? Tips for tackling common household odors

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You want prospective home buyers to notice your beautifully restored hardwood floors or the gleaming stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, not a musty basement or your cat’s litter box. Realtor.com’s “Ultimate Guide to Funky Home Smells,” can help you root out and eliminate offending odors in your house. Read more.

In other headlines:

Contract Signings Jump to Near Decade High – National Association of REALTORS®

Consumer Confidence in Economy & Housing is Soaring – KCM Blog

Morning Minute: Don’t make these spring cleaning mistakes

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Before you tackle your spring cleaning projects, work smarter not harder by checking out HouseLogic’s checklist “The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (Plus 8 Others).” Here are a few tips: don’t start cleaning without an action plan, don’t assume you have to use harsh cleaning products and make sure you tackle your clutter as part of the process. Read the full article for more.

In other headlines:

Fannie Mae: Lender optimism higher than ever – HousingWire

It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures – NAR’s Styled, Staged & Sold