Cassandra Lennox is an Author, Freelance Creative Writer, and “Inspirationalist.” She’s become known as “Where Mother Goose meets Dr. Seuss” based on her imaginative rhyming style. Whether through rhymes, quotes, stories, articles, posts, copywriting, speeches, videos, mastermind groups, or even some lyrics or comedy, she thrives on making people smile, evoking thought and emotion, and encouraging everyone to grasp their star. She grew up a small-town girl with elaborate goals who believes that big dreams are well worth the chase. She is on a mission to inspire and help others get their thoughts and words out there to the world. When Cassandra is not writing or working on the business side of life, you can find her surrounded by her 4 kiddos and husband, Joe. She loves dancing around the living room, playing outdoors and gardening, vacationing, taking part in personal growth endeavors, board games, making up new recipes in…
Posted On Thursday, 25 January 2024 00:00 Written by
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) Multifamily today announced its 2023 volume totaled over $49 billion, including $48.3 billion in multifamily financing and over $883 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity investments. The company met its mission-driven affordable housing targets, supporting 423,177 affordable rental units across the United States. The Freddie Mac data released today indicates that the company will achieve all of its 2023 Multifamily affordable housing goals set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
A total of 66% of 2023 production volume qualified as “mission-driven affordable housing,” far exceeding the 50% goal set by FHFA. More than 67% of goal-eligible units financed through loan acquisitions were affordable to low-income residents earning less than 80% of area median income (AMI) and more than 20% were affordable to very low-income residents with incomes no greater than 50% of AMI, surpassing both goals. In total, 92% of all units…
Posted On Wednesday, 24 January 2024 07:00 Written by
Some superheroes are born, and some are made. The same is true of leaders in the professional world. Whether an individual leads a for-profit company, a nonprofit organization, a government body, a pedestrian organization, or a university, truly extraordinary leaders are continuously created through education and endless learning to perfect their craft.
During the latest Opportunity Hour: Conversations with the Masters, I had the pleasure of speaking with a longtime friend of mine, Dr. Nido Qubein. Dr. Qubein is first and foremost an entrepreneur, serving on several Fortune 500 boards, including La-Z-Boy and Truce. He has authored 12 books and received numerous awards as a leader himself. His abundance of accolades and entrepreneurship capabilities have enabled Dr. Qubein to effectively speak on what it takes to be an extraordinary leader, which is the foundation of today’s blog post. Back in 2005, Dr. Qubein became the president of High Point…
Posted On Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00 Written by
People fail to succeed for only one of two reasons; they either don’t know what they are supposed to do, or they won’t do what they are supposed to do. Coaching has always been a way to help people learn the first part, knowing what to do, and then help guide them toward actually doing what they are supposed to do. As a coach, I know all I can do is provide the answers and the client needs to provide the actions in order for it all to come together. Many people desire coaching, but often can’t find a program that fits their needs, or they can’t make the investment (or won’t make the investment) to hire the coach to help them. For years I have dealt with that issue; knowing that people will succeed if they just invest in themselves, but they don’t believe the investment will pay off…
Posted On Monday, 22 January 2024 00:00 Written by
2024 is shaping up to be more active than 2023 for homebuyers and sellers, with mortgage applications and new listings rising. But Redfin economists believe demand and listings would be rising more if not for harsher-than-usual winter weather. Mortgage-purchase applications are up 8% from a month ago, and Redfin agents report that lower mortgage rates are piquing buyers’ interest, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. On the sell side, new listings increased 8% year over year during the four weeks ending January 14.
Buyers and sellers are making moves largely because mortgage rates are holding steady in the mid-6% range, down from 8% in October. The typical U.S. homebuyer’s monthly housing payment is $2,456 with this week’s average rate; while that’s up 10% year over year, it’s down from October’s record high of over $2,700. Redfin economists say buyer demand and…
Posted On Friday, 19 January 2024 14:54 Written by
Lending Tree analyzed the latest housing data and found that single women own 10.95 million homes, while single men own 8.24 million. That means single women own an average of 12.93% of the owner-occupied homes across the 50 states, versus 10.22% among single men.
States with the largest share of single women homeowners Delaware Louisiana  Mississippi  Alabama  Florida States with the largest share of single men homeowners New Mexico  North Dakota Alaska South Dakota Wyoming You can check out our full report here: https://www.lendingtree.com/home/mortgage/single-women-own-more-homes-than-single-men-do/ LendingTree's Senior Economist and report author, Jacob Channel, had this to say.  "Though single women are more likely to own a home than single men are, a majority of homes are nonetheless owned by couples and families. This goes to show that because homeownership is often so expensive, regardless of one’s gender, it can be very difficult to become a homeowner by yourself. This is…
Posted On Friday, 19 January 2024 06:42 Written by
Empty-nest baby boomers own 28% of the nation’s large homes, while millennials with kids own just 14%. The landscape has transformed over the last decade: 10 years ago, young families were just as likely as empty nesters to own large homes Empty-nest baby boomers own nearly 3 in 10 (28.2%) large U.S. homes. That’s twice as many as millennials with kids, who own just 14.2% of the country’s large homes, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Gen Zers with kids own almost none (0.3%) of them. An additional 7.5% of the country’s large homes are owned by baby boomers with households of three adults or more; this category likely consists mostly of adult children living with their boomer parents.
The report is based on a Redfin analysis of U.S. Census data from 2022 that breaks down the share of three-bedroom-plus homes…
Posted On Wednesday, 17 January 2024 07:16 Written by
I and others have long understood something about leadership: A traditional leader is someone with the ability to inspire and motivate others at their business or organization. A leader is someone who exemplifies honesty, integrity, and responsibility in every action they take, but it is more than that. Being a leader is also about taking the correct actions at the correct time. While acting with integrity is a huge facet of business leadership (and leadership of any other kind), it is the decision-making capabilities of those in charge that can make or break an organization, especially now. Before we go any farther, I want to be specific about one thing: mistakes. Leaders are human, and I am not saying you cannot make mistakes. Failure is a part of life and an integral part of being an Anticipatory Leader, as long as you learn from those failures and use them to keep…
Posted On Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00 Written by
Rising supply has led to rising vacancies, motivating landlords to lower asking rents, which fell 1% from a year earlier. The median U.S. asking rent fell 0.8% year over year in December to $1,964, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That’s the third consecutive decline, following a 2.1% annual drop in November—which was the largest since 2020—and a 0.3% dip in October. December rents were little changed from the prior month (-0.2%). The rental market has lost steam largely due to a jump in supply fueled by a building boom in recent years. That has left many landlords struggling to fill vacancies, motivating some of them to drop asking rents. Some landlords are also offering one-time concessions like a free month’s rent or reduced parking costs to attract renters. This means the prices renters are paying in total are likely coming down faster…
Posted On Sunday, 14 January 2024 06:56 Written by
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