Layoffs, cold calls and (non-existent) bubbles — it’s Inman’s Top 5 stories of the week

Looking for a quick catch-up on the buzziest stories of the week? Here’s Inman Top 5, the most essential stories of the week, according to Inman readers.

The rapid runup in mortgage rates this year has created uncertainty for many real estate companies, with some already laying off workers as economists revise their forecasts for home sales this year and next.

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A lawsuit against Realogy over cold calls from Coldwell Banker agents is heading to trial as a class action now that an appeals court has rejected a request for review from the brokerage giant.

We’re probably not in the next housing bubble — and even if we were, a “burst” probably wouldn’t sting too much.

Some agents who thrived financially during the pandemic also had tens of thousands of dollars in COVID-19 relief loans forgiven, a new report finds.

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Homebuyers may finally be suppressing their appetites for pricy new houses now that mortgage rates are no longer near their historic lows.

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