• 17 Feb 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    US Housing Market Forecast 2021: Will It Crash or Boom?

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    Here are the latest housing market predictions and forecasts for 2021 & 2022. The global pandemic shattered the world order and the US economy suffered its biggest blow since the Great Depression in the second quarter. It has been roughly one year when it put the housing market on hold for several months last spring. Back in March of 2020, the real estate market looked to be headed into a steep decline due to widespread stay-home orders.

    Since then, homebuyers, supported by low-interest rates, have kept the housing market afloat. The pandemic has certainly affected every sector but residential real estate has been very resilient. The real estate sector has also been highly supportive of the economic recovery of the country. It has emerged as a pillar of support for the economy. 2020 was a record-breaking year for the US housing market.

    The typical U.S. home was worth $266,104 in December, up 8.4% (or $20,587) from a year ago. A total of 5.64 million homes were sold in 2020, up 5.6% from 2019 and the most since before the Great Recession, according to Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Sales also rose 0.7% from November and 22.2% year over year. Existing home sales reached the highest level in 13 years.

    The 2021 housing market will continue to be super-competitive for home buyers. The market trends in January 2021 show that home buyers will face a competitive spring season as inventory remains low. House prices in all the major local real estate markets continue to rise. The housing market is becoming harder for home buyers. The demand is really high, and the supply and inventory are deficient.

    According to economists and market watchers, home values are growing at their fastest pace in a generation, and are showing no signs of slowing down in 2021. Buyers have to face more competition and act more quickly than usual to snag their dream home. That's how hot the real estate market has been throughout the pandemic. Although millions were laid off or furloughed it didn’t prevent house hunters from buying homes across the nation.

    As a result, the housing market saw the highest pace of sales growth since the height of the unprecedented housing boom in 2005. That expansion was driven by negligent lending in the subprime mortgage market and the current housing boom is driven by the intense demand and record-low mortgage rates. Both of these factors were driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Housing prices had already started rising before the pandemic arrived but the pandemic created a rapid acceleration in double-digits. The housing market has seen record-breaking growth since June after briefly put on hold during the outbreak of the pandemic this spring.

    As prices keep climbing month-over-month, it just shows the resilience of the US housing market in the face of an ongoing economic recession. Despite looming economic uncertainty, highly controversial elections, and the aggravated spread of the pandemic, home buyers continue to quickly snatch up the relatively few homes listed for sale.

    The pandemic has really knocked down homebuilders' ability to fill the housing supply as they are running out of land. The housing market has already been running too short of previously owned homes. The number of homes for sale has plummeted and remained down around 30 percent of what it has been in recent years — leaving the market with nearly twice the demand and two-thirds of the supply.

    Both the inventory of homes and mortgage rates are now at their historic lows. The months’ supply of existing homes for sale has fallen to 1.9 months, the lowest level since the series began in 1999. With inventories this tight, it is unlikely that existing home sales can continue to rise at last year's pace, which means there could be a little slowdown in existing sales throughout 2021. ESR Group expects home sales to rise 3.8 percent in 2021.

    The rise in remote work has also sparked a new suburban boom and the scarcity of developed land means that builders could be unable to meet the rising demand and home prices would continue to rise in 2021. One thing that has been talked about a lot is that suburban housing markets are booming because of outbound migration from cities. The pandemic has caused some homebuyers to search for homes in a different area than originally planned.

    Various surveys indicate that interest in rural areas and suburbs is up and interest in urban areas is down. However, Zillow published an exhaustive study examining every conceivable housing-market data point related to cities and suburbia to see if there are major divergences that suggest an urban-to-suburban migration trend.

    According to that study, suburban housing markets have not strengthened at a disproportionately rapid pace compared to urban markets. Both region types appear to be hot sellers’ markets right now – while many suburban areas have seen a strong improvement in housing activity in recent months, so, too, have many urban areas.

    Nevertheless, the pandemic has increased the desire for houses with a bit more space and a garden. Couple that with record-low interest rates, and prices are rising dramatically all over the country from urban-to-suburban markets. 

    Housing Price Forecast 2021: The Pace of Appreciation is Steady

    For now, there are no indications that price growth is going to slow. Zillow Economic Research predicts that home values will increase by 3.6% in the next three months until Feb 2021. Another forecast of theirs is that annual home value growth will rise as high as 13.5% by mid-2021 and for home values to end 2021 up 10.5% from their current levels.

    The current forecast also calls for sales volume to remain elevated in the coming year, finishing 2021 at 6.9 million sales, the most since 2005. In previous forecasts, the company predicted a 4.8 percent increase in home values between August 2020 and August 2021. The current extreme demand that is reflected in sharply rising prices, can be attributed to the pent-up demand for home purchases from the March-July period when a great part of the country was in total lockdown.

    The housing sales and prices have stayed strong through the fall and winter months amid increasingly short inventory and high demand. Existing home sales also show the tightest housing market on record. The demand has not gotten significantly shorter since last May/June, and buyers and sellers are continuing to connect at a record pace. December existing-home sales rose 0.7% from November.

    This trend shows that the housing market is as strong as it was during the housing bubble. It is nowhere too close to a level where you can imagine the balance real estate market conditions. Speedy home sales continue in all regions of the country and the median sales price continues to have double-digit growth. The flow of buyers and sellers has remained abnormally high in the entire fall season.

    Not only the housing demand but the supply of new listings has also reached the highest point since the onset of the pandemic. Although sellers are listing more & more homes we need more new home supply to add to inventory and slow these sharp price increases.

    As was expected, real estate activity was much better this holiday season compared to last year.’s January 2021 housing data release shows that listing prices continued to increase at double-digit rates compared to last year, fueled by buyer demand, which also continued to snap up homes at a rate almost two weeks more quickly than last year. Whether this momentum can be sustained depends on more inventory becoming available as well as any movement in interest rates, which are expected to slowly tick up in 2021.

    • National inventory declined by 42.6% over last year.
    • The inventory of newly listed properties declined by 23.2% nationally and by 17.3% for large metros over the past year. 
    • The January national median listing price was $346,000, up 15.4% compared to last year. Large metros saw an average price gain of 10.9% compared to last year.
    • Nationally, the typical home spent 76 days on the market in January, 10 days less than the same time last year. 

    This January, the national inventory of homes for sale has reached a new low. Homebuyers may need to prepare for a competitive season with lower inventory (especially in more affordable price categories), continuing growth in asking prices in response to strong buyer demand, and slowly rising interest rates. Buyer demand remains far more recovered than supply and continues to grow.

    With supply-constrained and demand boosted, house prices seem to rest on solid foundations for next year. They are likely to hold up even if there is a decline in transaction activity in the coming months. This steadiness suggests despite improvements in the trend of new sellers, the current trend gives no relief to buyers because it would not slow down the price growth.

    Steady declines in active inventory especially in the face of an improving new listings growth trend suggest that buyers are quickly putting offers on homes. The housing market continues to favor sellers. With high interest from buyers and a limited flow of new listings, the total active listings have been lagging from the previous year.

    Homes are being sold at an increasingly fast pace when compared to the previous year. The typical home spent 76 days on the market this December, which is 10 days less than last year.

    As new inventory comes on to the market. they are quickly taken out of the market from heavy buyer competition. Therefore, housing units are still in short supply with unsold inventory sitting at a 1.9-month supply at the current sales pace.

    Housing Affordability Crisis in 2021

    Housing Affordability is driven largely by the gap between household income and home value. It is influenced by the balance between housing supply and demand, the labor market, and mortgage rates by way of Federal monetary policy. Housing is affordable when the housing of an acceptable minimum standard can be obtained and retained leaving sufficient income to meet essential non-housing expenditure.

    The most commonly used indicator in the US and many other countries is the ratio of house prices to incomes or earnings. A higher ratio indicates relatively more affordability. A ratio of 100 indicates that median-family income is just sufficient to purchase the median-priced home. Ratios above 100 indicate that the typical household has more income than necessary to purchase the typical house.
    Therefore, low-income households spending a high proportion of their income on housing may and vice versa.

    The combination of intense demand and the low mortgage rates has pushed home prices to levels that are making it difficult to save for a down payment, particularly among first-time buyers. While we still face economic and health challenges ahead, it is no doubt that the nation will continue to recover from this pandemic and an improving economy will continue to prop up the housing market competition. Industry experts believe the housing market will remain strong and is set to break more records in 2021.

    Various national surveys (which you can read below) show that consumers are eager to spend more on housing in 2021, as the economy continues to slowly recover from the pandemic. Strong growth is expected in 2021 for housing sales, rents, and home prices. A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that the median household expects to increase their spending by 3.7% in the next twelve months, the most optimistic outlook since 2016.

    This time the housing market is largely being driven by two factors: a shortage of available housing inventory and extremely low-interest rates. Double-digit annual growth in both list and sale prices show an extreme lack of inventory and incredible demand — A sign of a seller's real estate market. The housing market is still hot, but we may be starting to see rising home prices hurting affordability unless the mortgage rates continue to decline in 2021.

    Mortgage rates have risen slightly from the trough seen in early January, but they continue to be historically low, which should support mortgage demand. Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 5, 2021. The Refinance Index decreased 4 percent from the previous week and was 46 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

    Mortgage rates have increased in four of the first six weeks of 2021, with jumbo rates being the only loan type that saw a decline last week. Despite some weekly volatility, Treasury rates have been driven higher by expectations of faster economic growth as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues,” said Joel Kan, MBA's Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting.

    The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to 2.97 percent from 2.94 percent, with points increasing to 0.36 from 0.29 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week. Despite house mortgage rates being less than 3%, housing affordability has decreased because the effect of lower mortgage rates (for buyers) is being evened out by double-digit home price growth.

    In 2021, mortgage rates are expected to stop dropping. Rather, the National Association of Realtors expects rates to average 3.1% and the Mortgage Bankers Association says mortgage rates will average 3.3% in 2021. These rate estimates are both up from the 3.0% mortgage rate average in 2020 but lower than 2019 average rates.

    The combination of rising mortgage rates and increasing home prices will accelerate the decline in affordability and further squeeze potential home buyers during the spring home sales season. Mortgage rates have increased in four of the first six weeks of 2021. Expect mortgage rates to continue to hover around record lows. The Federal Reserve has reassured that it will keep interest rates and its bond-buying program unchanged — downplaying any urgency to bring borrowing costs back up from their lowest levels in history at near zero.

    According to Bankrate’s latest survey of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, as of Feb 15, the average 30-year fixed-mortgage rate is 2.86 percent, an increase of 1 basis point since the same time last week. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was higher, at 2.89 percent.

    At the current average rate, you’ll pay principal and interest of $414.09 for every $100,000 you borrow. Compared to last week, that’s $0.53 higher. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate, was 3.70 percent, so you would have paid $460 each month for the same amount. The average 15-year fixed-mortgage rate is 2.34 percent, down 1 basis point since the same time last week. Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed mortgage at that rate will cost around $659 per $100,000 borrowed.

    According to, the median listing prices grew at 15.4 percent over last year to reach $346,000 in January, notching 25 consecutive weeks of double-digit price growth. This growth rate is higher than December's growth rate of 13.4%. With demand still high and supply still limited, this path seems unlikely to change in the coming months. 2021 real estate market is predicted to remain sizzling hot affecting housing affordability.

    So, for now, we have a median price of $346,000 and a 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 2.860%. Assuming a buyer provided a 20% down payment, the principal and interest payments on the mortgage would have been $1,146 a month.

    Contrast that with December 2019, when the median price was $299,995 and the average interest rate on a 30-year mortgage was around 3.58%, according to Freddie Mac. A buyer faced a payment of $1,088, or $58 less a month than what he is paying now. Assume that builders and sellers had met buyer demand, keeping prices flat over the year.

    Lower mortgage rates would have resulted in a monthly payment of $993, or a savings of $95 a month as compared to a year before. As you can see, low mortgage rates help but don't eliminate the risk of affordability crunch that the housing market could still face if home prices continue to rise at a rapid pace.

    Buying a home in a seller’s market can feel like you’re losing money. You may just wait a few months or even a year so that prices will flatten (or come down). The problem is that prices could keep rising to the point where you’re priced out of the market. There’s no guarantee either way.

    Therefore, we feel this is the right time to buy your dream property or you can opt to refinance at today’s rates to at least cut your monthly mortgage payments. The present scenario makes it appealing to buyers who have been spending all this money on rent.

    Housing Market and Mortgage Delinquencies 2021

    Record-low mortgage rates and shortage of inventory are keeping the US housing market strong concerning buyer demand. Prices have been surging month-over-month breaking new records. The government’s moratoria have effectively stopped foreclosure activity on everything but vacant and abandoned properties. 2020 ended the year with a near-record number of seriously delinquent loans, but historically low levels of foreclosure activity.

    There is a backlog of foreclosures building up due to this moratorium and no one knows how big that backlog is until after the government programs expire. The foreclosure backlog comprises three types of loans — loans that were in foreclosure before the government's moratoria; loans that would have defaulted under normal circumstances; and loans that would default due to job losses induced by the pandemic.

    To help borrowers at risk of losing their home due to the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend the moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) evictions until February 28, 2021.

    It will give relief to more than 28 million homeowners with an Enterprise-backed mortgage. The foreclosure moratorium applies to Enterprise-backed, single-family mortgages only. The REO eviction moratorium applies to properties that have been acquired by an Enterprise through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions. The current moratoriums were set to expire on January 31, 2021.

    Per the last three extensions, the FHFA said it will continue to monitor the effect of coronavirus on the mortgage industry and update its policies as needed. Currently, FHFA projects additional expenses of $1.4 to $2 billion will be borne by the Enterprises due to the existing COVID-19 foreclosure moratorium and its extension.

    Mortgage delinquencies improved in December 2020 but 2020 ended with 1.7 Million more seriously delinquent homeowners than at the start of the year, according to the latest data released by Black Knight.

    • Despite the year-over-year increase, the national delinquency rate saw a modest improvement in December, falling by 3.9% from November to 6.08%, the lowest level since April 2020
    • Serious delinquencies (loans 90 or more days past due) also improved, falling to 2.15 million from 2.19 million the month prior
    • Even after months of improvement, 90-day default activity rose by more than 250% (+2.6 million) overall in 2020
    • Foreclosure starts fell by 67% from the year prior and the year’s 40,000 foreclosure sales (completions) represented an annual decline of more than 70%
    • Starts and sales have hit record lows as moratoriums and forbearance plans protect distressed homeowners from facing foreclosure in the wake of the pandemic
    • Prepayment activity rose by 12% in December, ending the year 112% higher than the same month in 2019 and highlighting a still-strong refinance market entering 2021

    ATTOM Data Solutions, licensor of the nation's most comprehensive foreclosure data released its Year-End 2020 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. The report shows that foreclosure filings (default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions) were reported on 214,323 U.S. properties in 2020, down 57 percent from 2019 and down 93 percent from a peak of nearly 2.9 million in 2010, to the lowest level since tracking began in 2005.

    Those 214,323 properties with foreclosure filings in 2020 represented 0.16 percent of all U.S. housing units, down from 0.36 percent in 2019 and down from a peak of 2.23 percent in 2010. The report also includes new data for December 2020, showing there were 10,876 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings, up 8 percent from the previous month but down 80 percent from a year ago.

    Bank repossessions decrease 95 percent since their peak in 2010. Lenders repossessed 50,238 properties through foreclosure (REO) in 2020, down 65 percent from 2019 and down 95 percent from a peak of 1,050,500 in 2010, to the lowest level as far back as data is available — 2006.

    States with the highest foreclosure rates in 2020 were Delaware (0.33 percent of housing units with a foreclosure filing); New Jersey (0.31 percent); Illinois (0.30 percent); Maryland (0.26 percent); and South Carolina (0.24 percent).

    Rounding out the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rates were Florida (0.23 percent); Connecticut (0.22 percent); Ohio (0.21 percent); Georgia (0.19 percent); and Indiana (0.18 percent).

    Metro areas with a population greater than 1 million that had the highest foreclosure rate, were, Cleveland, Ohio (0.34 percent); Chicago, Illinois (0.30 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (0.29 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (0.29 percent); and Riverside, California (0.28 percent).

    New Single-Family Housing Construction Trends

    The NAHB gets input from builders on how confident they are in the housing market based on buyer behavior, sales, and incorporates any forecasts as well. The building permits have rebounded from pandemic lows and builders are racing to fill the gap between supply and demand.

    Rising material costs led by a huge upsurge in lumber prices, along with a resurgence of the coronavirus across much of the nation, pushed builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes down three points to 83 in January, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Despite the drop, builder sentiment remains at a strong level.

    All three major HMI indices fell in January. The HMI index gauging current sales conditions dropped two points to 90, the component measuring sales expectations in the next six months fell two points to 83 and the gauge charting traffic of prospective buyers decreased five points to 68. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast fell six points to 76, the Midwest was up two points to 83, the South fell one point to 86 and the West posted a one-point loss to 95.

    The decline in homebuilder sentiment in January and the sharp drop in new home sales in November suggests that single-family starts may decelerate in the near-term from the current impressive pace. The demand for home purchases remained strong in mid-January, as purchase mortgage applications hit a 12-year high.

    “Despite robust housing demand and low mortgage rates, buyers are facing a dearth of new homes on the market, which is exacerbating affordability problems,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke. “

    “While housing continues to help lead the economy forward, limited inventory is constraining more robust growth,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “A shortage of buildable lots is making it difficult to meet strong demand and rising material prices are far outpacing increases in home prices, which in turn is harming housing affordability.”

    New Residential Home Sales: December 2020

    Sales of existing home sales are at an all-time high but new home sales have also risen during the pandemic. Those sales are allowing builders to raise prices. Buyer traffic is converting into sales at a record rate. According to Urban Land Institute, real estate market conditions and values in the U.S. are expected to rebound in 2021 and trend even higher in 2022, with single-family homes outperforming other sectors such as commercial, retail, hotel, and rental.

    New single-family construction starts will fall slightly to 871,250 in 2020 before rising to 940,000 in 2021 and 975,000 in 2022, the highest level since 2006. In the meantime, home prices will grow an average of 4.1% over the next three years, above the long-term average of 3.9%, according to the report, based on a survey of 43 economists at 37 leading real estate organizations.

    An estimated 811,000 new homes were sold in 2020. This is 18.8 percent (±4.3 percent) above the 2019 figure of 683,000. Sales of new single-family houses in December 2020 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 842,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.6 percent (±15.8 percent) above the revised November rate of 829,000 and is 15.2 percent (±17.2 percent) above the December 2019 estimate of 731,000.

    The median sales price of new houses sold in December 2020 was $355,900. The average sales price was $394,900. The seasonally-adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of December was 302,000. This represents a supply of 4.3 months at the current sales rate.

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    Till the time coronavirus pandemic exists it will lead to a see-saw recovery with ups and downs. Let us discuss in detail the various housing indices & their predictions for 2021 & 2022. We have updated this article with the latest housing market report from various credible sources like (check reference section).

    National Multifamily Housing Trends

    The multifamily industry continues to face steep challenges brought in by the pandemic. The federal government has included $25 billion as rental assistance in the recently passed COVID relief package. The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)’s Rent Payment Tracker found 88.6 percent of apartment households made a full or partial rent payment by January 20 in its survey of 11.6 million units of professionally managed apartment units across the country.

    This is a 2.5 percentage point, or 294,224 household decrease from the share who paid rent through January 20, 2020, and compares to 89.8 percent that had paid by December 20, 2020. These data encompass a wide variety of market-rate rental properties across the United States, which can vary by size, type, and average rental price.


  • 5 Jan 2021 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Check out WiscoREIA's January Newsletter's Fresh Look!

    Download link: WiscoREIA January Newsletter

    December Wisconsin Market Updates:


    Median Sale Price:

    • Increased from $157,450 in December of 2019 to $159,850 in December of 2020.

    Months Supply of Inventory:

    • Decreased from 2.57 in December of 2019 to 1.88 in December of 2020.

    New Listings:

    • Increased from 54 in December of 2019 to 58 in December of 2020.

    Pending Listings:

    • Increased from 118 in December of 2019 to 129 in December of 2020.

    Closed Listings:

    • Increased from 86 in December of 2019 to 102 in December of 2020.


    Median Sale Price:

    • Increased from $161,750 in December of 2019 to $182,250 in December of 2020.

    Months Supply of Inventory:

    • Decreased from 2.54 in December of 2019 to 2.08 in December of 2020.

    New Listings:

    • Increased from 37 in December of 2019 to 42 in December of 2020.

    Pending Listings:

    • Increased from 53 in December of 2019 to 62 in December of 2020.

    Closed Listings:

    • Increased from 62 in December of 2019 to 72 in December of 2020.


    Median Sale Price:

    • Increased from $222,950 in December of 2019 to $232,400 in December of 2020.

    New Listings

    • Decreased from 2.57 in December of 2019 to 1.88 in December of 2020.

    New Listings:

    • Increased from 83 in December of 2019 to 101 in December of 2020.

    Pending Listings:

    • Increased from 93 in December of 2019 to 75 in December of 2020.

    Sold Listings:

    • Increased from 132 in December of 2019 to 179 in December of 2020.


    Median List Price:

    Pending Listings:

    Sold Listings:


    Median List Price:

    • $172,429

    Median Sale Price:

    • $168,116

    Sold Listings:

    • 68 units.

  • 23 Dec 2020 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    Escape into the blissful holiday genre with a list of films that will last you until at least January.

    best christmas movies

    57. The Princess Switch & The Princess Switch 2 (watch)

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    In 2018, Vanessa Hudgens made her Netflix Christmas debut with The Princess Switch, the streaming giant's foray into Hallmark holiday fare that would mark a new era for the star and the genre. Long story short, Hudgens plays double duty as a princess and a normal Chicago baker who'd given up on love. And it was a hit. The film ushered in the Netflix Original Christmas Movie Cinematic Universe, in which Hudgens met a Christmas knight and also returned for a Princess Switch sequel.

    56. The Snowman (watch)

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    The perfect length for a quick watch before tucking in, The Snowman is a gorgeous animated tale of a young boy’s short-lived adventure with his snowman. Though it’s based on Raymond Briggs’s children’s book of the same name, the film’s themes of impermanence and innocence make it a tear-jerker for any age.

    55. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (watch)

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    Another Rankin-Bass stop-motion classic, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town tells the off-beat backstory of Kris Kringle himself, voiced by Mickey Rooney, with a postman-narrator voiced by none other than Fred Astaire.

    54. A Christmas Prince (watch)

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    A Christmas Prince was one of Netflix’s first forays into the Christmas genre, and upon first glance, it’s full-on Christmas garbage. But if you really sit back and let go of the fact that you can call literally every twist and turn, then you come to realize that A Christmas Prince is actually the perfect Christmas movie. There’s no plot to follow or anything: it’s just full on Christmas spirit, bottled in the story of a journalist and a rogue prince in a country that isn’t even real.

    53. One Magic Christmas (watch)

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    Before there were Netflix holiday movies, there was this forgotten 1985 Disney release, which flopped at the box office, in which the iconic Harry Dean Stanton plays an angel who watches over a struggling working-class family whose matriarch, played by Mary Steenburgen, experiences some close calls as she learns the true meaning of Christmas. It has the rare mix of grit and sentimentality, borrows heavily from It’s A Wonderful Life and, call us crazy, contains shades of Groundhog Day, which wouldn’t come out for another eight years.

    52. Last Holiday

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    Queen Latifah kills it (pun intended) as a terminal patient mistakenly diagnosed by a faulty MRI machine. What ensues is a woman who has always played it safe taking her savings and embarking on a European vacation to meet her culinary inspiration. The problem with all of that is, when you don’t have a terminal disease and spend all your money, what comes next? You have to watch.

    51. White Reindeer

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    Right before Christmas, Suzanne's world is turned upside-down when her husband Jeff dies unexpectedly. But things are thrown into even more upheaval when she discovers that he had been having an affair with a stripper—in whom Suzanne finds an unlikely friend (if potential bad influence), turning this indie feature into a sweet, sad, and raunchy sex comedy.

    50. Office Christmas Party

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    T. J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston play feuding siblings who have different perspectives on how to run the company they inherited. Tasked with winning the business of a high-stakes client, Miller's Clay sets out throw the office Christmas party to end all office Christmas party—an event so debauched that it might end their company, too.

    49. The Night Before

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    The Night Before is messy in the way you’d expect any Seth Rogen movie to be, but it’s also the stoner-Christmas movie that’s worth putting on your list. It’s also a perfect story for those guys you know who just refuse to grow up and eventually have time come and kick them in the ass to remind them that they’re not kids anymore, and if they were, Santa would absolutely not be stopping at their houses.

    48. Jack Frost

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    Sure, Michael Keaton gets a Christmas movie, too. He plays a man literally named Jack Frost, who lived his life as a bitter, aging rocker and meets a tragic end in a car accident on Christmas Day. A year later, his son plays a song on his old harmonica and brings him back to life; this time as a snowman. Bad special effects might make this one more of a horror film than a heartwarming Christmas movie, but nonetheless, here it is.

    47. Four Christmases

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    Let’s give Reese Witherspoon some play at Christmastime. In this 2008 movie, she and Vince Vaughn play a couple who have to do a grand tour of all four of their divorced parents’ homes. Have you ever wanted to analyze your childhood so much?

    46. Batman Returns

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    Sure, it's the kind of action movie that isn't really about Christmas despite being set during the holiday season. Tim Burton's second chance at a Batman film has all of the trimmings of his similarly gothy Christmas tale, The Nightmare Before Christmas—only this one is violent, dangerous, and sexy (we dare you to name a more memorable mistletoe moment on screen).

    45. Just Friends

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    Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart play Jamie and Chris, old high school friends wrapped up in a similar plot: Chris is in love with Jamie, and Jamie just wants to be friends. Ten years later, Chris returns to his hometown at the holidays and tries to win Jamie’s love.

    44. Happy Christmas

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    Christmas gets the mumblecore treatment with Joe Swanberg's indie feature, which sees the flighty young Jenny (Anna Kendrick) descending upon her brother and his wife's idyllic, grown-up life and creating a fissure in their tight-knit domestic bliss.

    43. The Holiday

    Cheek, Nose, Forehead, Interaction, Love, Romance, Kiss, Lip, Ear, Smile,

    Nancy Meyers is the Queen of Cozy, and this Christmas-set romantic comedy might be her most warm and snuggly film yet. Two women—one in London (Kate Winslet), one in Los Angeles (Cameron Diaz)—face simultaneous romantic disappointments, which leads to them swapping apartments over the holidays and, in turn, finding new men to swoon over.

    42. Love Actually

    Is Love Actually A Modern Christmas Classic or a Problematic Mess? << Rotten Tomatoes – Movie and TV News

    Richard Curtis's star-studded ensemble romantic comedy is probably equally beloved and reviled. Even if you're a hater, you can't deny the multi-narrative film's influence on holiday-centered comedies over the last decade—and it's as cheesy of a Christmas movie as you can get on the big screen.

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    41. Jingle All the Way

    Miniography: Jingle All the Way Captures Why We Love and Hate Christmas | Consequence of Sound

    Arnold Schwartzenegger plays a busy man who has continuously let his young son down, and promises, this Christmas, that he will get him the Turbo-Man action figure, the most coveted toy of the holiday season. But he’s not the only dad who’s made this promise, which leads to a real showdown with another father, hilariously played by Sinbad.

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    40. Prancer

    The 25 Days of Christmas: Day 8. Prancer

    Jessica Riggs discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods. She soon discovers that this reindeer might be, indeed, a magical reindeer. This sound terribly saccharine, but this film also touches on some class and familial grief issues.

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    39. Mixed Nuts

    Mixed Nuts (1994) - A Review - HaphazardStuff

    This Steve Martin movie is an underrated Christmas flick clearly unappreciated in its time. Co-written by Nora Ephron just one year after Sleepless in Seattle, it’s got all the best qualities of an Ephron film: smart comedy, quippy lines, and a well-known leading man. At the time, this movie, about a man who manages a suicide-prevention hotline, might have been a little dark for the Rudolph-sweater-wearing set, but it’s certainly something different.

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    38. Happiest Season

    Happiest Season spotlights LGBT love in Christmas rom-com | Entertainment News,The Indian Express

    Clea DuVall's Happiest Season is a new type of Christmas film that merges the complex world of coming out with the complex world of... you know, just hanging in there when you go to visit your family for the holidays. Starring Kristen Stewart, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, and more, the film is like a love letter to queer people depicting, a world that feels deeply familiar and aspirational at the same time.

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    The 57 Best Christmas Movies of All Time (Part 2)

    37. Deck the Halls

    Movies Photo: Deck the Halls | Merry christmas pictures, Christmas house lights, Merry christmas images

    Matthew Broderick plays a dad whose entire ordered world turns into disarray with the arrival of his kooky neighbor, Danny DeVito. There’s then a contest of who can have more elaborate Christmas decorations and things turn predictably out of hand.

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    36. The Family Stone

    Family Stone, The Review | Movie - Empire

    It’s an all-star cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson, and Diane Keaton. And that list is leaving some reasonable star power out. If you’ve ever been a part of a family (or even known one) who was hostile to outsiders, you’ll understand where the Stone family is coming from. But what starts as a tense family comedy about kicking Sarah Jessica Parker out of the family takes a serious turn for a heartfelt twist by the end.

    35. Metropolitan

    Event, Restaurant, Fashion, Conversation, Interaction, Fun, Rehearsal dinner, Supper, Table, Ceremony,

    Whit Stillman's debut feature follows a tony crowd of Upper East Siders (infiltrated by a young man from the opposite side of the park) as they banter and schmooze over the holiday debutante season in late-'80s Manhattan.

    34. Silent Night, Deadly Night

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    Doing its best to sully everything good about Christmas, this notorious slasher film—which, due to its subject matter, was pulled from American theaters—concerns a psycho who goes on a murder spree while wearing a Santa suit.

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    33. It Happened on Fifth Avenue

    It Happened on 5th Avenue': the Holiday Movie Frank Capra Passed Up

    This post-World War II movie is about veterans who need shelter and find it in a beautiful Manhattan home — while its owner is wintering in the South. The film actually touches on some very real themes of homelessness in the veteran population and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story.

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    32. Edward Scissorhands

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    Johnny Depp's pale, leather-suited, scissor-handed Edward stands out amidst the colorful suburban Christmastime landscape of Tim Burton's 1990 fantasy, although his story is one that ultimately proves perfectly in tune with the season's spirit of open-hearted inclusiveness.

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    31. The Santa Clause

    25 Days of Christmas' TV schedule: Check out Freeform's full 2018 list | Hypable

    In 1994 a very specific Christmas fear formed for some children: that Santa would fall off their roof and to his death. Way to make a lovely holiday into a complete nightmare, mid-1990s filmmakers. When Tim Allen inadvertently causes Santa to die on his property, he has to assume the role of the next Santa Claus. There’s a lot of body-shaming stuff here that likely doesn’t fly as well in 2019, but this movie is featured in enough Christmas movie marathons that it belongs on the list.

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    30. Carol

    Cinemablographer: 'Carol' Is Like Falling in Love

    No, Carol was never intended to be a Christmas movie. But neither was Love, Actually. And still, watching Rooney Mara as a retail worker in a Santa hat fall for a mink-wearing Cate Blanchette can bring as much warm jitters as watching Keira Knightley open her door to the, “Say it’s carol singers,” sign.

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    29. The Polar Express

    Family Dinner & a Holiday Movie: The Polar Express — Williwaw

    For those who saw the behind the scenes process of this motion-captured animated hit, you might wish you could unsee the image of Tom Hanks in a bodysuit with hundreds of little dots all over him. For those who haven’t, don’t ruin the magic for yourself. This classic tale of a Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole is told in such hyper-realistic animation that you might just start to feel like you’re on the locomotive yourself.

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    28. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas': Actors You Forgot Starred in the Film

    In 2000, Jim Carrey put on a big green Grinch suit to bring the famous cartoon to life. Because it’s Jim Carrey, there’s a lot of improvised humor. There’s also a pretty gross cheese-eating scene that only passes because Jim Carrey can pull it off.

    27. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

    A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

    John Cho and Kal Penn's stoner buddies find themselves at odds after the latter destroys their Christmas tree, leading to an all-night adventure of holiday madness in the best of the duo's big-screen outings.

    26. Die Hard

    Muscle, Barechested, Photography, Fictional character,

    Ho-ho-ho, he's got a machine gun—Bruce Willis's John McClane, that is, while battling terrorists in John McTiernan's peerless one-against-many action classic.

    25. While You Were Sleeping

    Snapshot, Room, Window, Tree, Photography, Reflection, Door, Tints and shades, House, Portrait,

    If Die Hard gets to be a Christmas movie, so does While You Were Sleeping. After Sandra Bullock saves a man pushed in front of an L train on Christmas Day, she finds herself in quite a predicament. After admiring the man from afar from some time, she mutters, “I was going to marry him,” which a nurse mistakes as meaning that she’s his fiancee. Soon after she befriends his family who welcomes her with open arms. The only problem is, she ends up falling for the man’s brother.

    24. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Writer-director Shane Black sets virtually all of his films around Christmas (see also: Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3), although none embrace the season quite as heartily as the filmmaker's 2005 neo-noir comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer as a thief-turned-actor and a private eye, respectively, who wind up partnering on a case.

    23. Gremlins


    There's far more naughtiness than niceness on display in Joe Dante's terrific 1984 horror comedy in which a cute, mystical Chinese creature known as a "mogwai" named Gizmo—when fed after midnight, or touched by water—gives bubbling birth to mischievous monsters.

    22. The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan are employees at a Budapest leathergoods shop who can't stand each other—even as they're falling in love as anonymous pen pals—in this memorable romantic comedy set during the holidays.

    21. A Christmas Tale

    A Christmas Tale

    French auteur Arnaud Desplechin crafts a sprawling, spellbinding portrait of familial dysfunction—and, ultimately, reconciliation and togetherness—with this 2008 drama about a clan reuniting, uneasily, at Christmas–only to learn that their matriarch (Catherine Deneuve) is dying of leukemia.

    20. Black Christmas

    Red, Light, Christmas, Christmas lights, Christmas ornament, Tree, Christmas decoration, Brown hair, Holiday, Human body,

    Bob Clark's 1974 gem (starring Olivia Hussey, John Saxon, Margot Kidder, and Keir Dullea) is the granddaddy of modern slasher movies, recounting the gruesome tale of a group of sorority girls who are preyed upon by a mysterious, psychotic killer.

    19. Eyes Wide Shut

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    It may be better known for its other elements–like, say, that unforgettable masked-participant orgy–but Stanley Kubrick's final feature is, at heart, a study of individual desires and marital tensions encased in a velvety Christmastime atmosphere.

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    18. Little Women

    Little Women (2019) Review | Movie - Empire

    Just like sisters, the 1994 and 2019 adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s novel were conceived from the same source and have transformed into their own unique interpretations. And, just like the March sisters, every Little Women fan usually has already picked their favorite interpretation. Still, these two films both feature star-studded casts with a heart-warming tale of sisterhood at its core. And, as far as Christmas movies go, they both feature picturesque vignettes of white Christmases in New England filled with feasts, fires, frolicking, and family.

    17. The Best Man Holiday

    Fashion, Leather, Leather jacket, Suit, Outerwear, Jacket, Style,

    Director Malcolm D. Lee reassembles the cast from his 1999 feature, with his group of old friends reuniting for the first time after 15 years for Christmas, which serves as a backdrop for various interpersonal issues.

    16. Meet Me in St. Louis

    Fashion, Human, Fun, Event, Photography, Child, Performance, Dress, Scene, Flash photography,

    Vincente Minnelli's 1944 musical is comprised of vignettes set during a variety of seasons, but none are as famous as the one featuring star (and Minnelli's future wife) Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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    15. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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    Rudolph is a legend, and as an adult in these trying times, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer feels a bit like the underdog story we need. There’s clearly some social justice themes going on, but at the core of this story of Rudolph and his dental-savvy friends is a time-tested tale that proves that being different isn’t something to be ashamed of—it’s something to embrace.

    14. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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    Listen. Charlie Brown is an institution, and can you really say it’s the holiday season if the Peanuts theme hasn’t played in a Starbucks near you? After finding himself in a bout of seasonal depression (relatable), Charlie Brown tries to put together a Christmas play before Linus reminds him what the true meaning of Christmas is.

    13. Elf

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    Will Ferrell is a clownish orphan raised by Santa and his elves in the North Pole who journeys to New York City to locate his biological father–a cynical book publisher played by James Caan–in this absurd (and surprisingly sweet) fish-out-of-water fantasy.

    12. The Apartment

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    A single man (Jack Lemmon) lets his co-workers use his residence for their affairs—but then falls in love with his boss's mistress (Shirley MacClaine). Billy Wilder's 1960 comedy won the Academy Award for Best Picture, with good reason: It's one of American cinema's all-time greats. And that, in turn, makes it one of the all-time great Christmas movies as well, given that its tale of loneliness and love takes place on and around December 25.

    11. The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    It’s a debate for the ages: is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? For the sake of this conversation, we’re going with Christmas. The Tim Burton specialty is a masterful work of visual tricks and treats, in a creepy way that only he can accomplish. As long as he’s as charming at Nightmare is, we're okay with a skeleton Santa showing up on Christmas.

    10. A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    Still the finest adaptation of Charles Dickens' legendary tale, this superb 1951 feature charts the familiar Christmas Eve ordeal of nasty miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim), who's visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

    9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Jim Henson died during pre-production of this 1992 film, but his spirit lives on in its seamless blend of zaniness and heart–both of which help make this musical Dickens adaptation an underrated triumph.

    8. Bad Santa

    Bad Santa

    Billy Bob Thornton's thieving department store Santa injects some nasty deviancy into the Yuletide season in this uproarious black comedy from director Terry Zwigoff.

    7. Miracle on 34th St.

    Miracle on 34th St. (1947)

    You can't go wrong with this perennial Christmas staple about the trial of a man claiming to be Santa Claus (the original is great, but the 1994 remake starring Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson is pretty good, too).

    6. Scrooged

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    Riffing on Dickens, Bill Murray is an arrogant and thoughtless TV executive who, while planning to stage a live production of A Christmas Carol, winds up living out a crazed variation of that very story in Richard Donner's amusing update.

    5. Home Alone


    Macaulay Culkin is forgotten by his family and forced to battle a couple of dimwit thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) around Christmas in this enduring children's adventure from director Chris Columbus and writer John Hughes.

    4. White Christmas

    White Christmas

    Featuring a new version of the song from which the film gets its title (and which was originally sung by star Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn), this 1954 musical features Crosby and Danny Kaye as music-act partners who team up with two sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to help their former military commander save his Vermont lodge.

    3. A Christmas Story

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    Nine years after Black Christmas, director Bob Clark made another holiday classic—albeit of a very different sort—with this beloved nostalgia-soaked saga of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who wants nothing more for Christmas than an air rifle. If you have cable, it'll no doubt be playing on a 24-hour loop on some Turner network this December 25.

    2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Rarely has a series' third installment been the equal of its two predecessors, but such is the case with this threequel involving Clark (Chevy Chase), Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), Audrey (Juliette Lewis), and Rusty Griswold's (Johnny Galecki) mishap-besieged family get-together.

    1. It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Few films define Christmas like Frank Capra's 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the verge of committing suicide, is visited by an angel who shows him the true importance of his life.

    There's your list, now you can sit back and have a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows near the campfire!

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    Check out our DIY Gift Wrap Ideas from CreativeLive + Friends!

    Tis the season for giving, and after you’ve pick the perfect gift, try one of these unique but, personal ways to make they perfect gift extraordinary. With just a few items you already have laying around the house, you can create personalized, gorgeous gift wrap.

    1. Hand-Stamped Polka DotsStephanie White really knocked it out of the park when she created this adorable hand-stamped packaging. Her materials are minimal (she used an eraser to create the dots!) and the final look is festive without being over done.

    Check out our DIY Gift Wrap Ideas from CreativeLive + Friends!

    2. Typographic Gift Wrap. Back in 2010 ManMade posted this sleek intersection of gift tag and gift wrap and the look still feels fresh. Over on the ManMade blog you’ll get an in-depth guide for replicated the look.

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    3. Homemade Holiday Gift WrapWhitney of Eat Sleep Cuddle pointed out that making these adorable designs was a healthy take on holiday cookie decorating. She got the mess, the creative indulgence, and the gorgeous end result, but she didn’t end up with big batch of cookies calling her name.

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    4. DIY Stamp Roller. As if the lint roller wasn’t useful enough, Natalie Karmer over at Handmade Charlotte expanded its utility into the holidays. With a little craft foam and baker’s twine she created a wintery scene that can be used on gift wrap and cards.

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    5. Potato Stamps?!? Design Sponge did an incredible job of transforming something very ordinary into something extraordinary by blending an age-old stamping technique with modern shapes.

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    6. “Chalkboard” Paper.  CreativeLive instructor and all-around-inspirational-maven, Bonnie Christine, put black paper with a white paint marker to work to create an adorable chalkboard effect. In her Christmas Chalkboard Packaging post, Bonnie demonstrates the results you’ll get with different pen types and even offers a downloadable icon guide.

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    7. Repurposed Tissue Paper. Have too much tissue paper and not enough wrapping paper? Or maybe you favor the funky vibe of tie dye?  This dyed tissue paper uses up that excess paper and gives you the ability to customize your colors, creating a fun and festive look.

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    8. Upcycled Newsprint, Paper Bags, and Maps. Before you throw those old newspapers, paper bags, and maps into the recycling bin consider incorporating them into a thrifty, unique wrapping design. In her Make post, Vanessa Coppola offered the excellent tip of using a low heat iron to smooth out the wrinkles.

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    9. Upcycled Belt Bow. Need some wrapping ideas for dear old Dad? Boxwood Clippings suggests using a belt he has “outgrown” instead of a traditional bow to create a memorably masculine look.

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    10. Drop Cloth Gift Bag. Create a paint-ready alternative to traditional wrapping paper, by sewing a drop cloth into a durable gift bag. This unique wrapping can be embellished with paint before or after the gift is wrapped because the paint will not soak through.

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    11. Washi Taped Gift Wrap. For a quick and colorful way to customize any wrapping paper DIY Inspired recommends decorating your packages with washi tape. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from and you probably already have a hefty collection of inspiring washi tape rolls sitting in your craft closet.

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    12. Artfully Folded Fabric Wrap. For great conversation starter, Evermine Occasions suggests wrapping your gifts in the ancient Japanese tradition, furoshiki. This is fabric origami for your gifts. Bonus idea, wrap your gifts in a set of new dish towels, for reuseable wrapping paper.

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    13. Create-Your-Own Crayon Paper. Have some little ones itching to tear open their presents? Wrap your gift in white paper, attach some crayons, have them design their own package.

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    14. Paper Towel Tube Box. Need a little gift box in a pinch? Decoracion 2.0 has a wholly unexpected and awesome suggestion: use a halved paper towel roll, fold in the edges to create a perfect pillow box. Finish the look with a wide bow!

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    15. Pineapple Surprise. Looking for a perfect hostess gift? Brighten up any holiday party with pineapple packaging. Who doesn’t love champagne and chocolate?

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    16. Snazzy Gift Card Snow Globes. Giving just a gift card often isn’t much fun. One Charming Party has an excellent suggesting for stepping up the gift card game and packaging it into a winter wonderland snow globe!

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    17.  Fun and Festive Surprise Balls! Add layers of fun to your holiday unwrapping with surprise ball packaging. You can hide little gifts throughout, so the recipient finds fresh treasures in each layer.

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    18. Frosty the Bread Tie. Some of the best gifts are handmade, particularly when you can eat them. But don’t just decorate those gourmet goodies, add some holiday cheer to the package with adorable, upcycled snowman bread ties.

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    19. Wee Little Walnut Wrap. Nothing else could feel more magical than giving a gift wrapped in a walnut shell. This idea from Curly Birds feels as if magical elves packaged it themselves.

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    20. Paint Can Gift Wrap. For a quick, inexpensive but unique gift bag idea, try an empty paint can from the hardware store. It can be a sturdy alternative to the traditional paper gift bag Add your goodies inside and seal the lid. Trim your gift with a festive bow.

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    21. Sweater Sleeve Cozies. Nothing says warm and comfy quite like a sweater. Have wornout sweaters that you over-loved? Recycle an old Sweater Sleeve and make a fall-perfect cozy wine bottle wrapping.

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    Love them all? Be sure to pin this collage to your DIY Gift Wrap board on Pinterest!

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    Share Your Real Estate Success Stories!

    The Real Secret to Success Isn't Really a Secret

    Share your stories with us and inspire others! Send an email to if you'd like to participate in our SHARE YOUR STORY campaign and be featured on social media. We're excited to hear your success stories!

    Buying a home empowers you to take control of your life, increases your self-worth, and best of all, gives you options to diversify your financial life. While it might feel overwhelming or out of reach, these women show that against certain odds or challenges, home ownership has so much to offer. Here are five incredible success stories to inspire you:

    She owns properties despite her debt

    Stephanie Bousley still has close to $100,000 in student loan debt—even while she owns two properties. “I could liquidate my properties and probably pay [the loans] all off,” she said, but she isn’t letting that debt define her or stand in her way.

    While living in Singapore in 2013, she decided to use a bonus from work to purchase a rental property in Minnesota. Even though she was living abroad, she managed to find a place within her budget and with potential to increase in value. She rents out the property and cash-flows about $250 a month, even after paying her property management company.

    That property has increased in value by 65% in the past five years. “It comforts me to know the asset is there if I ever need the cash,” she says.

    Bousley now lives in Los Angeles, and though her mortgage is steep, she prefers owning her home to renting one. Her approach to finances is holistic, and she doesn’t define her worth by student loans alone. Owning properties and managing her own finances is important to her, as she puts it: “It’s a huge boost for my self-esteem and my self-worth.”

    She’s a home owner who travels full-time

    Even though her life was admittedly less stable than other friends who hadn’t yet bought homes, Cori Carl recognized the value in home ownership even on her $40,000 salary. With a private loan from her mother, she bought a home in Brooklyn and rented out a room.

    Having her own home gave her a feeling of control in her life, and an opportunity to learn about taking care of things for herself.

    She sold the apartment for twice what she paid and bought her next apartment in cash. “Buying an affordable apartment and having a roommate gave me the freedom to not worry about my bills. It’s given me the ability to work for organizations I believe in, doing work I find fascinating,”she told me over email.

    While she could have kept some of the cash from her first sale instead of paying off her mortgage right away, now she has the freedom to rent her new place and cash-flow all the rent money.  She lives “a really nice life on a modest income.”

    “Right now, I travel full time and run a nonprofit. I can’t think of anything I’d want to change about my life if I magically came into riches tomorrow,” she said.

    She found a passion for hosting to keep her home

    When Sarah Langley bought her first home in 2008, she had a dream of giving her counseling patients exemplary care downstairs from her home—“like Jason Seaver (RIP) of Growing Pains sitcom,” she said.

    Soon, however, the cards seemed stacked against her. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and she became her mother’s caretaker.  She had to close her practice in 2015, and the house still wasn’t worth as much as she had paid for it.  She felt stuck.

    The only option seemed like a rental company, which would manage the house while renting it out—but rather than receiving any money from her rental property, she would owe the rental company about $110 a month. “I really felt stuck again,” she said.

    At a conference, she learned about renting her home on Airbnb. It took four months to get her first renters on the site, but after that, things really turned around. “I realized I had a passion to host and entertain,” she said. “It has been a very rewarding experience ever since.”

    She faced her college board to make smart financial moves

    When she learned of her college’s on-campus living requirements, Lisa Bradley didn’t let it stop her from carrying out her plan to own a home.

    She had already asked her parents to co-sign a mortgage on a house near the school. Bradley figured that if she rented rooms to friends, she could make a profit on the house if she sold it four years later.

    There was a catch: the school had a two-year on-campus requirement. So, she made a PowerPoint and presented it to the board, to prove the seriousness of her endeavor, which she considered her first foray into entrepreneurship. Of course, they were convinced.

    She cash-flowed the rent money to help pay for college and sold the house three years later for a $20,000 profit.

    It gave Bradley a taste for entrepreneurship and inspired her to start her own company, R.Riveter, which was featured on Shark Tank in 2016.

    She believes real estate is about helping others

    Melissa Steele bought her first home while in college in Buffalo, New York. It was a three-bedroom house, and she rented the other two bedrooms out to friends, where they could pay less than market value for rent.

    With the rental income and some of her salary, she paid off her first home in two years.

    Since then, she has purchased four properties in Tennessee, each of which cash-flows about $300 every month for a total of $1,200 a month for the past five years.

    But Steele didn’t stop there—she pitched the idea of an investment property in San Diego to her husband, and their $35,000 in renovations already increased their house value by about $100,000.  Rather than flip it for a profit, they are building two rental units in the backyard.  Her hope is not only to pay for her mortgage, but to empower other women to make similar financial moves.  At 29, she is spreading the wealth. “I live, breathe, and love real estate,” she said.  And it seems to love her back!

    Like any big endeavor, home ownership has its challenges.  But it’s not out of your reach to make property ownership work for your individual situation. Consulting with the right professionals is an important part of making property ownership lucrative and easy.

    Feeling inspired? Share your stories of property ownership with us!

  • 16 Dec 2020 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Almost half of results were positive Tuesday

    The state reported the most COVID-19 deaths in almost a week

    Associated Press graphic

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported the most COVID-19 deaths in almost a week, and nearly half of all coronavirus tests returned Tuesday came back positive.

    The state received 7,299 results -- 51 fewer than yesterday, and the fewest since Sept. 26. Of these, 3,501 came back positive, or 48% (47.97%). The remaining 3,798 were negative. Cases were reported in 71 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

    Fifty-four more people were added to COVID-19′s death toll, bringing it to 4,122. These deaths were in 26 counties, with multiple deaths in 15 of them: Brown (3), Chippewa, Columbia, Dane (3), Dodge (3), Door, Grant (3), Jefferson (2), Kenosha (5), La Crosse (3), Marinette (2), Milwaukee (3), Oconto, Outagamie (2), Ozaukee, Pierce (2), Polk, Racine (4), Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan (3), Vernon (2), Walworth, Waukesha (5), Waupaca and Wood counties. Death totals were revised in Green and Pepin counties.

    The death rate remains 0.93% of all known cases for a sixth straight day.

    Wisconsin is averaging 3,421 new coronavirus cases and 45 COVID-19 deaths per day over the last 7 days. Both of these are down from Monday’s rolling average.

    County case and death numbers appear later in this article.

    To date, more than 46% of Wisconsin’s population has been tested for the coronavirus at least once, and 7.6% of the population tested positive. The DHS reports 442,396 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and two-and-a-quarter-million (2,259,792) tested negative.

    One in 10 people ever diagnosed with the coronavirus in Wisconsin is still an active case: 44,076 people. The number of patients who are recovered is up to 394,095, which is 89.1%. The DHS points out a person may still suffer effects of their infection, such as “brain fog” or loss of taste or smell, even when they fall under the “recovered” category, which means they survived 30 days after diagnosis or onset of symptoms or were medically cleared.

    Hospitals have begun receiving their share of the 49,725 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine being shipped to Wisconsin this week. Health care providers and nursing homes staff and residents are first in line to receive them. CLICK HERE to read more about the distribution plans.


    The DHS reported 184 more COVID-19 patients sent to hospitals. That’s the most COVID-19 hospitalizations in 24 hours since last Wednesday, but the number of patients hospitalized decreased to 1,461 -- 10 fewer than Monday. Changes in daily hospitalization figures take discharges and deaths into account. The number of those in intensive care increased, from 319 to 331, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).

    An average 144 people have been hospitalized every day over the past 7 days. That moving average has been declining for the last 10 days.

    The eight-county Fox Valley region currently has 86 COVID-19 patients (four fewer than Monday), with 15 in ICU (four more than Monday). The seven-county Northeast region has 107 patients (1 more than Monday), with 26 in ICU (one less than Monday).

    The alternate care facility at the state fairgrounds was treating 6 patients Tuesday, the same as Monday. Through late last week, the field hospital had treated 156 people since opening on October 14.


    The WHA reports 15% of intensive care beds and 16.3% of all hospital beds in the state’s 134 hospitals are open.

    The Fox Valley region’s 13 hospitals have 19 ICU beds (18.3%) and 114 (13.4%) of all beds open among them. The Northeast region’s 10 hospitals have 36 ICU beds (17.4%) and 203 of all beds (21.2%) open.

    These beds are for all patients, not just COVID-19, and whether a bed can be filled depends on whether the hospital has the necessary medical and support staff.

    The need for personal protective equipment (PPE) remains unchanged from Monday: 18 hospitals report less than a 7-day supply of gowns, 13 have a short supply of paper medical masks, 11 are short on goggles, and 9 are low on N95 masks.

    Article continues with county-by-county case totals below the video

    TUESDAY’S COUNTY CASE NUMBERS (Counties with new cases or deaths are indicated in bold)


    • Adams – 1,206 cases (+7) (10 deaths)
    • Ashland – 893 cases (+14) (13 deaths)
    • Barron – 4,050 cases (+7) (50 deaths)
    • Bayfield - 843 cases (+12) (16 deaths)
    • Brown – 24,547 cases (+208) (153 deaths) (+3)
    • Buffalo – 911 cases (+3) (6 deaths)
    • Burnett – 920 cases (+3) (15 deaths)
    • Calumet – 4,416 cases (+19) (30 deaths)
    • Chippewa – 5,476 cases (+13) (62 deaths) (+1)
    • Clark – 2,524 cases (+17) (44 deaths)
    • Columbia – 3,892 cases (+10) (20 deaths) (+1)
    • Crawford – 1,471 cases (+5) (11 deaths)
    • Dane – 30,682 cases (+29) (116 deaths) (+3)
    • Dodge – 9,724 cases (+27) (90 deaths) (+3)
    • Door - 1,791 cases (+5) (12 deaths) (+1)
    • Douglas – 2,697 cases (+54) (14 deaths)
    • Dunn – 3,182 cases (+17) (20 deaths)
    • Eau Claire – 8,537 cases (+23) (65 deaths)
    • Florence - 380 cases (+1) (12 deaths)
    • Fond du Lac – 9,674 cases (+73) (59 deaths)
    • Forest - 783 cases (+3) (20 deaths)
    • Grant – 3,864 cases (+13) (73 deaths) (+3)
    • Green – 2,023 cases (+1) (7 deaths) (deaths revised -1 by state)
    • Green Lake - 1,300 cases (+12) (9 deaths)
    • Iowa - 1,503 cases (+12) (5 deaths)
    • Iron - 400 cases (+2) (10 deaths)
    • Jackson - 2,082 cases (+15) (6 deaths)
    • Jefferson – 6,079 cases (+38) (47 deaths) (+2)
    • Juneau - 2,209 cases (+10) (8 deaths)
    • Kenosha – 11,148 cases (+164) (183 deaths) (+5)
    • Kewaunee - 1,865 cases (+26) (22 deaths)
    • La Crosse – 9,220 cases (+74) (46 deaths) (+3)
    • Lafayette - 1,157 cases (+3) (4 deaths)
    • Langlade - 1,687 cases (+13) (29 deaths)
    • Lincoln – 2,215 cases (+9) (36 deaths)
    • Manitowoc – 5,572 cases (+35) (47 deaths)
    • Marathon – 11,023 cases (+37) (142 deaths)
    • Marinette - 3,334 cases (+23) (38 deaths) (+2)
    • Marquette – 1,104 cases (+2) (15 deaths)
    • Menominee - 654 cases (+6) (9 deaths)
    • Milwaukee – 78,267 (+722) (819 deaths) (+3)
    • Monroe – 3,084 cases (+24) (20 deaths)
    • Oconto – 3,523 cases (+2) (35 deaths) (+1)
    • Oneida - 2,624 cases (+8) (46 deaths)
    • Outagamie – 15,070 cases (+77) (143 deaths) (+2)
    • Ozaukee - 5,673 cases (+124) (44 deaths) (+1)
    • Pepin – 579 cases (+9) (4 deaths) (deaths revised -1 by state)
    • Pierce – 2,641 cases (+34) (23 deaths) (+2)
    • Polk – 2,713 cases (+26) (21 deaths) (+1)
    • Portage – 5,155 cases (+20) (43 deaths)
    • Price – 861 cases (+4) (4 deaths)
    • Racine – 16,021 cases (+215) (225 deaths) (+4)
    • Richland - 981 cases (+2) (13 deaths)
    • Rock – 10,959 cases (+35) (104 deaths) (+1)
    • Rusk - 1,022 cases (+8) (11 deaths)
    • Sauk – 4,051 cases (cases revised -10 by state) (22 deaths) (+1)
    • Sawyer - 1,070 cases (+11) (8 deaths)
    • Shawano – 3,928 cases (+14) (53 deaths)
    • Sheboygan – 10,406 cases (+25) (82 deaths) (+3)
    • St. Croix – 4,978 cases (+55) (22 deaths)
    • Taylor - 1,475 cases (+5) (13 deaths)
    • Trempealeau – 2,746 cases (+15) (24 deaths)
    • Vernon – 1,345 cases (+7) (19 deaths) (+2)
    • Vilas - 1,446 cases (+10) (19 deaths)
    • Walworth – 6,985 cases (+64) (71 deaths) (+1)
    • Washburn – 907 cases (+12) (8 deaths)
    • Washington – 10,497 cases (+168) (87 deaths)
    • Waukesha – 31,200 cases (+642) (289 deaths) (+5)
    • Waupaca – 3,915 cases (+15) (93 deaths) (+1)
    • Waushara – 1,839 cases (+9) (13 deaths)
    • Winnebago – 14,328 cases (+61) (138 deaths)
    • Wood – 5,069 cases (+44) (32 deaths) (+1)

    Michigan’s Upper Peninsula **

    • Alger - 177 cases (1 death)
    • Baraga - 452 cases (28 deaths) (+2)
    • Chippewa - 468 cases (+7) (8 deaths)
    • Delta – 2,396 cases (+2) (53 deaths)
    • Dickinson - 1,887 cases (+12) (52 deaths) (+1)
    • Gogebic - 684 cases (+4) (12 deaths)
    • Houghton – 1,501 cases (+14) (17 deaths) (+3)
    • Iron – 734 cases (32 deaths) (cases revised -1 by state)
    • Keweenaw – 67 cases (1 death)
    • Luce – 122 cases
    • Mackinac - 247 cases (+1) (1 death)
    • Marquette - 2,973 cases (+9) (47 deaths) (+3)
    • Menominee - 1,336 cases (+9) (22 deaths)
    • Ontonagon – 272 cases (+1) (14 deaths)
    • Schoolcraft - 187 cases (2 deaths) (cases revised -1 by state)

    Last week, the DHS published a new, interactive map online that shows COVID-19 virus cases and deaths by county, municipality, ZIP Code or school district (CLICK HERE). You can view cases and deaths by total numbers or per capita or deaths as a percentage of total cases. Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm says it “offers new ways for people to understand COVID-19 activity within their communities.”

    * Viewers have asked us why the state has different numbers than what’s reported on some county health department websites. The DHS reports cases from all health departments within a county’s boundaries, including tribal, municipal and county health departments; county websites may not. Also, public health departments update their data at various times whereas the DHS freezes the numbers it receives by the same time every day to compile the afternoon report.

    The DHS reports deaths attributed to COVID-19 or in which COVID-19 contributed to their death. Most of the people severely affected by the coronavirus have underlying illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, which raises a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19 but would’ve lived longer if not for their infection. The state may revise case and death numbers after further review, such as the victim’s residence, duplicated records, or a correction in lab results. Details can be found on the DHS website and Frequently Asked Questions.

    **The state of Michigan does not update numbers on Sundays. Monday’s numbers include updates since Saturday’s reporting deadline.


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified these as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

    • Fever of 100.4 or higher
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell


    • The coronavirus is a new, or “novel,” virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it. Children and teens seem to recover best from the virus. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with developing or weakened immune systems.
    • To help prevent the spread of the virus:
    • Stay at least six feet away from other people
    • Avoid close contact with people who are or appear sick
    • Stay at home as much as possible
    • Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates and nonessential appointments
    • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
    • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask. At a minimum, use a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.


  • 11 Dec 2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

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