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What To Expect from the Spring 2021 Market

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In 2020, just as the spring market was heating up, it was unceremoniously brought to a standstill by the shutdowns and precautions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, both buyers and sellers have seen a host of ups and downs that added up to one of the most active, and in some ways frustrating, real estate markets on record.

Now, as we approach the first-year anniversary, what can you expect from this year’s spring market and how will it differ from last year’s—especially since many parts of the country are still more or less shut down? Here are a few predictions to help you prepare for whatever comes next.

Interest rates will stay low.

Read more: What To Expect from the Spring 2021 Market

April 2021 Calendar of Events

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National Cherry Blossom Festival   Through Apr. 11
Designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences, the Festival programs can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to the Washington, DC area and fans from afar. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Virtual Hapalua Festival   Apr. 1-30
The Hapalua is the largest half marathon in Hawaii, organized by the Honolulu Marathon Association. Run or walk 5k, 10k or the Hapalua half-marathon. You can do one, two or all three distances! We usually start on the beach in Waikiki, but this year you can start and finish your race anywhere in the world! https://virtual.thehapalua.com

Oxford Virtual Film Festival   Apr. 1-30
The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year-round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and north Mississippi as part of the global film community, while cultivating audience appreciation of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs that culminate in the annual festival. www.oxfordfilmfest.com

The International Hope Music Festival   Apr. 3-4
This unique festival is one of the biggest in the world. In this event we have over 18 Artists who will perform for you, so spread the word and join this truly global event together with your international friends.   https://ladolcevita.events

Cleveland International Film Festival   Apr. 7-20
We promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way. www.clevelandfilm.org

Seattle International Film Festival   Apr. 8-18
SIFF’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.   www.siff.net

Austin International Poetry Festival   Apr. 9-10
Poets from around the world, country and all of Texas gather for four days of virtual performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.   www.aipf.org

San Antonio Book Festival   Apr. 9-11
We will be using an online platform called Accelevents to run the festival, which will allow us to offer book clubs, groups of friends, and classes the opportunity to chat privately among themselves during an event. There will be also a "networking" capability to mimic the in-person festival, where attendees can meet one another and talk about which events they're attending and enjoying.   www.sabookfestival.org

Sum of Us Virtual Festival   Apr. 9-11
The First Ever Wellness Festival for Womxn, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming Folx. Whether it's in the form of a live fest, virtual fest, or weekly healing sessions we are still producing our mission: to evolve the womEns, trans, and GNC communities through wellness, education, and authenticity. www.sumofusfest.com

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival   Apr. 9-11
Underscoring the deep friendship between Seattle and Japan as it honors the renewal of life with springtime cherry blossoms, booming Taiko drums, contemporary Japanese arts and a traditional tea ceremony.   www.seattlecenter.com

BAM Festival   Apr. 10
BAM Festival, a books, art, and music convention for authors, illustrators, and performers who write for children and young adults, provides a county-wide literary experience bringing together authors, teachers, students, families and the community to share their love of books.   www.bamwpb.org

Locals Air Fest  Apr. 10-11
An online festival on IG Live! It's about bringing locals together to celebrate art, music, food, and culture. At Locals, we value community, sustainability, and creativity! We are also giving back to the community with your help! 100% of proceeds will be donated to One Tree Planted. $1 = 1 tree planted. www.localsfestival.com

Virtual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival   Apr. 12-16
We are honored to celebrate Andrea Davis Pinkney as this year’s 2021 Southern Miss Medallion winner! We have lots of other incredible keynote and workshop offerings as well, with all sessions featuring live captioning.   www.usm.edu

Sun Valley Film Festival   Apr. 14-18
SVFF supports independent film and the magic of storytelling. It's mission to celebrate and award filmmakers who are established and emerging has earned the Festival accolades by the film industry, film festival goers, film lovers, and filmmakers. Though things look a little different this year, it doesn't mean the party has to end. Get cozy and get ready to stream emerging voices and inspiring visionaries right from the comfort of your own living room. www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org

American Youth Circus Festival   Apr. 17-18
Online activities will include workshops, social events, youth-led activities, and more. Meet other circus youth from all over, learn interesting and useful skills, discover new things, and geek out about everything circus-related! www.americanyouthcircus.org

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books   Apr. 17-23
Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has gathered writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. Now in its 25th year, it is the largest event of its kind in the United States. https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Festival International de Louisiane    Apr. 21-24
We will take the 2020 Virtual Fest structure to the next level by combining live/immersive experiences in Downtown Lafayette, plus community-centered components to create an unforgettable event. Festival International will once again put the talent of Lafayette onto a global virtual stage combined with some of the finest talent from around the world, while also sharing memories of past festivals. www.festivalinternational.org

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival   Apr. 22-24
Three days dedicated to stepping into climate leadership. Join in on conversations with climate leaders, get into the groove with musical performances and art contests, build community and connect with eco-minded exhibitors, and learn how you can lean into climate action at this urgent moment.   www.sbearthday.org

FitnessFest   Apr. 22-25
Workouts and training from top notch industry leaders. Recordings available post event. Workshops and seminars on active aging. Marketing strategies and business tips that work. Holistic nutrition and cutting-edge therapies for optimal wellness. Best practices for virtual workouts. Inspiring and motivating keynotes. Network and mingle with your peers online. And so much more! www.fitnessfest.org/2021conference

Living Earth Virtual Festival   Apr. 23-26
In celebration of Earth Day, the National Museum of the American Indian's annual Living Earth Festival will be available on demand over four days. Living Earth brings together Native innovators and practitioners dedicated to using Indigenous knowledge to protect and sustain the environment. Through cooking demonstrations, conversations and film screenings, this year's festival explores agriculture trends, innovations and sustainability in Indigenous communities and Native-owned businesses.   www.si.edu

5th Ave Arts Festival   Apr. 24-May 3
A celebration of the rich cultural Heritage of a Historic African American Community, using the arts and other activities. This year will be virtual event and all vendor and artist "booths" will be free. The festival began in the summer of 1979 when group University of Florida students and community residents joined together to organize an event to share and promote the rich cultural history of the Fifth Avenue/Seminary Lane community.   www.culturalartscoalition.org

Micheaux Film Festival   Apr. 26-May 2
A multicultural film festival that showcases and celebrates diverse representation in the entertainment landscape, while cultivating a community that gives artists an opportunity to tell their unique stories. In addition to the screening content, filmmakers and attendees had access to networking mixers, Q&A panels, and several Master Class workshops. www.filmfreeway.com/TheMicheauxFilmFestival

Take Back The Night Global Virtual Event   Apr. 29
Survivor stories, poetry, authors, activists, and special guests! The Take Back the Night Foundation’s mission as a charitable 501(c)(3) Foundation is to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.   www.takebackthenight.org

Philly’s All City Jazz Festival   Apr. 30 An all-day virtual event, featuring student performances and Masterclasses led by Philly POPS and Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia artists. Students, parents, and the public will be invited to tune into the virtual performances. The program includes the All-City Jazz Showcase, presenting the most accomplished jazz students of the School District of Philadelphia.   www.phillypops.org

OhioDance Virtual Festival   Apr. 30-May 2 Rebuilding Legacy: Inclusivity and Equity in dance. Guest artist will be Los Angeles Choreographer, James Gregg. Throughout the weekend there will be performances, films, dance sessions and demonstrations. www.artsinohio.com

Is Now the Time to Sell Your Home?

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After initial COVID-related disruptions to the real estate market in March 2020, real estate was declared an essential service. Subsequently, virtual transaction and marketing processes made it possible for buyers and sellers to move forward with home sales. What followed was one of the most active real estate markets in recent memory, with buyer demand far outstripping the availability of listings in markets all over North America.

In the process, low interest rates and multiple offers became commonplace, driving up home prices, giving homeowners unprecedented levels of home equity, and making them even more reluctant to put their homes on the market. After all, the thinking goes, wouldn’t it make sense to continue holding out and see how high the market will rise?

Now, however, as we pass the one-year mark, it’s time to talk about next steps, and why it might finally be time for homeowners to pull the trigger and put their homes on the market.

Interest rates are on the rise

Read more: Is Now the Time to Sell Your Home?

March 2021 Calendar of Events


Nevermore Virtual Film Festival Feb. 26-Mar. 4
For the 22nd year, Carolina Theatre of Durham is presenting the Nevermore Film Festival, a juried competition festival that presents brand-new feature and short films with an emphasis on horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, animation, and mystery/thrillers from around the world. www.carolinatheatre.org

Southwest Florida Reading Festival Mar. 1-13
This free annual Festival incites a passion for reading. Renew your interest in reading as the Festival authors are announced. Hear an author speak at the Festival and get inspired to borrow or buy the book, maybe even to write one of your own! www.readfest.org

Climate Action Film Festival Mar. 2-12
Brings together activists, filmmakers, and communities to witness and celebrate stories of climate action. CAFF's mission is to amplify voices and inspire further action in addressing the climate crisis, locally and beyond.  www.suncommon.com

Las Cruces International Film Festival Mar. 3-7
Presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces. With over 100 fantasticmovies, this year's festival will be one of our best. We have partnered with Film Festival Flix, one of the leading film festival virtual channels. www.lascrucesfilmfest.com

Winter Party Festival Mar. 4-6
An annual, week-long celebration of music, dance, and community, produced to raise critical funds for the LGBTQ community. In 2021 we present an exclusive virtual experience! www.winterparty.com

Oregon Chocolate Festival Mar. 5
Online fun and educational demonstrations, exciting chocolate pairings with wine, cheese and beer, seminars and chocolate production behind the scenes.  www.oregonchocolatefestival.com

Sanibel Shell Festival Mar. 5-6
It will be a blast with educational and entertaining videos, a shell photo contest, DIY shell projects, door prizes and more! With lots of social media exposure, we think it will attract a global audience of fellow shell enthusiasts like yourselves.  www.sanibelshellclub.com

Festival of the Arts Boca Mar. 5-14
We are still bringing to you some of the world’s finest performers and artists, authors and thinkers, but this year all events are virtual, and all events are free! www.festivalboca.org

24 Hour Virtual Theatre Festival Mar. 6
This is a unique theatre event where short plays are student conceived, written, directed, cast, staged and performed all within an 18 hour time frame.  www.nphstheatre.org

North Texas Irish Festival Mar. 6
Special events will include 6 concurrent livestreams of music, dancing, storytelling, cooking, dogs, horses and more. Plus, a live all-day broadcast of music and bands from Ireland. www.ntif.org

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Mar. 6-7
The virtual festival will be hosted utilizing the interactive online tool, Eventeny. This platform will allow participants to view a live stream of entertainment throughout the weekend and let juried artists showcase their work to the public via online booths. We are also planning to offer other virtual components such as children's activities, art demonstrations, and more. www.gasparillaarts.com

Tucson Festival of Books Mar. 6-7
The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. Proceeds that remain after festival expenses have been paid are contributed to local literacy programs. www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

World Vibe Festival Mar. 6-8
Global music and art festival. Connect with artists from around the world in shared moments of art, music, and community. https://worldvibefest.com

The Rising Festival Mar. 6-10
The festival will be virtual, supporting women to find their balance, wellness and full potential amidst the challenges of living through a global pandemic. Celebrating the 2021 International Women's Day theme of #ChooseToChallenge, the Festival brings inspiring, globally renowned speakers, a multi-day mentorship program, engaging workshops and a masterclass series direct to your device.  www.therisingnetwork.com

Mozilla Festival Mar. 7
MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. www.mozillafestival.org/en

International Yoga Festival Mar. 7-13
IYF's program includes over 70 hours of Yoga classes from world class Yoga teachers, plus evening discussions with some of India's leading spiritual leaders.  www.internationalyogafestival.org

The Envision Film Festival Mar. 11-12
Honors aspiring filmmakers whose visual storytelling explores the range of human experience with hopeful vision, artistry, truthfulness and integrity.  www.envisionfilmfestival.com

Forward Festival Munich Mar. 12-13
Forward Festival 2021 is all about the transformation of society through digitization in the creative scene. It raises questions about the virtualization of our lives and our work, especially during the "new normal". Forward Festival wants to be an eye opener to the striking aspects of digitization applied to design, creativity and communication. https://forward-festival.com/munich

BreathLyfe Festival Mar. 12-15
In the 3-day workshops and seminars, you have the opportunity to embrace the vivid style of yoga, to explore life through yogic lifestyle and uncover the secrets of how to do yoga business online and to deliver your knowledge in a proper way. The festival has unique content that covers not only topics related to yoga but also Ayurveda and yogic cooking.   www.eventbrite.com

Irish Festival Seattle Mar. 13-14
Highlighting the Irish heritage of the Pacific Northwest with traditional music, step-dancing, art exhibits, genealogy workshops and Celtic handcrafts. www.seattlecenter.com

Virginia Festival of the Book Mar. 13-26
A program of Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture every March. www.vabook.org

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Mar. 15-31
The Festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber-glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood, along with a special category for Emerging Artists. www.wpsaf.org

SXSW Music Film Interactive Mar. 16-21
SXSW Festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Film, Music, and Comedy with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases. Includes keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW.  www.sxsw.com

Environmentalist Film Festival Mar. 18-28
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (DCEFF) is the world's premier showcase of environmentally themed films since 1993.  www.dceff.org

Doko Virtual Film Fest Mar. 20-21
High school age film makers, from the across the USA and Beyond, stimulating and entertaining a live audience with their visual story telling art. It’s a place where the film makers interact with the audience and other film makers to explain their films, to receive reaction and comment on their work. At the end of the Film Fest, awards will go to the best film in each film category as well as the best Doko Film Fest film. www.dokofilmfest.com

National Cherry Blossom Festival Mar. 20-Apr. 11
Designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences, the Festival programs can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to the Washington, DC area and fans from afar.  www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Festival of Marketing Mar. 23-25
Over three days, you will hear from some of the most innovative marketing organizations and insightful marketing thought leaders. Expect a mix of provocative, practical and punchy sessions that will provide practical guidance on everyday challenges.

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