Archives for February 2016

How The Vacancy Rate Affects Home Buyers

There are nearly 85 million residential properties in the United States. How many of those properties are available to potential buyers determines, in part, whether or not home prices rise or fall. When there are a lot of homes available for sale, buyers will be able to find … [Read more...]

New Home Sales Slide In January

Sales of new single-family homes fell 9.2 percent in January, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The decline follows an unexpected December increase of nearly 11 percent and puts sales 5.2 percent below … [Read more...]

Purchase Application Demand Moves Higher

Demand for loans to buy homes moved higher last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey. The 2 percent increase means purchase application demand is now 27 percent higher than it was at the same time last year. That is significant … [Read more...]

Existing Home Sales Rise 11% Over Last Year

Sales of previously owned homes were relatively flat in January, according to new estimates from the National Association of Realtors. In fact, sales rose just 0.4 percent from December. But despite being virtually unchanged from the month before, home sales were at their … [Read more...]

Gov’t Housing Scorecard Shows Strength

The Department of Housing and Urban Development collects and analyzes key housing data each month in an effort to measure government programs put in place to help stabilize the housing market following the financial crisis. The Housing Scorecard provides information on home … [Read more...]

Global Woes Haven’t Hurt Housing Health

In today's world, everything is connected. Because of this, global economic conditions can impact the U.S. economy and housing market. And, according to Fannie Mae's latest Economic and Housing Outlook from their Economic & Strategic Research Group, the economy does … [Read more...]

New Home Construction Down In January

The number of new homes being built in any particular area is a good indicator of how well the local housing market and economy are doing. In short, when the economy is up, more new homes will be built because there will be more people looking to buy. Because of this, the … [Read more...]

Average Mortgage Rate Falls To 10-Month Low

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates dropped again last week, hitting their lowest point since last April. Rates were down across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and … [Read more...]

New Home Market Still Poised For Growth

The most recent National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index shows builder confidence in the new-home market slipped in February. The index asks home builders for their perception of the current and upcoming market for new homes. Their answers are then scored … [Read more...]

More Mortgages Are Approved On Sunny Days

Before you can buy a home, you have to be approved to borrow the money. For the most part, whether or not you qualify for a mortgage will depend on your financial situation, income, amount of debt, credit history, etc. However, according to a new paper from the Federal … [Read more...]