Archives for August 2016

Index Finds Home Prices Still On The Rise

The S&P Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index – considered the leading measure of U.S. home prices – has been tracking home values for nearly 30 years. According to their most recent release, national home prices are up 5.1 percent year-over-year, with the biggest … [Read more...]

Hot Housing Market May Cool This Fall

The housing market had a strong first of half of the year. In fact, according to Jonathan Smoke,'s chief economist, it was the best spring in a decade. However, a number of factors will likely cause things to slow down in the second half of the year. “As a result … [Read more...]

Rising Rent Motivates 1st Time Buyers

According to a recent survey of potential home buyers, the cost of renting is the main motivator for almost half of all first-time buyers and nearly a quarter of respondents overall. That is nearly double what it was last year at this time. That's mostly due to the fact … [Read more...]

Sales Of Previously Owned Homes Fall 3.2%

Sales of previously owned homes fell in July after four consecutive months of increases, according to the National Association of Realtors. The 3.2 percent decline was led by a 13.2 percent drop in the Northeast. The Midwest and South also saw decreases, while the West … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates See Slight Increase Last Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates moved up last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing … [Read more...]

Sales Of New Homes Surge In July

New numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development show sales of new single-family houses up 12.4 percent in July from the month before. The improvement puts new home sales at a nine-year high. Rebounding strength in the … [Read more...]

Housing Market Conditions Mixed But Steady

Today's housing market is a mixed bag. On the one hand, a better job market, improving wage growth and low mortgage rates have driven buyer demand higher and made an increasing number of Americans consider buying a house. On the other, too few homes for sale are driving … [Read more...]

The Typical New Home Is Getting Smaller

Historically, buyers at the higher end of the housing market rebound more quickly from a recession than the average home buyer – who may have to watch their money more closely during rough economic times. Because of this, the typical new house has been growing larger ever … [Read more...]

Home Sales To Have Best Year In A Decade

The housing market is likely to see its best year of sales in a decade, according to a new outlook from Freddie Mac. In fact, the group's forecast calls for sales to reach 6.04 million by the end of the year. Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac's chief economist, says the housing … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Hold Near Record Lows

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell again last week, continuing to hover near record lows. Rates fell across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, … [Read more...]