Archives for October 2016

Most Homes Will Last More Than 100 Years

Everybody knows buying a house is a long-term commitment. After all, the typical mortgage is paid over 30 years and the typical home seller has been in their home for almost 10 years. In other words, homeownership isn't for frequent movers or anyone with a strong case of … [Read more...]

New Home Sales Up 30% Over Last Year

In September, new home sales were 29.8 percent higher than they were at the same time last year, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data shows sales up 3.1 percent from the month before and at their … [Read more...]

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed Next Year?

Last week, average mortgage rates fell across most loan categories, according to the latest survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. In fact, rates for 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances fell, as did interest rates on 15-year fixed-rate … [Read more...]

Garage Data Shows Us Where We Park It

Having a car isn't really a choice for a lot of Americans – and even some of us that are lucky enough to choose whether or not to have a car decide to have one. Put simply, cars are a fact of life for most us. So it comes as no surprise that an analysis of Census Bureau … [Read more...]

Housing Outlooks Have Differing Visions

The housing market has been sort of a mixed bag this year. While home sales are expected to exceed last year's levels and mortgage rates are still hovering near record lows, fewer houses for sale have presented potential home buyers in many markets with increased competition … [Read more...]

The Top Obstacles To Homeownership

Buying a house is a big deal. Not only is it a major financial transaction, it also represents a tremendous responsibility. Because of this, there aren't too many people that enter the housing market without giving some thought to whether or not it's the right time for them … [Read more...]

First-Time Buyers Spur Home Sales Gain

September sales of previously owned homes rose 3.2 percent from the month before, according to new numbers released by the National Association of Realtors. The gains were a welcome change after a two-month slide. Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, said the improvement was … [Read more...]

Home Buyers Not Deterred By Rate Increase

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, demand for loans to buy homes rose 3 percent last week despite a bump in mortgage rates. Average rates rose for 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, as well as 15-year … [Read more...]

New Home Market Could Be Key For Buyers

If you want to know what's happening with home prices, it's really just a matter of supply and demand. When there are a lot of houses available for sale and not many buyers, prices fall. When there are a lot of buyers but not a lot of homes to buy, home prices rise. That's … [Read more...]

Making Sense Out Of Selling Your House

Selling anything requires a good first impression. And most impressions are made on a sensory level. A familiar scent or some soothing music can set a mood and alter perceptions. That's why home sellers should pay extra attention to the details when trying to appeal to … [Read more...]