Archives for December 2016

What Are The Country’s Hottest Markets?

Buying a home is a major financial transaction that involves piles of paperwork, years of savings, and the weight of new responsibilities. It's also about your dreams, though. That's why, no matter where you live, it can be fun to think about packing up and moving somewhere … [Read more...]

Pending Home Sales Down In November

When an offer is accepted on a house, the closing process begins. During this time, the sale of that home is considered pending because it is under contract but not yet sold. The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index tracks these transactions because … [Read more...]

Home Price Increases Show Signs Of Slowing

Among the many different indexes tracking home prices across the country, the S&P Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Indices is considered the leading measure. Its nearly three decades of historical data make it a trusted source for gauging home price trends. … [Read more...]

November New Home Sales Beat Expectations

Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development show new home sales in November increased 5.2 percent from the month before. The improvement exceeded economists' expectations and pushed sales 16.5 percent above last year's … [Read more...]

Home Sales Hit Fastest Pace Since 2007

Sales of previously owned homes rose for the third consecutive month in November, reaching their highest sales pace since February 2007. The 0.7 percent gain in November put home sales 15.4 percent above where they were at the same time last year. Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief … [Read more...]

Home Buyers Come Out Despite Higher Rates

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

Will Low Inventory Affect Your Home Search?

If you've followed the housing market at all this year, you've likely heard something about inventory. Inventory refers to the number of homes available for sale. This year, it's been lower than usual. And, when for-sale inventory is low and buyer demand is high – as it's … [Read more...]

Mortgage Lenders Say Easier Credit Ahead

Mortgage lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae in November say credit standards across all loan types eased during the previous three months and should continue to over the next quarter. The fourth quarter 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey found lenders concerned about recent … [Read more...]

Top Tips For Selling Your House Quickly

Selling a house can be an emotional experience. On the one hand, you're moving and eager to get started on a new and exciting chapter of your life. On the other, you're leaving a place where you've made memories and developed attachments. So the last thing you want, once … [Read more...]

Builder Survey Hits Highest Level In 11 Years

There are a number of perspectives from which you could view the housing market. That's why there are surveys gauging the attitudes of buyers and sellers, as well as Realtors, mortgage lenders, and builders. Each has an unique take on the real estate market that is based on … [Read more...]