Archives for December 2017

The Total Value Of All The Homes In the US

Perhaps you've never thought about how much all the homes in the country would cost if their values were totaled. But, according to recently released data from Zillow, that number is now $31.8 trillion – and that's up $2 trillion from the year before. Zillow senior economist … [Read more...]

Strengthening Market Raises Questions For 2018

Recent real estate data has revealed a strengthening housing market. In fact, both new and existing home sales were better than expected in November and new estimates from the National Association of Realtors show contract signings up as well. The NAR's Pending Home Sales … [Read more...]

Year End Recap Finds 2017 Best In A Decade

Reading real-estate news can sometimes give you the impression that there are nothing but challenges in today's market. Inventory shortages and rising prices dominate the headlines and can make it appear as though prospective home buyers are in a tough spot. And yet, Freddie … [Read more...]

Skyrocketing New Home Sales Beat Expectations

New home sales are an important barometer for the housing market for a number of reasons. For one, the more new homes that sell, the more new homes builders will build. And, as more new homes get added to the number of homes for sale, home prices will begin to moderate, as … [Read more...]

Home Sales Reach Strongest Pace Since 2006

Sales of previously owned homes rose for the third straight month in November, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. The improvement put home sales at their strongest pace since 2006 and 3.8 percent above where they were at this time last year. … [Read more...]

Mortgage Applications Stall Despite Rate Drop

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell last week for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate loans. Rates for jumbo loans increased from the … [Read more...]

Current Homeowners Say They’re Ready To Buy

The National Association of Realtors' Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey asks consumers about buying and selling a home, their financial situation, and their perceptions of the economy. According to the fourth quarter results, Americans are generally … [Read more...]

Builder Confidence Hits Highest Level Since 1999

New home construction is an important part of maintaining a healthy housing market. Without a steady supply of new homes, the total number of homes for sale will stall and prices will climb. That's why the National Association of Home Builders tracks builder confidence with … [Read more...]

How Single-Family Rentals Slowed 1st Time Buyers

If you spend any time reading about real estate, you know that there has been a lot of discussion recently about inventory and first-time home buyers. Specifically, there are fewer homes available for sale and fewer first-time home buyers active in the market than is … [Read more...]

Homeownership And The Gig Economy

Smartphones and the internet have given rise to a number of on-demand services that offer Americans the ability to supplement their income by providing work as independent contractors. Whether delivering groceries or ride sharing, many Americans are now working in what is … [Read more...]