Archives for January 2018

Home Price Climb Means Buyers Need To Prepare

It isn't news that home prices have been headed upward for awhile now. And, according to the latest S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, they are continuing to climb at around the same pace as they have been in recent months. Which is to say, the price increases haven't … [Read more...]

Forecast Sees Little Change On The Horizon

Depending on the results of the most recent monthly housing report, you might get the impression that the market is horrible or just fine. Mainly, that's because monthly real-estate reports often show an exaggerated amount of volatility. In other words, month-to-month … [Read more...]

Improvement In New Home Market Is Good For Buyers

The number of new homes being built and sold has become an important indicator for the housing market in recent years. That's because, a shortage of homes for sale has caused prices to steadily increase. And, since the quickest way to add inventory to any particular market … [Read more...]

Existing Home Sales Reach 11-Year High

According to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors, last year was the best in more than a decade for sales of previously owned homes. Existing home sales ended the year at an estimated 5.51 million sales, surpassing last year's mark and proving Americans have … [Read more...]

Eager Home Buyers Get Jump On Spring Season

Home buyers may be getting an early start on the spring buying season this year, according to new numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association. In fact, demand for purchase loan applications was up 6 percent last week from one week earlier and at its highest level since … [Read more...]

Young Adults Hold Key To This Year’s Market

First-time home buyers are an important demographic when tracking the health of the housing market. That's because, they typically make up nearly half of all home sales. In recent years, however, young Americans have been buying fewer homes than in the past. In fact, Freddie … [Read more...]

Showings Up As Home Buyer Interest Remains High

If you had any doubt that there's been a high level of home buyer interest lately, new data on the number of showings across the country should convince you. That's because, according to the ShowingTime Showing Index – which tracks the average number of appointments an … [Read more...]

What To Do If You Live In A Competitive Market

These days, competition and affordability are two of home buyers' main concerns. This isn't surprising, as no one likes to pay more for less. Naturally, we prefer to find a bargain and we certainly don't want to have to fight off other interested buyers to get it. That's why … [Read more...]

Builders Confident 2018 Will Be A Good Year

If anybody knows the new home market, it's builders. After all, they are the ones supplying the homes and, if there's no demand, they likely wouldn't bother doing the work. So, when it comes to assessing the health of the market for newly built single-family homes, asking a … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Rise, So Does Application Demand

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased last week, reaching their highest level since March of last year. Rates were up across all loan categories – including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming … [Read more...]