Archives for March 2018

More Home Buyers Sign Contracts In February

If you want to get a feel for how many home buyers there are currently active in the housing market, the National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index is a good place to start. It tracks the number of contracts to buy homes signed during the month and, because … [Read more...]

Mortgage Loan Demand Grows Despite Higher Rates

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates rose last week but the increase did nothing to dampen demand for loans. In fact, refinance activity was up 7 percent from the week before and requests for purchase loan … [Read more...]

Homeowners Say They’re Optimistic About Buying

Asking Americans whether or not they think this is a good time to buy a house can be an imprecise way of measuring interest in the housing market. That's because there are a number of personal factors that are weighed when deciding whether or not it's time to make a move. … [Read more...]

Number Of New Homes At 9-Year High

There are now more new homes for sale than there have been at any time since March 2009. In fact, new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development show there were 305,000 new homes for sale in February, which is two percent higher … [Read more...]

What Strategies Are Buyers Using This Spring?

From all accounts, this spring's housing market is going to be a busy one. High buyer demand has carried over from last year and so have inventory concerns in many markets. In other words, anyone hoping to find and buy a house this spring should be prepared for competition … [Read more...]

Sales of Existing Homes Rebound In February

Sales of previously owned homes declined in both December and January. But that isn't all that surprising. Cold weather in much of the country, combined with the end of the year and the holidays often causes home sales to slow down. This year, however, with current inventory … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Drop After Upward Trend

So far this year, average mortgage rates have been more up than down. But, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, rates took a break last week, with slight declines in the contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with … [Read more...]

Homes Are On The Market For Fewer Days

These days, there are a lot of people interested in buying a house. A stronger economy, more jobs, and years of pent-up demand have led to a rising number of Americans who are eager to make a move. But while that's positive, more buyers active in the market also means homes … [Read more...]

Housing Market May Be Ready To Shift Gears

As a potential home buyer or seller, you may not think you have much interest in the economy, consumer confidence, or even the details of the housing market's monthly ups-and-downs. However, all the moving parts of the economy affect one another and, in order to stay savvy … [Read more...]

Are More New Houses On The Way?

Generally speaking, there are fewer homes available to buy right now than is considered normal. And though conditions will differ from one market to the next, when inventory is an issue, it leads to competition and higher prices. That's because, there are too many buyers … [Read more...]