Archives for April 2018

Housing Outlook Says Take The Long View

If you spend any time following the real estate market or economy, you know there's no shortage of data. Nearly every day there's a new report detailing some corner of our economic lives, whether it's consumer spending, mortgage rates, jobs, or home sales. But reading the … [Read more...]

New Home Sales Spike In March

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development show sales of new homes rose 4 percent in March and were 8.8 percent above year-before levels. The improvement is a good sign for the spring market and evidence that recent gains … [Read more...]

Positive Economic News Moves Rates Higher

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

Busy Buyers Say They Hope To Avoid Renovations

Unless you're buying a new house, you're likely to be choosing which house to buy based on how much work it might need. And if you don't have the time and expertise to do the work yourself, you're going to have to factor possible remodeling costs into your buying equation. … [Read more...]

Buyers Come Out Despite Market Challenges

For the second straight month, sales of previously owned homes increased from one month earlier, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. In fact, sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, rose 1.1 percent to an annual rate of … [Read more...]

Prices Below Peak In Nearly Half Of All Markets

If you've been at all interested in shopping for a home, you've likely heard news about rising home prices. Since the housing crash, home values have rebounded and, in some areas, the climb has been quick. However, news about increasing prices should be measured against how … [Read more...]

Green Homes Aren’t Necessarily More Expensive

Conventional wisdom has it that if you find a home equipped with the latest eco-friendly features it's going to cost you significantly more than one without. After all, energy-efficiency and green-home technologies have become more popular with prospective home buyers in … [Read more...]

Boosted Mortgage Demand May Be A Sign Of Spring

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, demand for loans to buy homes spiked 6 percent last week and is now 10 percent higher than at the same time last year. The increase was part of an overall gain in mortgage demand that may be a signal … [Read more...]

Homes Sell At Fastest Recorded Pace In 2017

Making big decisions quickly is not usually a recipe for success. However, in today's housing market, that's exactly what home buyers have to do. That's because homes are selling faster than ever these days. In fact, according to a recent analysis, the average home took 81 … [Read more...]

New Home Builders Take An Optimistic View

Home builders are a good gauge of what is going on in the housing market. After all, their business depends on knowing whether or not Americans are interested in buying a house. And so, the National Association of Home Builders tracks builder confidence as a way of measuring … [Read more...]