Archives for June 2018

Sales Trail Hot Summer Housing Market

The National Association Of Realtors' most recent Pending Home Sales Index shows that the hot summer housing market has not deterred hopeful home buyers from looking for a house to buy. But though there is a high level of demand from buyers, supply issues continue to hold … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Show Little Movement Last Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications survey, average mortgage rates were up-and-down last week, with rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances relatively flat and mortgage rates for jumbo loans and those backed by the … [Read more...]

Homeowners See Big Gains On Home Sales

Home prices have been climbing for the past few years. And while that has presented affordability challenges for buyers in some markets, it's also produced big gains for homeowners who've sold a home recently. Take, for example, new estimates showing that, nationally, the … [Read more...]

How A Sellers’ Market Could Be Good For Buyers

The housing market is about supply and demand. When there are a lot of buyers and too few homes, prices and competition rise, making it a good time for homeowners who want to sell. When there are more homes than buyers, prices fall and bargains abound. In short, the market … [Read more...]

Typical Property Took 26 Days To Sell In May

Available homes continue to sell quickly with the typical property going under contract in less than a month, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. The newly released data shows the average property sold in 26 days, which was unchanged from the … [Read more...]

Steady Rates Lead To Boosted Mortgage Demand

A quiet week for interest rates led to a boost in mortgage demand, according to the most recent results of the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey. Overall demand was up 5.1 percent from the previous week, which helped push the MBA's purchase index 3 … [Read more...]

What Do Homeowners Do With Their Equity?

One of the main arguments in favor of buying a home is equity. When you rent, you're sending your monthly payment to a landlord. As a buyer, your monthly mortgage payment is helping to build equity. Of course, many homeowners wait and then, following the sale of their house, … [Read more...]

Builders Confident But Concerned About Costs

These days, the health of the housing market is a matter of inventory. Right now, there are fewer houses available for sale than is typical and, because of it, prices are rising and sales aren't as high as they might be otherwise. However, as more new homes are built, buyers … [Read more...]

Buyer Demand High Despite Rising Prices

Home prices have been on the rise for a while now. But, in most cases, the jump in values was really just prices recovering the losses suffered following the financial crisis. After the housing crash, prices plummeted and, in the years following, they have rebounded. Now … [Read more...]

Where Are The Nation’s Fastest Growing Luxury Markets?

When shopping for a house to buy, it's hard not to fantasize about homes that are out of your price range. Regardless of what you plan to spend, it's fun to imagine buying a house even bigger, nicer, and more feature filled than the ones within your reach. And, with the … [Read more...]