Archives for July 2018

Growing Inventory Offers Buyers More Options

The story of this year's housing market has mostly been about inventory. With a lower number of homes for sale and high buyer demand, competition and prices have been on the rise, making conditions more challenging for home buyers. But, if the most recent Pending Home Sales … [Read more...]

Log And Timber Homes Increasing In Popularity

If you were asked to name a hot home design trend, you probably wouldn't guess log homes. And yet, new data from the National Association of Home Builders shows last year's sales of log and timber homes were 56% higher than in 2012. That's a big jump. So what's behind the … [Read more...]

New Home Prices Now 4.2% Lower Than Last Year

New homes are generally more expensive than existing homes. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that everything in a new home is brand new and you're going to pay a premium for that. This is really no different than paying more for an older home that's recently … [Read more...]

Home Buyer Must Haves Mean Compromise

Searching for a home to buy can be frustrating. Mostly because it's not always easy to find a house in the right neighborhood with every one of the features you dreamed of. If you find the perfect kitchen, the house will have too few bedrooms. Or you'll find a house with the … [Read more...]

Inventory Climbs But Not Enough To Help Sales

New numbers from the National Association of Realtors show sales of existing homes were basically flat in June and are now 2.2 percent lower than they were at the same time last year. And yet, buyer demand has been high all year. So why aren't more homes selling? Well, … [Read more...]

Remodeling Index Finds Home Repairs On The Rise

Maintenance is a big part of being a homeowner. Put simply, owning a home means having a never-ending to-do list and, depending on your level of know-how, some of it will require the help of a professional. These jobs can range from major renovations such as putting an … [Read more...]

Are Unequal Housing Markets Good For Buyers?

Income inequality is a hot topic these days. But what about housing market inequality? Well, a recent analysis looked at 50 of the largest metropolitan areas with an eye for which had the biggest city-wide disparity between high-end homes and the lowest-priced available … [Read more...]

Gov’t Loan Bump May Mean More 1st Time Buyers

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, demand for mortgage applications was down 2.5 percent last week. But, though there was a decline in the overall number of home buyers looking to secure financing, there was an increase in buyers … [Read more...]

Builder Confidence Still High In July

This summer, home buyer demand has been high while the supply of homes for sale has remained lower than normal. But, if you're a builder, those are perfect conditions. After all, when there are more buyers than homes, building more homes is the quickest way to balance the … [Read more...]

How Long Does It Take Renters To Save For A House?

With rental costs and home prices both increasing, it's become more challenging for renters to save for a down payment. How much so? Well, according to one recent analysis, the typical renter will have to save for nearly six and a half years to come up with a 20 percent down … [Read more...]