Most People Say They Have Good Neighbors

There are a lot of things you can tell about living in a particular a house from a quick visit or two. There are even some things you can tell just from driving through the surrounding neighborhood. But, while you can know how much available storage a house has or how new … [Read more...]

Demand Slows As Mortgage Rates Rise

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased last week across most loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and … [Read more...]

Optimistic Builders Offer An Encouraging Sign

When builders feel confident that there are a lot of buyers looking for new homes, they build more homes. It's simple, really. It's also good for the housing market, as more new homes help provide choices and keep prices from spiking. That's why the National Association of … [Read more...]

Fewer Home Buyers Making Offers Sight Unseen

No one wants to make big decisions hastily. It's a great way to make mistakes and end up with regrets. Which is why, in an ideal situation, home buyers would have time to consider the pros and cons of multiple houses and choose the one that best fits their needs and … [Read more...]

Most Homeowners Say They Love Their House

Sometimes picking a house to buy can cause anxiety. After all, what if you choose the wrong one and aren't happy living there? What if there are structural or mechanical issues that go undetected and will end up meaning costly renovations? It's hard to imagine that you could … [Read more...]

Prices Cuts Rising But Only In Some Neighborhoods

Home prices have been increasing for awhile. But their consistent upward climb is starting to slow, according to new data. In fact, a recent analysis has found the number of home sellers who have reduced their listing price is up from where it was last year. The research … [Read more...]

Loans To Buy Homes Up 2% From Last Year

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

Economy Has Americans Thinking About Buying

Deciding to buy a house is mainly a money decision. You either feel secure enough financially to make a move or you don't. This helps explain the current real estate market. After all, survey after survey shows Americans think home prices and mortgage rates are moving higher … [Read more...]

Number Of Homes For Sale Sees Biggest Gain Since 2013

Affordability is always a top concern for people thinking about buying a house. Of course, there are other factors that are important when deciding whether or not to move. But what you can or can't afford may be the biggest. After all, if you don't have enough for a down … [Read more...]

Green Features Add Value To Homes

In order for a home to be considered truly green, there are six elements it needs to contain, according to the Appraisal Institute, a professional association of real estate appraisers. These include water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, materials, and … [Read more...]