Saving A Down Payment May Be Easier Than You Think

Saving for a down payment is one of the biggest obstacles first-time home buyers face. While repeat buyers can use the sale of their home to help fund a down payment on a new house, first timers have to save from scratch. And this can be difficult when also facing hurdles … [Read more...]

Building Permit Increase A Good Sign For Prices

If you're shopping for a house to buy, you're probably concerned about affordability. After all, even in a buyer's market, house hunters have an interest in getting the best deal. Which means, most prospective home buyers have an eye on home prices and where they're headed. … [Read more...]

Do You Need An Agent To Buy New Construction?

Buying a newly constructed house from a builder is a little different than buying an older home from its owner. To start with, you aren't able to choose from a list of upgrades and customizations when buying an existing home. You're also entering a transaction with someone … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rate Drop Fails To Boost Buyers

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell last week for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances, as well as for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Joel Kan, MBA's … [Read more...]

Number Of Million Dollar Metros On The Rise

As everyone knows, real estate is mostly about location. What $500,000 buys you in one neighborhood will be far different than what it affords you in another. Put another way, your money will go a lot farther in the Midwest than it will on the West Coast. Which is why a … [Read more...]

Equity Rich Homeowners Double Those Underwater

It wasn't long ago that the housing market suffered a foreclosure crisis. Homeowners saw their home values drop and were in the unfortunate position of owing more on their mortgage than their home was worth. Today, however, home prices have rebounded and, in some markets, … [Read more...]

Equity Rich Homeowners Double Those Underwater

It wasn't long ago that the housing market suffered a foreclosure crisis. Homeowners saw their home values drop and were in the unfortunate position of owing more on their mortgage than their home was worth. Today, however, home prices have rebounded and, in some markets, … [Read more...]

America’s Homes Are Growing Older

You can tell a lot about the way an area grew by the age of its homes. The pace of suburban sprawl, for example, can be mapped just by observing the way homes get newer as you get further from the city's center. Houses built in the 1920s give way to homes from the '50s and … [Read more...]

Trade-Up Buyers May Be Waiting To Make A Move

The current real-estate market suffers from a lack of inventory. Fewer available houses for sale has led to higher prices and more competition for the homes that are on the market. Part of the reason for this is fewer new homes were being built in the years following the … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Mostly Steady Last Week

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