Economic Data Drives Mortgage Rates Upward

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

What Is The Most Prosperous City In The US?

Prosperous is defined as “successful in material terms; flourishing financially.” And, while money isn't everything, it's safe to say we all want to be successful and wouldn't mind flourishing financially. So where in the country is the best place to live if you want some … [Read more...]

Housing Outlook Sees Gradual Gains Ahead

The housing market has been in a bit of a holding pattern lately. While there is a high level of home buyer demand, there are a lower-than-normal number of homes for sale. That means, though sales should be booming right now, they are only making modest gains. But things can … [Read more...]

Generation Z May Become Homeowners Earlier

Generation Z – which is defined as people born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s – is quickly approaching adulthood and will soon face the decision of where to live and whether to rent or buy. But, according to a recent analysis, they may be facing challenges past … [Read more...]

Changes Come To The Luxury Home Market

The high end of the real estate market has followed a different path since the financial crisis and housing crash. But while the luxury home market was able to avoid some of the ups-and-downs the rest of the market has endured, things are beginning to change. In fact, one … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Little Changed From Week Before

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, mortgage rates showed little movement last week and were virtually unchanged from the week before. Rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances and FHA loans fell slightly, … [Read more...]

How Builder Confidence Affects Home Prices

If you're considering becoming a buyer in today's housing market, you're likely wondering what's happening with home prices. Well, the primary factor driving values upward is a lack of available homes for sale. Simply put, there are more buyers than homes in many markets. … [Read more...]

What Would You Give Up For A Down Payment?

Saving money is hard. It takes discipline and means sacrificing some things. It's also kind of a requirement, if you're looking to buy a house any time soon. That's because, you need to have a down payment, if you're going to buy. So it's only natural that potential home … [Read more...]

Rising Incomes Help To Offset Affordability Challenges

After the financial crisis and housing crash, there were plenty of homes for sale but very few interested buyers. Americans were financially unstable and worried about keeping their jobs. And while they may've liked to buy a home, it wasn't the right time. Gradually, though, … [Read more...]

The Feature Millennials Are Most Willing To Go Without

Unless you're having a house built to your exact specifications, the house you end up buying will likely be a feature or two short of what you'd been fantasizing about. That's because, you're going to be choosing only from the homes that are on the market during the time … [Read more...]