Home Prices Surge on Strong Buying Season

Home prices continue on at a clip, surging 6.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The pace outdoes the previous peak observed in the third quarter of 2016. “The 2.2 million net new jobs created over the past year generated significant […]

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Housing Starts Get Tripped Up in July

Home-building activity unexpectedly tripped up in July, with housing starts down 4.8 percent to a rate of 1,155,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 0.5 percent to 856,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more […]

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Millennials Bank More on Conventional Mortgages

More millennial homebuyers are obtaining conventional financing over FHA financing, relying less on government-backed loans, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker™. Conventional and FHA—the most common types of mortgage loans for millennials—comprised 63 percent and 32 percent of millennial loans, respectively, in June. “Conventional and FHA loans make up the vast majority of […]

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Want to Save for a Down Payment? Skip the Pre-Wedding Shenanigans

Would-be homeowners can easily plunk down savings for a home—if they forgo their friends’ one last hurrah before the big day. A recent report by Zillow reveals the cost of destination bachelor or bachelorette parties can equal up to one-third of a down payment on a median-priced home. With attendees spending an average $1,106 (for […]

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NAHB: Affordability Turns Downward in Q2

Housing affordability took a turn downward in the second quarter of 2017, as home prices and mortgage rates moved opposite, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Approximately 59 percent of homes sold in the second quarter were affordable based on the national median income, $68,000, a […]

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Gen Xers Borrowing More So Than Millennials

Mortgage borrowers today are more often Gen X than millennial, according to a recent survey by NAMB – The Association of Mortgage Professionals. The majority of NAMB members surveyed reported millennials account for only as much as 25 percent of their customer base, compared to Gen Xers who comprised as much as 75 percent. “There’s a […]

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Why Inventory Is the Lowest It’s Been in 20 Years

Housing demand continues to outstrip supply, with shortages now at their worst in 20 years. Why? The answer is simple: Homeowners are happy where they are, according to a new survey by realtor.com®. Sixty-three percent of homeowners surveyed say their current house meets their needs, with baby boomer homeowners especially unwilling to move—a problem for […]

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Mortgage Rates Dive to Another Low

Mortgage rates dove to another low this week, with the 30-year, fixed rate averaging 3.90 percent, down from 3.93 percent the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.18 percent, the same from the week prior, while the 5-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate averaged […]

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Homeowners Continue to Overestimate Value, Except in Hot Markets

Homeowners continue to overestimate the value of their homes, except in hot markets, according to the latest Quicken Loans’ HPPI. Appraised home values came in 1.55 percent below what homeowners expected in July, according to the latest Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The latest Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows […]

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Confidence in Housing Sags as Sellers Shy Away

Confidence in housing sagged in July in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with optimism weakening for both homebuyers and sellers due to limiting economic factors and unaffordability. The HPSI overall posted 86.8, down 1.5 percentage points from June, when the Index reached a second all-time high. The share of homebuyers surveyed for […]

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