Don’t let down payment obstacles deter millennial buyers

Ah, the elusive millennial homebuyer. Our industry has spent most of 2014 analyzing why this demographic hasn’t bought a home (Student debt? Unemployment? They want to rent?) and even more time researching millennial goals and beliefs to forecast what’s next …

Go figure: rabid football fans, commission competition, home averages across the pond and more

Which markets contain the most devoted football fans? Which markets are best for STEM professionals? Who takes commission cuts (and why) …

Mortgage marketplace will partner with real estate agents

Sindeo, a mortgage marketplace that arms consumers with insights into costs and fees to help them plan, qualify and shop for a mortgage with multiple lenders, has hired Trulia’s Ginger Wilcox as chief industry officer as the company prepares to …

US mortgages are the Gazinta!

A wild story still unfolding, most of it overseas. The result here at home: mortgage rates near 3.75 percent and the lows of the year — and the tilt in chart-pattern witch-doctoring to lower yet. Rates will rise only on …

5 economists forecast the 2015 housing market

Five prominent economists forecast what 2015 will bring for the U.S. housing market after a 2014 that was a bit of a reality check in the housing recovery …

Go figure: winter getaways, real estate coaches and counting the cost of homeownership

What incentives were offered to attract buyers, and how frequnetly? Where should you spend your winters? What does a real estate coach typically cover in a session …

Which home loans are best for new buyers?

Renting can be a solid choice while you’re saving for a down payment, but homeownership is still a better deal. So what loans are available that might assist buyers who require a low down payment so that they can become new homeowners in …

Lower mortgage rates, courtesy of the ‘gnomes of Zurich’

A policy change by the Swiss National Bank has addled markets and governments worldwide. How to explain that your lower mortgage rate is courtesy of the “gnomes of Zurich”? The 10-year T-note has bottomed at 1.72 percent, down more than …

Uncle Sam wants YOU to shop for a mortgage

Finding the right home can be fun and exciting. Find the right mortgage? Not so much. Nearly half of borrowers don’t shop around for the best rate before applying for a mortgage, and even if they do, only 3 out …

Since when do lenders get to dictate property repairs?

Historically, one of the most onerous aspects of dealing with Federal Housing Administration loans was the inspection process. Fortunately, conventional lenders have never required much more than termite repairs. Sadly, this is all changing to the detr…