Most people, including realtors, believe our slow but steady improvement in the real estate market is very encouraging. However, they are concerned about problems homebuyers encounter when trying to access their credit. Realtors expressed overall confidence in the market ...Read More »
Some consumers place a high priority on selecting a home where a well-known celebrity is among the neighbors. Homebuyers chose late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon as the most desirable celebrity neighbor for 2014, according to the recently released seventh annual ...Read More »
In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable drop in home sales in certain areas. This has raised the level of concern of many consumers who think this is a trend that might spark another major downturn in the real ...Read More »
Strong increases in both single-family and multifamily starts raised our nationwide housing production 22.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million in November, according to figures released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the ...
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The interest rate for a large jumbo mortgage is now less than the rate for a smaller conventional loan. The increase in rate for conventional loans, combined with banks seeking jumbo mortgages for their portfolios, has created a situation in ...
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The income required to purchase a median-priced home in today’s market depends largely on location and varies quite a bit across the country. In Cleveland, you could earn $22,000 a year and still afford a house, but in San Francisco, ...
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A new study has revealed that seniors who own their homes are much more likely to enjoy good health and a generally good life during their senior years than those who rent their residences. The study was sponsored by the ...
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Recovery from our recent recession will continue in 2014, but it will be greatly reduced by a surprising factor – the low number of new household formations. About 1.1 million new households form in a normal year. These new households ...Read More »
At a recent gathering of commissioners, strong support for the Federal Housing Administration was expressed. Lawmakers in Congress who are raising alarms about the FHA needing a bailout and supporting legislation to change the way it does business are missing ...Read More »
Home price increases will drop substantially by the end of this year, according to a leading analyst. National home prices were up 10.1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, but price appreciation is expected to fall out of the double-digits, ...Read More »