Tracking The Habits Of First-Time Home Buyers

First-time home buyers have always been an important demographic when tracking the housing market’s health. Whether or not younger Americans were buying homes, where they were buying, and in what numbers has been used to gauge trends and patterns that affect, not only first-time buyers, but everyone active in the real-estate market. Because of that,…

Homes May Be More Affordable Than You Think

Rising home prices have gotten a lot of attention over the past couple of years. In some places, they’ve even been said to have fully recovered from the housing crash. But a closer look at the numbers reveals a different story. Because many gauges of national home prices use averages to measure how much prices…

More Americans Say It’s A Good Time To Sell

For most of the past several years, Americans considered the housing market more favorable to buyers than sellers. Even as home prices began to rise from their post-crash bottom, mortgage rates remained near all-time lows and offered buyers in most markets an affordable path to homeownership. However, according to the most recent results of Fannie…

Mortgage Rates Fall To New Low For 2017

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell to a new low for the year last week, with drops seen across all loan categories. Rates declined for 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate loans. With rates at…

The Size Of American Homes Continues To Grow

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that American homes are generally getting bigger and adding more rooms. After all, who wouldn’t choose to have an extra bedroom or some additional storage space? Still, a look at the numbers, shows just how much our living spaces have changed over the years. For example, numbers from the…

Survey Shows Homeownership’s Enduring Appeal

Buying a house, for many Americans, is seen as an achievement and evidence that they’ve reached a certain level of success. Put simply, there is no other symbol as closely association with the American Dream than owning a home. For Americans of all backgrounds and income levels, it has remained a shared aspiration. Because of…

Why An Easy Commute Should Be On Your Wish List

If you’re thinking of buying a home and are spending all of your time dreaming of the type of kitchen you want or how big you’d like your master suite to be, there may be a thing or two to add to your wish list before you start your search. For example, have you considered…

What Pending Sales Numbers Mean For Buyers

The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index is a good indication of where home sales will be a month or two down the road. That’s because, it measures the number of signed contracts that occurred during the month, rather than the number of closings. And since there is typically about a month between…

Average Rates Remain Near This Year’s Low

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were largely unchanged last week. Loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages both saw slight declines, while 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances were unmoved. This follows the previous week’s results which showed mortgage rates at…

Renovations And The Cost Of Selling

It isn’t just the home’s buyer who has to settle up at the end of the closing process, sellers have costs too. In fact, according to one recent estimate, the average seller spends $15,000 before they hand over the keys to their home’s new owner. A big part of that is closing costs, agent commission,…