Prices Cuts Rising But Only In Some Neighborhoods

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Home prices have been increasing for awhile. But their consistent upward climb is starting to slow, according to new data. In fact, a recent analysis has found the number of home sellers who have reduced their listing price is up from where it was last year. The research shows 17.2 percent of homes for sale reduced their price in August, …

Loans To Buy Homes Up 2% From Last Year

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were up across all loan categories last week, including 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate loans. The increase follows an upward trend that has been driven by economic improvement and a stronger job market. “Rates …

Green Features Add Value To Homes

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In order for a home to be considered truly green, there are six elements it needs to contain, according to the Appraisal Institute, a professional association of real estate appraisers. These include water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, materials, and operations and maintenance. Put simply, to retrofit a home to meet those standards would require a lot of work. …

Higher Mortgage Rates Shouldn’t Sway Home Buyers

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If you’re someone who’s been thinking about buying a house, you’ve likely kept your eye on mortgage rates and home prices. Those are the two most watched affordability factors and, since both have risen over the past year, prospective home buyers have good reason to pay attention to which way they’re heading. Home prices are still headed upward in most …

Which Cities Have The Country’s Biggest Houses?

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When looking for a house to buy, you aren’t necessarily always looking for the biggest house. After all, the size of the home you choose will be determined, in part, by things like the size of your family, storage needs, how many bathrooms and bedrooms, etc. Mostly, though, it’ll be determined by your budget. Because, when it comes down to …

More Americans Think Now’s The Time To Sell

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Nearly 80% of Americans say now is a good time to sell a house, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors. This may be good news for buyers. These days, there are more home buyers than there are homes for sale, which is the primary factor causing prices to rise. But rising prices have also caused …

New Home Sales Rebound, Up 13% Over Last Year

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Sales of newly built single-family homes rose 3.5 percent in August over the month before and are now 12.7 percent higher than they were at the same time one year ago, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The increase is welcome news at a time when the new home …

Mortgage Rate Increase Doesn’t Slow Demand

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were up across all loan categories last week, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate loans. The increase continues a trend upward led, in part, by a stronger economy and job market. Joel Kan, an …

Luxury Home Market Continues To Heat Up

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When it comes to real estate, most people know that location is key. Market conditions can differ from one neighborhood to the next. But location isn’t the only thing affecting the conditions you’ll encounter when shopping for a house to buy. Your price range will also have something to do with it. For example, the National Association of Realtors’ consumer …