Report Shows Buying Conditions Are Improving

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The National Association of Realtors most recent existing-home sales report shows sales were essentially flat in April, falling 0.4 percent from the month before. But though flat sales to begin the spring selling season may seem like trouble, a closer look at the data shows conditions are gradually improving for home buyers and may lead to more activity. Lawrence Yun, …

Do Occupied Homes Sell Better Than Empty Ones?

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If you’re a homeowner getting ready to sell, you’re likely thinking about how to get the best price for your house. Naturally, getting a good offer is going to be top priority. The other big issue is timing. Homeowners who are using the sale of their home to fund the down payment on their next place have to time it …

Homeowners With Equity Influence Renters To Buy

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It’s hard not to be influenced by your family and friends. After all, their opinions hold more weight because you trust them. When someone you love recommends something, you’re probably more likely to consider it than had you heard it from another source. It doesn’t matter if it’s a restaurant, a new movie, or a vacation destination, if a friend …

Builders Say Conditions Are Good For Buyers

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The number of new homes being built can be a good gauge of the housing market’s health. After all, home builders wouldn’t be building homes unless they felt confident that those homes would sell. And buyers wouldn’t be interested in buying a new home unless the housing market and economy were doing well. For this reason, the National Association of …

Mortgage Rates Fall For 3rd Consecutive Week

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell again last week. In fact, rates were down for 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages. It was the third consecutive decline. It also comes at a good time for home buyers. Joel Kan, …

Orlando Housing Market Activity: April 2019

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Orlando’s housing market cools in advance of summer After 93 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in median price, the Orlando housing market saw its first decline in April. The decrease was only 1% but it comes at the start of our traditional summer selling season, which typically sees jumps in both median price and sales. According to the latest monthly …

Recent Buyers Reveal Biggest Wish List Regrets

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There’s a reason they’re called wish lists. After all, home buyers can’t expect to get every single thing they want in a house unless they have one custom built. Which is to say, you’re, undoubtedly, going have to make some sacrifices and some of your wishes are going to go unfulfilled. For that reason, a recent survey took a look …

Number Of Starter Homes For Sale Is Rising

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Recently, there has been a growing number of young Americans interested in buying homes. But though there’s been increasing demand, the number of affordable homes available to these buyers has lagged behind in many markets. In short, there are more potential first-time buyers than entry-level homes available for sale. This is a problem for the housing market, since it means …

Moderating Mortgage Rates May Spur Buyer Interest

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Calculating your readiness to buy a house involves a lot of different factors. Among them, though, financial considerations and affordability are usually near the top of the list. Things like home prices, your income, job security, and mortgage rates will be a big determiner of whether or not you feel like now’s the time to buy. Fortunately, prospective home buyers …

Average Home Seller Makes $57,500 On Sale

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Anyone who’s been paying attention to the housing market over the past couple of years knows home prices have been increasing. That’s good news for homeowners who are thinking of selling their house and moving somewhere new. But just how good? Well, according to ATTOM Data Solution’s Q1 2019 Home Sales Report, homeowners who sold during the first quarter of …