Spring Home Buyers Expect Less Competition

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Last year, the big housing market story was the lack of homes for sale. With inventory down in most markets, home buyers had a lot of competition for the houses that were available. But, since then, the number of homes for sale has been climbing. And, according to a recent survey of potential home buyers, competition is no longer as …

Mortgage Rates Fall To Lowest Level In A Year

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell last week across all loan categories, 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 drop brought rates to their lowest level since this time last year. Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of …

The How And Where Of Baby Boomer Debt

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Debt is an issue for many Americans. From student loans to credit card balances, there are a lot of things we’re trying to pay off. But while the financial struggles of millennials are well known, there isn’t as much attention paid to the debts of older Americans. After all, they aren’t trying to save for a down payment and buy …

Builders Optimistic About Affordable New Homes

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Home builders wouldn’t build new homes unless there was a demand for them. Knowing how many buyers are looking and what they’re looking for is part of their job. Which means, they’re a pretty reliable source if you’re looking for information about what’s happening in the real estate market. So what are home builders saying about this spring and summer? …

Rent Increases At Fastest Pace In 10 Months

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For many Americans hoping to make a move, the decision to rent or buy comes down to affordability. It isn’t the only factor, of course. Depending on your job and lifestyle, there may be other reasons to prefer renting over homeownership. But there’s no question money is a top concern when making decisions about your next move. So, what does …

ORRA HOUSING MARKET REPORT – FEBRUARY 2019

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Orlando’s median home price and inventory rise while sales decline in February The Orlando housing market saw its median price continue a years-long upward trek with an economically healthy 3 percent year-over-year increase in February. Sales dipped a fraction and inventory increased for the fourth consecutive month, just in time for the start of Orlando’s homebuying season. “March and April …

Mortgage Lenders Say Credit Standards Are Easing

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If you’re doing it right, the first step in your home-buying process will be talking with your lender. Your mortgage lender is the one who will be able to tell you whether or not you’ll be able to buy and how much you’ll be able to spend. In short, you won’t get very far without first going over your numbers …

Home Buying Activity Picks Up As Rates Settle

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were mostly down last week. In fact, rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages all fell. The declines helped push demand for loans to buy homes up 4 percent from the week before. Joel Kan, …

Many Buyers Opt For A Smaller Down Payment

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For many Americans, coming up with a down payment to buy a house is the only barrier keeping them from pursuing homeownership. In fact, according to one recent survey, 40 percent of respondents said affording a down payment was the biggest thing that kept them from buying. That more than doubles the next most cited reason, which was believing rent …

Home Construction Surges To Start The Year

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Among all the indicators that can be used to gauge the health of the housing market, few are as good as new home construction. After all, home builders wouldn’t be building homes if they didn’t think there were interested buyers. So, when new home construction is rising, there’s probably a good reason. And, if that’s the case, then the January …