Who Is The Typical First-Time Home Buyer?

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First-time home buyers are important to the health of the housing market. After all, historically, they’ve accounted for around 40 percent of total home sales. But who is the typical first time home buyer and what do they buy? Well, a recent study from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, took a look at buyers over the past few years …

Loans To Buy Homes Up 10% From Last Year

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, demand for home purchase loans is now 10 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The improvement comes after a 1 percent increase week-over-week. Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, says purchase applications have been gradually increasing since the beginning of the year. “Purchase …

Americans Overestimate Mortgage Requirements

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For most potential buyers, thinking about purchasing a home means thinking about applying for a loan. After all, most of us don’t carry around a suitcase full of cash when we’re out shopping houses. So before we start looking at listings, we have to look at things like our finances, credit score, requirements, and minimums to get an idea of …

How To Avoid Stress When Selling A Home

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Selling a house can seem daunting. Not only do you have to get your home ready for viewings, you also have to worry about getting a good price and selling it within a timeframe that works for you. Add in all the little details and possibly shopping for a new place at the same time and you have a recipe …

Renters Spend More Of Their Income On Housing

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Whether to rent or buy is a common debate for Americans looking for a new place to live. The arguments are well known. Renters say it’s cheaper, if only because there are no upfront expenses like a down payment or closing costs. Homeowners, on the other hand, will point to the long-term financial benefits of owning a home, including equity …

Favorable Mortgage Rates Lead To Sales Bump

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New numbers from the National Association of Realtors show contracts to buy homes were 1.1 percent higher in May than the month before. Improvement was seen in three of the four major regions, with only the West seeing a slight decline. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says favorable mortgage rates have motivated home buyers. “Buyers, for good reason, are anxious …

Average Mortgage Rates Fall Even Further

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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 the 30-year fixed-rate to its lowest level since September 2017 and continues its overall trend downward. So …

Home Price Increases Continue To Slow

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In order to gauge how affordable it is for you to buy a home, you have to factor in a number of different variables. How much money you’ve saved and how much you earn are part of the equation, as are current mortgage rates. But home prices may be the most important factor. Home prices are an easy-to-understand indicator of …

Late Mortgage Payments Hit Record Low

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Part of shopping for a house to buy is calculating whether or not you’ll be able to comfortably afford the monthly mortgage payment. Nobody wants to buy a house that causes them financial stress. So figuring out your approximate payment and how that fits into your monthly budget is key to choosing a house that’s right for you. Of course, …

Homes Selling Quickly As Buyers Return

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Sales of previously owned, single-family homes increased 2.5 percent in May, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. The gains follow two months of declines and are evidence that home buyers are responding to improved affordability conditions. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says, purchase power is up. “The purchasing power to buy a home has been bolstered …