Contracts To Buy Homes Stall In February

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Contracts to buy homes fell 1 percent in February from the month before, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. The decline follows a strong showing in January and was primarily felt in the Midwest, where pending sales activity fell 7.2 percent. The South and West saw increases. Pending sales are important because they track contracts, not …

Falling Mortgage Rates Kick Season Into Gear

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Associations Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were down across all loan categories last week, including rates for 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 decline coincided with a surge in demand for mortgage applications. In fact, refinance activity was up …

Which Home Improvement Projects Bring Biggest Return?

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If you’re a prospective home seller, you’re probably thinking about upgrades, renovations, and remodeling projects. Making your home appealing to buyers is important when it’s time to sell. But how do you choose which projects are smartest for your money? Well, according to a recent analysis, there are some easy answers. For example, though kitchens are one of the more …

Some Big Homes Are Having Trouble Selling

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Like anything else, residential architecture is affected by the popular trends of the day. But unlike most other things, homes last a very long time. So houses built to fit the lifestyle of people living in the 1940s and ’50s are still being bought and sold in 2019. Now, in most cases, an older home’s quirks are considered charming or …

Home Sales Surge In February, Up Nearly 12%

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New numbers from the National Association of Realtors prove home buyers are excited to get the spring season started. With a nearly 12 percent increase in the number of previously owned homes sold compared to the month before, February was the largest month-over-month improvement since 2015. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says there’s a combination of factors helping push home …

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 …