Are More Americans Getting Ready To Sell?

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The number of homes for sale is lower than normal in many markets. So, any indication that relief may be on the way is good news for potential home buyers. That’s why the results of a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors are encouraging. The survey found a significant increase in the number of respondents who said …

Mortgage Rate Increase Breaks 6-Week Streak

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased last week following six consecutive weeks of declines. And, while the increase was slight, it was enough to cause a drop in overall mortgage application demand. Joel Kan, MBA’s vice president of economic and industry forecasting, said refinance activity was particularly affected. “After seeing a six-week streak, …

Improving Affordability Boosts Housing Forecast

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Obviously, there’s a link between the economy and housing market. When the economy isn’t doing well, it tends to affect people’s money and confidence. And, if people aren’t feeling financially secure, that can lead them to put off making a major purchase like buying a home. After all, no one wants to buy a home right before the economy tanks …

Orlando Housing Market Activity: May 2019

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Orlando’s housing market cools in advance of summer From The Orlando Regional REALTOR Association 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 …

Older Homeowners Spend Big On Home Improvement

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Naturally, when there are more home buyers than homes for sale, prices and competition increase. That’s why, the fact that there are a lower than normal number of homes for sale ranks high among the main issues affecting today’s home buyer. But what are the factors causing for-sale inventory to lag in markets across the country? Well, one of them …

What Buyers Need To Know About The Inspection

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Buying a home involves more than just finding a house you like, making an offer, and moving in. There are many steps along the way and each has an important purpose. Take the inspection, for example. After you’ve had your offer accepted, the home will need to be professionally inspected. This serves a couple of different purposes. First, it provides …

Mortgage Rates Drop To Nearly Two-Year Low

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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. With last week’s drop, rates are now at their lowest level since September 2017. Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president …

Buying A Home Is Becoming More Affordable

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Like any market, the housing market has ups-and-downs. There are years when conditions favor buyers and then there are years when sellers have all the negotiating power. Unfortunately, when you need to make a move, you don’t always have the luxury of waiting until market conditions are perfect for you. The good news, though, is that, for today’s home buyer, …

How Valuable Is A Home’s Garage?

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Some home features are necessities and others are luxuries. For example, kitchens are a must. You’re not going to find many homes for sale that don’t have a kitchen. On the other hand, garages aren’t. Not all homes come with a garage. But while they might not be an absolute must, garages – depending on where you live – may …

Rising Share Of Americans Say It’s A Good Time To Buy

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Determining when it’s a good time to for you to buy a house means thinking about things like market conditions, your life goals, job security, and personal finances. That’s why Fannie Mae’s monthly Home Purchase Sentiment Index surveys Americans about those things in an effort to gauge perceptions of the current housing market. And, according to the most recent results, …