Buying/Selling

The Headline-Making Markets Are Softening

August 27th, 2018
In the expansion following the recession, the conversation in housing has lingered on markets like Denver, Portland and Seattle—places where prices have risen sharply, and demand is discouragingly mismatched with supply. Now, the hottest markets’ prices are slowing, according to...

Inventory Watch: Is ‘Big Change’ on the Horizon?

October 8th, 2018
The grip on inventory is loosening, with fresh listings sprouting up and the severity of the shortage starting to unwind, according to findings by realtor.com®. On an annual basis, there were 8 percent more listings on the market in September,...

Case-Shiller: Housing Market Pressured by Prices

July 31st, 2018
Affordability is beginning to drag on housing, and there is little price relief in sight, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic/Case-Shiller Indices, which found May prices rising steadily, at 6.4 percent year-over-year. “Not only are prices rising consistently; they are...

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Continue Upward Trend

August 28th, 2018
U.S. home prices continue to surge according to the latest S&P CoreLogic/Case-Shiller Indices, which found June prices on an upward trend (at 6.2 percent year-over-year), inciting affordability concerns. “Home prices continue to rise across the U.S.” said David M. Blitzer,...

Gas Pipelines a Blight in Real Estate? Explosions and Easements May Cause Resale Concerns

October 9th, 2018
Natural gas. In recent years, when hearing this single, seemingly minor detail for a property’s utility hook-up, buyers typically conveyed a tone of excitement. Nationally and in recent history, natural gas has been the leading choice for heating fuel in...

Building Momentum for Mortgage Rates

August 4th, 2018
There is a building momentum in mortgage rates, with the average 30-year, fixed rate up for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year fixed increased to 4.6 percent, up from 4.54...

Pending Home Sales Stumble as Housing Market Momentum Wanes

August 29th, 2018
Pending home sales stepped back in July and have now fallen on an annual basis for seven straight months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 0.7...

Compared to Homeowner Opinions, Appraisals Come in Just Shy

October 10th, 2018
Appraisals came in 0.29 percent shy of what homeowners perceived in terms of value, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 5.69 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index...

Inventory: Is the Drought Easing?

August 5th, 2018
When it comes to the housing market, the conversation has been dominated by pricey properties and short supply—but, under the radar, there has been an improvement in inventory, according to realtor.com®’s recently released July 2018 Monthly Housing Trend Report. The...

Cost of Homeownership Increases 3 Times the Price of Renting

September 5th, 2018
With affordability draining quickly, the gap is growing between the amount of buyers with a desire to purchase, and the amount of buyers who actually can. According to an analysis newly released by realtor.com®, the cost of homeownership has increased...
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