Buying/Selling

Existing-Home Sales Slip, but Inventory Stirs

July 23rd, 2018
Barely budging against imbalanced inventory, existing-home sales slipped at the start of summer, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Activity in June declined 0.6 percent to 5.38 million, down 2.2 percent from the prior year; however, inventory increased 4.3...

Forget a Garage—Buyers Won’t Budge on High-Rated Schools

July 24th, 2018
Buyers have their eyes on schools, and with the irrefutable link between the quality of schools and values, a district with high ratings trumps all—even coveted features of a home, according to a new realtor.com® survey. To get into their...

What Today’s Sellers Want

July 25th, 2018
The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). NAR has been administering its annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey since 1981. The survey has grown from 59 to 131 questions, and gives us great...

Mortgage Rates Roused After Slipping for Weeks

July 28th, 2018
Mortgage rates roused this week, with the average 30-year, fixed mortgage at a 4.54 percent rate, up from 4.52 percent the prior week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 15-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.02...

Contracts Flicker in June, but Pending Sales Still Underwhelm Year-Over-Year

July 30th, 2018
With an 0.9 percent gain month-over-month, June pending sales slightly sparked, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)—but, on an annual basis, contracts still underwhelmed, down 2.5 percent. From May to June, activity increased...

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...

Half of Homes Past Pre-Recession Values

July 31st, 2018
Half of the homes—50.4 percent—in the nation are past their peaks prior to the recession, with 21 of the 35 largest markets at the milestone value, according to the June Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. Based on the Zillow Home...

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...

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...

Affordability Challenges Keep Millennials on the Sidelines

August 7th, 2018
Affordability is fading fast—and although millennials are eager to enter the market, and succeeding, they’re bearing the brunt of the challenge, according to recent research. Sixty-three percent of millennials under 29 are challenged by the cost of homeownership, according to...
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