Home-Buying

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...

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...

Confidence in Housing Teeters

August 12th, 2018
After a positive start to the summer, the confidence consumers have in housing is teetering, according to the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) for July. At 86.5, the Index sunk 4.2 percentage points month-over-month, and 0.3 percentage points...

Challenged by a Down Payment? The Easiest Markets to Save For

August 23rd, 2018
One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently,...

Beware Location Remorse: Over a Third Have ‘Neighborhood Regret’

September 6th, 2018
You can change a house—location is tougher. According to new research by Trulia, 36 percent of Americans have “neighborhood regret,” or would have moved to another neighborhood than the one they reside in today. The feeling is heightened in metros,...

Affordability Aside, Housing Optimism Picks Up

September 9th, 2018
The confidence consumers have in housing is picking up steam—but not because of the market outright, according to the August Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 88, the gauge grew 1.5 percentage points month-over-month; however, the confidence consumers...

Confidence in Housing as an Investment Rises

May 6th, 2018
With appreciation climbing and equity growing, homeownership is the investment to make—and according to new research, Americans believe it is a solid vehicle for wealth. Sixty-five percent of respondents to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York...

Confidence in Housing at New Peak

May 8th, 2018
Confidence in housing is at a new peak, with enthusiasm among sellers soaring, according to the April Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 91.7, the Index plowed through its previous record, climbing 3.4 percentage points month-over-month and five...

Home-Buying Millennials Face Fresh Set of Struggles

May 13th, 2018
Across ages, buyers are contending with a frenzied market—but for millennials, the challenges are different than in generations past, according to a new report by Trulia. An astounding 98 percent of home-buying millennials surveyed for the report are being kept...

For Buyers, Credit Matters—but How Much?

May 20th, 2018
Borrowers not as creditworthy as others often have higher mortgage payments; in fact, according to an analysis recently released by Zillow, the average borrower categorized with credit as “fair” can be on the hook for $21,000 more than a borrower...
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