Home-Buying

Affordability Challenged in Over Half of Markets: Report

April 7th, 2018
Affordability is being crunched in 68 percent of, or 304 out of 446, counties in the U.S., according to ATTOM Data Solutions Q1 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report. Buyers, in other words, are not earning enough to make monthly payments...

Confidence in Housing Jumps at Spring’s Start

April 9th, 2018
Confidence in housing jumped in March in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with the HPSI overall posting 88.3, 2.5 percentage points higher than one month prior and 3.8 percentage points higher than one year prior. The boost...

Are Buyers Stretched Too Thin?

April 26th, 2018
With a nationwide inventory shortage, home prices are spiking, spurring bidding wars in tough-to-negotiate sellers’ markets—and yet, these conditions are not dissuading buyers from throwing their hat in the ring, even if that means stretching themselves thin to reach that...

Confidence in Housing Sags as Sellers Shy Away

August 7th, 2017
Confidence in housing sagged in July in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with optimism weakening for both homebuyers and sellers due to limiting economic factors and unaffordability. The HPSI overall posted 86.8, down 1.5 percentage points from...

Want to Save for a Down Payment? Skip the Pre-Wedding Shenanigans

August 13th, 2017
Would-be homeowners can easily plunk down savings for a home—if they forgo their friends’ one last hurrah before the big day. A recent report by Zillow reveals the cost of destination bachelor or bachelorette parties can equal up to one-third...

Homebuyers: Bring on the Big Yards

August 19th, 2017
Homebuyers today are more interested in houses with space to spare outdoors than those with substantial square footage inside—in fact, 56 percent recently surveyed by Taylor Morrison would settle for a smaller house if it meant they could enjoy a...

Most Important Features Millennials Want in Their Homes

August 28th, 2017
Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Show-Stopping Tips for Creating an Outdoor Theater Actionable Marketing for REALTORS®: Digital Trends to Watch and Practice Great Leadership Begins With Mastering...

Confidence in Housing Doubles Back Toward All-Time High

September 10th, 2017
Confidence in housing doubled back in August toward the all-time high in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with home sellers’ optimism rebounding from July. The HPSI overall posted 88.0 in August, 1.2 percentage points higher than the...

Boost From Buyers: Confidence in Housing Up

October 9th, 2017
Confidence in housing again met an all-time high in September in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), propelled by optimism from buyers, including renters. The HPSI overall posted 88.3 in September, 0.3 percentage points higher than the month...

First-Time Homebuyers Are Knocking: Are They Being Let In?

October 30th, 2017
First-time homebuyers are eager to enter the housing market. Getting in the door is another story. First-time homebuyers accounted for 34 percent of sales this year, less than the 35 percent share in 2016 and off an average 39 percent...
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