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Pending Home Sales Rise to Highest Level in Nine Years

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported in their Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) that, pending home sales increased in April for the fourth consecutive month and reached their highest peak in nine years. All four major regions saw growth in April, led by the Northeast and Midwest. “The steady gains in contract activity […]

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FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance

In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs. Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan’s value to […]

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Income, Inventory Increases Lift October Home Sales

Income growth and rising home inventory levels helped push house sales up in October compared to last year, marking the first major increase year-to-date, according to a report. Redfin reported a 2.2 percent increase in the number of homes sold in October compared to the same month last year, making it the first month to […]

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3 reasons right now is the best time to buy a home.

  The advantage is on the buyer side!!! There has never been a better time to buy a home this year.  And yet despite three major advantages for homebuyers, sales so far have been slow. Buying is cheaper than renting in most markets. And with mortgage activity down, originators, one would think, would be bending […]

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Consumers Offer Mixed Opinions on Housing Market’s Future

Housing optimism for the year ahead diminished somewhat in March, though signs largely point to a positive spring season. Fannie Mae released Monday its most recent National Housing Survey, revealing a slight softening in the housing recovery as monthly indicators remain volatile. According to results from the March survey, fewer than half of consumers polled expect home […]

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Housing Markets Improving But Most Metros Not Yet ‘Stable’

Housing markets in half of all states and 35 of the top 50 metros are improving, according to a new report from Freddie Mac. However, only 11 states and four of the top 50 metros are “stable” compared to each market’s individual historical norms, Freddie Mac reported. Freddie Mac’s first Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) was […]

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February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

Realtor.com released its February Monthly Housing Trend Report, which showed an increase in listing prices as well as an increase of housing inventory. The increase in both list price as well as inventory points to a “strong early beginning to this spring’s home buying season,” the report said. Nationally, median listing price increased to $199,000, […]

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Still a Seller’s Market? Not for Long!!!!

According to Michael Orr of Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business, at an ARMLS “Engage” Conference held yesterday in Phoenix, we will reach a balanced market in exactly 9 days.  By balanced market he means neither a Buyer’s nor Seller’s market.  As a statistician who tracks daily sails trends, he has noted the […]

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Buyers Who Can Profit from Today’s Market

There are 4 types of buyers who are the best candidates to profit from today’s market conditions: Move Up Buyers:  Buyers selling smaller homes and moving up to a larger, more expensive property can more than recover any losses they get from selling with the savings they’ll proportionally receive when they buy a more expensive […]

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When looking at price increases, location matters!!!

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/amid-regional-gains-metros-present-wide-range-of-price-shifts-2013-06-04 While a wide range of price increases occurred across the nation, the rate of recovery has been mixed over most metropolitan areas.  When looking at the validity of the recovery, performances at the local levels were mixed when considering strength, sustainability and their relative positions as compared with 2006 prices.  It is noted that […]

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