Tag Archives: home values

Rates go Down, but Things are Looking Up

  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed mortgages are hitting a 15-year high, according to the July 2017 Housing Finance at a Glance Monthly Chartbook recently released by Urban Institute. The share from 2007 to 2013 was approximately 40 percent, but Q1 2017 is reflecting an increase to 47.8 percent. This is one of the […]

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Strong Equity Gains are Giving Homeowners More Options

Residential homes in the United States have experienced strong equity gains in the last three years, and a recent survey indicates that they expect the equity gains to continue in 2016.  In a new survey conducted by loanDepot released Monday, 60 percent of respondents said their homes have gained equity in since 2013 as the housing […]

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Another Rate Hike in the Future???

Many in the mortgage industry were anxiously waiting to view the results of the final jobs report of 2015 to see if the Federal Reserve was on track with the timing of its long-awaited December rate hike or if the central bank acted too quickly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported better-than-expected job gains […]

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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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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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Pause in Valley Housing Market

The Phoenix area housing market posted it’s worst February in four years and home prices may stay flat throughout 2014, according to Arizona State University’s latest housing report last week.  Despite the fact that substantially more homes were on the market than a year earlier, prices slipped by 1% from January and demand dropped by […]

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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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Real Estate: Look for Value in 2014

The good news for housing in 2014 is that price gains are expected to be only about half as strong as in 2013, when inventory levels created a market tipped in the Sellers’ favor.  For a sustainable recovery, David Stiff, chief economist at CoreLogic Case-Shiller says that a more balanced market between buyers & sellers […]

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