Drop in Mortgage Rates to Drive Higher Buyer Demand

  November 22, 2019 Mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.66%, Freddie Mac reports. After several weeks of increases, the drop in mortgage rates is a welcome sign for home buyers. “The housing market continues to steadily gain momentum with rising homebuyer demand and increased construction due to the strong job

Strong Economy Boosts Home Sales; Upward Trend to Hold

November 21, 2019 Low mortgage rates and a strengthening economy propelled home sales in October, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Thursday. Total existing-home sales, which include completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops, rose 1.9% month over month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million, NAR’s latest existing-home sales report

Mortgage Rates Rise Again as Recession Fears Recede

  November 15, 2019 © REALTOR® Magazine Mortgage rates climbed again this week, and economists say the trend may well continue as the economy sees some improvement. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.75% this week, Freddie Mac reports. “The modest uptick in mortgage rates over the last two months reflects declining recession fears and a

Economists at NAR Say a 2020 Recession Is Unlikely

Kanok Sulaiman / Getty Images November 11, 2019 From Florida Realtors Some people think the U.S. is “due for a recession,” yet NAR’s Yun says conditions are better than ones preceding any earlier recession. But there’s still some risk. SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer confidence, the employment market and housing innovation were heavily discussed topics at

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter

  Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that’s when they’ll have the most competition. So, what’s the #1 reason to list your house

3 Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal

3 Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal November 4, 2019 From landscaping to exterior finishes, there are plenty of ways to make your listing a standout in curb appeal. Houzz, a home remodeling website, recently showed off a few high-impact ways to boost a home’s exterior aesthetic. Paint the front door. Put a fresh coat

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

  A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be!  In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll need a down

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

  Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. The

1 in 5 Americans Say They’ve Lived in a Haunted House

ImageegamI / Getty Images October 25, 2019   In a survey, 23% of Americans said they’ve lived in a haunted house and an additional 20% may have.  SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nearly 60% of people who have lived in a haunted house didn’t know it was haunted before they moved in, according to realtor.com’s, fourth

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