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Mortgage Rates Mostly Steady To End The Year

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were fairly steady at the end of 2017. In fact, 30-year fixed-rate loans with conforming balances were unchanged during the last week of the year – while jumbo loans, loans backed by the
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Homeownership Seen As Path To Financial Security

There's no shortage of opinions, these days. Which means, you've probably heard varying viewpoints on whether or not buying a house is really a smart investment. Especially following the housing crash, it became more popular to say that buying a home may not, in fact, be a better financial
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The One Thing Home Buyers Won't Compromise On

Buying a home means making a lot of choices. You're going to have to make decisions on everything from how far you're willing to drive to work and how much storage space you'll need for all your stuff. The best way to handle the long list of choices you're going to have to sort
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Strengthening Market Raises Questions For 2018

Recent real estate data has revealed a strengthening housing market. In fact, both new and existing home sales were better than expected in November and new estimates from the National Association of Realtors show contract signings up as well. The NAR's Pending Home Sales Index – which
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Year-End Recap Finds 2017 Best In A Decade

Reading real-estate news can sometimes give you the impression that there are nothing but challenges in today's market. Inventory shortages and rising prices dominate the headlines and can make it appear as though prospective home buyers are in a tough spot. And yet, Freddie Mac's year-end
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Skyrocketing New Home Sales Beat Expectations

New home sales are an important barometer for the housing market for a number of reasons. For one, the more new homes that sell, the more new homes builders will build. And, as more new homes get added to the number of homes for sale, home prices will begin to moderate, as there are more homes for
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Home Sales Reach Strongest Pace Since 2006

Sales of previously owned homes rose for the third straight month in November, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. The improvement put home sales at their strongest pace since 2006 and 3.8 percent above where they were at this time last year. Lawrence Yun, NAR's
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Mortgage Applications Stall Despite Rate Drop

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell last week for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and 15-year fixed-rate loans. Rates for jumbo loans increased from the previous week. Despite
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Current Homeowners Say They're Ready To Buy

The National Association of Realtors' Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey asks consumers about buying and selling a home, their financial situation, and their perceptions of the economy. According to the fourth quarter results, Americans are generally optimistic about the housing
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Builder Confidence Hits Highest Level Since 1999

New home construction is an important part of maintaining a healthy housing market. Without a steady supply of new homes, the total number of homes for sale will stall and prices will climb. That's why the National Association of Home Builders tracks builder confidence with their monthly Housing
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