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Contract Signings Improve In October

Among the many indicators used to track the health of the housing market, the National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index is unique. That's because, rather than count the number of homes that sold in any given month, it counts the number of signed contracts to buy homes. So
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Steady Rates Push Purchase Demand Higher

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were virtually unchanged last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and
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Affordability A Concern Amid Excellent Conditions

Most of the economic indicators that were a concern just a few years ago have since turned positive. Fewer Americans are unemployed and an increasing number say they feel confident in their job and about their financial situation. In other words, following years of uncertainty, Americans are
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Where To Look To Eliminate Household Odors

Your sense of smell can be a peculiar thing. Odors that overwhelm some people, don't affect others. And odors that you're accustom to seem to disappear altogether after a while. So it's no surprise that homeowners might worry that their home may be giving off an unpleasant scent. And,
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New Home Sales Rise To 10-Year High

Sales of newly built homes improved unexpectedly in October, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sales rose 6.2 percent over the previous month and are now 18.7 percent higher than they were at the same time last year. It was
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What's Ahead For Housing And The Economy?

The housing market and economy are tied together in many ways. After all, without a strong economy and consistent job growth, people generally don't feel good enough about their financial prospects to consider buying a house. But though one affects the other, they aren't always moving in the
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How Buying A Home Can Help Save You Money

The argument for or against buying a home usually rests, to some extent, on wealth creation. Conventional wisdom says homeowners – through equity and price appreciation – are building wealth, while renters are throwing their money away each month. Of course, there are some notable
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Builder Confidence Nears Record High

The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index measures how confident home builders are in the current and future market for new homes. The survey – which has been conducted for 30 years – is considered a good barometer of the housing market's health, as it can
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Loan Demand For New Homes Surges In October

These days, the thing driving home prices upward is a lack of homes for sale. Where there are more interested home buyers than available homes to buy, prices rise. Of course, the quickest solution to this problem is building more homes. Prices will begin to moderate when more new homes are being
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Despite Price Spike, No Evidence Of Housing Bubble

Along with rising home prices, there has also been increasing concern that the housing market may be entering a bubble. And that's not surprising, considering the housing crash is still fresh in peoples' memories. So as home prices reach or exceed previous highs, potential buyers and current
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