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Market is Shifting Slowly in Buyers’ Favor

Existing-home sales fell again last month, even as home prices continued to surge to record highs. But opportunities for buyers are opening up. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.Median home sales prices have never been higher, and that might be making home buyers skittish—but this may not persist for much longer, the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest housing report suggests.Existing-home sales, reflecting completed transac

Mortgage Rates are Falling...

Loan applications for home purchases remain sluggish, despite recent drops in borrowing costs.The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to a 6.77% average this week, its lowest level since mid-March and the biggest weekly drop in basis points since May, Freddie Mac reports.The drop in rates so far has not prompted a flood of home buyers into the market. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported this week that the number of people applying for a loan t

Despite Declines, Rents are Still $305 Higher than Pre-2020 Trends

Despite 11 months of declines, Realtor.com said the typical renter is paying $305 more monthly for an apartment compared to 2019. The greatest rent increases are in Florida and the Midwest Despite the median asking rent declining for 11 consecutive months, renters are still shelling out $305 more per month for a 0-2 bedroom unit than they would have pre-2020. According to Realtor.com’s latest market report, the median asking rent in June decli

The Pros and Cons of Buying Down Interest Rates

Interest rate buydowns involve a trade-off between upfront costs and long-term affordability. Clever CEO Luke Babich offers strategies to help clients make the choice Buying down interest rates (also known as buying points) may seem counterintuitive to many people. After all, why would a homebuyer willingly commit to bringing more cash to the table at closing or sign on for a larger loan?In fact, there are some excellent reasons buying

Foreign Home Buyers Recede from U.S. Market as Prices Soar

The number of homes international buyers purchased fell to the lowest level on record in the last year. Find out which markets are still attracting global attention.International home buyers are backing away from the U.S. housing market amid high home prices and low inventory, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ new report, 2024 International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate. Foreign buyers purchased 36% fewer

Elevated Mortgage Rates Drive Homebuilder Confidence Downward

Builder confidence dropped 1 point in July to 42, according to the latest NAHB Housing Market Index. That's the lowest score since December 2023 Homebuilders exhibited little optimism as the housing market showed little improvement month-to-month, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes

4 Ways Homesellers can Maximize their Home's Appraisal Value

Fair housing expert Dr. Lee Davenport says that your low appraisal may have nothing to do with the lack of landscapingIn a perfect world, we will all buy low and sell high. Astonishingly, in some places, home prices have increased by 47 percent since the start of the 2020 pandemic, meaning many should be able to sell high. ​Unfortunately, not all appraisals have kept up with such fast-rising values. Sadly, some homeowners have had to enter

Your Complete Smart Home Security Checklist Before a Vacation

These 11 security steps will help keep your home safe, set and ready while you're spending well-deserved time away.Vacations should be fun, but worrying about your home while you're away can be a headache. Smart tech has made this much easier: From cameras that can send smart alerts when they recognize humans in specific areas to smart locks that you can control from afar or share passes to, your home is still at your fin

Where Military Homeownership is Booming

This Fourth of July, find out the areas of the country seeing the highest ownership rates among active-duty service members and veterans.The number of military households becoming homeowners has been steadily growing since the 2008 financial crisis. About 11% of new mortgages are loans from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which often require no down payment for active-duty service members and veterans. More than 90% of military members say th