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    Home Buyers Looking for More Than Just Location

    Among today’s home buyers, nearly half would sacrifice location for desirable in-home features, according to a new survey from one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. The surprising survey results indicate that buyers are searching for move-in ready homes complete with key features and amenities and a significant number of them are willing to give up […]

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    Permits To Build New Single Family Homes On The Rise

    Permits to build new single-family homes rose 2.6 percent In June, though overall permits were down 4.2 percent. The increase in authorizations to build new homes was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing report. The estimates, released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, showed housing starts down […]

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    Builders Feel Confident In Market Conditions For New Homes

    The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index measures builders’ perceptions of the market for newly built single-family homes on a scale where any number above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. In July, the index increased four points to a reading of 53. It was the first time […]

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    Mortgage Rates Move Up Slightly, Demand Slows Down

    According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates rose slightly last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, 15 year fixed-rate loans, and mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration. But despite rates remaining low and relatively flat from the week before, […]

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    Should you be selling or buying in today’s market?

    Over the past few years, housing quickly shifted from a buyers’ bonanza to a sellers’ market due to rapidly rising home prices. Home values – which experienced double-digit drops during the financial crisis – rebounded significantly and made the market more attractive to homeowners who wanted to sell. But, as more owners put their homes […]

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    Government Report Finds Signs Of Summer Rebound

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury release a Housing Scorecard each month collecting key market data and the results of the administration’s foreclosure prevention efforts. According to their most recent report, the housing market is showing signs of a summer rebound with many key indicators moving […]

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    Home Price Gains Get Smaller, More Widespread

    Home prices are increasing at a slower rate than before but they’re also rising in more metropolitan areas than at any time since the housing recovery began. In fact, according to Trulia’s most recent Price Monitor, home prices rose in 97 of 100 metros compared with last June. But, though the increases are more widespread […]

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    Majority Of Young Americans Want To Buy

    According to a recent survey from Pollara, 74 percent of 18-34 year olds plan to buy a home sometime in the next five years and nearly a third of them hope to buy in the next 12 months. The results confirm a high level of demand among young Americans who, for the most part, would […]

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    City Vs. Suburbs: Where Do Americans Want To Live?

    Since the middle of the last century, Americans have generally been moving from city centers into suburban homes. But though the suburbs have grown at a faster pace than cities have over the past 50 years or so, there has been a lot written lately about Americans abandoning the suburbs and moving back downtown. The […]

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    As Job Worries Fade, Housing May Heat Up

    The number of Americans who say they’re worried about losing their job hit an all-time low in June, according to the results of a new survey from Fannie Mae. And this, along with an overall upward trend in consumer confidence, could indicate that the residential real-estate market may be ready to heat up after a […]

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