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It's good news, not bad, that fewer Americans are buying homes.Yahoo Finance
Rates still remain near historically low levels.USA TODAY
Fixed mortgage rates this week rose for the first time in 2015, with Freddie Mac’s widely watched survey pegging the 30-year conventional rate at 3.66%, up from 3.63% last week.Los Angeles Times
Real estate is a local experience, so be prepared for varying conditions depending on where you live. In much of the Midwest, West, and South, for example, sellers have the most leverage, accordi...Consumer Reports
Unfortunately, the real-estate-agent business is saddled with a poor reputation. According to the real estate agents we surveyed, that reputation is sometimes earned. Here are a few of the top ba...Consumer Reports
This is a great time to be selling a house—or buying one. With housing prices at recent highs (in some neighborhoods they’re exceeding pre-2008 valuations), it’s no wonder about 5.3 million homes...Consumer Reports
Certainly many first-time homebuyers (most of whom are millennials) are in better financial shape than they were a year ago. This group is also more likely to remain single longer – which potentially reduces their purchasing power.The Fiscal Times
Be sure to take a close look at these key areas.Kiplinger
The Mortgage Bankers Association report on mortgage applications noted a week-over-week decrease in the group’s seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending January 23.24/7 Wall St.
Many homeowners hold back from refinancing because they think their house will not appraise high enough. Here's how to figure out of you can make it work.Credit.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014.Associated Press
The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat home-buying over the course of 2014.USA TODAY
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale.Associated Press
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About 7.3 million people who owned a home that went through foreclosure in the housing market collapses could potentially be back in the real estate market within eight years.24/7 Wall St.
It was a presidential priority as 2015 kicked off, and today lower mortgage insurance premiums from the Federal Housing Administration go into effect. The lowered rate for premiums is part of the plan President Obama introduced in early January to jump-start first-time home buying.Yahoo Finance
Government policy changes aim to help first-time homebuyers.USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — When the federal government's consumer protection agency for financial matters tells you how to shop for a good deal on a home mortgage, you should follow the advice, right?Los Angeles Times
The average size was 2,642 square feet in 2014, down from 2,662 square feet the previous year, according to the National Association of Home Builders. “Overly tight mortgage credit requirements made obtaining a loan very difficult for first-time, young buyers. As a result, homes built reflected…The Fiscal Times
US existing-home sales rebounded in December from a November slump, led by gains in the key single-family home sector, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. Total sales of used homes rose 2.4 percent from November to an annual rate of 5.04 million in December, climbing above the…AFP
Joe and Debbie Valerio, a couple in their 60s, put their Westport, Connecticut, home of more than 20 years on the market because it was getting too big for them. After renting it out for nearly a year, the Baioccos' starter house in Fairfield, Connecticut is on the market for $739,000. "I…Reuters