Thursday
April 24, 2014

News & Commentary: Daily News Articles

  • 04/24/2014
    More than half of U.S. states — as well as more than half of the top 50 metros in the country — saw their housing markets improve in February, according to Freddie Mac.
  • 04/24/2014
    REALTORS® are more upbeat about current conditions in the housing market, but the recent uptick in their optimism may reflect the seasonal increase in demand, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index.
  • 04/24/2014
    In several markets, buyers are finding they’re up against multiple bids for a home as bidding wars start to edge up again. Find out which market is most competitive for buyers, according to a recent Redfin survey.
  • 04/24/2014
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it plans to run pilot tests of eClosings over the next 15 months to gauge the benefits to borrowers.
  • 04/24/2014
    New-home sales experienced a double-digit drop in March as tight credit conditions are preventing many first-time buyers and younger families from being able to buy a home, according to the builders' trade group. 
  • 04/23/2014
    “With ongoing job creation and some weather-delayed shopping activity, home sales should pick up, especially if inventory continues to improve and mortgage interest rates rise only modestly,” says NAR’s chief economist.  
  • 04/23/2014
    Home owners who purchased a home within the past year scored five points lower on a real estate IQ test than those who had bought a home more than two years ago.
  • 04/23/2014
    While some lenders do consider commuting costs into home buyers' expenses, many don't. Smart buyers should understand how their commute will affect their cash flow regardless.
  • 04/23/2014
    In one recent analysis, the median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features was $47,600 higher than for homes without any green features. 
  • 04/23/2014
    For the first time in six weeks, applications for home purchases, viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales, fell, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports.