Last week's economic news brought mixed developments as pending home sales moved to their second highest level of 2014. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced the expected end of asset purchases under its quantitative easing program. In its post-meeting statement, the committee noted improvements in overall economic conditions labor markets as indications of better than expected economic trends. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index reports for August showed continued slowing in housing … [Read More...]
Are you thinking about buying a second home to spend some time in when you're on vacation? Whether you're picking up a small house near the beach or you're looking at a ski-in/ski-out condo at your favorite ski resort, if you're only going to be in the home for short periods each year you may want to consider renting the property out the rest of the time to generate some additional income. In this post we'll share a few tips for getting your property ready to rent to short-term visitors and how … [Read More...]
According to the S&P Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index, Home prices rose by 0.20 percent in August. Three of the 20 cities tracked saw home prices drop, while Detroit, Michigan posted the highest price growth. The seasonally adjusted growth rate for cities tracked declined by 0.10 percent as compared to a decline of 0.10 percent in July. Detroit led monthly home price growth with a gain of 0.80 percent. Dallas, Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada posted gains of 9.50 percent as … [Read More...]
Whether you've decided it's time for an upgrade or you're moving on to a new city, if you're selling your home you may be wondering how you can boost its value before listing it up for sale. In today's blog post we'll share four ways that you can spend a bit of time and money upgrading your home before it hits the local real estate market. Spruce Up Your Landscaping You'll want your home to make a great first impression, and as such a great place to start is by sprucing up your lawn, gardens and … [Read More...]
Are you thinking about buying a new house or condo? If so, you've likely given some thought to your mortgage and as to how you can pay as little as possible in order to own your new home. Below we'll share four easy steps that you can take to ensure you start out with an affordable monthly mortgage payment. Make A Large Down Payment On Your Home The easiest way to reduce your monthly payment is to invest as much as possible in your down payment. The less you have to borrow, the less you'll be … [Read More...]
Last week's economic news included a few developments connected with housing and mortgage industries. While no economic reports were released on Monday, the rest of the week provided good news for existing home sales, home prices and mortgage rates. The National Association of REALTORS® reported that existing home sales in September exceeded expectations and the prior month's reading with a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million sales. Three of four U.S. regions posted higher sales … [Read More...]
After months of reports of slowing home price momentum and forecasts of a lagging housing market, we are pleased to report an increased volume of existing home sales as reported by the National Association of REALTORS®. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reported rising prices for homes connected with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages. Here are the details. Pedal to the Metal: Existing Home Sales Achieve Fastest Rate in a Year September … [Read More...]
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