Housing Market

22
Jun

Zero-Down Loans Making a Comeback

Your buyers may soon be able to bring less to closing. They were blamed for precipitating the housing crisis years ago, but major lenders are giving no- and low-down payment loans another shot. Read more: The Big Down Payment Myth Several major lenders are reportedly offering loans with just 1 percent down. Navy Federal, the nation’s largest credit union, offers its

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21
Jun

Owners, Appraisers Disagree on Home Values

Homeowners feel like their homes are worth more than what appraisers say they are, and the gap between the two estimated values has grown for the sixth consecutive month, according to Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index. Read more: Owners, Appraisers Aren’t Seeing Eye-to-Eye Appraised values were, on average, 1.93 percent lower than what homeowners expected, according to the index. Appraisals are

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19
Jun

PEAK HOME PRICES ARE BACK

National home values have surpassed the peak hit during the housing bubble and are at their highest value in more than a decade, according to the April Zillow® Real Estate Market Reportsi. The median home value in the U.S. is now $198,000, 1 percent higher than peak value hit in 2007. Home values across the country rose 7.3 percent since last April, the

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13
Feb

Small Is Beautiful  

When shopping for a new home, bigger is better, right? When it comes to roomier closets and more spacious kitchens, probably — but not so much when considering the return on your investment. According to a NerdWallet analysis of three years of data from Realtor.com for 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas, smaller homes generally appreciate at a faster

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3
Feb

February is home buying time

Frigid temperatures and treacherous winter weather are here to stay a little while longer, since the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, signaling six more weeks of winter. Read more: Study: January, February Great for Buying This weather prediction may even bring more deals for buyers wanting to kickstart their home search. Typically winter months have a higher number of

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24
Jan

Habits to Start Now if You Want to Buy a Home in 2017

Now is the time to practice some smart habits to improve your home-buying success. If buying a new home is on the top of your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to get started. Infusing small changes and better habits into your lifestyle will help to ensure that the home buying process will be smooth for the coming year. Even if

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18
Jan

Five Reasons to Sell Your Home in 2017

2017 may be an excellent year to sell your house. Now that we’re into the swing of the New Year, it’s time to get started on your list of to-dos. If one of those is to sell your home, it’s best to get a head start and list it early. By getting in on the real estate market at the

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16
Jan

Homebuyer’s Sanity-Saving Checklist

Streamline the process of home buying with this step-by-step list. Every homeowner’s buying process is as individual as the home itself. While you must endure the ups and downs on the road to homeownership, there are certainly ways for every future homeowner to be more prepared for the journey ahead. Here is a checklist for a quick guide on how

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19
Dec

Factors That Can Affect Your Home’s Value

When it comes to selling your home, there are some interesting factors that could affect your home’s value. There are some obvious factors like foundation and home quality that can affect your home’s value.  However, there are some surprising factors you may not have known about that affect that value as well. Because some factors seem unusually bizarre, you may think

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