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Understanding The Ever Changing Housing Market

This article was co-published with our inhouse expert, Anna Kučírková What is the “housing market”? The housing market, also known as the real estate market, refers to the supply and demand for homes. Usually the term is used in reference to a particular region. It could refer to a housing market for an entire country,… Read More »

Most Affordable Million Dollar Housing Markets

The terms “affordability” and “ultra-luxury housing market” may not immediately seem like they go together, but the truth is that as the U.S. housing market continues its recovery and median sales prices keep trending upward, more and more cities and towns across the country, even some not necessarily considered elite enclaves, will likely see their… Read More »

What Credit Scores Do I Need to Buy a House

Buying a house can be a stressful time, so it is important to be organized and understand what the credit requirements are up-front for the various mortgage programs in the United States in 2018. Read on to see what home financing programs are available and what the minimum credit scores are set by the banks… Read More »

Where Home Prices Are Rising the Fastest (Slowest)

Since the end of the great recession, home prices in America have rebounded substantially. Since the dark days of 2009, prices have steadily climbed and are up over 50% on average from the lowest point. This is great news for homeowners whose homes may be worth more than their pre-recession values, but less great news… Read More »

Will Fannie and Freddie Increase Loan Amount Limits in 2019? 

Yes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Eying Increase of Mortgage Loan Limits in 2019 As of late October 2018, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell five basis points back from the week before to 4.85%. The first year 15-year mortgage is now 4.26% which was three basis point slower than last week. The Mortgage… Read More »

New Home Sales Hit 2 Year Low but Is It a Bad Thing?

Data released in September 2018 indicates that new home sales have declined to a two-year low. According to Yahoo.com, rising mortgage rates and higher home prices are affecting the housing market. The data for the last three months also has been revised down. There have been declines in home building, permits and housing completions in… Read More »

How Will Tax Reform Affect Low Income Housing?

The US Congress passed a tax reform bill at the end of 2017 that low income housing advocates say could have a negative effect on the low-income housing market. According to the Housing Advisory Group, the Republican tax law has overall not been good for the production of affordable housing for low income Americans. Let’s… Read More »

Can Trump Can Get the Federal Reserve to Stopping Raising Rates?

The Federal Reserve last week increased its benchmark interest rate .25%, and clearly is anticipating more economic growth this year and next year. The latest increase takes the benchmark rate from 2% to 2.25%. It has not been this high since April 2008. It is the 8th increase since the Fed started to increase rates… Read More »

Pros and Cons of a Mortgage Rate Lock in this Market

As mortgage rates have been steadily rising in 2018 into the 5% range from less than 4% a year ago for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, more home buyers are asking when if and when they should lock their rate in this market. If you are worried that rates will rise before you close, a… Read More »

7 Ways Trump Can Improve the CFPB in 2019 and Help the Housing Market

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB continues to change and evolve, there are ways that Trump and other individuals may be able to improve it so that it better serves the American people. A recent report from the Office of Inspector General for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has determined some areas of… Read More »

8 Ways to Remodel Your Home to Increase Equity and Property Value

The values of Americans’ homes are rising with the average increase approximately 7% more than last year. Some parts of the country are seeing double digit increases in value. If you want to sell your home soon, you may want to do some smart remodeling to increase your equity and property value. There are many… Read More »

Key Tax Breaks for Homeowners in 2019

Home-ownership is one of the pillars of the American dream. The US tax code has many tax breaks to encourage home ownership, even beyond the popular mortgage interest deduction. The US government understands that when people own their own homes, they are more likely to care for the property and the neighborhood in general. Also,… Read More »

9 Tips to Choosing the Best Realtor to Sell Your First Home

Selling your first home can be an exciting experience. Home prices are up, and there is a good possibility you can make a good profit by selling your home. The chances of selling your home for top dollar quickly rise when you know that you are working with the best realtor. To choose the best… Read More »