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Mortgage Applications Increase
Mortgage applications increased 2.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 22, 2014.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 2.8 percent on a ...
Builder Confidence Shows Positive Signs in the Second Quarter
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market for the second quarter is up year over year, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI). Compared to the second quarter of 2013, the single-family ...
Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Lower
Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) showing average fixed mortgage rates following bond yields lower. Averaging 4.12 percent for the week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage once again is at its 2014 low.
"Mortgage rates were down slightly amid a ...
Price Increases Cool Down in the Summertime
Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 7.5 percent in June 2014 compared to June 2013 and rose 1 percent over May, setting new highs for 12 states. Despite low rates, investor purchases and tight supplies, prices are expected to slow down to a .07 percent monthly increase in ...
Five Remodeling Projects That Add Resale Value
When considering which rooms to renovate in your home, it’s important to keep in mind which upgrades are likely to give you the greatest return on your investment. A recent report by Remodeling magazine indicates the top five projects that recoup the most dollars at resale.
1. Kitchen – ...
June Housing Scorecard: New-and Existing-Home Sales Up
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the June edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among ...
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(BPT) - All signs point to a recovering real estate market. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers.
If you plan to put your home on the market this season, you might be looking for the most ...
Contract Rate on New Home Loans Dips Under 4 Percent
On average, mortgage interest rates declined in May, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, the average contract interest rate dropped by more than 30 basis points, from 4.19 to 3.88 ...
Eye on the Economy: Slow Progress after a Tough Quarter
The overall economy slowed at the start of 2014, which took a toll on housing and economic activity. According to the Bureau of Economic of Analysis, real GDP contracted at a 1 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate during the first quarter. Growth would have been slightly positive absent ...
3 Tips for Choosing an Assisted-Living Home for Your Parent
Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout, a division of Genworth Financial Services.
“But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder ...