Monthly Archives: July 2017

What to Consider as a First-Time Homebuyer

  Buying a home for the first time can be intimidating. Whether you’re fresh out of college or buying for the first time later in life, there are several things potential homeowners need to consider before making a purchase. Making … Continue reading

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Housing Starts Recover; Home Builders Are Unimpressed

Home-builder sentiment has turned a bit dour of late. The housing market index — an indicator of home-builder sentiment — dropped to 64 in July. This is the lowest reading since November.  Sentiment has trended lower since peaking in March. … Continue reading

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Fannie Mae to Ease Mortgage Standards

Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored lending institution, is one of the biggest players in the U.S. mortgage market. That’s why a recent announcement reported by The Washington Post is good news for some borrowers or current homeowners. Starting July 29, Fannie Mae will ease … Continue reading

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  Mortgage rates have held steady for the past week. That said, they’ve held steady near a three-month high. Much of the recent inertia is attributed to the moment. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave testimony before Congress this past … Continue reading

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It’s Cheaper to buy a Home Than to Rent

The answer to that age-old real estate question – rent vs. buy – might actually be quite clear for many throughout the U.S. Based on new data and studies, in many major American cities, apartment dwellers might be missing out … Continue reading

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The U.S. Dep of Treasury yield curve, and what it means for housing.

Commentary on the yield curve has been amplified in recent weeks. The yield curve is the slope of the plot of yields on U.S. Treasury securities of various maturities. The plots cover the one-month Treasury bill to the 30-year Treasury … Continue reading

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Home Prices Continue to Grow

  Bloomberg had an odd take on the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. It called the year-over-year price gains for April a “disappointment.” How disappointing was the April reading? Home prices in the 20-city metropolitan index were up 5.7%. Case-Shiller … Continue reading

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