Monthly Archives: August 2017

How Agents Sell Homes Faster

In many parts of the U.S., the local housing market is undeniably in favor of the seller. For real estate agents themselves, that doesn’t mean the process will be a total cakewalk from start to finish. According to agents who … Continue reading

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Builders See Blue Skies

Home builder sentiment perked up noticeably this month.  The Home Builders Sentiment Index, having drooped to the low 60s from the low 70s, spiked to 68 in August. This was a four-point increase over the July reading. A reading above 50 … Continue reading

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Debunking the Biggest Homebuying Myths

The process of buying or selling a home is incredibly complex, especially for those diving in for the first time. That’s why it might not come as a shock to learn that many misconceptions and myths persist regarding various steps … Continue reading

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September Rate Hike Unlikely

Mortgage rates appear to have gone on a fly-and-flop vacation. We’ve seen little movement over the past week. Even an exceptionally strong employment report for July did little to roil lending rates. Credit-market participants responded mostly with a collective shrug. … Continue reading

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Homeowner Wealth Continues to Outpace Renters

Buying a house is more than simply having some extra space all to yourself – it also serves as an investment. Even with the high costs involved in real estate purchases, that investment is still paying off for most American … Continue reading

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Pending Home Sales Up; Bipartisan Bill Would Change Credit Scoring

Higher home sales could reside in the immediate future. The pending home sales index was up a strong 1.5% in June. This is after three months of consecutive declines. During those months, existing home-sales growth has been tepid.  Most of … Continue reading

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The New Solar Roof and the Future of Home Tech

The concept of a “smart home” has been around since the time of “The Jetsons,” but it’s one that’s increasingly becoming a reality. However, today’s real smart homes might not be exactly what most people imagined half a century ago. … Continue reading

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