Housing

5 Negotiation Tactics Home Buyers Should Avoid

In most parts of the United States, the market for homes favors sellers over buyers, especially first-time buyers. The inventory of houses for sale remains tight and prices keep rising. ...
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June Housing Starts Shoot Higher as Demand Remains Strong

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Tuesday morning that new housing starts in June rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.215 ...
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Mortgage Loan Rates Mostly Flat, New Applications Up 6%

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its weekly report on mortgage applications Wednesday morning, noting an increase of 6.3% in the group's seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending ...
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Home Builder Confidence Slips in July as Materials Costs Rise, But Sector Foundation Strong

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo housing market index for July fell to 64, down 2 points from a revised June reading of 66. Economists polled by Bloomberg ...
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8 Dumb Mistakes That Can Scuttle Your Home-Buying Plans

There are any number of reasons that your home-buying plans can go awry. Some are outside your control (for example, the home inspection reveals a problem that causes the lender ...
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Reality TV Show House Hits the Market in Florida for $399,000

A reality TV showed called "The Bulloch Family Ranch" ran on the UP TV network and never made it any further. Both the show and network are too obscure to ...
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Mortgage Loan Rates Turned Higher Last Week; Applications Fall

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its weekly report on mortgage applications Wednesday morning, noting a decrease of 7.4% in the group's seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending ...
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More Trouble for Housing and Homebuilders Ahead

Interest rates remain relatively low for homebuyers in need of a mortgage. Still, many local housing markets have experienced at least some buyer exhaustion and some trends feel like they ...
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Mortgage Delinquencies Remain Near 10-Year Low

The share of home mortgage loan payments that are 30 days or more past due fell from 5.3% in April 2016 to 4.8% in April 2017. The foreclosure inventory rate ...
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7 Home Improvement Projects Your Neighbors Might Hate

No home is an island. At least unless you're Sir Richard Branson. Most of us live relatively close to other people and most of us would like to live in ...
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Mortgage Loan Rates Rose to 2-Month Highs Last Week

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its weekly report on mortgage applications Thursday morning, noting an increase of 1.4% in the group's seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending ...
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Best and Worst Real Estate Markets by State

Home prices rose 6.6% in May compared with the same month a year ago. Compared with April 2017 sales, prices rose 1.7%. Research firm CoreLogic expects June housing prices to ...
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CoreLogic Home Price Index Rises Nearly 7% in May

Home prices rose 6.6% in May compared with the same month a year ago, according to CoreLogic. The research firm previously had forecast a rise of 5.1%, more in line ...
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7 Tips for Keeping Cool This Summer — Without Spending a Fortune

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), most of the Lower 48 states can expect higher than normal temperatures this summer. The Southwest, Florida and the Gulf Coast ...
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6 Surprising Things a Home Inspector Won’t Check

Virtually every article about buying a home stresses the importance of spending $300 to $500 on a professional home inspection. It's a relatively small price to pay for peace of ...
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