Real Estate News

Another rate adjustment suspected from Federal Reserve

Published: 07 Jun 2017

Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates after already doing so a few months earlier. There have been hints all along that more rate changes may come before 2018, and June may be the month when the next increase starts. Both The New York Times and Reuters used comments from Federal Reserve Governor, Lael Brainard, as the basis for this prediction.


Mortgage delinquency rates low, says MBA

Published: 06 Jun 2017

With the arrival of June, mortgage rates seem to be declining, as is the volume of applications, according to one new statement. Other sources have said that the current housing market is fiercely competitive, with a tight inventory, and the news of application rates reflect this in a recent statement from the Mortgage Bankers Association.


High demand defines 2017 housing market going into summer

Published: 03 Jun 2017

June brings not just the beginning of the summer season but also the official end of the second quarter of 2017. As such, it's the start of a new part of the year, which may build off of the previous trends toward a scramble for purchases. More than one entity from the real estate industry seems to think that high demand is behind the current figures.


Georgia court decides against 'super liens'

Published: 31 May 2017

A May 2017 legal conclusion will likely affect the future of property owners and investors in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The action, decided on May 15, is reportedly a stand against the "super lien," a situation where a homeowner could be forced to pay off existing debts faster after the property goes up to auction.


Housing construction numbers show possible strength for this year

Published: 27 May 2017

Despite a recent lag, it seems like the rate of housing construction so far this year may be a positive thing for the industry. Based on information from the Census Bureau, there may have been a noteworthy amount of building at the beginning of the year to justify some optimism, at least for the time being. Prospective buyers could use this information to judge the growth of residential housing as a whole, not just based on most recent statistics.


Title insurance and the big picture of closing costs

Published: 25 May 2017

Lender's and owner's title insurance policies can both contribute to closing fees for property. New owners can therefore sometimes feel a need to cut corners to try and keep their costs down, but that's a risky thing to do when it comes to protecting a title claim. The range of policy costs can make it hard to predict the final sum.


Is Philadelphia the new home market to watch?

Published: 25 May 2017

With the current concerns over urban crowding, it's understandable that new buyers might want to keep their options open for places to live. However, as far as cities go, Philadelphia seems to be attracting attention. Compared to others, it may prove to be a more affordable and strategic place to purchase a home, according to new data from multiple sources.


Latest May mortgage applications rates droop, says MBA

Published: 24 May 2017

The Mortgage Bankers Association survey results for the second week of May are out, and they seem to show a decline. Though it needs to be taken in context, it does possibly add to a continuous dip in application rates for mortgages, with some other statistics also following suit.


What the 2017 housing sales figures say so far

Published: 22 May 2017

With June not far away, the middle point of 2017 is almost here. That gives professionals a chance to reflect on the market trends so far, as well as the most likely paths home sales and other market figures will take. On May 18, the National Association of Realtors released a statement on its Midyear Forecast, which showed some positive patterns, with high sales and conditions for more development.


Millennials bring pros and cons to current housing market

Published: 22 May 2017

Millennials face a lot of scrutiny, including when it comes to housing sales. Right now, opinions differ as to which generation is creating hurdles for the market, but multiple sources seem to think that age demographics are a divisive factor for the current crop of potential buyers. A key debate seems to be whether millennials or the older baby boomer generation is to blame for issues with sales.


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