National Real Estate News

March 19, 2019

What if an association won’t accommodate a disability?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – March 18, 2019 – Question: My association is refusing to make accommodations to help me with my disability. What should I do? – Ray

Answer: Discrimination in all of its forms is wrong and should be addressed. This includes discrimination in housing against those who are ...

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March 18, 2019

4 out of 5 buyers’ agents say home staging helps

WASHINGTON – March 15, 2019 – A new survey from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) found that 83 percent of buyers' agents say staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home. The survey, NAR's 2019 Profile of Home Staging ...

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March 12, 2019

House hunters have an edge this spring

NEW YORK – March 11, 2019 – If you're hunting for a house this spring, say goodbye to frenzied bidding wars. And if you're selling, get ready for good, old-fashioned negotiations.

While real estate brokers aren't declaring a buyer's market just yet, demand has definitely cooled ...

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March 11, 2019

U.S. housing starts climbed 18.6% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – March 8, 2019 – U.S. housing starts jumped 18.6 percent in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in eight months.

The Commerce Department said Friday that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1 ...

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March 7, 2019

New-home sales in U.S. rose 3.7% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – March 6, 2019 – Sales of new U.S. homes climbed in December to their highest pace in seven months, a sign that lower mortgage rates are helping the real estate market.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales rose 3.7 percent in December to ...

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March 6, 2019

U.S. homeownership rate hits highest level since 2014

NEW YORK – March 4, 2019 – The U.S. homeownership rate climbed in the fourth quarter to the highest level in nearly five years, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released on Feb. 28. The share of American households that own their homes rose to 64.8 percent ...

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March 4, 2019

4 things buyers should check when visiting older homes

NEW YORK – March 1, 2019 – Older homes often come with plenty of character and possibly even a lower price – but buying a home that has been around for a while can also mean with age-related problems.

Potential problem hotspots in older homes

  • Electrical issues
    Older homes could ...
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March 4, 2019

Mortgage rates level off — still lower than a year ago

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — Freddie Mac reported on Feb. 28 that the average the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage held steady last week at 4.35 percent, down from 4.43 percent a year ago.

Meanwhile, the average 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.77 percent from 3.78 percent the ...

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March 1, 2019

Tips to prepare your budget before buying a new home

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Feb. 28, 2019 – It's virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren't fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.

Start with your income: How much do you bring ...

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Feb. 26, 2019

Fed report suggests few or no interest-rate hikes this year

WASHINGTON (AP) – Feb. 25, 2019 – The Federal Reserve said Friday that in light of a slowing global economy and last year's financial market turmoil, the central bank intends to remain "patient" in determining when to make future changes in its benchmark interest rate.

The Fed's semi-annual ...

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