National Real Estate News

Feb. 20, 2020

Analysis: It’s Easier for Buyers to Find a Home in Florida

A Realtor.com study compared active home listings per 1,000 residents and found that Fla. homebuyers have it easier than other areas of the U.S. Cape Coral, Miami and Daytona Beach led the “easiest markets to find a home” list with seven Fla. metros in the top 20 ...
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Feb. 19, 2020

Almost 45% of Today’s Owners Plan to Move Within 10 Years

Study: While almost half the U.S. population says they plan to move over the next 10 years, more millennials are starting to question the value of homeownership at all. Of those potential movers, 1 in 3 wants a lower cost of living and 1 in 4 wants a better ...
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Feb. 18, 2020

Report Studies ‘Credit Invisibility’ in HUD-Assist Households

It’s hard for low-income renters to move up if they don’t have a credit score, so HUD is looking at ways to report on-time rent payments to credit companies.

WASHINGTON – A low credit score or even non-existent (invisible) credit score can limit housing choices and employment opportunities because landlords ...

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Feb. 12, 2020

What Makes Buyers Fall in Love with a Home?

Survey: Buyers want things in a home but fall in love with unexpected perks. In Fla., canals are the big love, but man-caves, she-sheds and workshops top the U.S. list.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – What makes someone fall in love with a home? Across the U.S., people swoon ...

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Feb. 7, 2020

Rate Drop: 30-year Mortgages Hit Lowest Point in 3 Years

Long-term mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropping to 3.45% from last week’s 3.51%.

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week for the third straight week, as the benchmark 30-year loan marked its lowest point in ...

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Feb. 5, 2020

Study: It’s 16% Cheaper to Buy Now than Late 2018

Home prices are going up; mortgage rates are going down. A study by Black Knight found that the buyer savings from mortgage rate drops more than offsets the rise in home prices by about 16% (about $48,000) in just over a year’s time.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville-based Black Knight ...

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Feb. 3, 2020

Q&A: Can a Homeowner Do a Project that Falls Under the HOA?

What happens if an HOA fails to fix something under its control, in this case a mailbox? At what point can a homeowner step in and do it themselves?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Question: We need to install a new mailbox in front of our house because ours is falling ...

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Jan. 31, 2020

Mortgage Rates Hit Second-Lowest Level in 3 Years

The 30-year FRM averaged 3.51% this week in Freddie Mac’s survey, down from last week’s 3.60%. The 15-year FRM average dropped to 3.0%.

WASHINGTON – U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to fall this week, breaching already historically low levels and offering an incentive to potential homebuyers ...

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Jan. 29, 2020

Some ‘Luxury’ Home Features Becoming ‘Standard’

Builders say some the home elements that were considered upgrades only a few years ago are a standard element of most new home construction today – items such as laundry rooms, walk-in master closets and low-emissivity (low-e) windows.

LAST VEGAS – First-time and repeat buyers say they’d rather have a ...

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Jan. 21, 2020

Flood History Website Could Give Buyers a New Tool

A research partnership working with eight universities says its online tool, searchable by address, will offer flood histories and future risk estimates by mid-2020.

NEW YORK – On Jan. 13, First Street Foundation launched Flood Lab, a research partnership that provides eight universities with its model that maps previous instances ...

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