Posts Covering Real Estate News

Home sales hit record speeds; inventory recovers in some metros

Homes are selling like hotcakes. According to a new report from real estate firm RE/MAX, last month was the fastest-selling January in the last nine years.

More housing inventory on the way; construction, builder confidence up for February

Could our housing inventory woes be on the way out? According to new data, it very well could be.

Want safety? Buy a house in these cities

If you’re looking for a crime-free place to buy a house, it’s time to move Northeast. According to a new list from NeighborhoodScout, the region is home to many of the nation’s safest cities. The South, on the other hand, lays claim to the country’s most dangerous ones.

Economist says housing demand to rise in 2018, thanks to lifestyle shifts

A new survey shows that when renters buy a home, it will likely be a lifestyle change that motivates them – either getting married, starting a family or retiring. And according to one economist, as Millennial marriages and pregnancies rise in 2018, it should equal a rise in housing demand as well.

Tips for landlords: Beware of tenants who are identity thieves

Tips for landlords: how to avoid tenants who are identity thieves

Have housing prices finally stopped climbing? One forecast says yes

It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for. According to the latest Home Price Index Report from CoreLogic, housing prices are finally turning around, and by the time January’s numbers are in, could even be on the decline.

One more reason to buy rental property: tax cuts for landlords

New tax cuts for landlords mean that if you don't actively manage rentals yourself, the government has a present for you in the form of a 20 percent deduction.

New report: A third of adults plan to buy a home in next 5 years

Rising home prices or not, it appears the American dream of homeownership is still very much alive. According to a new survey, 32 percent of American say they’ll actually buy a home in the next five years.

The country’s hottest neighborhoods you can actually afford

If you’re looking to live in an up-and-coming area but can’t afford the price tag that typically comes with one, you may want to consider D.C.’s Hillcrest community. According to a new list, it’s one of 2018’s “hottest neighborhoods within reach.”

Can anyone afford to rent anymore? Analysis shows rents through the roof

Rents are getting more and more out of hand. According to a new analysis from Trulia, some regions have seen rents rise as much as 50 percent in the last 10 years. The nation, as a whole, has experienced rent gains of nearly 20 percent since 2012.

New start-up changes rent-to-own game, opens door to homeownership for millions

A new spin on the rent-to-own set-up, Divvy allows potential home buyers to move into their dream home early – long before they can afford it all on their own.

Cutting out the competition: The nation’s least competitive home buyers

If you want an easy time snagging that dream home, you might want to consider Youngstown, Ohio. According to a new study, the Midwestern city is home to the least competitive home buyers in the nation.

Don’t have deep pockets? Avoid buying a home in Washington

If you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg on a house this year, then you might want to avoid buying a home Washington – and Seattle, in particular. According to a new forecase, home prices are expected to jump more than 12 percent in Seattle over the year.

Signs are good for housing market; CEO predicts strong 2018

Things are looking up for the U.S. housing marketing in 2018 – at least according to one CEO. It seems changing migration patterns and increasing housing starts all spell good news for the market as we head into the new year.

America’s best neighborhoods are in Chicago

Finding the perfect place to live is hard, but according to Redfin, Chicago might be the place to start. The Windy City is home to a number of the nation’s best neighborhoods – communities with affordable housing, high levels of inventory, an easy commute, low rates of crime and great schools.

Texas, Arizona top list for most popular U.S. migration spots

When it comes to moving, Americans largely headed south in 2017. According to new data, Texas was the top state for U.S. migration, while Tempe, Arizona, took the honors for top city.

Can’t save for a down payment? Your employer may be able to help

Need help saving for your down payment? Then you may want to find a new job. Thanks to a new offering from crowdfunding platform HomeFundMe, employers can now make down payments a bona fide part of their benefits packages.

Luxury real estate options abound, though tax reform could stall growth

Looking for the life of luxury? Then you’re in luck. The luxury real estate market isn’t as inventory-strapped as more affordable housing is. In fact, there’s actually a pretty wide selection of luxury properties on the market as we kick off 2018.

Hate traffic? These commuter-friendly metros might just be your dream come true

Don’t want to waste your life away with tedious and traffic-filled commutes? Then Eugene, Oregon, is the place to be. With a mere 19-minute average morning drive-time, it’s the nation’s single-best metro for commuters.

Lending gets easier for Millennial home buyers

It seems lending standards are loosening for Millennial home buyers. According to new data, the average FICO score for a Millennial buyer has dropped two full points over the last year. Scores are down even more on refinance loans.

2018 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)