Items Tagged with 'Housing'


Will homebuilders fill the void in housing for first-time buyers?

The new top hurdle for entry-level buyers
The ability to save for a down payment is no longer the biggest hurdle for first-time homebuyers. According to a new housing report from Fitch Ratings, there’s a new problem that’s creating an even bigger roadblock—inventory shortages. This is what the report says is being done to fix the problem.
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Appraisal volume recovers from last week's tumble

Spring-buying season coming to a close
The good news is that appraisal volume bounced back from the drop in volume caused by Memorial Day. However, looking ahead, Kevin Golden, director of analytics with a la mode, gives his prediction for the summer-buying season.
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2 keys to uncovering more home equity business

How to effectively target prospective borrowers
This spring-buying season many lenders will be left either trying to entice Millennials into the first-time homebuyer market or chasing home equity loans. Both paths come with challenges, but the latter will be significantly easier with the right information. There are really two key pieces of information that a lender must have to effectively target potential borrowers.
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Here's why you should start investing in single-family rentals

The pros, cons, opportunities and risks
Roughly four years ago, Warren Buffett suggested investing in single-family rentals. For potential investors on the fence, NRHC outlined the pros and cons of single-family rentals versus apartments for investors and residents, along with the risks and opportunities associated with both.
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Should you rent or buy a home? 6 questions Millennials need to ask themselves

In honor of American Housing Month
Realizing or deciding it's time to move to a new home is the easy part. From there, comes the choice to buy a home or to rent. This is where it gets difficult. As you hash out this decision, the American Bankers Association Foundation, in recognition of American Housing Month, suggested the following six questions to help when deciding whether to rent or buy.
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Here are the 10 hottest housing markets for Millennials looking to buy

A smoother path to homeownership
With a solid job under your belt and a hopefully growing savings account, you’re ready to dabble in the world of real estate. The only problem is that locking in a home you want for the price you want isn’t that easy. But you’re not completely out of luck. The National Association of Realtors compiled a list of the top 10 metro areas for young homeowners, including cities that should be in your price range.
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Competition about to be the next top homebuyer concern?

Industry addresses affordability concerns
Affordability, while the number one homebuyer concern, might soon be unseated by worrying about buyer competition. The rising concern isn’t too much of a surprise given this rough stat for potential homebuyers. On the positive side, the industry is stepping up to address affordability problems.
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Appraisal volume continues to trudge along this spring

Fed uncertainty dents market
Appraisal volume, not surprisingly, recorded another slow week. Last week, Kevin Golden, director of analytics with a la mode, explained why this spring home-buying season isn’t turning into the hot buying season it’s supposed to be. This week's report reiterates that.
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New home sales reverse course, rise in April

Moves higher for spring-buying season
The latest April new home sales report shows signs that the housing market could finally be returning to normal after a series of up and down reports. One chief economist noted that so far in 2016, new home sales have declined each month. However, sales are now up a whopping 24% from last April.
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