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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in November

S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reported slower home price growth in November. Rising mortgage rates and high home prices sidelined first-time and moderate-income buyers and investors who fear buying at the peak of today’s housing markets only to face lower home values when home prices cool off. November’s National Home Price Index reported a year-over-year gain of 18.80 percent in home prices year-over-year. The 20-City Home Price Index, which, real estate pros frequently … [Read More...]

Struggling to Get Approved Because of Your Income? 5 Reasons to Consider a FHA Loan

Buying a home isn't cheap. But if you're determined to become a homeowner, the FHA home loan program can help. This loan program, ideal for first-time buyers with low incomes, can help you to build your credit and make home ownership a reality. So why should you consider an FHA loan? Here are just a few ways you'll benefit from these government-backed mortgages. You Can Get Approved With Just 3.5% Down Traditional mortgage lenders typically require you to pay 20% down on your mortgage, or 5% if … [Read More...]

Why Purchasing A House In 2022 Is Smart Despite Inflation

Anyone who has paid attention to the news has likely noticed that inflation is a constant headline. Inflation takes place when the average cost of goods and services begins to rise. There are a number of reasons why inflation has been rising at record rates during 2021 and 2022. The federal government has pumped money into the economy, and supply chain constraints have led to a shortage of goods. This means that everything from cars to groceries has gotten more expensive. Many individuals and … [Read More...]

Buying A Second Home As A First Home: What To Know

Many first-time homebuyers are having a difficult time finding the right purchase. Therefore, a new trend is catching on. Some people are renting in the city, where property values are more expensive. Then, they buy a vacation home in the suburbs. Is it smart to buy a second home as a first home?  The Advantages Of Buying A Vacation Home First There are several advantages that come with buying a vacation home as a first home. First, buying a vacation home in the suburbs is usually less … [Read More...]

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 24, 2022

Last week’s economic reports included readings from the National Association of Home Builders on housing markets, Commerce Department data on building permits issued, and housing starts. The National Association of Realtors® reported on sales of previously-owned homes. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. National Association of Home Builders: Builder Confidence Falls One Point Supply chain issues and rising inflation concerned builders surveyed about … [Read More...]

How Can Parents Help Their Children Buy A Home?

One of the most common dreams is homeownership; however, the cost of buying a house is rising quickly, and many children cannot afford to buy a house even after they finish school. They might be encumbered with student loans, and they could have a difficult time finding a job. Fortunately, there are ways parents can help their adult children buy a home. Help Children Build A Healthy Credit History As Early As Possible One of the biggest factors involved in an application for a home loan is the … [Read More...]