Home Price Increases Mean Buyers Need To Prepare
It isn't news that home prices have been headed upward for awhile now. And, according to the latest S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, they are continuing to climb at around the same pace as they have been in recent months. Which is to say, the price increases haven't yet slowed. Of course, how quickly prices are increasing depends on where you're looking to buy. Large metropolitan areas – and especially those in the West – are seeing the sharpest increases, while the price
Showings Up As Home Buyer Interest Remains High
If you had any doubt that there's been a high level of home buyer interest lately, new data on the number of showings across the country should convince you. That's because, according to the ShowingTime Showing Index – which tracks the average number of appointments an active listing receives – showings were up 8.5 percent last year. In other words, homes on the market last year received a lot of interest from potential buyers. Daniil Cherkasskiy, ShowingTime's chief analytic
LA Jumps to #2 in Global Real Estate Investment
According to a new survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, LA climbs to #2 in Global Real Estate Investment. Read More.
Existing Home Sales Reach 11-Year High
According to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors, last year was the best in more than a decade for sales of previously owned homes. Existing home sales ended the year at an estimated 5.51 million sales, surpassing last year's mark and proving Americans have a strong desire for homeownership. Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, said sales should've been even higher. “Existing sales concluded the year on a softer note, but they were guided higher these last 1
Young Adults Hold Key To This Year's Market
First-time home buyers are an important demographic when tracking the health of the housing market. That's because, they typically make up nearly half of all home sales. In recent years, however, young Americans have been buying fewer homes than in the past. In fact, Freddie Mac's most recent monthly outlook says 15 percent of young adults between the ages of 25 and 35 are living in their parents' home – a five percent increase from 2000. However, it isn't because they're not
What To Do If You Live In A Competitive Market
These days, competition and affordability are two of home buyers' main concerns. This isn't surprising, as no one likes to pay more for less. Naturally, we prefer to find a bargain and we certainly don't want to have to fight off other interested buyers to get it. That's why recent research looking at the country's most competitive markets is of interest. The results show the most competitive markets are located in the West, though in just about any desirable neighborhood you
LA Among the 20 Finalists bidding for Amazon's HQ2
The Real Deal explores new details about LA's bid for Amazon's HQ2. More Here.
Builders Confident 2018 Will Be A Good Year
If anybody knows the new home market, it's builders. After all, they are the ones supplying the homes and, if there's no demand, they likely wouldn't bother doing the work. So, when it comes to assessing the health of the market for newly built single-family homes, asking a builder is a pretty good place to start. For that reason, the National Association of Home Builders has been doing exactly that each month for the past 30 years. And, according to their most recent Housing
Buying More Affordable Than Rent In Most Markets
When it comes time to make a move, most of us are choosing between renting a place or buying a house. And making that calculation has a lot to do with where you are in your life and what your goals are. But it also has a lot to do with your financial situation. Because of this, ATTOM Data Solutions analyzes the average rent for a three-bedroom property, weekly wage data, and home price information in 540 counties nationwide in an effort to determine whether renting or buying
Should Today's Buyer Expect To Pay Above Asking?
Even if you've never purchased a house before, you likely know that – unlike buying a hammer at the hardware store – a home's price is up for negotiation. Depending on market conditions, a home seller may be willing to sell for less than their asking price or, if they've got a number of offers, may expect to get more than they asked for. Either way, knowing what to expect when you start your home search can help you set your budget and limits before you're competing with anot