Monthly Archives: September 2018

Americans’ Ideal Home

A waterfront home in the suburbs that has nearly 5,000 square feet and a one-story ranch may be at the top of American consumers’ real estate wishlists, according to findings from a Porch.com survey of more than 600 Americans and Europeans … Continue reading

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Are Quick Sales Becoming the Norm?

Homes for sale are not lingering on the market for long. Properties typically on the market sold for 27 days, shorter than the 30-day median from a year ago, according to the July 2018 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. The area … Continue reading

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How Delayed Marriage Rates Could Benefit Housing

Younger Americans are waiting longer to get married, and the industry has been concerned that the tendency will lead to a delay in homeownership too. But Toll Brothers CEO Douglas C. Yearley says the delay in getting hitched could actually be good … Continue reading

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Most Buyers Seek Financing Before Showings

The first step buyers most often take in their home shopping pursuit is to check up on financing and to make sure they can even afford a home, according to a new survey of 1,000 recent buyers. The survey was … Continue reading

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Mortgage Fraud

The CoreLogic Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index represents the collective level of fraud risk the mortgage industry is experiencing in each time period, based on the share of loan applications with a high risk of fraud.  Read more about the … Continue reading

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Study Reveals “Starbucks Effect” on Home Prices

Having a Starbucks open near a neighborhood could increase nearby home values, potentially by a few thousand dollars, a new study from Harvard Business School finds. The study’s authors focused on gentrification of neighborhoods using Yelp data, but discovered the … Continue reading

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Lots Near Power Lines Lose Nearly Half Their Value

Lots located next to power lines tend to sell for a whopping 45 percent less than similar lots further away from high-voltage transmission lines, according to a new study in the Journal of Real Estate Research. Lots that are non-adjacent … Continue reading

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Smart-Home Gadgets Buyers Will Pay Extra to Have

More builders are outfitting newly constructed homes with smart-home technology, and many buyers say they’ll pay extra for it, according to research from John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Sixty percent of home shoppers say they’d spend more on a home … Continue reading

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Downsizing Doesn’t Always Lower Housing Expenses

A smaller home doesn’t always come with a smaller mortgage. In an effort to trim housing costs, some homeowners may be looking to switch to a smaller house, but economists say that’s not always a cost-saving move. “There are times … Continue reading

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Homeowners Overextended With Kids’ College Costs

The wave of foreclosures during the Great Recession was blamed on rising unemployment and subprime loans. But a new research study by Jacob W. Faber and Peter M. Rich suggests the foreclosure fallout may have been from something more: Homeowners … Continue reading

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