Homes are selling faster than ever before, and the spring market is just around the corner

By | February 10, 2022

Anyone out there searching for a new place to live knows there is not much to buy. Total supply and new listings are at record lows, and that means that what is on the market now is selling fast. Really fast. The average home spent just 61 days on the market, according to a January reading from Realtor.com.… Read More »

U.S. Mortgage Rates Surge to the Highest Level in More than Two Years

By | February 10, 2022

“You’re dealing with two runaway trains: Real estate prices are going crazy and rates are going crazy at the same time. It does not portend well for the first-time homebuyer,” Cohn said. “If you buy, then you’re probably going to have to compromise, either by buying a smaller house or by stepping out of the market and waiting… Read More »

Inflation reaches 40-year high: January CPI posts 7.5% annual gain

By | February 10, 2022

U.S. inflation accelerated in January, with prices across a wide range of goods and services soaring further amid lingering shortages and supply chain disruptions. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Thursday morning registered a 7.5% annual gain in January. Consensus economists were looking for a 7.3% rise, according to Bloomberg data. This… Read More »

Home equity surges to record high in 2021

By | February 9, 2022

“Home price appreciation over the course of 2021 was unlike anything that’s come before, and the incredible growth we’ve seen in homeowner equity is testament to that fact,” said Ben Graboske, Black Knight’s data and analytics president, in a statement. “And while we saw the rate of home price growth begin to slow beginning in July 2021, that… Read More »

CreditXpert helped more than 900,000 mortgage applicants better their score in 2021

By | February 9, 2022

Baltimore, MD.  CreditXpert, the predictive credit score platform, announced today that the company helped 908,000 mortgage applicants better their score in 2021. In a year that saw record increases in home prices, higher mortgage credit scores at the time of application gave prospective homeowners the opportunity to qualify for loan programs and lower their cost of homeownership through… Read More »

Homebuyer demand for mortgages drops 10%, as higher interest rates price some people out

By | February 9, 2022

Mortgage applications to purchase a home dropped 10% last week compared with the previous week, seasonally adjusted, and were 12% lower year over year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The average loan size hit another record high at $446,000, indicating that most of the buying activity is on the higher end of the market, where there is… Read More »

Homebuyer sentiment plummets to lowest level since May 2020

By | February 7, 2022

The sharp drop in January reflects growing concerns from both homebuyers and sellers, particularly among younger adults. Overall, four of the six-component index measures took a negative turn, with home buying and home-selling conditions, job stability concerns, and mortgage rate outlook seeing the sharpest drops. “Younger consumers – more so than other groups – expect home prices to rise… Read More »

Mortgage rates: Homeowners rush to refinance during rate pause

By | February 7, 2022

Homeowners hurried to refinance their mortgages this week, capitalizing on a break from recent rate increases that added more than a half-point to the 30-year fixed rate in the last month. It could be their last chance. “The couple of weeks’ rise in mortgage rates can be a call to action for some potential borrowers. Headline news about… Read More »

‘Home price growth may return to normalcy.’ 5 economists and real estate pros predict what will happen in the housing market in 2022

By | February 7, 2022

It’s been a wild ride for home buyers and aspiring home buyers over the past year, with bidding wars and rising prices — as interest rates held near historic lows (see the lowest rates you might qualify for here). “Mortgage rates snapped upward in January as mortgage investors realized what the Fed intends to do, which is raise… Read More »