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Home Sales Pace Slows in June

The housing recovery continues to slog forward, with some markets improving but most remaining flat. This latest reading on new home sales is yet another sign of this slog. More


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Housing Markets Slog Forward

Based on the latest release of MiMi more markets moved into their stable range of housing activity including Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Nashville and Pittsburgh metro areas as well as Idaho and Utah states. More


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Housing Markets Show Little Improvement

Most housing markets remain weak despite declining mortgage delinquencies, improving local employment, house price gains and attractive mortgage rates due to weak home purchase mortgage applications according to Freddie Mac's new housing stability index aka MiMi. More


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Taper Tempered: Mortgage Rates Near 7 Month Lows

Just the talk of tapering sent mortgage rates sharply higher last June from 3 % to mid-4 %. All this happened well before even a smidgen of tapering was actually started by the Fed. More


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Bigger Pinch: Housing Affordability

So where’s the most affordable place to buy a home for the typical family? You might be surprised. The NYC metro is actually more affordable than Boulder, San Jose and Barnstable Town, MA. The most affordable metro area in the country is now Decatur, IL. More


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New Home Sales Slow in March

While the news is certainly not good for new home sales, it's helpful to try to keep the sales data in perspective. More


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After Winter Chill, Time to Spring Forward

Interested in the forecast for the spring and beyond? In housing, a thaw is underway and we’re seeing signs of an emerging purchase market. More


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Hot or Not?

Whether you live in a hot or cold real estate market could be the best determinant for setting your home’s listing price. New research shows that the largest driver for the optimal initial listing strategy is the health of the local market, not the underlying value of the home. More


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Housing's Sweet 16

Is there a "Sweet 16" for the nation's housing markets? Not quite. But we're getting there according to our new housing index – MiMi – just released today. More


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Mortgage Rates: From Dirt Cheap, to Cheap

The same home you considered buying a year ago with a $200,000 mortgage would now cost about $90 more in interest payments per month, or about $1,080 per year, given the general rise in mortgage rates since last year. But let's put this increase into perspective – and take the long view. More


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