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Mtg Loan Rate APR
30-yr Fixed 4.59% 4.74%
15-yr Fixed 4.05% 4.26%
1-yr Adj 2.77% 3.44%
* national averages
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Current market trends:
 
Watch for Asbestos When Renovating Older Homes: You May Be at Risk
8/13/2018 2:00 AM
Asbestos is only considered dangerous when contaminated materials have been worn down or damaged, which is a standard part of most renovation or remodeling work...Read More
 
Hot Home Trend: Furnishings With Curves
8/6/2018 2:00 AM
Furniture is getting curvier this year. Rounded options are pushing out the sharp-edge designs...Read More
 
Wallpaper for the Fifth Wall: A Modern Fix for Popcorn Ceilings?
7/30/2018 2:00 AM
To make a bigger statement with a ceiling, some designers are turning to wallpaper. It also might be the answer to modernizing that dreaded popcorn ceiling in your listing...Read More
 
Homeowners’ Favorite Décor Pieces by State
7/23/2018 2:00 AM
What’s your state’s favorite home accessory—centerpiece bowls, trays, throw blankets, vases, or more? Take a look at this chart from a survey conducted by Next Day Blinds to find out...Read More
 
The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island
7/16/2018 2:00 AM
Home buyers love kitchen islands. Make it the showpiece of your kitchen...Read More
 
Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.
7/9/2018 2:00 AM
Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,50...Read More
 
Report: The Buyers and the Design Trending in 2018
7/2/2018 2:00 AM
Whether you’re selling your own home or staging a home for your seller, paying attention to industry trends can go a long way toward ensuring a fast and successful sale...Read More
 
Hot Home Trend: Bringing Back the Brass
6/25/2018 2:00 AM
We’ve seen brass fixtures gradually coming back over the last few years, and the trend is only getting bigger. See how golden brass tones can warm up some of your décor...Read More
 
Make the Front Porch a Selling Point
6/18/2018 2:00 AM
The front porch is making a comeback, and the younger generation is bringing an interesting spin to this iconic home feature...Read More
 
Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% of Asking Price
6/11/2018 2:00 AM
View inside this single-family home in Essex County, N.J., to see how real estate pros and stagers Amy Burke and Katie Miedler transformed this property and showcased it as "fresh, updated, classic, and timeless....Read More




Current market trends:
 
Improving Housing Supply Conditions
8/13/2018 7:40 AM
NAR identifies metro areas with the highest deficit in home construction,, as well as those areas where the housing supply appears to be sufficient to meet the demands of home buyers. The Monthly Housing Shortage Tracker is an index, which compares how many permits are issued relative to the number of new jobs. The higher […...Read More
 
Manufactured Homes: Affordable, Safe, and Decent Housing for Aspiring Homeowners
8/7/2018 8:27 AM
This blog highlights the findings of a May 2018 Realtor® University Center for Real Estate Studies[1] research paper that found that manufactured homes[2] have increasingly become safer, with customized designs that give them the look of site-built homes, while being highly affordable at half the cost of site-built homes. For 6.6 million house...Read More
 
Where is the Workforce Moving?
8/6/2018 12:35 PM
What to expect from the local housing market? People are changing jobs every 4 years[1] on average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since U.S. workers are changing jobs more frequently than a couple of years ago, we take a closer look at the most popular moving destinations and the local housing market […...Read More
 
No Housing Recession Over Horizon
8/3/2018 3:16 PM
Through the first half of 2018, existing-home sales are down just a tad, by 2.2%, while new home sales are up 7.4%. Home prices continue to move higher by 5%. Distressed property sales have fallen to historic lows, comprising only 3% of total sales in recent months. The one area of concern is increasing housing […...Read More
 
Florida, California, and Texas: Top Foreign Buyer Destinations, According to 2018 NAR Survey
8/2/2018 3:54 PM
Foreign buyers purchase property across the United States, but 52 percent of international buyers are still concentrated in five states: Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, and New York, according to NAR’s recently released 2018 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate. [1],[2] Foreign buyers 266,800 U.S. existing homes du...Read More