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Mtg Loan Rate APR
30-yr Fixed 4.55% 4.7%
15-yr Fixed 4.01% 4.22%
1-yr Adj 2.76% 3.42%
* national averages
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Current market trends:
 
Can a Shipping Container Home Be Stylish? Check This One Out!
1/21/2019 1:00 AM
A shipping container for hauling heavy freight in trains, trucks, and ships isn’t often associated with anything glamorous. But the home industry is proving otherwise...Read More
 
High-Tech Home Design From CES 2019
1/10/2019 12:39 PM
As more homes get teched out, how do you make a home smart but stylish too? CES 2019—Las Vegas’ annual mega tech show—is showing off thousands of high-tech products, including a growing number to outfit a smart home...Read More
 
Why You Should Consider Staging the Staircase
1/7/2019 1:00 AM
A great staircase can be attention-getting in your listing. Don’t forget to stage it and highlight it in your property photos to give it the attention it deserves...Read More
 
The Hottest Paint Colors of 2019
12/31/2018 1:00 AM
The paint companies have released their color forecasts for the new year. Which one is your favorite...Read More
 
The Most Shared Kitchen Photo of 2018
12/24/2018 1:00 AM
Of the 17 million professional photos of home interiors and exteriors on Houzz, it was this photo of a gray and walnut kitchen that captured the most attention over the year...Read More
 
Holiday Lighting Tips for Safety and Style
12/17/2018 1:00 AM
Framing a home in a glow of lights can show off your holiday spirit and your home. But there"s a technique to getting it just right. Here are some tips from the pros...Read More
 
4 Tips for Using Paint to Update a Home
12/13/2018 1:00 AM
Painting a room can be a quick, transformative update for new homeowners to accomplish. Offer these tips to help them get started...Read More
 
Add Some Plaid to Your Holiday Decor
12/10/2018 1:00 AM
Checkered plaid is a hot design accessory this holiday season...Read More
 
How Virtual Twilight Photos Sold a Languishing Listing
12/3/2018 1:00 AM
A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you have bad photographs of your listing, it tells a thousand bad stories. Here"s one way to stand out with your property photos...Read More
 
3 ‘Subtle’ Holiday Staging Tips
11/26/2018 1:00 AM
Want to give your listing a little holiday flair–without going overboard?  Elyza Brillantes, design program manager at Havenly, offers some of the following tips: 1. Infuse greenery. Greenery is always a must for staging your home so the space feels fresh. “For the holidays, seasonal greenery like evergreen boughs can be a lovely way to...Read More




Current market trends:
 
November 2018 Housing Affordability Index
1/11/2019 3:55 PM
At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.99 percent this November, up 19.1 percent compared to 4.19 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in November moving the index down 10.6 percent from 161.0 to 144.0. The […...Read More
 
Throwback Thursday: First-Time Homebuyers Then and Now
1/10/2019 12:04 PM
In 1981 when NAR first started tracking the data, the average age of a first-time homebuyer was 29.  They made up 44 percent of all homebuyers.  Sixty-eight percent of first-time buyers were married couples, 12 percent were single female and 13 percent were single male (seven percent were other). In contrast, in 2018, the average […...Read More
 
Planning to Buy a Home in 2019?
1/9/2019 2:11 PM
Mortgage rates are starting off 2019 at very good levels. In fact, mortgage rates declined, starting the new year with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage dipping to 4.5 percent last week from 5 percent a month ago, according to mortgage finance provider Freddie Mac[1]. After a year of gradual increases, mortgage rates are declining. Stock market ...Read More
 
Seasonality in the Housing Market
1/2/2019 2:04 PM
Every year, transactions and prices tend to be above-trend in the summer while activity typically slows down in the winter. Seasonality plays an important role in the housing market since it has an impact on the housing demand and supply. In this post, we exclusively look at the (raw) non-seasonally adjusted numbers for existing home […...Read More
 
REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: November 2018 Highlights
12/28/2018 10:52 AM
The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI)[1]  survey gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions.[2] This report presents key results about market transactions from November 2018. View and downlo...Read More