Monthly Archives: May 2014

Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter


Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 65.5 percent of new … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Hardest Hit Communities Still Reeling from Housing Crisis


The nation is abuzz with the positive news that rising home prices will solve our foreclosure issues and the parallel economic crises. However, according to a new report released by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, … Continue reading

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Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Seesaw


Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly following the release of real GDP estimates for the first quarter. "Mortgage rates were down slightly following the release … Continue reading

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Best on the Block: How to Create Curb Appeal


(BPT) – Spring is in the air, so it's time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home's profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when … Continue reading

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Mortgage Applications Dip Lower


Mortgage applications decreased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 18, 2014. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, … Continue reading

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