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Posted on 05/30/2020
30-Year Mortgage Rate Hits New Record Low
Continued great news for home buyers. Mortgage rates continue to fall. Helping making housing more affordable and a better deal than renting. Fixed-rate mortgage payments unlike rent don't increase over time. Here are more details. Borrowing costs fell this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage setting a new record low for the third time in the last few...
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Posted on 12/20/2019
Mortgage Rates Hold Steady This Week
Source: Freddie Mac This week mortgage interest rates remained historical low. It is a great time to be out shopping for a home. With less buyers in the market, there is less competition for those homes on the market. Here are more details about mortgage interest rates and where the economy is headed into 2020. The 30-year fixed-rate...
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Posted on 12/16/2019
Buyers May Have an Easier Time Qualifying for a Mortgage
Photo by KML from Pexels Credit standards are loosening, a trend that has been consistent over the last three months. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index rose 2.1% in November, which indicates “loosening credit.” Further, the trade group says it expects the trend to continue in the new year. “Expanding credit availability will continue to support...
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Posted on 12/16/2019
Mortgage Rates Could Trend Upward Through 2020!
Source: Freddie Mac For those considering buying a home in 2020, it may be better to buy sooner than later. The chances of getting a good interest rate on a mortgage maybe better earlier in 2020 than later in the year. Here are more details about this statement. A humming economy and a halt to Federal Reserve interest...
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Posted on 12/13/2019
Fed Leaves Rates Alone, Signals Little Change Ahead
Photo by Lorenzo from Pexels Final Federal Reserve Meeting of the year means the 3 rate cuts will be the final count for 2019. The economy is still in full gear with very unemployment rate and inflation is tame. The prediction is no changes in the Fed Funds rate in 2020. Our low interest rate consumer loans and...
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Posted on 12/07/2019
Specialty Rooms Are in Demand: Which Rank Highest?
Photo by Juliano Ferreira from Pexels Information on what is the latest trends in home shoppers preferences for rooms with a special purpose. These are especially important to millenials. Here are more details about which rooms are most attractive to home buyers. Home shoppers—particularly millennials—are ranking specialty rooms high on their priority list during their search. These rooms...
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Posted on 12/02/2019
3 Things to Spot During a Final Walkthrough
Image by Shahid Abdullah from Pixabay It is a great idea to visit the home you are purchasing one more time prior to signing the final documents and getting the keys. Just to make sure nothing was changed since the time the home was inspected. You're likely beyond the inspection period and the inspection contingency has been removed....
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Posted on 11/24/2019
Gen Z May Value Ownership More Than Millennials Do
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Home ownership is still powerfully attractive and is multi-generational. Here is data from the quasi-government agency, Freddie Mac, on this desire that Gen Z's have to be a home owner at some point in their life. Generation Z, which comprises the youngest potential consumers in the housing market, is bullish on homeownership....
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Posted on 11/23/2019
Drop in Mortgage Rates to Drive Higher Buyer Demand
Chart Courtesy of Freddie Mac Great news for home buyers. After several weeks of increases, mortgage rates have declined significantly. Compared to last year, 30-year interest rates is over 1 point lower. This is amazing as our economy continues to grow and no recession is foreseen through 2020. Here are more details Mortgage rates declined this week, with...
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Posted on 11/21/2019
Double Master Suites Are a Growing Trend
Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay Home builders are addressing the needs of a growing segment of their customers that desire a home that can accomodate multi-generational households by providing double master suites. Some reasons include grandparents living with their children and grandchildren to less the burden of day care costs. Other reasons may include keeping the grand...
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Posted on 10/30/2019
Study: Down Payment Assistance Grows Homeownership
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Here in Portland, OR there is a great resource for information on downpayment assistance programs (DPA) at HOWNW.com . The site has many resources and connections to over 20 programs in the area that provide DPA. In addition, Oregon has the Oregon Bond along with the Oregon First Time Buyers Home Savings...
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Posted on 10/27/2019
3 Small Updates to Prep for Showings
Image by khiem tran from Pixabay Here are 3 relatively easy and low cost ways to improve your home's showing value that can have a significant impact on the price buyers are willing to pay for your home. A little elbow grease, a keen sense of smell and good eye for what is in right now is all...
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