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The Most Undervalued Housing Markets in the U.S.

By Patrick S. Duffy | US NEWS & WORLD REPORT Monthly costs in these locations start as low as 18% of local per capita incomes, compared with the national average of 39%. Detroit may not be the most undervalued area for long. Its economy will continue to see steady growth in the years ahead with more jobs and higher wages for area residents. Key Takeaways: The most undervalued markets to purchase a home continue to be located predominantly in the Midwest and the East Coast, led by Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Oklahoma City. The most undervalued markets to rent a home are also concentrated in the Midwest, led...

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U.S. Mortgage Demand Falls as Buyers Struggle With Low Number of Home Listings

By Aarthi Swaminathan | REALTOR.COM The numbers: U.S. mortgage applications fell as home buyers struggled with a low number of home listings and rising home prices. Home-buying demand was dampened due to a persistent lack of supply. The overall market composite index—a measure of mortgage application volume—decreased in the last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said on Wednesday. The market index fell 7.2% to 202.5 for the week ending January 26 from a week ago. A year ago, the index stood at 233.0. Key details: The purchase index—which measures mortgage applications for the purchase of a home—fell 7.2% from a week ago. The refinance index fell 11.4%, as homeowners saw little...

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Mortgage Rates Have Dropped Quickly: How Low Will They Go in 2024?

By Clare Trapasso | REALTOR.COM Homebuyers received an unexpected gift around the holidays as mortgage rates dropped rapidly late last year. They fell from a peak of about 8% in the fall to the mid-6% range in late December, a level many economists and forecasters hadn’t anticipated until the end of 2024—if they were being optimistic. Now with the U.S. Federal Reserve poised to cut its own rates this year, the question on the minds of many aspiring homebuyers is just how low mortgage rates will drop this year. Most of the real estate experts who spoke with Realtor.com® say they expect rates will stay in the 6% range this year, but some believe...

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Ways Your Home Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goals

From our friends in KCM  If you’ve owned your house for at least a couple of years, there’s something you’re going to want to know more about – and that’s home equity. If you’re not familiar with that term, Freddie Mac defines it like this: “. . . your home’s equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much you owe on your mortgage.” That means your equity grows as you pay down your home loan over time and as home values climb. While it’s true home prices dipped slightly last year, they rebounded and have been climbing in many areas since then. Here’s why that price growth is good news for you. In the latest Equity...

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Why Pre-Approval Is Your Homebuying Game Changer

From our friends in KCM If you’re thinking about buying a home, pre-approval is a crucial part of the process you definitely don’t want to skip. So, before you start picturing yourself in your new living room or dining on your future all-season patio, be sure you’re working with a trusted lender to prioritize this essential step. Here’s why. While home price growth is moderating and mortgage rates have been coming down in recent weeks, affordability is still tight.  At the same time, there’s a limited number of homes for sale right now, and that means ongoing competition among hopeful buyers. But, if you’re strategic, there are ways to navigate these waters – and pre-approval is the...

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Why Mortgage Rates Could Continue To Decline

By our friends in KCM When you read about the housing market, you’ll probably come across some information about inflation or recent decisions made by the Federal Reserve (the Fed). But how do those two things impact you and your homebuying plans? Here’s what you need to know. The Federal Funds Rate Hikes Have Stalled One of the Fed’s primary goals is to lower inflation. In order to do that, they started raising the Federal Funds Rate to slow down the economy. Even though this doesn’t directly dictate what happens with mortgage rates, it does have an impact. Recently inflation has started to cool, a signal those increases worked and are bringing inflation back down. As a...

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What Is a Tax Basis? A Number Every Savvy Homeowner Needs To Know

By Jillian Pretzel | REALTOR.COM Something about the word “tax” makes even the most ardent financial wizard’s eyes glaze over. We get it: It’s no fun to think about the money you have to hand over to Uncle Sam. Yet, when it comes to real estate, understanding your tax basis is like knowing the rules of the game. Your tax basis is a fundamental factor that can significantly affect your finances when it comes time to sell your property. However, tax basis is more important to some homeowners than others. Read on to find out everything you need to know. What is a tax basis? Tax basis, also known as cost basis,...

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The Number of Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Is Falling—but Likely To Rise in 2024

By Clare Trapasso | REALTOR.COM As 2023 comes to an end, fewer homeowners are facing foreclosure than they were earlier this year. The number of homeowners with a foreclosure filing fell 7% in November from the previous month, according to a recent report from real estate data firm ATTOM. But real estate experts warned that foreclosures will likely rise in 2024. “While we’ve observed a modest decrease in U.S. foreclosure activity most likely due to seasonal factors, it’s essential to note that these fluctuations are a part of the cyclical nature of the market,” ATTOM CEO Rob Barber said in a statement. There were still more than 3,200 properties facing foreclosure in November, up 5% from...

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Pending Home Sales Fell 1.5% in October

National Association of Realtors  Key Highlights Pending home sales decreased last month, down 1.5% from September. Month over month, contract signings intensified in the Northeast but diminished in the Midwest, South and West. Pending home sales dropped in all four U.S. regions compared to one year ago. WASHINGTON (November 30, 2023) – Pending home sales dropped 1.5% in October, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Northeast posted a monthly gain in transactions while the Midwest, South and West all recorded losses. All four U.S. regions noted year-over-year declines in transactions. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* – a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings – dropped...

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In the Bay Area, 1 in 4 millennials (and 3 in 4 Gen Zers) still live at home

High cost of housing is keeping young adults with their parents longer than past generations BY Ethan Varian | The Mercury News After Kelly Zhao earned a master’s degree in ethnic studies from UCLA last year, she followed the lead of so many other young graduates thrust into a competitive job market: She moved back in with her parents while she looked for work. Upon returning to her childhood home in Pittsburg, Zhao, 25, soon found a job with a local advocacy group, making around $70,000 a year. But even then, she said, renting an apartment just doesn’t make financial sense right now, especially while contributing around $1,500 a month...

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