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In a recent press release, Zillow stated that the affordability of the nation’s rental inventory is currently much worse than affordability of the country’s home sale inventory. The release revealed two things: Nationally, renters signing a lease at the end of the second quarter paid 29.5% of their income to rent.  U.S. home buyers at the end of the second quarter could expect to pay 15.3% o...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
Welcome to the AskinsOnline current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Associat...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
Pending home sales mostly increased across the country during the month of July, with all regions except for the Midwest experiencing contract signing gains. The National Association of REALTORS®' Pending Home Sales Index, which is based on pending sales of existing homes, hit 105.9 in July, up from 102.5 in June. This marks the third consecutive month that the index is above 100, a sco...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
Texas is one of about 30 states that have disclosure laws that require sellers to tell prospective buyers about any problems, but some sellers aren’t as forthcoming as they should be.Here’s a short list of white lies and misrepresentations that real estate practitioners and regulators say are common and that buyers should be wary of as they shop for a new home: This room and this lot are really...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
Real estate practitioners in vacation spots across the country say the market for second homes is hot as buyers grow more confident given signs of growth in small businesses. The median vacation home price is down from a peak of $204,100 in 2005, but agents in some locales say prices are beginning to spike upwards as the distressed inventory is all but depleted. Vacation-home buyers are s...
Read Post [Posted on 09/01/2014 By John Askins]
One result of the Fed's quantitative easing program has been continued low interest rates which have helped the average American to save more than $3,000 a year, according to a USA Today analysis.  Interest payments on mortgages have contributed to some of the largest savings. USA Today reports that mortgage interest payments have fallen 30 percent since peaking in 2007.  Accordin...
Read Post [Posted on 08/31/2014 By John Askins]
A Fort Bend-area master-planned community where luxurious homes, water features and resort-style amenities define the landscape, Riverstone is one of Fort Bend County’s most desirable addresses and one of the nation’s top-selling developments.Riverstone residents enjoy an enviable lifestyle that includes a broad selection of new homes with coveted Sugar Land and Missouri C...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By Almas Devshi]
Being a first-time home buyer can make you lose your mind: So many choices! Never enough budget! So much paperwork! Most of all "So many questions?"  The biggest one is where to get started?With the right approach, you can keep your hold on sanity throughout the difficult journey as a first-time home buyer. Planning, homework and the professional guidance of a licensed REALTOR®...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By Faith Floyd]
A Fort Bend-area master-planned community where luxurious homes, water features and resort-style amenities define the landscape, Riverstone is one of Fort Bend County’s most desirable addresses and one of the nation’s top-selling developments.Riverstone residents enjoy an enviable lifestyle that includes a broad selection of new homes with coveted Sugar Land and Missouri C...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By Almas Devshi]
 How Your Mortgage Affects Your Credit and Vice Versa   Obtaining a home loan can have a variety of consequences for your credit score, and yourcredit score can have a variety of consequences on your mortgage. Here’s what you need to know about credit when shopping for a home. The Effect of Mortgage Applications and Inquiries When you apply for a loan or fo...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Minneapolis-St. Paul serves as the best local market predictor of where nationwide housing prices will be heading over the next year. On the other hand, you don't want to try to apply Texas price trends to your local market, a new study suggests. That may be good news for sellers, considering that Twin Cities' home prices were up 4.7 percent year-over-year in June, with a median sales p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
As more generations pile under one roof, the median size of homes has risen by nearly 1,000 square feet in the last 40 years—from 1,525 square feet in 1973 to 2,491 square feet in 2013. The resurgence of multigenerational living is in full swing as young professionals face greater “generational dependency” on their parents, Bloomberg/Businessweek reports. Also, aging adults are mov...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
Some people ask why should they still use a Realtor, when today's technology allows clients the ability to search information online?Why?  Because home shoppers may not be getting a full or accurate picture when they view listing information on some of the most popular real estate Web sites, suggests a study conducted by the WAV Group on behalf of Redfin. The study evaluated the a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends JULY 2014 Newsletterhttp://susanroddy.housi...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Seventy-five percent of single home owners ages 25 to 50 say home ownership is important to them, according to a new Century 21 survey. These are the top three reasons single home owners say they decided to buy: They viewed home ownership as an investment in their financial future; they were tired of paying rent; and they thought it was the right time to purchase a home.“We are in the mid...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By John Askins]
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