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April 7, 2017

5 Ways You'll Spend Money on Your New Construction Home After Closing

By the time you get the keys to your new construction home, you might feel stretched thin in the finance department. From earnest money, upgrades, to closing costs and moving expenses, buying a brand-new home is never cheap.

Jennifer Lyons

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April 4, 2017

The Four Keys to Selling Your Home Faster And Getting Top Dollar

The best thing to do is take action. Ask the people who’ve viewed your home what they thought. Ask your real estate agent to email surveys that prospects can complete anonymously, or keep surveys on-site at open houses.

Paula Pant

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March 23, 2017

New-Home Sales Roar to a 7-Month High 592,000 Annual Rate in February

Sales of newly constructed homes powered to the highest pace in seven months in February as firm demand for housing outweighed lean supply and slightly higher mortgage rates.

Andrea Riquier

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March 7, 2017

Gen X Buyers on the Mend, Greater Percentage Purchasing Homes in 2017

An improving U.S. economy, multiple years of strong job growth and the notable increase in home values in most markets fueled a greater share of purchases.

WPJ Staff

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February 27, 2017

What To As A Homebuyer When Your Market Has Low Or No Inventory

Once you’ve taken all the steps to prepare for buying a home, you’re ready to begin the house hunt. But what happens when you’re out scouting neighborhoods and you realize there’s not much to look at?

Laura Agadoni

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February 24, 2017

New-Home Sales Are Up—But Not Enough to Ease the Housing Crunch

Here’s the good news: Sales of newly constructed homes rose in the beginning of the year. The bad news? It wasn’t enough to ease the housing shortage that is frustrating would-be home buyers across the nation.

Clare Trapasso

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February 3, 2017

According To Freddie Mac, U.S. Mortgage Rates Remain Flat in Early February

The 10-year Treasury yield fell 5 basis points this week following a tepid advance estimate of fourth-quarter GDP and the Fed's decision to leave rates unchanged. The 30-year mortgage rate remained flat at 4.19 percent

WPJ Staff

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January 26, 2017

Neighborhood Features To Look For If You’re Starting A New Family

An area geared to young professionals differs greatly from a family-friendly neighborhood. Read about: school district information, crime rates, strong community network, streets drivers use as shortcuts, sidewalks, and parks or playgrounds.

Laura Agadoni

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January 26, 2017

New-Home Sales Surged in 2016, but Slowed in December

Brand-spankin’-new homes sold like hotcakes last year, as buyers raced to close on the abodes of their dreams. Sales of new homes were up 12.2% in 2016 compared with a year earlier. That means new owners closed on about 563,000 properties last year

Clare Trapasso

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January 13, 2017

Why it takes years to save for a down payment

A median-priced home in the U.S. is $192,500, according to the report, which means buyers need to come up with $38,500 to put 20% down. And that figure doesn't include added expenses associated with home buying -- like an inspection and closing and moving costs

Kathryn Vasel

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January 9, 2017

Home Buyers Get a Rare Price Break on Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage rates, which have been at historic lows, have risen recently to about 0.5% higher than they were on average in 2016, according to Smoke. The average rate on a 30-year fixed loan was 4.15%

Clare Trapasso

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January 2, 2017

Home Buyers: 5 Things to Know As You Wait for Closing Day

For some home buyers, the closing day for a real estate purchase is as formal and complicated as the transaction itself. For others, just a blip on the radar.

Brendon DeSimone

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December 15, 2016

Rates Rising Ahead Of 2017: What You Need To Know

Interest rates rose following a recent Federal Reserve announcement, and could continue higher as the new year kicks off. On December 14, 2016, the Fed raised a key overnight bank-to-bank lending rate by .25 percent

Julia Hebron

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December 14, 2016

Will Home Sales and Prices Continue to Accelerate in 2017?

Existing-home prices are expected to go up 4% in 2017, slowing down just a bit from 5% in 2016, according to the latest quarterly survey from the National Association of Realtors. The pace of sales is also expected to slow, rising just 2% in 2017

Clare Trapasso

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December 1, 2016

What I Learned From Buying A Tiny Home

When you think about buying a home, you probably don't envision a house that is a total of only 120 square feet

Blake Miller

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November 30, 2016

The 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Shape 2017

We've seen interest rates jump since the election, a movement that's likely to affect the youngest generation of home buyers

Cicely Wedgeworth

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November 23, 2016

Mortgage Rates Spike to End 2016

Mortgage rates have spiked 0.5 percent since the U.S. presidential election. If you were waiting to refinance, this is a wake up call

Julian Hebron

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November 15, 2016

Trump Now Elected, Economists Predict Possible Rate Hike

If markets calm down and November employment data look solid on December 2, a rate hike could still happen

Michael Gerrity

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November 14, 2016

The Mortgage Market Is Changing

In the two days following the election, the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgages spiked a quarter of a percentage point to 3.87%

Annamaria Andriotis

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