U.S. Housing Market News With a Local Angle

Welcome to the Home Buying Institute’s news channel. HBI has been covering the U.S. housing market and mortgage industry for well over a decade. We provide housing market updates, mortgage industry coverage, and economic news that’s geared toward home buyers. You can learn more about our educational mission on this page.

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Hot Housing Markets Like Denver, San Jose and Seattle Are Cooling

A recent report showed that some of the nation's hottest housing markets are beginning to slow down. Slower home sales ...
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California Housing Forecast for 2019: Rising Prices and a ‘Weaker’ Market

On October 11, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) published its 2019 California Housing Market Forecast. Among other things, the ...
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Average Closing Costs in U.S. and 33 Largest Metros, as of 2018

A housing report published in October showed the average amount of closing costs paid by a "typical" home buyer in ...
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Median Down Payment for Home Buyers Hits All-Time High in 2018

According to a report published in September by ATTOM Data Solutions, the median down payment among home buyers in the ...
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New Document Rules Could Help Self-Employed Mortgage Shoppers Get Approved

A bipartisan Senate bill introduced in August 2018 could make it easier for self-employed and "gig economy" workers to qualify ...
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Two Best Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Before a Mortgage Application

A new report from the credit score developer FICO reveals two of the best ways home buyers can improve their ...
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Home-Price Appreciation Forecasts for the 35 Largest U.S. Metro Areas

Home values in most U.S. cities have risen steadily for the last few years, and a recent home-price forecast suggests ...
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Mortgage Rate Forecasts for 2019 Predict Only a Slight Increase

A new round of mortgage rate forecasts for 2019 suggest that the average rate for a 30-year fixed home loan ...
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San Jose Housing Forecast: Above-Average Price Growth into 2019

Housing development in San Jose, CA. Photo by Sean O'Flaherty. A pair of recent forecasts for the San Jose, California ...
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Charlotte Housing Forecast Suggests Slower Price Growth Through 2019

A recently published forecast for the Charlotte, North Carolina housing market indicates that home prices could rise more slowly over ...
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