U.S. Housing Market News With a Local Angle

Welcome to the Home Buying Institute. We provide “hyper local” housing market news for cities and metro areas across the United States. We do this by researching local real estate trends and also by soliciting input from local real estate professionals. In fact, the Home Buying Institute is currently building a nationwide team of housing reporters to cover trends and conditions at the local level.

We have been educating home buyers, sellers and mortgage shoppers for more than 10 years. We provide unbiased information that helps buyers and sellers make better-informed decisions. You can learn more about our company and our goals on this page.

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A ‘Normal’ Forecast for U.S. Home Prices Through Spring 2019

A team of housing analysts and economists have offered a U.S. home-price forecast extending into spring 2019 that’s fairly “normal” by historical standards. This follows several years of above-average price growth within the nation’s housing market. U.S. Home Price Forecasts Through Spring 2019 Home values across the country have been rising steadily for the last […]

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Forecast: Grand Rapids Housing Market Experiencing Inventory ‘Crisis’

Summary: Inventory is still lacking within the Grand Rapids, Michigan real estate market, and forecasts suggest that this will boost home prices through 2018 and into 2019. In 2017, a real estate report published by Realtor.com singled out Grand Rapids as having one of the tightest housing markets in the country. Back then, the city […]

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Dallas Housing Forecast for 2018: Is It Getting Back to ‘Normal’?

According to a new report from Realtor.com, Dallas is currently one of the hottest housing markets in the United States. But things might cool down a bit over the coming months. Recent forecasts for the Dallas housing market, extending into the fall of 2018, suggest that home-price appreciation will slow. Here’s a look at the […]

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Los Angeles, CA Real Estate Prediction: Will Prices Cool in 2018?

A new forecast for the Los Angeles housing market suggests that home prices could rise considerably slower over the next year than the previous 12 months, settling into a historically average rate of growth. This prediction comes at a time when the L.A. real estate market is creating affordability issues for many residents. So perhaps […]

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Orange County Real Estate Forecast Suggests Smaller Gains in 2018

We are more than halfway through 2017, which means a lot of home buyers in Orange County, California are already looking ahead to 2018. And it begs the question: What will the real estate market be like in 2018? Which way are home prices moving? Will it be a buyers’ or sellers’ market? Here’s a […]

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Phoenix Housing Forecast Through Summer 2018: Getting Back to Normal?

Recent forecasts for the Phoenix housing market, extending into 2018, suggest that home-price appreciation could be slowing down. And this might actually be a good thing, given the tremendous volatility this market has seen over the last 10 years. Real estate predictions for 2018 suggest that Phoenix could have a relatively normal year, at least […]

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Housing Forecasts for 2018 Suggest ‘Normal’ Price Growth

Recent housing market forecasts for 2017 through 2018 suggest that home prices in the U.S. could rise somewhere between 3% and 5% over the next 12 months. From a historical standpoint, this could be considered “normal” growth. When looking back 30 years or so, home prices in the United States tend to rise by about […]

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Should You Buy a House Now, or Wait Until 2018?

In light of recent housing trends and forecasts, a strong case could be made for buying a home now instead of waiting until 2018. We are about halfway through 2017, and that’s usually when a lot of would-be home buyers start asking the same question. Should I buy a house now, or wait until 2018? […]

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Average Credit Score for Home Buyer Mortgage Loans: 2017 Update

The average credit score among home buyers using mortgage loans was 722 in April 2017, according to the latest data. But you don’t necessarily need a FICO score of 722 to qualify for a home loan. Read on to learn why. In April 2017, home buyers who successfully closed on their mortgage loans had an […]

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Renting vs. Buying a Home in 2017: Ten Cities Were It’s a No-Brainer

Earlier this month, the real estate information company Trulia published the results of a rent-versus-buy analysis for major cities across the country. In most of the country’s major metro areas, buying is still cheaper than renting in terms of monthly costs. In some cities like Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans, there’s a big advantage […]

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