U.S. Housing Market News With a Local Angle

The Home Buying Institute has been publishing U.S. housing market news and information for well over a decade. We provide real estate 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.

Latest Housing Market News

We publish new reports every week, to help you keep up with the latest real estate trends. You’ll find our latest U.S. housing market news coverage below.


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Buying vs. Renting a Home in 2021: Analyzing the ‘New Math’

Rising home prices have changed the rent-vs-buy dynamic. Image: Pixabay Does it make more sense to buy or rent a ...
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Yes, It’s a Seller’s Real Estate Market In 2021

Most cities across the United States experienced "seller's market" real estate conditions during 2020, despite a pandemic and economic slowdown ...
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U.S. Cities Where Rents Are Rising and Falling the Most in 2021

Renters in San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Boston can rejoice. Those are the cities (and metro areas) where rents ...
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10 Housing Markets That Could Get a Lot More Expensive in 2021

Competitive real estate markets with low inventory tend to experience significant home-price gains. And we've seen plenty of that over ...
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Outlook: U.S. Home Prices Will Keep Rising Through 2021 and Into 2022

Key highlights from this report: U.S. home prices rose steadily in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic.Forecasts suggest prices will continue ...
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Forecast: Austin, Dallas, Houston Housing Markets Will Sizzle in 2021

Recent forecasts for the housing markets in Austin, Dallas and Houston have predicted rising home values during 2021. Houston skyline ...
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Minimum Credit Score to Buy a House in 2021, Based on Loan Data

We reviewed home loan data provided by ICE Mortgage Technology to determine the minimum credit score needed to buy a ...
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Our Publishing Methods & Goals

The Home Buying Institute (HBI) publishes U.S. housing market news with an emphasis on local real estate conditions. We primarily serve home buyers, offering helpful and unbiased information to shed light on local conditions.

Methodology: We curate information from a wide variety of sources. This includes home price data, local market trends, population trends, and much more. We use this information to explain what is happening in housing markets across the country, in plain English. Our end-goal is to help home buyers make better-informed decisions.

Disclaimers: The Home Buying Institute often cites third-party reports that make predictions and forecasts relating to home prices, mortgage rates, etc. We share such reports as an educational service to our readers. As a general rule, however, HBI makes no claims, predictions or assertions about future economic conditions.