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.
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Back in February, I wrote about Zillow’s prediction that Seattle, Washington would be one of the hottest housing markets in 2016. Turns out they were right. Seattle has generated a slew of headlines this year, mainly due to the rapidly rising home prices in the area. Well, here we go again. The city is now […]
Home prices in the Chicago metro area rose steadily over the last year or so. Additional, yet modest, gains are expected in 2017 as well. This is based on several forecasts and predictions for the Chicago real estate market in 2017. Current Trends Across the Metro Area Median home prices and sales activity both increased […]
FHA loans are one of the most popular mortgage financing products for home buyers these days. They’re especially popular among first-time buyers, who often lack the funds for a large down payment. (FHA allows for a down payment as low as 3.5%.) But with home prices rising steadily across the country, some housing markets are […]
The Denver, Colorado real estate market is currently one of the most stable in the nation, according to a recent ranking by SmartAsset. Boulder and Fort Collins were ranked #1 and #6, respectively. We’ve written about the Denver housing market a lot in 2016, mainly for its inclusion in top-10 lists. For instance, back in […]
According to a recent analysis by the finance website SmartAsset, Austin, Texas is the second most stable housing market in the United States. Boulder, Colorado was ranked first. Home prices in Austin have risen more or less steadily for many years, while avoiding the extremes of other real estate markets across the country. Austin Housing […]
Not to be outdone by its competitor Bank of America, which announced a 3% down payment mortgage program earlier this year, Wells Fargo recently stated that it too would offer fixed-rate mortgages for first-time buyers with down payments as low as 3%. This is significant for two reasons: (1) Wells Fargo is the largest mortgage […]
Wondering what San Diego home prices will do over the next few years? If so, you’ll want to check out this market forecast from the economists at Moody’s Analytics. It shows their long-range expectations for house values in the metro area.
In 2016, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be allowing conventional mortgage loans with down payments as low as 3%. Bank of America is also getting into the game.
Last week, Realtor.com updated its list of the 20 hottest housing markets in the U.S. This popular, recurring series looks at housing conditions in medium to large metropolitan areas across the country, and then ranks the hottest markets based on local supply and demand factors. California once again dominated the company’s hot list. Twelve of […]
At the end of 2015, we reported that many economists and housing analysts were predicting a gradual rise in mortgage rates during 2016. This was partly because of the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the short-term federal funds rate, after holding it near zero for years (along with other factors). But so far in 2016, […]