U.S. Housing Market News With a Local Angle

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.

Most Recent Stories

FHA Annual Mortgage Insurance to Go Down in 2017, HUD Says

Federal Housing Administration officials announced today that they will reduce the annual mortgage insurance premium for FHA loans by a quarter of a percent. The lower MIP rate will apply to most borrowers who use the FHA program to buy a home in 2017, and will save them an average of $500 per year. The […]

Mortgage Rate Predictions for 2017 Have Been Revised Upward

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), an industry group, recently increased its mortgage rate predictions and forecast for 2017. This was partly a response to the surge in mortgage rates that occurred during the last few weeks of 2016, and is shown in the chart below. MBA analysts expect that the average rate for a 30-year […]

Houston, Texas Housing Market Forecast 2017

Home prices in Houston, Texas have never been higher than they are right now, and there’s a chance they’ll rise even higher during 2017. That’s the Houston housing market forecast for 2017, according to a number of real estate analysts, economists, and industry leaders. Houston Housing Market ‘Sprinting Toward 2016 Finish’ In a December 2016 […]

2016 Mortgage Rate Chart Shows Big Surge

On Thursday, December 15, Freddie Mac reported that mortgage rates rose again in their latest industry survey. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As shown in the 2016 mortgage rate chart below, home loan rates in three categories have risen for the last seven weeks in a row and are now at their […]

Phoenix, Arizona Real Estate Market Forecast for 2017

Home values in Phoenix rose steadily and sharply in 2016, climbing 9% to 11% depending on the source. But 2017 forecasts for the Phoenix housing market suggest that prices could rise more slowly over the next year or so. In a somewhat contradicting report, the National Association of Realtors made a prediction that Phoenix would […]

FHA Changes: Higher Loan Limits for 2017

On December 1, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the revised FHA loan limits for 2017. The maximum loan limits for purchase mortgages were increased in most counties across the U.S., and will remained unchanged in some counties. There were no counties with a decrease. Next year, FHA loan limits for […]

Los Angeles Housing Market Forecast 2017: Home Prices Leveling

Home prices in Los Angeles, California have risen steadily — and significantly — over the last couple of years. But that might begin to change in the months ahead. Recent forecasts for the Los Angeles housing market suggest that prices could rise more slowly in 2017, compared to this year and last. Los Angeles Housing […]

Opinion: How a Donald Trump Presidency Could Destabilize the Housing Market

The Home Buying Institute is encouraging its readers to steer clear of Donald Trump on election day. We feel that his “business” practices and philosophies could spawn policies that would have a destabilizing affect on the U.S. housing market. Let’s go straight to the source. In 2006, before the last housing collapse, Trump stated: “I […]

Analysts Predict Mortgage Rates Will Rise in 2017, but Gradually

We’re halfway through October, with the end of the year right around the corner. That means a lot of would-be home buyers are looking ahead to 2017. And many of them have the same question: Will mortgage rates rise during 2017, and if so by how much? Unfortunately, nobody can predict future mortgage-rate trends with […]

5 U.S. Housing Market Forecasts and Predictions for 2017

It’s October, and at the Home Buying Institute that means it’s time to round up housing market forecasts and predictions for the upcoming year. “Cooling” seems to be the key word for 2017. Many analysts and economists expect the residential real estate market to cool down over the next 12 months, in terms of both […]