A new study shows that home buyers can save a lot of money by timing their mortgage application right. If you’re playing the waiting game with mortgage rates, you may not want to wait much longer. A new study from Haus, the home-finance startup created by Uber UBER, +5.36% co-founder Garrett Camp, examined what role seasonality, loan size, credit…

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Existing home sales finished 2020 with the strongest performance in 14 years, the National Association of Realtors reported on Friday. The report said total existing home sales increased 0.7% from November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.76 million in December. Sales in total rose year-over-year, up 22.2% from a year ago. Single-family home sales rose…

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Veros Real Estate Solutions, Santa Ana, Calif., released its Q4-2020 VeroFORECAST data, projecting home price appreciation will increase significantly during the next 12 months in the 100 most-populated markets. The overall average forecast is 5.9% by Q4 2021, an additional increase of 0.9 percentage points compared to 5% just a quarter ago. This level of change from one…

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The end of 2020 won’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to the favorable 2% mortgage rates that hit historically low levels 16 times over the past 12 months. In fact, most industry observers believe rates will remain at the same low levels in 2021 as the Federal Reserve uses low rates as a weapon to combat the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This…

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The national median home price rose 14% year over year to $335,519 in November, according to Redfin, Seattle. And in many housing market hotspots, bidding wars persist for more than half of home sales. The Redfin report (https://www.redfin.com/news/november-housing-market-update-14-pct/) said the huge jump in home prices marked the second-largest annual increase since at least 2012, bested…

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Historically low interest rates, change in home preferences, flexible work schedules and increased housing affordability triggered substantial rebound in first-time homebuyer market in the third quarter, said Genworth Mortgage Insurance, Richmond, Va. The company’s quarterly First-Time Homebuyer Market Report (https://miblog.genworth.com/first-time-homebuyer-market-report) also said private mortgage insurance financed more first-time homebuyers than any other low-down payment mortgage…

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