This is the best time of year to get a mortgage

Best Time Of Year for Mortage

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 Finish 2020 at Highest Levels Since 2006

Home Sales Finish

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: Home Prices Set to Increase Nearly 6% in 2021 as Nation Emerges From Pandemic

Home Prices 2021

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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Could 2% define mortgage rates for the next decade? Mortgage rates have fallen from 12% in the 1980s

Next Decade Rate

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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Bidding Wars Strong for 7th Straight Month; Homes Selling at Fastest Pace in 8 Years

Bidding Wars

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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Genworth: Largest First-Time Homebuyer Purchase Market in 20 Years

First Time Homebuyer

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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