Foreclosures Fall To 5-Year Low

Foreclosures filings fell 5 percent between March and April of this year, and by 11 percent as compared to one year ago. The data comes from RealtyTrac. The foreclosure-tracking firm tallied fewer than 189,000 foreclosure-related actions last month -- the fewest number since July 2007. Rapidly-declining foreclosure figures are another...

Save Energy For Summer : Flip Your Ceiling Fan Rotation

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and, in many parts of the country, weekend weather was indistinguishable from what one might expect in August. Temperatures climbed into the 90s throughout the Southwest, South Central, Midwest and Southeast and even crossed 100 degrees in parts of Kansas. For homeowners...

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates Fall To 3.78% Nationwide

For the fifth consecutive week, conforming 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates have dropped to new all-time lows. According to this week's Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, "prime" mortgage applicants willing to pay 0.8 discount points plus closing costs can secure a mortgage rate of 3.78%, on average. This...

New Home Sales Rise For 7th Month Out Of 8

The April New Home Sales report suggests that the market for newly-built homes is as strong as the market for existing ones.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of new homes sold rose 3.3 percent in April to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 343,000 units sold -- its second-highest reading since April...

Existing Home Sales Climb 3.4 Percent In April

Low mortgage rates are helping to make homes more affordable. It appears home buyers have taken notice. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Existing Home Sales rose 3.4% in April from the month prior, registering 4.62 million homes sold on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis. An "existing home" is a...

Home Affordability Reaches New High In Q1 2012

Falling mortgage rates and stagnant home prices are making a positive effect on home affordability nationwide. Never before in recorded history have so many homes been affordable to households earning a moderate annual income. Last week, the National Association of Home Builders reported the Home Opportunity Index at 77.5 -- its...

Single-Family Housing Starts Powers Ahead

The new construction housing market continues to improve. One day after the National Association of Homebuilders reported a 5-year high in homebuilder confidence, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that single-family housing starts rose 2 percent for the second straight month last month. In April, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, the...