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30-Year Mortgage Rate Inches Down to 2.86% This Week

Mortgage rates followed the trend of the 10-year Treasury yield this week and inched lower. But these historically low rates—averaging 2.86% this week for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage—are expected to rise over the course of the next few months.The National Association of REALTORS® predicts that mortgage rates will rise to 3.5% by mid-2022 as the Fed will likely start reducing its bond purchases before the end of the year. Expect interest

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Rising Demand Pushes Rents to Double-Digit Growth

Rents are rapidly rising across the country. The U.S. median rental price jumped 11.5% year over year in August to $1,607 per month. That is the first time in two years that the rental market has reached double-digit growth, according to realtor.com®’s Monthly Rental Report.More than half of the 50 largest metros posted double-digit annual gains. The highest increases were in Tampa, Fla. (up 30.6% compared to a year ago), Riverside, Calif. (up

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Mortgage Demand Climbs to Highest Level Since April

Just when the housing market was starting to fall into a seasonal pattern, mortgage demand takes off. Mortgage applications to purchase a home—a gauge of the housing market—rose 7% last week compared to the previous week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. That marks the highest level since April of this year.Housing inventories have increased slightly, which may be opening up more possibilities to home buyers who had felt s

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New Owners Fazed by ‘Hidden’ Costs of Homeownership

The price of entry to homeownership involves more than just the down payment. About 44% of homeowners say they were unaware of the other costs associated with buying a home, like home inspection, document fees, property taxes, home insurance, and title fees, according to a realtor.com® survey of nearly 3,000 adults. About 11% of respondents also failed to factor in moving expenses.“Unlike most big-ticket consumer purchases, for which most peop

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How Much it Costs to Raise a Small Child in Each State

Raising children isn’t cheap: The basic costs for raising a child in the U.S. is $20,152 annually, according to research from LendingTree. But that total can run much higher in some states.For example, parents will pay the most in the country to raise a child in the District of Columbia, with basic annual expenses (including day care) about $28,785. Hawaii and Maryland follow at $25,828 and $25,156, respectively. Meanwhile, raising a child may

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Mortgage Rates in Holding Pattern

For the ninth consecutive week, mortgage rates stayed below 2.9%. But even with historically low mortgage rates, home buying may be following a more typical seasonal pattern of cooling off, Nadia Evangelou, senior economist and director of forecasting for the National Association of REALTORS®, writes on the association’s Economists’ Outlook blog.“Buyers and sellers typically do not want to move their family in the middle of the school year

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Home Equity Hits Record High

Housing equity surged nearly 40% compared to a year ago and is at a record high, according to a new report from Black Knight, Inc. The average mortgage holder now has $173,000 in equity. That marks an increase of $20,000 just from the end of the first quarter, the report notes.The increase in equity is being driven by surging home values over the last quarter, says Ben Graboske, Black Knight data analytics president. Home prices have jumped nearl

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Mortgage Demand Hits Two-Month Low

Another sign the housing market may be cooling: Loan applications for home purchases—a gauge of housing demand—are now 18% lower than a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday.More listings are coming on the market, offering home buyers more choices. But some potential buyers are still getting priced out. Home prices are nearly 18% higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Contract

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7 Most Affordable Metro Housing Markets

Home prices have been rapidly rising, but not everywhere. The housing market is showing some signs of cooling somewhat, which could open the door to potential buyers who the market has shut out. Also, with the growth of remote work—largely expected to remain in some form post-pandemic—house hunters may be able to expand their options and seek out markets offering greater housing affordability.“If you’re working for a company in

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Owners Turn to Appliance Upgrades to Boost Home Value

Three out of four homeowners would rather fix or replace appliances than accept a lower offer when selling their home, according to a new survey of about 1,000 consumers from Cinch Home Services, a home warranty company. They believe upgrading the appliances can add more value to their home, too.On average, homeowners believe upgrading their home’s appliances will increase their home’s value by $13,668.About half of homeowners surveyed say th

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