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Americans Suddenly Sour On The Housing Market

<b>It's a Great Time to Sell and a Bad Time to Buy, they think</b><p>Americans have been gung-ho in recent years about the housing market, bidding up prices …

Dallas on the rise as one of world's top property investment markets

Last year's surge of big property buys has put Big D on a list of the world's top real estate investment markets for 2016.<p>The Dallas area ranked 12th …

Real Estate

5 Easy Steps for Buying a Second Home

5 Easy Steps to Buy a Second Home<p>Updated November 04, 2017<p>Before setting out to buy a second home, you probably have reservations that are stopping …

Here's a Better Way to Calculate the True Rent vs. Buy Costs

In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total …

Rents in the most expensive US markets are plunging

In San Francisco, the most ludicrously expensive rental market in the country, the median asking rent for a one-bedroom apartment dropped 8.9% from a year ago to $3,270 a month, and 10.9% from the crazy peak in October 2015. Two-bedroom rents dropped 7.6% year-over-year to $4,500, and 10% from the …

More Americans want to downsize their homes than supersize them

The American Dream of owning your own home remains. But the home itself appears to have gotten smaller.<p>As American homes grow larger in size (and …

Do Rising Interest Rates Really Hurt Property Values?

<i>By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio</i><p>Just as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, many investors believe rising short-term interest rates necessarily …

1 Reason Not to Get a 15-Year Mortgage

Perhaps a 30-year mortgage is a better choice.<p>You would expect 15-year mortgages to be popular, thanks to their lower mortgage rates and steeply …

One of Canada's largest mortgage lenders just imploded

Home Capital Group, a publicly traded company that engages in non-prime (a.k.a. subprime) lending, saw its stock drop over 60% in a single day.<p>The reason? They're facing a liquidity crunch, as their capital for subprime mortgages dried up very quickly.<p>This could be the start of a broader trend of …

Life is good for U.S. home sellers

It's good to be a home seller right now ... really good.<p>That's because it's the most profitable time to sell a home in almost 10 years.<p>Homeowners who sold in the first three months of this year saw an average price gain of $44,000 from purchase, according to a report from Attom Data Solutions …

Real Estate

Record $34.7-billion in commercial real estate deals in 2016 fueled by foreign investors

Canadian commercial property deals soared to new heights in 2016 as a surge of foreign buyers aggressively bought up office, shopping and hotel properties across the country. It's a trend that's expected to continue this year as real estate investors look for safe havens.<p>Investors bought …

8 tips for refinancing as mortgage rates rise

So you want to refinance, but mortgage rates are rising. Don't worry — you haven't missed the boat on your refi opportunity. Mortgage rates are still historically low, and they aren't expected to exceed 5% in 2017, according to many economists and mortgage analysts.<p>1. Make your move fast<p>Even though …

FHA home loans were getting cheaper until Trump suspended a rate cut. Now, what comes next?

An hour after Donald Trump took the oath of office last month, his administration caught the attention of the real estate industry when it abruptly suspended a planned cut in Federal Housing Administration mortgage-insurance premiums.<p>The Department of Housing and Urban Development cited the need …

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.09 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term US mortgage rates marked their third week of declines this week, after snapping a nine-week run of increases.<p>Mortgage …

Coast To Coast, These Counties Are Best Bets For Real Estate Investment In 2017

<b>The best spots for real estate investment in EVERY state – coast to coast</b><p>It’s tough enough to invest in rental property in your own back yard, much less halfway across the country. At Local Market Monitor, we identify markets throughout the country where the climate is favorable for investors – but …

Real Estate

Where Are the Top Real Estate Markets in the World?

Mitch Roschelle, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner, discusses the state of the global real estate market with Bloomberg's Betty Liu and Yvonne Man on …

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House prices in Bristol grew faster than in any other UK city during 2016

Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index shows property prices growing at an average rate of 7.2% in urban hubs.<p>Bristol was the city with the …

L.A. office market has best quarter since the financial crisis as entertainment and tech firms keep expanding

To get a sense for how well the Los Angeles office market is doing, there probably isn't a better barometer than Jerry Snyder.<p>The veteran developer has been in the industry since 1949 and built thousands of houses and apartments, along with shopping centers and offices, when he thinks the market is …

Austin-area real estate market booms with highest home sales ever

Our hot housing market has done it again. A new report from the Austin Board of Realtors shows that the Austin-Round Rock metro area closed out 2016 …

Real Estate

Home-building and real estate ETFs rise after Case-Shiller data

Exchange-traded funds tied to the real estate and home-building sectors rose on Tuesday, as data showed that the price of houses in the U.S. stayed …

Real Estate

Real Estate Crowdfunding, Is it the Right Real Estate Investment Choice for You?

Traditionally, one invests in real estate by buying a property alone or with a few trusted associates. This method, though, is unavailable to those without sufficient capital. Fortunately, new ways of investing in real estate have emerged over the last couple of decades. There are real estate …

Seattle maintains status as nation’s hottest housing market due to relentless tech job growth

For the second straight month, Seattle home prices grew faster than any other major metro region in the country.<p>That’s according to data from the S&P …

House Prices

Spain's property market goes through the roof

MADRID (Reuters) - According to a Spanish proverb, it is a bad idea to start building a house from the roof. But that is just what a Spanish firm is doing — and business is booming.<p>A prefabricated apartment is set up on a building's roof by a crane in Barcelona, Spain, November 23, 2014. Gerardo …

Real Estate

London: Lack of housing affordability sees number of homebuyers driven out hit nine-year high

Hamptons International research shows surge in Londoners quitting city as house prices soar.<p>The number of Londoners buying homes outside of the city …

Why you shouldn't panic about rising mortgage rates

Mortgage rates have been on a steady rise recently, but buyers shouldn't panic -- rates are still very low.<p>The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16%, up from 4.13% last week, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, rates were sitting around 3.97%.<p>At the current interest rates, …

Mortgages

5 Home Projects You Should Tackle Before You List Your House

Image via iStockYour home is a major investment, and it’s something that you want to get the most from when you move on. Don’t let minor flaws get in …

House prices: Londoners flee the capital at the highest rate since 2007 - and the North is seeing the sharpest rises

Londoners are leaving the capital at the highest rate since 2007, according to new research by Hamptons International.<p>In 2016, 74,000 homes were bought by Londoners outside the capital, 11,000 more than in 2015. This is still below below the peak in 2007, when house prices soared at a similar rate …

Southern California home prices keep rising, and sales jump

Southern California home prices and sales rose in November compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday.<p>The six-county region's median price reached $465,000 last month, up 5.9% from November 2015, real estate data firm CoreLogic said. Sales soared 24.1%.<p>The strong sales …