February 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates fell to 4.42 percent this February, down 0.2 percent compared to 4.43 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in February moving...

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: March 2018 Highlights

The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) survey gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions.[1] This report presents key...

Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

Who says you need “green” to get a green home? According to an analysis by realtor.com®, eco-friendliness is becoming the norm—and being a green homeowner may not be as pricey as thought. While California’s costlier markets have high concentrations of green homes,...

New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to...

Weighing Risk and Reward: Crypto-Investing in Home Equity

For homeowners that are looking to access home equity funds, but don’t want to take out a second loan, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a reverse mortgage, there are not many options; however, blockchain technology is looking to change that by offering...

In Which States Did Properties Sell Most Quickly in February 2018?

Amid strong demand and tight supply, REALTORS® reported that properties that sold in February 2018 were typically on the market for 37 days, down from 45 days compared to the same month last year, according to the  February 2018 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.[1]...

Prepaid Property Tax Debate Undecided

Just a few days shy from the 2018 tax deadline on April 17, and controversy surrounding the new tax law—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—is leaving multitudes of homeowners uncertain about whether they should claim their prepaid property tax deductions. The new law imposes a...