Real Estate News

3 possible results of the Federal Reserve rate increase

Published: 28 Mar 2017

After speculation and hints, the Federal Reserve did finally raise rates on March 15, 2017. Although there was much written about this hike before it even happened, now there's a greater opportunity to see what exactly will play out for mortgages, especially if further rate changes are on the way.


EnTitle Direct discovers lost title insurance savings in Pennsylvania market

Published: 27 Mar 2017

In 2015, Pennsylvania homeowners may have paid more for title insurance than they needed to, according to a newly published EnTitle Direct Insurance pricing study. While some residents may turn to the Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania for policies, EnTitle had rates that were 35 percent less expensive. 


Property company without title fails to evict tenant

Published: 24 Mar 2017

Title insurance showed itself to be essential once again in a Wisconsin story about a property company evicting tenants. While this would seem obvious in most cases, this one is notable in that the company trying to evict its tenant, Kaja Holdings 2 LLC, does not currently have title, and is still trying to pursue the suit. In light of this, tenants will likely see the necessity for insurance, given how complicated legal property cases can get.


NAR says access to mortgages is increasing

Published: 22 Mar 2017

Though there may be challenges for securing a home, the National Association of Realtors said that the market could favor those looking for a new mortgage, according to a recent post.


Despite concerns, New York City may still hold housing promise

Published: 20 Mar 2017

With the influx of residents around cities a recognized problem, it's understandable that some may want to escape this trend. However, the New York Times recently reported that the suburban areas around New York City still seem to have a fair amount of buying activity.


Newest MBA survey shows uptick for March home applications

Published: 16 Mar 2017

Following similar reports in previous weeks, new information from the Mortgage Bankers Association suggested a continuing strong market for mortgage applications. The figures represent accumulating growth that stretches back at least to the week of Nov. 18, with interest for fixed-rate 30-year Federal Housing Administration mortgages at a high that goes back even further to January 2014.


Debt-friendly home loans could appeal to new buyers, millennials

Published: 16 Mar 2017

Millennial buyers (typically those younger than 34) are often said to be weighed down by student debt. At the same time, the widespread amount of this debt could actually benefit the millennial buyer market in two ways: it could serve as a way to build credit, and it might also drive this demographic to certain programs, potentially shifting the focus for lenders as well.


Upcoming Federal Reserve meeting sparks speculation

Published: 14 Mar 2017

The Federal Reserve is set to meet soon, prompting many to anticipate what the results might be. Since there have been signs that a hike to interest rates is on the way, some believe that this is poised to come true. Buyers might have to adjust to meet a sizable jump in trends. This alone could have a significant impact, and there's further belief that more rate increases might come in this year alone.


Bankrate ranks states for new home purchases

Published: 13 Mar 2017

Though mortgage rates can determine home buying activity, there's more to a region's housing market than just one statistic. Bankrate recently ranked the 50 states based on which would be the easiest or most difficult to buy a new home in. Unlike other similar studies of these metrics, this seems to be a more general survey that used credit availability, housing prices and the local job market to determine the answer.


Adjustable Rate Mortgages show high performance as of March

Published: 09 Mar 2017

Buyers may face challenges in the housing market, but statistics going into March seem to show a significant high, at least in one area, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The source's latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey finally brings the organization's data past the end of February, meaning that possible buyers can see signs of new activity. Among all of the details listed, Adjustable Rate Mortgage growth is especially notable.


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