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Mortgage Rates Fall Below 7%

“Spring home buyers received an unexpected windfall this week,” says Freddie Mac’s chief economist.For the first time in a month, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell back into the 6% range, bringing lower borrowing costs for home buyers who have been waiting for relief. “Spring home buyers received an unexpected windfall this week,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.The decrease in mortgage rates—the 30-year loan avera

US Inventory Rises to Highest Level Since 2022 as New-Home Sales Fall

Newly built homes available on the market rose to 480K, representing a supply of 9.1 months at the current sales rate, up from an 8.5 month supply in March, according to US Census Bureau data New-home sales fell in April as inventory of existing homes increased modestly and inventory of newly built homes hit their highest level since November 2022, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.Sales of newly built single family h

A Fresh Look at Indoor Air Quality Trends

Indoor air quality is a hot topic these days. Technology and trends are driving improvement and development.In our modern living and working spaces, the quest for cleaner air has never been more timely. As we continue to seal our buildings tighter for energy efficiency, the importance of maintaining and enhancing indoor air quality (IAQ) escalates. This discussion delves into the latest insights, technological advancements and trends shaping our

Here is Where Rents are Rising, Falling

Driven by the work-from-home dynamic, as well as by new migration patterns, both single-family and multifamily rent prices were red-hot during the first years of the pandemic.Now different drivers are pushing some rents higher — and throwing cold water on others.Multifamily rents in April were 0.8% lower than they were in the same month last year, according to Apartment List. Rents cooled because a massive amount of new supply entered the marke

Mortgage Rates Curtail Home Sales, Yet Prices Surge

Despite financial challenges, buyers flock to greater housing options in the high-end market. Read more from NAR’s latest existing-home sales report.Existing-home sales fell last month as mortgage rates eclipsed 7% and home prices continued to rise. But some market segments are showing resilience: High-end home sales—listings at $1 million and above—posted significant gains in April, increasing 40% compared to a year ago, according to the N

The Most, Least Desired Home Styles

Online views for real estate listings may provide insight into the architecture styles home buyers favor.Americans love a ranch-style home, which is the most admired home layout in 19 states, according to a new study from American Home Shield. Researchers analyzed thousands of real estate listings across the country to identify which common home styles are most and least admired in the U.S.Preferences in house style can differ significantly acros

7 Types of Tax-Deductible Home Improvements

With Tax Day approaching, make sure your clients are taking all the home deductions for which they may qualify.Nearly a quarter of homeowners(link is external) say they’re planning major renovations this year, and some of those projects may be eligible for a tax deduction. This could help alleviate some of the high costs of homeownership.Here’s an overview of a few examples of tax-deductible home improvements.  As always, your

Protecting Homes from Extreme Weather

Preventative measures help homeowners mitigate the risks and costs of weather-related damage while increasing sustainability.In recent years, news reports have updated homeowners on climate change and disasters, from hurricanes that cause catastrophic flood and wind damage to snowstorms that lead to ice dams and frozen gutters. Wildfires, hailstorms and drought also top the list of damage-causing disasters. One map from the National Oceanic and A

Slightly More US Mortgages 'Seriously Underwater' as Equity Dwindles

The share of seriously underwater mortgages moved up slightly from 2.6% to 2.7% in Q1, according to a report from Attom released Thursday The share of homeowners in the United States whose mortgages are considered “seriously underwater” ticked up during the first quarter of 2024, according to a new report.The share of seriously underwater mortgages moved up slightly from 2.6 percent to 2.7 percent in the first quarter, according to