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Buyers May Find Opening with Mortgage Credit

Mortgage credit availability loosened in December, even as house hunters continue to face higher prices that are hampering affordability, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index posted its highest reading since May 2021. However, credit availability is still 30% below pre-pandemic levels."Credit supply increased in December, with growth across both conventional and government segments of the market

10 Popular Winter Home Destinations

Ever since the pandemic began, vacation home rentals and sales have surged as Americans search for getaways to rent out or enjoy themselves. In the first quarter of 2021, vacation homes climbed 46% year-over-year, according to realtor.com®.“Given the pandemic, a second home offers a sense of security and personal space that a hotel or vacation rental may not,” Joe Robison, a data reporter at MoveBuddha.com, an online moving resource, told CN

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‘Foreclosure Tsunami’ Fears Unfounded, New Data Shows

With moratoriums in place, foreclosures were nearly non-existent last year. Even as pandemic protections have lifted, a foreclosure wave—which was an industry concern—has not occurred.“The COVID-19 foreclosure tsunami that some people had anticipated is clearly not happening,” says Rick Sharga, executive vice president at RealtyTrac, an ATTOM company. “Government and mortgage industry efforts have prevented millions of unnecessary forec

Mortgage Rates Post Big Jump this Week

Inflation continues to press on mortgage rates. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.45% this week, up from last week’s 3.22% average, Freddie Mac reports.“Mortgage rates rose across all mortgage loan types, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increasing by almost a quarter of a percent from last week,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “This was driven by the prospect of a faster than expected tightening of monetar

Most Popular Home Decor Styles by Room

As the homebuying and remodeling spree continues amid the pandemic, homeowners are showing they really care about what their home looks like. Google searches for “interior design styles” have increased 40% in the past week alone, according to a study from Uswitch, a mortgage comparison firm.Researchers analyzed more than 4 million pins across Pinterest to find which decor styles are the most desired across each room of a home and to determine

Down Payment Misperceptions Persist

The majority of home buyers—87%—finance their home purchase. But some aspiring buyers may delay their purchase due to persistent myths over down payment requirements.Thirty-five percent of consumers believe they need a down payment of 16% to 20% of the purchase price. Ten percent believe they need more than 20% for a down payment to purchase a home, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ survey data. With home prices rising by

Smart-Home Tech Growing More Popular

Homeowners are looking for easy upgrades that are simple to control while adding convenience and value to their homes. They’re increasingly turning to smart-home technology, particularly during the pandemic.Smart-home technology can mitigate danger, prevent damage, manage resources, and anticipate maintenance needs, according to a new report from Z-Wave, a company that provides a wireless technology for smart homes. Z-Wave’s 2022 Z-Wave State

Second-Home Demand Up 77% from Pre-Pandemic Levels

Vacation homes have emerged as a hot commodity ever since the pandemic began. As more employees find greater flexibility in working remotely, many are choosing to take on a second residence.Demand for vacation homes was up 77% from pre-pandemic levels in December, Redfin reports. “The wealthy are still flush with cash and have access to cheap debt, which is why second-home purchases remain far above pre-pandemic levels,” says Daryl Fairweathe