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It Doesn’t Take Much House Price Appreciation To Make Owning A Better Choice Than Renting

By Ksenia Potapov on April 15, 2022

In August 2021, our analysis found that owning a home was cheaper than renting in all 50 of the top U.S. markets, largely due to Read More›

First-Time Homebuyer Homeownership Renter Affordability

Single Women Skip The Spouse To Buy A House

By Odeta Kushi on March 8, 2022

As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, growing numbers of women, specifically single women, have ... Read More›

Housing Homeownership

How The Ability To Work Remotely Is Changing Housing Affordability For First-time Home Buyers

By Ksenia Potapov on March 2, 2022

Affordability in the U.S. fell in 2021 on a year-over-year basis, as house-buying power was unable to keep up with red-hot ... Read More›

Homeownership First-Time Home Buyer Outlook Report Renter Affordability

Where Do First-time Home Buyers Have The Best Opportunity To Buy A Home In 2022?

By Ksenia Potapov on January 12, 2022

Unlike the two-thirds of Americans who already own a home, potential first-time home buyers did not benefit from the surging levels of home equity driven ... Read More›

Homeownership First-Time Home Buyer Outlook Report Renter Affordability

Where Can Residential Real Estate Investors Find The Most Potential Roi?

By Odeta Kushi on December 15, 2021

Over the past year, increasing investor activity in residential real estate, particularly in single-family homes, has drawn a lot of attention. News of large institutional investors Read More›

Housing Homeownership

Do Rising House Prices Help Or Hurt The Housing Market?

By Mark Fleming on October 15, 2021

Housing market potential strengthened modestly in September, increasing a 0.4 percent compared with August, according to our Potential Home Sales Model. The slight increase means that on a year-over-year basis, housing market potential is now nearly 9 ... Read More›

Interest Rates Homeownership Potential Home Sales