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Interest Rates Now The Lowest Of 2014

By FirstAm Editor on May 12, 2014

Interest rates on a U.S. home loan dropped across the board in the week ending May 8, but the 30-year fixed rate outpaced them all. As reported by Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 4.21 percent from 4.29 percent the week prior.

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, Economy

NAR Predicts Rise In Home Prices This Year

By FirstAm Editor on March 28, 2014

The U.S. housing market may have slightly slowed its progress during the frozen winter months, but industry experts are anticipating that things will soon pick up and prices will be on the rise for the next 12 months.

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Topics: Economy

Report: Fewer Homeowners Underwater In Q4

By Steve Shultz on March 6, 2014

Since the housing bust in 2008, a large number of homeowners have found themselves drowning in their mortgages. Negative equity was abundant, and when a homeowner owes more on his or her mortgage than the property is worth, that's considered being underwater.

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Topics: Economy

Housing's Inventory Issue

By FirstAm Editor on February 11, 2014

The housing market's gradual recovery continues to face one major obstacle in many local markets: Limited inventory.

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Topics: Economy, Housing

June Housing Numbers Should Prove Encouraging For Real Estate Service Professionals

By FirstAm Editor on July 29, 2013

Despite a slight dip in existing home sales in June of this year, prices continue to go up and overall sales remain near a three-and-a-half-year high, according to the National Association of Realtors. While purchases of existing homes fell 1.2 percent to a 5.08 million annualized rate, a lot of that drop appears tied to smaller inventory and...

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Topics: Economy

New Detroit Development Could Boost Home Closings

By FirstAm Editor on July 25, 2013

A new housing and retail development on Detroit's riverbank could encourage future homebuyers to get off the sidelines and into the homeownership game, as the units are geared toward young professionals. The $60 million project, which the developer hopes will be finished by early 2016, will include three- and four-story town houses, apartment...

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Topics: Economy, Development

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