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Down Payments Remain Elevated

Down payments greater than or equal to 20 percent were made by 34 percent of all residential home purchasers last month, a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the past year, according to the latest Realtor Confidence Index survey from the National Association of Realtors. Read More »

Emotion Drives One in Four Home Sales

As thousands of American families prepare to sell and buy homes during the 2012 season, some 28 percent of women and 25 percent of men put more emphasis on their feelings about a home than they do on the layout, square footage, or price. Read More »

Sales and Homeownership Improve 8 Percent

For the first time in 18 months, home prices in the 53 cities surveyed by the RE/MAX National Housing Report in February rose by 1.1 percent over February 2011. As an early spring drew buyers to market, home sales were even higher, up 8.7 percent from one year ago. Attitudes towards homeownership also improved 8 percent, according to a new survey by Prudential. Read More »

Two Thirds of Realtors Positive on Prices

Confidence in the 2012 housing market among Realtors is increasing and some 67 percent expect prices to rise in the months to come. However, the overall jobs and economic situation continues to have a major, negative impact on the residential markets. Read More »

Are Sellers Softening Up?

With the start of the home buying season just around the corner, years of low prices and dashed hopes for the long awaited housing recovery may be changing the way sellers price and prep their properties. Read More »

Young Minorities Value Homeownership 2 to 1 Over Whites

Compared with whites, greater shares of both black and Hispanic young adults say owning their own home is among their top priorities. While 25 percent of blacks and 26 percent of Hispanics say owning a home is of the highest importance in their lives, only 12 percent of whites say the same. Read More »

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