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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Homebuilder Confidence Doubles In 12 Months

For the second time in three months, the National Association of Homebuilders reports that the Housing Market Index made sizable gains. Continue reading

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Foreclosure Starts Rise For Second Straight Month

The number of U.S. homes receiving foreclosure notices topped one million through the first six months of 2012, according to RealtyTrac. Continue reading

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How To Revive A “Brown Lawn”

You may not have stopped your lawn from turning brown, but, generally, you can nurse it back to being green. Continue reading

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Revisiting Housing Market Predictions For 2012

Analysts made bold calls at the start of the year about the housing and mortgage markets. How good were their predictions? Continue reading

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Fed Minutes Suggest Fiscal Stimulus Later This Year

The Federal Reserve released the minutes from its June Federal Open Market Committee meeting, revealing a Fed divided on the future of the U.S. economy. Continue reading

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84 U.S. Markets Improving In July

84 U.S. metropolitan areas are showing “measurable and sustained growth” this month. Continue reading

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Home Purchasing Power Jumps To New Highs

With mortgage rates down to all-time lows, you can buy a lot more home for your money these days. Home affordability is at an all-time high. Continue reading

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Top 10 U.S. Cities For Public Parks

Parks help cities to attract home buyers, to retain retired homeowners, and to raise home values. And now, with the creation of ParkScore, it’s easy to compare park systems between cities. Continue reading

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30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates Fall To 3.62% Nationwide

30-year fixed rate mortgage rates made new, all-time lows once again this week. Continue reading

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Mortgage Rate Risk Ahead Of Friday Morning’s Jobs Report

Friday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its Non-Farm Payrolls report. If you’re actively shopping for a mortgage, today may be a prudent day to lock a mortgage. Continue reading

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