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Home Owner News Archive


Downpayments Fall to Three-Year Low

The median downpayment made by all homebuyers in 2012 was 9 percent, ranging from 4 percent for first-time buyers to 13 percent for repeat buyers. The median down payment was the lowest since 2009 but still far above the levels during the housing boom, when nearly half of first-time buyers ...


President Must Now Focus on Housing

Clear Capital, a provider of data and real estate asset valuation, investment, and risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through October 2012. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and ...


Survey Shows People Becoming More Likely to Participate in the Housing Market

Americans are feeling less discouraged about the housing market, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com. ...


Next in Green Building: Passive Houses for the Sophisticated Buyer

From eco-friendly coffee cups to hybrid cars, no one can deny that Americans are jumping on the green bandwagon. But while some environmentally friendly lifestyle changes remain somewhat small—reusable grocery bags, anyone?—others are large. You’ve seen it with Energy Star ...


Home Prices Continue Upward Trend in August

(MCT)—Home prices in August rose across a broad swath of large American cities, adding further evidence that a housing recovery is taking shape. ...


FHA Homeowners Recover from Foreclosures More Quickly

(MCT)—R.C. and Stacy Davis lost their condominium to foreclosure in 2009, a bad break that seemed destined to keep them from buying another home for many years. ...


New Credit Risk Scoring Promises to Qualify More Borrowers

Evidence is growing that more borrowers will be approved for a mortgage without increasing risk to lenders through more sophisticated credit risk scoring that uses alternative data, such as unsecured credit and property history in consumer credit report analysis, according ...


Homeownership Rate Slips during the Third Quarter

The Census Bureau reported the seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 65.3 percent during the third quarter of 2012. In terms of rates across age groups (which are not seasonally adjusted), only those households headed by persons 65 and over registered an increase in the homeownership rate versus the third ...


HUD Secretary Announces Foreclosure Protection for Connecticut Storm Victims

Regional Spotlight—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Connecticut and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Sandy. ...


Real Estate Magazine 2013 Hot Topics Contest

What do you want to read about in Real Estate magazine? Over at RIS headquarters, we’ve been busy brainstorming fresh content for 2013 and decided we want to know what you—the reader—wants to read about. ...


Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly

(MCT)--Signed contracts to buy previously owned homes rose in September, but not by much, according to a trade group report. ...


Housing Recovery Continues Despite Inventory Shortage

San Francisco Bay Area housing market showed further signs of recovery in the third quarter behind strong demand for homes and an acute shortage of inventory that may present a window of opportunity for potential home sellers if it continues, according to an analysis of MLS data by the research ...


Do You Think You Know Gen X and Gen Y? Think Again….

Out of the housing downturn has emerged a new, more informed homebuyer. A homebuyer that is willing to do their homework and eager to earn the right to homeownership. ...


Remodeling Market Index Climbs Five Points, Returns to 2005 Levels

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) climbed to 50 in the third quarter of 2012, up from 45 in the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released recently, the RMI is at its highest point since ...


New Home Sales at Best Rate Since 2010

(MCT)—New home sales jumped 5.7 percent in September from the previous month to the highest rate in more than two years as the housing market resurgence continued to take hold, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...