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New Home Sizes in the U.S. Just Keep Growing and Growing and Growing

It’s no mystery that newly built single-family homes are pretty big nowadays, but the latest data still surprises. #173750263 / The last couple of years, we’ve been steadily tracking the return of large new construction homes, but even we

NAR Report: Market Improving After “Lackluster” First-Quarter

New report finds national existing-home sales increasing for the second consecutive month. #183008215 / Carrying the momentum picked up in April, national existing-home sales continued rising strongly in May, according to a report from the National Association of

Why Millennials and Homebuying Don’t Mix

Things may be turning around for Millennials looking to settle down into homeownership, but a comfortable market is a long way off. #sb10062488l-001 / In 1982, the U.S Census Bureau began tracking homeownership by age, and in more

Low Downpayments are Much More Common Than You Think

We’re conditioned to think that downpayments lower than 20 percent are in scant supply, but the data doesn’t bare that out. #96161922 / It’s the peanut butter and jelly of today’s mortgage markets – not only do lending

Builder Confidence Regains its Footing in June

After a few months of fluctuations, it appears builder confidence has regained its, well, confidence! #103724088 / Builder confidence for the single-family new construction home marketplace rose four points in June to reach a level of 49, according

The 7 Important Things to Know about Residential Construction

The Census Bureau’s new data on residential construction is out, but as always, we’re here to report on what lies between the lines. #482869355 / Housing starts in the month of May reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate

NAR Report: What Do Job Growth and Construction Have in Common

A new report finds that construction is failing to meet the explosive level of job growth in many areas throughout the country; though, what that means is up for debate. #102853195 / Earlier this month, the Department of

How Damaging, Really, Was 2013’s Mortgage Rate Increase?

Everyone knows that mortgage rates increased in a sudden, dramatic fashion in 2013, but how did that increase end up impacting housing? #98476417 / It was the most dramatic story to hit housing since the downturn: on May

NAR Planning Big Changes for Local Associations

In the old days, eight years ago, when a newly licensed real estate agent was told by her broker that she needed to join the Realtor organization, she might ask, “Why do I need to join?” The broker would

The 3 Things that Could Hold Housing Back in 2014

The housing market has made considerable strides in the last few years, but what could hold it back from a true recovery? #173807241 / There are many uncertainties in this world, but here’s something we can be fairly

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