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Private Mortgage Insurance

 Buying a home with a down payment of less than 20 percent can be expensive, but it just got cheaper for some home buyers. Many private mortgage insurers have dropped the rates they charge high quality borrower. Combined with...

Repeat Buyers Making a Splash More Than First-Time Buyers

One way to examine changes in the housing market is to look at the prior living arrangements of buyers, specifically changes in the last decade. In 2015, 43 percent of all buyers rented an apartment or house before buying....
April 6, 2016

State and Local Down Payment Assistance is Important

One of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) important functions is to provide insurance on low down payment mortgages. The majority of FHA-financed mortgages have a down payment of 3.5%. A homebuyer can get assistance for the down payment from...

Using NAR Research to Address Prospective Buyer Concerns “What If We Have Another Recession?”

The changes of another recession are essentially 100 percent—at some point in time we will almost certainly have another recession.  What does this mean for homeownership?  In the case of homebuyers, possibly much less than one would think. The...

Home Buyer Characteristics by Age

The REALTORS® Confidence Index, based on approximately 3,000 random responses each month, provides insight on home buyer characteristics.  An analysis of buyers by age shows the differences between age groups. Sixty percent of buyers aged 34 and under previously...