Home Ownership Archive

New Closing Docs – A Problem this Summer?

REALTORS ® are familiar with the many documents that consumers see at closing.  In an effort to streamline the documentation and to provide important consumer protections, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will require lenders to implement new closing documents...

Using NAR Research to Address Prospective Buyer Concerns “Why Not Rent? I Can’t Afford to Buy!”

Some people who should not buy a house:  for example, anyone who is planning to move in a few years.  People with overextended credit are also probably not good candidates for homeownership.  However, home ownership—instead of renting–appears to be...

4th Quarter Homeownership Rate of 2014

The U.S. homeownership rate fell again in the fourth quarter of 2014 to its lowest point in over two decades.  The latest 63.9 percent ownership rate is down from the bubble peak rate of 69.4 percent.  A further drop...

Multi-Generational Housing: A Multi-Faceted Issue

This long-form article was written by Jessica Lautz, Director of  Member and Consumer Survey Research, for the Richard J Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies at REALTOR® University and is used here with their kind permission.  It first appeared in the...

Mortgage Applications

More people applied for mortgages to buy a home in the past week (8.8 percent increase). Despite the weekly increase, the overall trend to obtain mortgages has not been too encouraging. It is down by 16 percent from one...