Millennials will soon be a force to be reckoned with in housing markets

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The U.S. homeownership rate dropped for the ninth year in a row in 2013, thanks in no small part to the fact that millions of 20- and 30-somethings were still living with their parents, according to the latest “State of the Nation’s Housing” report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The decline in homeownership rates from 2004 to 2013 was most dramatic among 25- to 34-year-olds (down nearly 8 percentage points) and 35- to 44-year-olds (down 9 percentage points). Some 15.3 million adults in their 20s and 3.1 million in their 30s were still living with their parents last year, helping bring the homeownership rate down to 65.1 percent. Read More

Survey says 4 million renters want to buy. Can they?

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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As the housing market moves slowly into recovery, more and more Americans are gaining confidence and hoping to jump into home ownership.

The home ownership rate has been dropping steadily since its high of 69.2 percent in 2004 to now just 65 percent. Millions lost their homes to foreclosure and millions more never entered the market, fearing falling home prices.

Now, 10 percent of U.S. renters say they would like to buy a home in the next year, according to a new report from Zillow, which surveyed renters in the nation’s 20 largest housing markets.

If all the renters who said they wanted to buy a home in the next year actually did, that would represent more than 4.2 million first-time home buyer sales, about twice the number of first-timers in 2013. Read More.

5 signs you’re really ready for home ownership?

July 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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You think that you’re ready to buy a home, but how can you be sure? The thought of owning a home is an exciting one, yet not everyone is ready. If you’ve been considering purchasing your first house, here are five signs that you’re ready to take the plunge into home ownership:

1.You Stick to a Budget Financial experts will tell you that creating and sticking to a budget is a sign of financial maturity. With the over 1.5 million foreclosures in the United States, it’s easy to understand why this is so important. Read More.

National homeownership rate levels at 65 percent

November 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Americans, when given the choice, clearly prefer homeownership over renting.

The numbers aren’t even close. The latest quarterly figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that owners occupied 65.5 percent of the nation’s houses, condominiums and apartments as of mid-2012. The other 34.5 percent were rentals. Read More.

Young people still want to own

July 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Despite the heated debate on the state of the housing market and the risk prices will plunge yet another 20 percent, the renting generation still dreams of owning a house.

Turns out 84 percent of 18 to 34 year-olds intend to buy a home, according to a recent poll by TD Bank.

That makes sense since a similar percentage of current homeowners —four out of five—purchased their first home when they belonged to that age group. Read More.

Delaying foreclosures: borrowers keep homes without paying

January 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Delinquent borrowers facing foreclosure are learning that they can stay in their homes for years, as long as they’re willing to put up a fight.

Among the tactics: Challenging the bank’s actions, waiting to file paperwork right up until the deadline, requesting the lender dig up original paperwork or, in some extreme cases, declaring bankruptcy.

Nationwide, the average time it takes to process a foreclosure — from the first missed payment to the final foreclosure auction — has climbed to 674 days from 253 days just four years ago, according to LPS Applied Analytics. Read More.

Renters outspend owners on housing

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Renters now spend five percent more of their household budgets on housing costs than do homeowners, and the difference is growing as rents rise.

Since 2005, homeowners’ expenditures for housing have risen from 31.9 percent of their household budget to 33.2 percent, but renters’ costs have risen even more, from 35.6 percent to 38.4 percent, according to the October CoreLogic U.S. Housing and Mortgage Trends.

Since 1985, homeowners have increased their housing expenditure allocation by 12 percent, while renters increased by 22 percent. Read More.

Loan servicer to offer new modification program

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Interesting concept:

Ocwen Financial Corp. launched a new modification program to reduce the principal on a mortgage for delinquent borrowers, while compelling them to share in the future appreciation of the home’s value with the investor.

Mortgage modifications will only be available for homeowners in negative equity.

Through the program, launched as a pilot in August 2010, Ocwen will write down qualified loans to 95% of the underlying property’s market value. The amount written down is forgiven in one-third increments over three years as long as the homeowner remains current. When the house is later sold or refinanced, the borrower will be required to share 25% of the appreciated value with the investor. Read More.

70% of renters want to own

July 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Most Americans still believe that owning a home is a solid financial decision, and a majority of renters aspire to home ownership as a long-term goal. According to the 2011 National Housing Pulse Survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®, 72 percent of renters surveyed said owning a home is a top priority for their future, up from 63 percent in 2010. Read More.

Good time to buy? The answer may be yes…

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Low mortgage rates and declining home values make homeownership extremely affordable these days. But does that mean now is the right time to buy a home? Should you wait?

It depends on whom you ask, where you live and most importantly, on your own situation.

Unfortunately, “nobody hits the gong when the market hits bottom,” says Jed Smith, managing director of quantitative research for the National Association of Realtors. But in many markets, it appears that home prices are close to bottoming out, he says.

“In terms of affordability, now is definitely a good time,” he says. “Prices are fairly low and interest rates are hovering at historic lows … but real estate is very local. It’s not just a question of state or city, but ZIP code.” Read More.

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