Lenders Optimistic on DTI Change

Fannie Mae recently raised the cap on its maximum debt-to-income (DTI) ratio to 50 percent. Will it help?  NAR Research queried lenders about this change in the Survey of Mortgage Originators for the 2nd quarter of 2017. Lenders were optimistic about the change, but...

July 2017 Existing Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this July fell 1.3 percent from last month but improved 2.1 percent from last year. July’s existing home sales reached 5.44 million seasonally adjusted annual rate. The national...

Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017

By Katherine Medlin, guest contributor  The entryway is a significant space within a home — it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees, and it sets the stage for the whole vibe of the home. Buyers can form opinions on a home within seconds of opening that front door....

Fed’s Change Means Higher, More Volatile Rates

Major changes are coming to housing finance. The Federal Reserve is about to unwind a program that has held mortgage rates low for several years. How will this change impact housing? Lenders weighed-in in NAR’s most recent Survey of Mortgage Originators. Operation...

Sellers With Children Want to Sell NOW!

The process of selling a home is often emotionally taxing, but selling a home with children in the mix can be a downright nerve-wracking experience. The National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 Moving With Kids Report explores the one-of-a-kind adventure of trying to...

Tracing the Beaten Path

Foot traffic, the number of times a property is shown to potential homebuyers, is a strong indicator of housing demand and future home sales. Each month NAR Research publishes a diffusion index for foot traffic, but recent efforts have expanded on this work to create...

An Animated Recap of July Housing Activity

Existing-home sales and contract signings both stumbled in July as stubbornly low levels hampered the housing market and kept home prices rising at a robust pace. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch a 53-second, animated video from the...

Are Child Care Expenses Affecting Home Buying?

There is no doubt about it: children are expensive. According to a report from the Department of Agriculture, it costs an average of $233,610, or $13,000 a year, to raise a child from birth to age 17 in the United States. That expense may impact many families’ housing...

7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY

By Jeffrey Ill, guest contributor The “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott have teamed up with Esurance to create “DIY Ditties,” a series of humorous videos that offer tricks to fixing common household items. Whether it’s a clogged shower drain, crayon-graffiti...

Infographic – Back to (Home) School

First-time homebuyers may have been out of the classroom for a while, but that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from some of the back-to-school tips, tricks and hints that come pouring out this time of year. Here are a few relevant reminders from the National...

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