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Study: FSBOs Net ‘Significantly’ Lower Profits

For-sale-by-owners tend to sell their homes for lower prices than homes sold through traditional agents via the MLS, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate, according to a new study by Collateral Analytics. The study examined the price differences between homes sold through traditional agents versus those sold by FSBOs from 2016 to the ...

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New Program to Help Buyers Bypass Appraisals

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac has announced a new program allowing some home buyers to skip a traditional appraisal, which could lower the fees the buyers pay and speed up the closing process. Freddie’s Automated Collateral Evaluation (or ACE) will determine a property’s collateral risk by culling data from multiple listing services, public records, and historical home values, and then assess ...

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High Demand for Buyer Boot Camps

The purchase process can be complicated. A growing number of real estate professionals from across the country are stepping up to offer clients home buyer workshops. Agents say the public demand for such workshops is growing. First-time home buyer workshops are becoming more commonplace, according to U.S. News & World Report. Real estate professionals, lenders, and agencies approved by the U.S. Department of ...

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Is Housing Affordability Actually Improving?

Growing incomes and low mortgage rates are helping to prop up housing affordability and offset rising home prices, according to the newly released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index. A quarter-point drop in interest rates in the second quarter helped to make homes more affordable to more consumers. Between the beginning of April and the end of ...

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Will Lean Inventory Stop Housing?

Despite tight inventory conditions, economists at mortgage giant Freddie Mac have high expectations for housing. Buyer demand remains strong amid low mortgage rates, even though home prices this year are expected to be about 6 percent higher than last year, the economists note. Mortgage rates are expected to remain around 4 percent for the remainder of the year. “A decade ...

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