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FHA Extends Forbearance Options Until End of Year

Single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who are struggling financially amid the pandemic now have through Dec. 31 to submit an initial forbearance request. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that it's extending the deadline, originally set for Oct. 30, for those needing to make an initial COVID-19–related forbearance request to their lender. The change puts FHA’s forbea

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September Home Sales Continue Surge

Home sales and home prices are increasing by double digits, with homes flying off the market in record time. Existing-home sales increased for the fourth consecutive month in September, up nearly 21% compared to a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® reported on Thursday. All major regions of the U.S. saw month-over-month and annual gains in September. The Northeast experienced the largest increase in home sales. “Home

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Mortgage Rates Set Record Low for 10th Time

Mortgage rates fell slightly this week, setting a new record low for the 10th time this year, Freddie Mac reports. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.81%, the lowest rate since Freddie Mac began tracking such data in 1971. The previous all-time low, an average of 2.86%, was set in mid-September. “Low mortgage rates have become a regular occurrence in the current environment,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “As

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Top Places to Retire in 2020

Florida dominates this year’s “Best Places to Retire in 2020” from U.S. News & World Report “in a way that we haven’t seen in years before,” says Emily Brandon, U.S. News & World Report’s senior editor for retirement. Brandon says Florida is drawing more retirees due to the state’s affordable homes, low taxes, and high ratings for happiness and desirability. Florida boasted seven of the top 10 places to retire in 2020

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Threats to First-Time Home Buyers’ Path to Ownership

Higher home prices are translating into higher down payments. The median home price is $350,000, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. That means a buyer would have to put down $70,000 (or 20%) on a purchase to avoid private mortgage insurance. Low down payment loans are available for those who can’t reach that 20% down payment threshold. For example, FHA loans require 3.5% down, which would be $12,500 on a median-priced home

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Housing Affordability Weakens as Prices Surge

Housing affordability declined in August compared to a year ago, despite median incomes rising. However, the jump in home prices—up 11.7%—was way above family income increases of 2.2%, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. Mortgage rates are helping to offset some of those high home prices, however. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3% in August and has averaged below 3% in the past few weeks, the lowest on record.

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High Home Prices Continue Beyond Summer Peak

Home prices have hit a record-high growth of 12.9% over the last year. Yet the higher prices aren’t scaring buyers. Homes are still selling quickly—nearly two weeks faster than they did last year. The U.S. median home price remained near its summer peak of $350,000 during the first week of October and has shown no signs of cooling, according to realtor.com®’s Weekly Housing Report, reflecting the week ending Oct. 3. “While bu

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Mortgage Rates are Sinking Close to All-Time Lows

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage neared its all-time low this week, averaging 2.88%. The record low was 2.86%, set in mid-September. The low rates are turning into a boon for the housing market. The National Association of REALTORS® reported this week that housing contract signings in August jumped 24% year over year. Pending home sales are exceeding pre-pandemic levels, with all four major regions of the U.S. posting higher sales activi

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Study Reveals Lowest Refinancing Rates Among Top Lenders

With mortgage rates hitting all-time lows in recent months, 75% of homeowners—or 19.3 million—could refinance and lower their monthly mortgage payments, according to data from Black Knight, a software and analytics firm for the mortgage and lending industry. That is the largest number of potential refinance candidates on record, Black Knight says. What’s more, the average homeowner could potentially reduce their mortgage

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Mortgage Rates Edge Up, Still Near Record Lows

Mortgage rates ticked up this week but still remain under a 3% average and near historical lows. Freddie Mac reported the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.90% this week. The all-time low for rates was set in mid-September, averaging 2.86%. Home buyers are seeing how record-low rates can significantly decrease their borrowing costs. Compared to a year earlier, mortgage rates have dropped more than 70 basis points. That has brought monthl

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