Housing inventory dropped 21.5% in Philly in a year

From a housing perspective, the biggest story of 2019 has been the market’s reaction to sustained low interest rates in the U.S. While we’ve seen a boom in refinancing across the country, there has also been an uptick in sales during the second half of this year. New data from a RE/MAX National Housing Report […]

Unconventional mortgages are returning, but is it a problem?

During the 2008 economic recession and afterwards, “subprime” became a buzzword in general discussions about what led to the housing market crash. That was for good reason. In 2004-2006, the years leading up to the crash saw as many as 20% percent of mortgages national were subprime. Most of them were adjustable rate mortgages from […]

Pending home sales climb to highest level since 2017

Pending home sales climb to highest level since 2017

The wave of low interest rates in the United States has lifted the U.S. housing market up to a point it hasn’t reached in two years. Pending sales of existing homes, a figure tracked by an index, increased by more than double the expectation of analysts from August to September, according to the National Association […]

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Low mortgage rates continue to deplete affordable home supply

Sustained low mortgage rates since March of 2019 are now ravishing the supply of starter homes across the United States. In a familiar pattern, the availability of cheaper mortgages encourages would-be home buyers to make the leap to ownership. There is a run on starter properties that cuts heavily into the supply, despite ongoing demand […]