National Builder Trade In Program

The low-priced home shortage continues

by Builder Trade In Program Aug, 27

The nationwide housing shortage continues but is especially troublesome for homebuyers with a budget of $250,000 or less, Susan Wachter, professor of real estate and of finance at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, told CNBC on Monday.

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The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition

by Builder Trade In Program Aug, 21

  • Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
  • The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
  • Rates are still low right now – don’t wait until they hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!
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The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

by Builder Trade In Program Aug, 13

 

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American Dream.

Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that they do not aspire to still achieve those things.

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The low-priced home shortage continues

by Builder Trade In Program Aug, 06

The nationwide housing shortage continues but is especially troublesome for homebuyers with a budget of $250,000 or less.

 

Rising labor, land and material costs are slowing down the supply, "except at higher prices, which is simply not affordable for the great middle, and that’s where we see the hit in ... existing sales.

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Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running!

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 30

  • Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 5 years!
  • The generations agree! Real estate is the best investment!
  • Generation X leads the way with 37% believing in real estate as the top investment.

Builder Confidence Stays at Healthy Level in July

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 23

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained unchanged at a solid 68 reading in July on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

“Consumer demand for single-family homes is holding strong this summer, buoyed by steady job growth, income gains and low unemployment in many parts of the country,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. 

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WELCOME TO HOUSING'S NEW NORMAL

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 09

Can we break our 10-year cycle of mediocrity?

Atlanta, the former No. 1 new-home market, remains a barometer for the nation. At 25,000 permits, Atlanta is still the third largest new home market in the U.S., but almost nine years into our “recovery,” we are still 50% below our pre-bubble normal (Atlanta permit chart). This is in spite of nearly a decade of positive job growth, positive in-migration and population growth. All of MarketNsight’s 18 cities across the Southeast exhibit this trend. Most cities are still anywhere from 30% to 60% below pre-recession levels. Whom are we missing?

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Homebuilder sentiment drops in June due to soaring lumber costs

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 02

U.S. homebuilders are thrilled with demand for housing, but they say they are being hamstrung by rising costs for lumber.

Builder sentiment fell 2 points to 68 in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The index stood at 66 last June. A reading above 50 is considered positive sentiment.

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Why Have Interest Rates Jumped to a 7-Year High?

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 25

 

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. The current pace of acceleration has been fueled by many factors.

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How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 18

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2018.

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