Home Prices Rose 5.8% in 2014

As 2014 drew to a close, median home prices rose to their highest level since 2007 and home sales picked up. For 2014, the national median existing home price hit its highest level since 2007: $208,500. The median price also represents a 5.8% increase from 2013 ($197,100), data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® show. …

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Consumer optimism may bump into housing market reality

Consumer optimism may bump into housing market reality More than half of U.S. consumers expect home prices in their local market to return to their bubble-era highs within the next 10 years, according to the latest American Dream survey from real estate search and marketing site Trulia. Market research firm Harris Interactive conducted the biannual …

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FHA mortgages are poised to get more expensive

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plans to impose significant restrictions on the amount of money that sellers can contribute at closing in the near future. The FHA also will be raising its mortgage insurance premiums during the coming weeks, increasing charges for new purchases across the board. Making sense of the story: One reason for …

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Housing market strengthening slowly

The year 2011 is ending on a high note as economists anticipate some signs of recovery ahead. Prices appear to be reaching their trough, visible supply is on the decline, and banks are beginning – just slightly – to loosen lending standards, according to a fourth-quarter report from Capital Economics. However, Capital Economics warns these …

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