These Are the Best Places to Live If You Love March Madness

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The official bracket has been released and we’re ready to kick off March Madness! It’s the time of year for office pools, alma mater pride and the chance to impress the world with your basketball knowledge (or incredible luck depending on how you view gambling). About 40 million Americans fill out a bracket and bet more than $2 billion on … Read More

How Ben Carson and HUD Can Begin to Solve America’s Housing Affordability Crisis

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Image via Wikimedia Commons This afternoon Dr. Ben Carson, the newly-confirmed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), addressed his staff, observing that because of its scope, the department was well-positioned to influence the country very broadly. On this point, we couldn’t agree more. Income inequality and a shortage of affordable housing are at the worst levels … Read More

Solar Power is an Untapped Resource in These 10 Cities

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We all live under the same sun, but some places get a lot more sun-love than others. The Northeast region of the United States might seem like one of those places that is lacking in the sunlight department when compared to areas like the West Coast, but there is actually a lot of untapped solar potential in that part of … Read More

Mapping FHA Loans Shows Where Cities Need More Housing

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In the hottest job markets, federal loan programs aren’t helping people land homes in the areas that are closest to the best jobs. Federal Housing Authority (FHA) borrowers are often working-class first-time homebuyers. In hot job markets, the supply of affordable homes close to work is so limited that FHA homebuyers chase affordability into neighborhoods that are far from their … Read More

Mortgage Rates Are Back Down: Why They’ll Stay Low

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Mortgage rates were down this week, averaging 4.09 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, down from 4.12 percent last week. Last year at this time, the rate was 3.81 percent, according to Freddie Mac . What’s going on? Immediately after Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the presidential election, mortgage rates jumped, with the 30-year fixed climbing as high as 4.32 … Read More

Rising Mortgage Rates: Homebuyers Are More Resilient Than You Might Think

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Last week, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16 percent , while the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate for the first time in a year, and only the second time this decade. How does this affect homebuyers? Redfin is on the record predicting that in 2017, rates won’t average above 4.3 percent for the year , as … Read More

The Fed Raised Rates, So What Will Happen With Mortgages?

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Mortgage rates were up this week, averaging 4.16 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, up from 4.13 percent last week. Last year at this time, the rate was 3.97 percent, according to Freddie Mac . As recently as late October, the 30-year fixed was at 3.47 percent, so the current rate does mark a notable hike. And just on Wednesday, … Read More

6 Weird Real Estate Laws (That are Actually on the Books)

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Waldron Island, Washington No building can have more than two toilets. This tiny island in the Puget Sound makes up one of 172 islands in the San Juan Archipelago, which sits between Washington State and Canada. It is one of the lesser-developed islands, but it does have a small elementary school and a post office. The ban on having more … Read More

Have U.S. Cities Reached Peak Parking?

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Key Findings Construction of residential parking spaces peaked in 2012. Builders will provide more housing and less parking across the U.S. next year as more cities start letting developers decide how much parking to build. Still Lots of Parking, But Dropping Fast Less parking will be built for 2017’s new homes than was built for this year’s new homes. This … Read More