Posts Tagged ‘Mortgage’

Lending Disclosure Changes

Posted: October 15th, 2015 by Brad

New mortgage disclosure rules took effect October 3, and lenders and real estate brokerages are quickly preparing for what has been predicted to be big changes to home closings, according to a report published on mynorthwest.com. New lender forms will merge the HUD-1 Settlement Statement, the Good Faith Estimate, and the Truth-in-Lending disclosure form into [...]

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Interest Rates to Rise in June

Posted: April 15th, 2015 by Brad

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it will likely take action on increasing interest rates in two months, despite recent data that shows a weakened economy. The move would be the first rate increase since 2006. Two of the central bank’s officials said that disappointing job growth, manufacturing activity, and retail sales over the winter [...]

Happy 2015! Market Predictions

Posted: January 14th, 2015 by Brad

We’re optimistic it will be a happy new year. The economy continues to pick up steam as the job market strengthens and oil prices plummet. Of course the only constant is change and our market is dynamic. The following are our predictions for the year ahead for our regional real estate market: 1) Foreclosures – [...]

Year In Review

Posted: December 10th, 2014 by Brad

Last January we made some predictions for this year, which we posted to our blog available via the following link: http://justrealseattle.com/2014/01/new-year-predictions/. The following five bolded statements were our 2014 market predictions with descriptions of what the market actually did this year. 1. Inventory Should Gradually Stabilize and Return to Traditional Seasonal Levels Perhaps this was [...]

Seattle Buyers Must Earn $63k

Posted: February 21st, 2014 by Brad

Home buyers in Seattle need a salary of $63,145.41 to buy a median-priced home in the metro area. That compares to a salary of $22,348.03 needed to purchase the mid–priced home in Cleveland (the most affordable city on the list) and a whopping $125,071.78 to buy a home in San Francisco (the most expensive among [...]

New Year Predictions

Posted: January 8th, 2014 by Brad

No doubt 2013, the “low inventory” year, proved robust for our rebounding real estate market. Record low interest rates motivated buyers, increased sales activity and drove values up by 12 percent throughout the region. As for what this year has in store for our market, here’s what we predict: 1. Inventory Should Gradually Stabilize and [...]

Year in Review

Posted: December 11th, 2013 by Brad

Last January we made some predictions for this year: http://justrealseattle.com/2013/01/predictions-for-2013/. During the past 12 months our market experienced: Historically low interest rates Scarce housing inventory Strong buyer-demand for homes and condos Overall about a 12 percent increase in prices throughout the Puget Sound area market We’ve not seen any loosening in lending guidelines as we [...]

Seller’s Market Fierce, Rising Rates Add Fury

Posted: June 28th, 2013 by Brad

Well-priced homes continue to draw multiple offers and sell at a brisk pace around Western Washington as buyers react to increases in interest rates and asking prices. Inventory showed signs of improving with the addition of 11,445 new listings during May, the highest number since April 2010. May’s total outgained the year-ago figure of 9,861 [...]

Predictions for 2013

Posted: January 15th, 2013 by Brad

We forecast at the beginning of last year our housing market would continue its recovery, and that 2012 would be a good year for real estate: http://justrealseattle.com/2012/01/predictions-for-2012/ While we didn’t go out on a limb to predict price increases, we certainly alluded to the possibility. We are seeing steady price increases (or the amount of [...]

Home as Investment

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Brad

It’s often said homeownership is the American dream and the safest place to invest one’s earnings. No doubt, owning real estate for most is the single greatest purchase endeavor they’ll undertake in their lifetime.   Whether real estate is a good investment depends primarily on one variable factor; time. Many homeowners were injured by the [...]

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