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Our Super Bowl pick is still alive!

January 24th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Mortgage Rate ConceptWe’re still in it! HSH.com’s pick of this year’s Super Bowl winner, based off mortgage rates, is still alive.

After the first round of the NFL playoffs concluded early in the month, we noticed that the city with the highest mortgage rate won each matchup. That being the case, we decided to create a bracket and pick the winner of the Super Bowl based off which city had the highest mortgage rate. Our “winner” is the Seattle Seahawks.

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More new homes still aren’t enough to ease inventory woes

January 23rd, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

iStock_New ConstructionHomebuilders have stepped up production of for-sale houses, but in a cautious and measured way that might not be enough to ease supply constraints in some markets, judging by recent reports from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The NAHB reported that homebuilding nationwide declined 9.8 percent to 999,000 units in December. That figure is seasonally adjusted to account for the slower pace of construction in winter and annualized to represent how many homes would be completed if the monthly pace continued for a year.

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Will the city with the highest mortgage rates win the Super Bowl?

January 17th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Seattle_450x225At the beginning of the month, HSH.com put together a slideshow of all the teams in this year’s NFL playoffs along with some interesting facts about their corresponding housing markets.

After the first round of the playoffs concluded, we noticed that the city of every team which came out victorious had a higher mortgage rate than their opponent. For fun we thought, “how about we pick the winners of all the playoff games, including the Super Bowl, based on which city had the highest mortgage rate.”

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Where are Americans moving to?

January 15th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

Single Female HomebuyerOregon, South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Nevada, Texas and Colorado might not seem like 10 places with that much in common.

But in fact, those nine states, plus the District of Columbia, were the top 10 U.S. destinations people moved to last year, according to an annual study recently released by United Van Lines, a moving van company headquartered in St. Louis.

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Mortgage rates drop thanks to the employment report

January 13th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Job MarketThe economy, and by extension mortgage rates, is a funny thing. Over the last several weeks, the economy has been a steady drumbeat of positive economic data. The latest available GDP estimate was over four percent for the first time in a while. The Federal Reserve was confident enough in the economy that they finally decided to reduce their purchases of Treasuries and Mortgage Backed Securities.

But thanks to this positive data, mortgage rates began trending upward. Mortgage forecasters, us included, projected that mortgage rates would continue to trend upward during 2014 compared to the year before.

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Online mortgage tools help all borrowers regardless of income

January 8th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

Portrait of a relaxed young couple using a laptopIf you’re shopping for a mortgage, online tools could help you get lower costs, fewer surprises at closing and higher long-term satisfaction with your choice. In fact, if you don’t look online for mortgage rates, a lender or real estate agent, you might be selling yourself short.

That’s according to a new Fannie Mae study about how consumers leverage technology in buying a home or obtaining a mortgage.

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Mortgage rates closing in on multi-year highs

January 6th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

The rise in mortgage rates that ensued after the October employment report was released in early November has sustained into the new year.

Current mortgage rates

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1. Seller’s remorse? How to back out of a home sale contract

January 1st, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Ticking money bombThe most popular article on HSH.com in 2013 was “Seller’s remorse? How to back out of a home sale contract.”

Like number two on our list, this article is about backing out of a contract. But this time it’s from the seller’s perspective. Again, we were really surprised that so many readers were interested in this subject matter.

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2: Can you get out of a home purchase contract?

December 31st, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

DeadlineI have to admit, I was a bit surprised this year when I saw “Can you get out of a home purchase contract?” as one of the most popular articles on our site week after week. One would assume that the uncertainty of the mortgage and real estate markets of 2011 (when this article was written) had passed.

Either more and more homebuyers were dropping out of sales contracts, or they wanted to be prepared just in case they had to.

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3: The salary you must earn to buy a home in 25 cities

December 30th, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Philadelphia_450x225The salary you must earn to buy a home in 25 cities,” number three on our list of the top-10 pieces of content for 2013, was one of our more recent, and as you can see, most popular pieces of 2013. This is the first slideshow on our list.

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