According to the Wall Street Journal, for the first time in 13 years homeownership is up. After the housing market crash nearly a decade ago, this increase in homeownership shows that the market is finally starting to recover. It also shows that the federal government programs to boost ownership worked and the market is back on track. As a result, in 2017, homeownership went from 63.4% in 2016, to 63.9%, a .5% increase over the year. The last time homeownership increased over a year was between the years 2003 and 2004. [Read more…]
Housing prices around the country have been on the rise for the last several years, and the Rhode Island market is no exception. While the overall inventory levels on the market have fallen, the number of sales in the state increased throughout August – and the median price for houses in the state has increased steadily as well. [Read more…]
Providence, Rhode Island has seen strong home prices in the recent years as well as outstanding appreciation rates while enjoying an improving economy. Appreciation rates within the Providence area continue to track above the national average, and the equity gains, while at the national average, have recovered across most communities from the Great Recession. Real estate price increases are stable and for the most part sustainable. We continue to see a multitude of new buyers as the economy grows along with continued low-interest rates keeping affordable mortgage payments for all types of buyers looking for their next home. [Read more…]
Owning a home has always been synonymous with the American dream. However, many potential homebuyers feel that it is drifting further and further from their grasp.
In Providence, mortgage applications have begun to rise. 80% of millennials are saying that their biggest obstacle to obtaining home ownership is the cost that is involved. Being able to afford a house is the only thing holding them back from achieving their dream. [Read more…]
This week the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that mortgage application volume is on the rise again, fueled by a hungry buyer’s market. Though housing prices are up and available listings are down, potential homebuyers are not deterred by the tough market. Last week alone, the number of applications rose 2.4 percent currently bringing the number to 6 percent higher than last year. This is a great sign for the real estate market because it shows that consumer confidence is high. [Read more…]