The latest Freddie Mac report shows all-time low mortgage rates, reports the Los Angeles Times .
The latest housing data indicates that the U.S. market is well into healing.
The Seattle condo market is making a comeback, reports the Seattle Times . Among the 2,500 new condos built by developers throughout downtown, Belltown, Lower Queen Anne and South Lake Union, only 250 remain on the market, according to county records.
Pocket or “off-market” listings are quietly for sale but excluded from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). In the past, they were commonplace with high-profile homes.
Some buyers are getting vacation homes on the cheap, reports CNN Money . Not all destination properties are created equal, however, so buyers should size up their purchases before taking the plunge.
The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area ranks No. 4 on Yahoo Real Estate’s hot metro areas for relocation. The number of inbound shipments from January to March of 2012, tracked by the American Moving and Storage Association, indicates that individuals and families are moving to the Emerald State in high numbers. “Seattle’s economy is based on innovation, and information technology is an enormous industry in Seattle,” according to Yahoo
About 31 percent of all those who refinanced in the first quarter of this year cut their mortgage terms from 30 years to 15 or 20, according to Freddie Mac, reports the New York Times . This marks the second highest level since 2002′s peak of 35 percent.
More homeowners are opting to install automated technology systems in their houses today than in years past, based on the State of the Builder Technology Market Study . Energy solutions and entertainment systems are among the most popular upgrades for new construction. Energy-management solutions (e.g
Many homeowners are more environmentally conscious today than ever before, but some are reluctant to buy organic products for the lawn, doubting their effectiveness. Howdini.com talks with expert gardener Scott Meyers, who debunks the myth that natural products won’t produce a robust lawn. Meyers also offers some key maintenance tips
The Seattle metro area welcomes a new radio show to its airwaves. “Real Estate Radio Northwest,” co-hosted by Carolyn Frame and Nick Neal, premiered on Money Radio 1300 AM KKOL on May 5th and will air Saturdays from 2 – 3 p.m.