Tim Stoll's Blog Posts

Figuring Out The Best Down Payment Strategy

Coming up with a down payment strategy can be difficult for some buyers – especially first-time home buyers who don't have the benefit of a home to sell. In fact, among first-time home buyers,

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Number Of Home Showings Increases Year Over Year

The number of times a particular property is scheduled for a home showing is a good indication of how much interest buyers have in that listing. Similarly, tracking showings on a nationwide

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How To Make Buying A House Less Complicated

When asked, Americans overwhelmingly say they value homeownership and believe it increases financial stability. In fact, one recent survey found 93 percent of respondents said they felt that

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Potential Home Buyers Feel More Optimistic

Each month, Fannie Mae surveys Americans to get a feel for how people view the housing market, home prices, mortgage rates, and whether or not it's a good time to buy or sell a home. According

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List Ranks Top Cities For Halloween Trick Or Treating

If you have kids – or have ever been one yourself – you know that Halloween is an important time of year. The opportunity to amass large quantities of free candy is irresistible to most kids.

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Vast Majority Of Renters Say They Want To Buy

Recent data from Fannie Mae shows a large majority of current renters intend to someday buy a house. In fact, just 18 percent of surveyed renters said they plan to remain renters forever. So

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Mortgage Rates Moved Slightly Higher Last Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased last week across most loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with conforming

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Mortgage Lenders Say Credit Is Easier To Get

Whether or not you qualify for a home loan depends, in some part, to how available mortgage credit is at the time. If lending standards are tight, you may have a harder time obtaining a mortgage

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Whats Does An Uneven Market Mean For Homebuyers

Since the housing crash and financial crisis, a slow and steady recovery has taken place. Home prices, for example, have been rising now for a few years and, in some markets, have surpassed their

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Renting A Home Is Getting More Expensive

Many people assume that renting is always going to be cheaper than buying a house. Mostly, this is because of the upfront costs associated with buying. Having to come up with closing costs and a

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Mortgage Rates At Lowest Level In Nearly A Year

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell last week for 30-year fixed-rate loans with conforming loan balances, loans backed by the

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Homeowners Often Overestimate Their Homes Value

American homeowners may be overestimating what their home is worth, according to new data. The research shows appraisals in August were 1.35 percent lower than homeowners expected. There are a

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Americans See A Good Opportunity To Sell A House

For many years, when home prices and mortgage rates were both lower than normal, home buyers had a historic opportunity to find a great deal and lock in an excellent rate. These days,

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What Will The Housing Market Look Like This Fall

It can be hard to get a grasp on what is happening in the housing market with the constant news updates about home sales, mortgage rates, and prices. Monthly housing reports can be volatile and

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One Quarter Of Homeowners Are Home Equity Rich

Home Equity can be loosely defined as the value of your house minus how much you owe on the mortgage. Which means, as you make your monthly mortgage payments, you're gaining a larger share of your

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Dallas Homeowners Info Home Design Trends

Dallas real estate—like all real estate—is a supremely local activity. Area homeowners who like to keep an eye on Texas and national trends do so because some of them may surface in future buyer

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Number Of 1 Million Dollar Homes In Neighborhoods Rises

A new analysis shows that the number of zip codes where at least 10 percent of the homes are worth $1 million or more has been rising since 2014. In fact, there are now 1,280 across the,

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5 Simple Dallas Home Appraisal Readiness Tips

You’ve probably heard the wry old saying: “Nothing clears the mind like the prospect of being hanged at dawn.” For some homeowners, you could add an equally wry modern Dallas real estate

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Housing Market Improves Despite Challenges

The National Association Of Home Builders' Leading Markets Index compares current price, building permit, and employment levels to their previous norms in 337 markets across the country. The

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Todays Homeowner Stays Longer Sells House For More

If you're someone who is currently debating whether or not it's a good time to sell your house, there are some new numbers from ATTOM Data Solutions that are worth taking a look at. The results

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Millennials Say Having A Dog Is A Top Reason To Buy A Home

There are a handful of common answers that come up time and time again when Americans are surveyed about their reasons for buying a home. For example, a desire for more space is always at or

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Economist Says Housing Market Is Not In A Bubble

If you're thinking about buying a house anytime soon, you've likely been wondering about home prices. There are a couple of good reasons for this. One is affordability. With mortgage rates low,

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Is Buying A Home Still An Affordable Choice

These days, determining the affordability of buying a home isn't such a simple calculation. There are always a lot of variables to consider – including prices, mortgage rates, wages, and local

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How Much Equity Does The Typical Homeowner Have

Simply put, equity refers to the value of your home minus the amount of money you still owe on your mortgage. It is the factor that separates homeowners from renters and is among the greatest

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Majority Of Americans Say Buying A House Is A Good Investment

The vast majority of surveyed Americans say they believe owning a house is a solid investment, according to a new survey from Digital Risk. And that doesn't just include homeowners and prospective

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Home Prices May Not Be As High As Homeowners Think

Naturally, home prices are a big part of any discussion of where the housing market is and where it's headed. That's because it's an easy metric for home buyers and sellers to follow. It's also

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How Much Should You Expect To Spend On Homeownership Expenses

If you're in the process of, or thinking about, buying a house, you've probably done some calculations in your head about how much you'll need for a down payment and what your prospective mortgage

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Mortgage Lenders Say Credit Standards Are Easing

One of the main obstacles potential home buyers face is the fear that they won't be approved for a mortgage. Believing that you don't make enough, have too much debt, or can't afford to buy a house

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Home Buyers Interest High But Slowed By Supply

From all accounts, there are a lot of Americans interested in buying a home this year. Whether it's because of sustained job market improvement or mortgage rates that remain low compared to where

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Real Estate Rebound Should Surpass Last Year

If you read real-estate news regularly, you may get the impression that homes right now are less affordable, buyers are less interested, and homeowners are less likely to sell than in the past. But,

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How Long Will The Housing Market Stay Hot For Home Sellers

Are the Days of the Seller’s Market Numbered?Like any market, the housing market has its ups-and-downs. For the last several years, though, it's consistently been on the rise with no sign of

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New Home Sales Rise But So Do Prices

Following news that sales of previously owned homes rose in May, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development released their estimate of how many new homes were sold

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Demand High As Mortgage Rates Remain Low

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates remained low last week. In fact, rates were mostly flat across all loan categories, including 30

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Are Fewer Young Americans Buying Homes

Millennial homeownership rates dropped in past decadeA newly released study from researchers at the University of Southern California looks at homeownership rates among young adults between the ages

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Housing Market Outlook Tells Familiar Story

Following the ups-and-downs of the housing market can be difficult for the average home buyer or seller. Because of this, many Americans get in the market without a basic understanding of the forces

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Lawn Care Tips That Might Help Sell Your Home

When considering home improvement projects that can add value to your home or even help it sell faster, don't forget to pay some attention to your lawn and landscaping. Good landscape design can

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Home Builders Say New Construction Market Is Solid

The National Association of Home Builders has been tracking builders' view of the new home market for 30 years. Their Housing Market Index measures how builders feel about current and future

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Homes May Be More Affordable Than You Think

Rising home prices have gotten a lot of attention over the past couple of years. In some places, they've even been said to have fully recovered from the housing crash. But a closer look at the

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The Size Of American Homes Continues To Grow

It shouldn't come as any surprise that American homes are generally getting bigger and adding more rooms. After all, who wouldn't choose to have an extra bedroom or some additional storage space?

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More Americans Say Its A Good Time To Sell A Home

For most of the past several years, Americans considered the housing market more favorable to buyers than sellers. Even as home prices began to rise from their post-crash bottom, mortgage rates

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Survey Shows Homeownerships Enduring Appeal

Buying a house, for many Americans, is seen as an achievement and evidence that they've reached a certain level of success. Put simply, there is no other symbol as closely association with the

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What Pending Home Sales Numbers Mean For Buyers

The National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index is a good indication of where home sales will be a month or two down the road. That's because, it measures the number of signed

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Average Mortgage Rates Remain Near This Years Low

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were largely unchanged last week. Loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration and 15-year

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Home Prices Move Higher As Homeowners Stay Put

Widely seen as the leading measure of U.S. home prices, the S&P Dow Jones Indices is a monthly look at home values that has been conducted for more than 27 years. According to the most recent

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Home Renovations And The Cost Of Selling A House

It isn't just the home's buyer who has to settle up at the end of the closing process, sellers have costs too. In fact, according to one recent estimate, the average seller spends $15,000 before

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Todays Typical Home Sells In Less Than A Month

Home buyers are out in large numbers this spring. Proof of that can be found in the most recent sales report from the National Association of Realtors. Their monthly tally of how many previously

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Mortgage Rates At Lowest Point Since November

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell to their lowest level since last November this past week. Rates fell across all loan,

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Three Reasons Homeowners May Be Waiting To Sell

When shopping for a house, you have to choose from the homes that are for sale at the time you're looking. In other words, unless you're having a house custom built to your specifications, you're

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Housing Outlook Sees Reason For Optimism

Over the past few years, a pattern has emerged: The economy slows during the first quarter then begins to rev up during the second quarter. Now, according to Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic

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Mortgage Rates Relatively Flat From Last Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were relatively flat last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with

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A Few Benefits Of Owning A Home In Retirement

In recent years, there's been an increasing number of older Americans who rent rather than own their own home. But is renting really a better choice for retirees looking to reduce costs and

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