Interest rates

Trump Cancels Mortgage Premium Cut: Will DFW Feel the Pain?

By Heather Hunter / January 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

On Friday afternoon, just hours after swearing in, President Donald Trump suspended a Federal Housing Authority (FHA) mortgage premium rate cut issued by former President Barack Obama earlier in the month. The quarter-point cut would have taken effect on January 27. An FHA loan, with its low down payment and less stringent credit score requirements, […]

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Shall We Freak Out About Rising Interest Rates???

By Candy Evans / December 16, 2015 / 1 Comment

Get ready for the media freak out. Besides a re-hash of last night’s Republican debates — the most substantive thus far, in my opinion — everyone is talking about an expected interest rate hike today from the Fed. I had two media calls yesterday asking me if I thought a rise in interest rates might hurt […]

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Is it Better to Buy and Sell in Winter? Ebby Halliday Realtors and Zillow Say It's a Jolly Good Season For Real Estate

By Joanna England / November 19, 2013 / 2 Comments

Sure, spring and summer are hot seasons for Realtors, but is it better to wait for the market to simmer down a bit before buying? According to lists from Zillow and Ebby Halliday Realtors, the winter holiday season is a great time to buy your dream home. According to the folks at Ebby Halliday Realtors, […]

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Dallas Real Estate Week in Review: Dallas Home Prices Jumped 8% In June, But Don't Like Throw a Party or Anything (Yet)

By Candy Evans / August 30, 2013 / 2 Comments

We got some more good news out of Case-Shiller this week, but we were quick to be warned not to get too excited. I swear, will it ever be Miller Time? Dallas-area home prices rose a record amount in June, 8% over last June, but rising mortgage rates, the growing mess in Syria, and economic […]

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Local Market Monitor Maintains Optimistic Forecast Dallas-Irving-Plano Area, But Will Changing Interest Rates Slow Market's Growth?

By Joanna England / July 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Interesting times for the Dallas real estate market as several neighborhoods are seeing homes sell fast for thousands more than they would have just 18 months ago. But with the Federal Reserve toying with interest rate changes, will next month’s forecast be far less optimistic than the June breakdown from Local Market Monitor? “Low Risk” […]

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Making it Rain? Not so Fast! Banks Ease Lending Requirements, But New Mortgage Rules Will Manage Some Risk

By Joanna England / June 25, 2013 / 0 Comments

Interesting story in the Los Angeles Times. According to their business desk, banks are easing lending restrictions and lending more freely, using “creative financing,” which could bring more risk to the market. The story, which talks about “piggyback financing” and other risky mortgage loans, says that with higher prices comes more risk in housing finance. […]

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