Realtors confident on next six months By Mike Wheatley
Realtors remain mostly confident in the next six months of the real estate market, thanks to 30-year fixed rates still below 4 percent, continued job growth, and recent measures that have made credit more accessible and cheaper, according to the April 2015 Realtor’s Confidence Index Survey, which is based on responses from more than 1,000 Realtors about their latest transactions.
Mortgage applications drop 1.6% as refinancing stalls
By Diana Olick
With the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage now decidedly above four percent, borrowers are pulling back from refinances and struggling to make home purchases during a historically busy time of year for housing.
Total mortgage application volume fell 1.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, for the week ending May 22, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). While volume is still higher than a year ago, it has fallen 10 percent in the last four weeks.
Buy low, sell high. That’s the investor’s maxim that never fails. The trick is in knowing when to buy and when to sell. Investing in a home is never as easy or as quick to deliver returns as you may wish. We all want to ride the boom and avoid the crash. Here are three ways to buy a home safely.
Don’t try to time the market
Some homebuyers believe that waiting for prices or interest rates to go lower is the way to buy a home. But there are two things wrong with that approach.
Selling your home? The real estate market is ready to throw you plenty of curve balls that will keep you on your toes. Put your best foot forward, and do what you can in order to make your home shine.
Perform basic indoor maintenance:Consider how you would like the house to look when you’re moving in – sometimes it can be hard to look past a seller’s personal belongings, but it’s harder to look past damaged drywall, dirty fixtures, and cloudy windows.
9 crazy smart home gadgets you didn’t know existed
By Sean Keach
According to industry bods, the future of technology lies in getting all of our gadgets talking to each other. One day, your clock will tell your toaster it’s time for breakfast, and all of your appliances will hop into early-morning action.
Apple to hire up to 500 more than planned for Mesa command center
By Eric Jay Toll
The wisps of iCloud over Mesa are filled with solid silver linings. More than 300 additional workers – up to as many as 500, will be added to the 150 Apple executive-level positions planned for the tech giant’s Mesa command center.
Gilbert population passes Glendale for No. 4 in Valley
By Parker Leavitt
One year after passing Scottsdale to become the community with the fifth-largest population in the Valley, fast-growing Gilbert has taken another victim, this time overtaking Glendale for the No. 4 spot, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.