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MarketMinute | Find out who's helped by inventory shortages

MarketMinute | Find out who's helped by inventory shortages

  Minutes released from the Fed's April meeting indicated officials were unconcerned about inflation, which they saw as transitory, but may want to discuss tapering bond purchases soon. Retail sales were unchanged in April as the boost from stimulus checks faded. An acceleration in sales is likely in the coming months with continuing economic improvements. Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell to another post-pandemic low last week. The decline signals steady labor market improvement as business restrictions are lifted.   Homebuilders remain...

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How To Be a Competitive Buyer in Today's Housing Market

How To Be a Competitive Buyer in Today's Housing Market

  With so few houses for sale today, you may be wondering what you can do to beat out the competition? Being prepared when you’re ready to buy a home is very important. Here are some things to keep in mind: Meet with your Greenway Mortgage Loan Officer early. Getting an upfront loan approval  will help you beat out the competition, negotiate with power and let you know how much you can afford. Know your must-haves and nice-to-haves. For instance: what home features are you looking for, what kind of neighborhood do you prefer and when do you plan to move? Stay organized during your home search by downloading our Home Comparison Chart . It will help...

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MarketMinute | Homebuyer Blues

MarketMinute | Homebuyer Blues

  Consumer prices for April were up 4.2% over last year, the biggest jump since 2008. A large increase was expected because of last year's economic shutdown.   Producer prices also rose in April, signs of a growing wave of inflationary pressure. Expectations of rising inflation could push mortgage rates higher.   Jobless claims fell again, with applications last week coming in at 473,000, a new pandemic-era low. The labor market continues to improve as people return to work.   Last week's purchase mortgage applications were up 13% from a year ago. Refinance apps were up 3% for the week but down...

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MarketMinute | New homes come to the inventory rescue

MarketMinute | New homes come to the inventory rescue

  Private payrolls showed a big gain in April, led by hospitality and leisure jobs, according to the ADP report. However, the 742,000 new jobs still fell short of Wall Street's expected 800,000. Factory orders rebounded in March, and business spending on equipment was stronger than initially estimated, signaling continued economic growth. Jobless claims dropped to below 500k last week, another sign the labor market is reaching pre-pandemic levels. Businesses are now struggling to find enough workers.   A federal judge has struck down the...

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It's A Good Time to Spring Into a New Home

It's A Good Time to Spring Into a New Home

  Spring is usually the busiest time of year for the housing market. This past year, it stayed busy right through the winter. After all, it’s hard to resist the lure of home offices, open spaces and big kitchens when you’re spending so much time at home. If you've put a move on hold because you've heard it's competitive out there, here's why it's still a good time to get started: Rates typically rise with the economy. ‚Äč While commerce is just starting to rev up, interest rates are still near historically low levels. "As both home-price growth and mortgage rates continue this upward trend, we may see affordability...

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