Entries by Charlie Christensen

Agent attitudes, rate reasoning & daunting debt

12-14-2018 SLIGHTLY SLOWER Homes are staying on the market a tad longer according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR’s Realtor Confidence Index Survey shows that listings were on the market for an average of 33 days in October, up from 29 days the previous month. Responding Realtors® cited “interest rate” and “low inventory” […]

A tempered trend, possible peak & affordable add-ons

12-7-2018 UP AGAIN Home appreciation is up again, gaining 5.4% year-over-year in October according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights (HPI). Prices were also up .5% month-over-month, but CoreLogic forecasts the November numbers will show negative gains. Despite higher mortgage rates and declining affordability, CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft says, “Many renters view a home purchase […]

Peak perspective, rate retreat & leapin’ limits

11-30-2018 ABOVE & BELOW The latest Real House Price Index (RHPI) from First American Financial Corporation shows some interesting ups and downs. Though home prices are up 15.3% year-over-year from August 2018, First American says U.S. home prices average 37% below the 2006 pre-recession peak. First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming puts the numbers in perspective, saying, “Without stronger […]

Simple Tips for a Seasonal Spruce Up

  As the heat of summer mellows into the chill of fall, it’s natural to want a change of design to match the shifting seasons. Warmer colors, spicier scents and richer textures all combine to turn your home’s interior into an inviting autumn retreat. But what about the exterior? The outside of your abode sets the […]


Consumer confidence in the housing market slipped slightly according to the latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist Doug Duncan says, “HPSI remains flat this month as perceptions of high home prices and expectations for rising mortgage rates continue to weigh on potential homebuyers. In September, the average 30-year fixed […]