HARP Extended Through 2018

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it is extending HARP, a popular government refinancing program, through Dec. 31, 2018. The Home Affordable Refinance Program was to expire on Sept. 30. While the FHFA has once again extended the deadline by another 15 months, this time it plans … [Read more...]

New Program to Help Buyers Bypass Appraisals

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac has announced a new program allowing some home buyers to skip a traditional appraisal, which could lower the fees the buyers pay and speed up the closing process. Freddie’s Automated Collateral Evaluation (or ACE) will determine a property’s collateral risk by culling … [Read more...]

More Buyers Putting Down Less on a Home

A 20 percent down payment is no longer the norm. In the past year, 1.5 million borrowers purchased their homes with down payments of less than 10 percent, according to Black Knight Financial Services. That marks a seven-year high. A growing number of home shoppers are financing more than 90 percent … [Read more...]

Buyers Want Bigger Yards Over Bigger Homes

A property that offers a great outdoor space is taking a higher priority among home buyers. In fact, home shoppers recently surveyed said they would be willing to sacrifice some space from a larger house in order to get a bigger yard. More than half of 1,000 buyers recently surveyed—or 56 … [Read more...]

Are Open Floor Plans Losing Appeal?

Open floor plans, which typically combine the kitchen, living room, and dining room in one large, open area, have dominated home design trends in recent years. But now, buyers may be starting to shun this type of layout, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more: These Doors Can Modernize Your … [Read more...]

29 E POPLAR STREET LEBANON , PA 17042

Nice cape cod on large lot in need of TLC - 3 or 4 bedrooms with den, large fenced in yard and two storage sheds. - MLS 270166 - $120,000 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIZuAvvNfD4   … [Read more...]

2 Major Reasons Why Inventory Is So Low

Inventory of available homes on the market is the lowest it’s been in two decades, but the reasons may surprise you. Two of the likely culprits are baby boomers and homeowners who are simply satisfied with their home, according to realtor.com®’s Housing Shortage Study. Baby boomers are … [Read more...]

The Trendiest Design Style in Your State

Victorian is the interior style that wins the popularity vote in the most number of U.S. states compared to any other decor style, according to a new study by Joybird, a custom furniture company. The study used Google Trends data over the past 12 months to compare the most-searched interior design … [Read more...]

Farm Life in the ’Burbs Is a Hot Commodity

More people are looking to experience farm life without buying an entire farm. That has prompted an emerging type of community that is catching on from coast to coast centered around food production, dubbed “agrihoods.” See examples of agrihoods all across the country. Suburban agrihoods … [Read more...]

Tiny House Regret Is Growing

The idea of “living small” has blanketed TV and social media for the past few years. The “tiny house” has surged in popularity. But now a new survey suggests that people may not be happy living in 400 square feet or less. Forty-four percent of more than 2,000 adults recently surveyed by the … [Read more...]