Central New York Housing News

Syracuse area REALTORS Donate "Small Bottles" to Vera House and Dorothy Day House Winning a National Contest!

The Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS® (GSAR) recently donated 2,336 sample sizes of toiletry items to two worthy Syracuse area charities. "Small Bottles, BIG Help" was a National level contest, organized by Melynn Sight of nSight Marketing out of Kansas City. GSAR exceeded expectations, and won the contest across the country! GSAR wanted to deliver big for our community by collecting something so small as bottles from Hotels!

Five Great Things about Homeownership

If you've been on the fence about homeownership, now is the time to take a leap! Don't let the negative press deter you from one of life's greatest joys.

Take a look at five short and sweet reasons that homeownership is great!

Homeownership Rate Second-Highest on Record

The homeownership rate is at its second-highest level on record, only behind the record high set in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which began collecting home ownership data in 1890. 

By region, the homeownership rate is: 

Fixed Mortgage Rates Change Little

MCLEAN, Va., -- Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates changing little for the second consecutive week amid mixed consumer confidence and housing data. Fixed mortgage rates remain near their 60-year lows.

New-Home Building Soars 15% in September

Last month, home building was at its fastest pace in 17 months, rising 15 percent from August and posting the new-home sector's best pace since April 2010, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. 

In September, single-family home building increased 1.7 percent, while apartment building jumped 53.4 percent.

Existing Home Sales Down, Higher Than a Year Ago

Existing-home sales were down in September on the heels of a strong gain in August, but remain well above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Joys of Homeownership

Today's experts spout off the latest statistics about long-term wealth, home values, and interest rates, yet there's a much more sentimental side to homeownership. In fact, many home buyers are drawn to homeownership for these warm and fuzzy reasons.

Housing Can Be 'Key Engine of Job Growth'

The National Association of Home Builders is stressing the need for policymakers to remove anti-housing barriers that they say are preventing a housing market recovery. After all, NAHB says, housing can be the answer policymakers have been searching for in boosting jobs and economic recovery. 

Housing Must Remain Nation's Top Priority

We need to keep housing first on the nation's public policy agenda, because housing and homeownership issues affect all Americans, and a housing recovery is necessary for the nation's economic well-being.

That was the message delivered today by National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps during the New Solutions for America's Housing Crisis forum, where he joined a panel of experts to discuss solutions for addressing the country's housing and economic challenges. The event was hosted by Economic Policies for the 21st Century and the Progressive Policy Institute.

REALTORS Warn New Loan Limits Could Impact Housing Recovery

On October 1 Congress allowed conforming loan limits to revert from 125 percent of the local area median home price to 115 percent of the local median home price. That has effectively reduced the size of conforming loans for many home buyers across the country. According to The Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS® (GSAR), these new loan limits will have a big impact on our nation's housing market.