Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the author of the Realty Check blog on CNBC.com. She also contributes her real estate expertise to NBC's "Today" and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams."
Olick launched the real es...
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Mortgage rates are near record lows, employment is improving and rents are pricey. So why aren't more renters taking the plunge into homeownership? Renters are avoiding buying a home mainly because house prices are soaring. Just 52 percent of renters surveyed in a National Association of Realtors quarterly report said they feel now is a good time to buy — that is down from 62 percent of those surveyed one year ago.
The median price of an existing home sold in May set a record high, but it’s not the price itself that is so stunning. It’s the math behind that price that indicates how difficult it has become for the average American to become a homeowner. It also explains why the national homeownership rate remains stuck near its historic low. The National Association of Realtors reported the median price of an existing home is $252,800, a 5.8 percent increase from the price reported in May 2016.
Falling mortgage rates and rising home values are a tasty combination for homeowners looking to save some cash on their monthly mortgage payments. Millions, however, are not biting, either out of ignorance or because refinancing is a hassle. Close to 4.5 million borrowers are eligible and have a financial incentive to refinance, according to a new report from Black Knight Financial Services. That marks an increase of 1.6 million borrowers from just a few months ago, when mortgage rates were higher.
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