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Braving the Wilds as a Self-Employed Borrower

It’s possible to get a mortgage when you’re self-employed, but be prepared to gather mountains of paperwork and exercise a little patience.

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Total Value of All US Homes Is $27.5 Trillion

Zillow added up the values of all U.S. homes and found it is growing for the third year in a row.

Source: Zillow Digs

Millions Escape Negative Equity as Markets Improve

The number of people whose homes are worth less than their mortgage balance has declined steadily since 2012, and it is down by half in most US markets.

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Mortgage Rate Update

The current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages is 3.66 percent.


Can You Afford to Rent?

A Zillow Rentals analysis found that in many major U.S. cities, renters need to earn $24 per hour or more to be able to afford a median-priced rental.

Source: Zillow Digs

Renting Now Half as Affordable as Buying in the US

A new Zillow affordability report found that US renters can expect to spend 30 percent of their income on housing, while home buyers spend just 15 percent.

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Lenders Wary of Self-Employed Borrowers

Despite appearing in a better position to repay their home loan, self-employed borrowers receive 40 percent fewer loan quotes, primarily because of their typically lower credit scores.

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Old vs. New Apartments: The Renters' Dilemma

The amenities of a modern high-rise or the character and affordability of a historic building? There are pros and cons to both.


Zillow Predicts Breakthrough Year for First-Time Buyers in 2015

For 2015, Zillow predicts millennials will overtake Generation X as the biggest group of home buyers.

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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Below 4% for Eighth Straight Week

The current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages is 3.77 percent.


Bargain Home Shopping? Best Cities for Black Friday Price Cuts

In honor of the post-turkey shopping frenzy, we’ve identified where home shoppers can score savings of their own.

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Home Sellers Stuffing Turkeys Into Their Listings

Thanksgiving’s favorite bird appeared in 14,000 real estate listings on Zillow in the past two years — even in Detroit and Chicago.


Even With More Homes for Sale, Low-Priced Homes Tough to Find

Zillow’s October Real Estate Market Reports took a look at housing inventory and found that in many markets, it’s still tougher to find a low-priced home than one at a higher price point.

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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Falls Further, Below 4% for Seventh Straight Week

The current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages is 3.82 percent.

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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Firmly Below 4 Percent for the Sixth Week in a Row

The current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages is 3.90 percent.

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