Briefs

Buy/Rent Breakeven: How Much Time Ya’ Got? July 10, 2015

The decision to buy a home or rent is very personal, and depends heavily on your distinct social circumstances and financial...

Jumbo Geography July 10, 2015

The share of homes that require a jumbo loan is actually well below pre-bubble levels in many traditionally pricy markets,...

The Breakeven Horizon Since 2000: When Was Buying a Home Most Beneficial? July 7, 2015

Early 2000 buyers broke even (relative to renting) very quickly by building wealth in housing and avoiding the stock market...

Patriotism by the Numbers: 13 Communities Where the Spirit of ’76 is Housed July 2, 2015

1776. The year 13 loosely organized colonies decided to band together and become the United States of America. In the almost...

Buyers Beware as Mortgage Rates Rise (Especially in California) July 1, 2015

As of Q1 2015, potential homebuyers should expect to spend roughly 15 percent of their income on a mortgage for a typical...

The Doubly Lucky 3 Percent June 30, 2015

Some people are born lucky, lucky enough to have parents able to help finance their higher education. And some people are doubly...

Case-Shiller Expected to Continue Recent Leveling-Off Trend in May June 30, 2015

The April S&P/Case-Shiller (SPCS) data published today showed home prices continuing to rise slightly less than 5 percent...

April Case-Shiller: Markets Moving in the Right Direction June 30, 2015

Today, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed that the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) April 10- and 20-City Composites...

Zillow Reading List, June 26 June 26, 2015

At Zillow Research, our days are fully consumed with bringing you the best, most interesting and most actionable real estate...

Paved With Good Intentions, Part 2: How Borrower Protection Laws (Barely) Affect Borrowing Costs June 25, 2015

Although state-level borrower protection laws have a significant impact on borrowers’ access to credit, they have little...