More home buyers say living near family members is not an important consideration for them when home-shopping. Property size, crime rates, school district, and length of commute ranked higher in a recent survey.
Prospective home buyers who don't have a long credit report may still be able to show lenders they're worth the risk by showing off their nontraditional credit.
Disputes over ceiling fans or curtains may seem trivial, but some real estate professionals say such squabbles have cost them deals.
In July, single-family new-home sales dropped to their lowest level in nine months. Economists blame the recent surge in mortgage rates.