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This fall, do home sellers have the upper hand?

By Crissinda Ponder • Bankrate.com

“Generally, home sales tend to be very robust in spring and summer, then begin to soften somewhat during the autumn and winter months,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors, or NAR.

The slowdown begins in the fall because school is starting, and families with kids would rather not move during this time, he adds.

Mortgage rates likely

Mortgage to buy condo easier to get

By Polyana da Costa • Bankrate.com

You may have heard that it is extremely difficult to get approved for a mortgage to buy or refinance a condominium. That was the case for several years after the housing market crashed, but lenders finally have loosened the rules on condo financing.

Borrowers seeking to get a condo loan these days will find more lenders to choose from and more condominiums that are eligible for

5 housing trends to watch this spring

By Polyana da Costa • Bankrate.com

This spring will be a good time to buy or sell a home. But life isn’t perfect, so expect to run into a couple of hurdles, especially if you are a buyer.

With limited inventory of homes for sale, buyers will continue to face competition when bidding on homes — even for million-dollar homes.

But on a brighter note, they may find it a bit easier to

5 seasonal housing trends

By Polyana da Costa • Bankrate.com

If you think winter is not a good season to buy and sell a home or get a mortgage, you may want to reconsider. Buyers and homeowners seeking to refinance will find some good news in the next few months — but they need to act soon.

Buyers will find somewhat easier standards when trying to get a mortgage, and some may encounter lower down payment