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Zillow Promotes New Chief Economist

Zillow recently announced that Dr. Svenja Gudell has been promoted to Zillow’s chief economist, while former chief economist, Dr. Stan Humphries, has expanded his role to become Zillow Group chief analytics officer and chief economist.

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Report Finds Bidding Wars are Pushing Home Values

The housing market has been seeing some noticeable changes this year as home values move upward. According to the May Zillow Real Estate Market Reports, bidding wars are pushing home values up in the nation’s most popular housing markets, although home values are not anywhere near their peak points during the real estate bubble in smaller markets.

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Homeowners Could Spend Up to $9,000 Every Year in Hidden Costs

When purchasing a home, it’s important to consider the extra or hidden costs. Many homeowners are blissfully unaware of just how much these additional fees can costs on top of their mortgage. Zillow and Thumbtack recently released a study that found homeowners can pay more than $9,000 in hidden and home maintenance costs every year.

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Over Half of Underwater Borrowers Are Nowhere Near Re-Surfacing, Report Says

Borrowers who owe more money to banks than their home is worth is slowing decreasing, however more than half of these borrowers are stuck in an underwater free fall with little to no hope of resurfacing. According to Zillow’s first quarter Negative Equity Report released today, although the negative equity rate is falling, more than half or 4 million homeowners owed the bank at least 20 percent more than the worth of their home.

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Mortgage Analysis Says Borrowing Less Costs More

Zillow released a mortgage analysis of loan requests and quotes finding that borrowers with loans of $100,000 pay 10 percent more for every dollar borrowed due to higher interest rates and fees compared to borrowers with $400,000 home loans. Furthermore, borrowers with small loans tend to have trouble finding lenders to lend to them.

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Homeownership Escapes Low Earners

According to a study released by Zillow, low income and rising home values have made homeownership unaffordable and unattainable for the country’s lowest paid workers. Over the past two years, one-third of Americans have not been able to afford homes due to low wages. As the housing market recovered, incomes did not.

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