Sales of New Single-Family Homes Increase

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Sales of new single-family houses in August 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau. This is 5.7 percent (±16.2 percent) above the revised July rate of 522,000 and is 21.6 percent (±18.7 percent) above the August 2014 estimate of 454,000. The median sales price of new houses sold in August 2015 was …

Q: Which Is Better, a 15-Year or 30-Year Loan?

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A: The 15-year mortgage offers you a chance to save thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. This is because the interest rate is typically lower and amortization is half that of the 30-year loan, which means that the total interest paid on the 15-year note, as compared to a 30-year note, is significantly less because of the shorter borrowing period. Put another way, a 15-year loan accrues principal much more quickly than …