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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Swim Against the Tide with 3 Percent-Down Loans

Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This move came just days after the mortgage giants implemented less rigid lending standards in order to give Main Street citizens with ...


Zillow Shareholders and Trulia Stockholders Approve Planned Acquisition

Zillow, Inc. (Nasdaq:Z) and Trulia, Inc. (NYSE:TRLA) announced Thursday that Zillow shareholders and Trulia stockholders voted resoundingly to approve the previously announced definitive agreement, dated as of July 28, 2014, pursuant to which Zillow will acquire Trulia. ...


News Corp Announces New Leadership at Move, Inc.

News Corp announced Wednesday that Ryan O’Hara will become Chief Executive Officer of Move, effective January 5, 2015. ...


In Most Major Markets, Negative Equity Has Fallen by Half Since Peak of Crisis

The number of U.S. homeowners upside down on their mortgages has fallen by more than 40 percent since early 2012, according to the third quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. ...


Eye on the Economy: Labor Market Gains Are a Positive Sign for Housing

An improving labor market will help support growth in home building in 2015. And the November report offered the most positive jobs data in some time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 321,000 jobs (seasonally adjusted) were added to the economy in November, and the numbers for September and ...


Save 25% on the Revised Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Core Course

NAR PULSE—The Accredited Buyer’s Representative Course (ABR®) has been completely revised and overhauled with expanded real-world scenarios designed to help REALTORS® confidently represent buyers through all real estate transactions. Become a trusted consultant for buyers by signing up for this completely online ...


Research Shows Many U.S. Renters Still Dream of Homeownership

The majority of U.S. renters are struggling financially and plan to remain renters for the next three years, according to recent Freddie Mac survey data. However, the recent financial crisis did not tarnish renters' dreams of homeownership with 91 percent of them viewing homeownership as something of which to be ...


What Homes Do Millennials Buy?

New NAHB research shows that millennials tend to buy homes that are smaller, older, and less expensive than homes bought by older generations. Being the youngest home buyers with little or no accumulated wealth also affects how millennials shop and buy their homes. ...


Final QRM: Good for Consumers and Private Capital

After nearly three years of deliberation, regulators have finalized the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule and abandoned the onerous and costly down payment requirement while giving creators of mortgage-backed securities one less uncertainty on their road to recovery. The immediate impact ...


Realtor.com® 2015 Housing Forecast: Stage Set for the Return of First-Time Home Buyers

Following years of retrenchment among prospective first-time homebuyers and the dampening effect it has had on the recovery of the housing market, first-timers will return to the market next year, according to the realtor.com® 2015 Housing Forecast released Dec. 4. ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate at Lowest Level in 19 Months

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 3.76 percent, down one basis point from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage hovered around 3.75 percent last week before settling at the current rate. ...


Pending Home Sales Slow in October but Remain Higher Than a Year Ago

Pending home sales declined in October but remained at a healthy level of activity and are above year-over-year levels for the second straight month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Idea Exchange Council Comes Together with Common Goal of Raising the Caliber of the Real Estate Industry

Two times per year, at NAR’s major meetings, the idea exchange council for brokers comes together to share broker challenges, ideas and solutions. ...


Will a Bad Court Decision in California Be Followed in Other States?

Say what you want about California: a state with a dysfunctional state government and/or political climate, a very litigious state, or a state having high tax rates and real estate prices. Yet despite these issues, California ...


Broad-based Slowdown for Home Prices: Case-Shiller

S&P Dow Jones Indices released Tuesday the September 2014 index data for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, a leading measure of U.S. home prices. Results show that home prices continue to decelerate. The 10-City Composite gained 4.8% year-over-year, down from ...


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