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Existing-Home Sales Rise 2.4% in September

After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at ...


U.S Regulators Ready for Relaxed Mortgage Rules

Later this week, after several years of back-and-forth debate, U.S. regulators are finally set to finalize a more relaxed set of mortgage standards. This new set of rules will be a win for the real estate industry, with the projected agreement much more ...


Home Equity Loans Surge amid Record-low Rates

The housing market seems to be on the right track. The origination of home equity lines of credit (Helocs) hit a five-year high this year as a result of low interest rates, rising home prices, and increasing consumer confidence in the trajectory of the market.  But while it’s a great ...


More American Households Doubling Up as Rents Rise

An increasing number of American adults are moving in together to share expenses as rental rates continue to outpace income, according to a new Zillow analysis. ...


America’s Lost Equity Comes Home

In the dark months from 2007 to 2009, home values were in free fall and millions of homeowners lost equity in their homes.  America lost 12.7 trillion dollars’ worth of homeowners’ equity during those years, equal to more the three quarters of the national Gross Domestic Product. ...


Ranked: Best U.S. Markets for Buying Residential Rental Properties

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q3 2014 Residential Property Rental Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties. ...


Housing’s Share of GDP: 15.5 Percent for the Second Quarter

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


New Home Sales in August – Back on Track

In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that newly constructed single family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 504 thousand in August, up 18 percent from July and 33 percent from August ...


Student Loan Debt Curbs Housing Market by $83 Billion, Study Says

(MCT)—There’s been lots of debate lately in housing circles about the impact of student debt on homeownership. ...


August Housing – Not Necessarily August but Still Robust

In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the seasonally adjusted annual pace of housing starts in August was 956 thousand. This is 14.4 percent below the July pace of 1.117 million starts but ...


FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. "It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty ...


The Great Delay: Student Loan Debt and Homeownership

A record number of Millennials, individuals aged 18 to 34 years, are delaying household formation. This “Great Delay,” instead of the forbearance of impending doom, may actually be a sign of prudent economic decision ...


Eye on the Economy: Existing Home Sales Improving

Existing home sales increased 2.4 percent in July, tallying the fourth consecutive month of increase. While the pace of existing home sales remains 4.3 percent below the July 2013 rate, the steady improvement for resales is positive news for the ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Decreases Slightly in August

Mortgage credit availability decreased in August according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product. ...


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