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Pending Home Sales Inch Forward in July

Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Home Values Slide after Nearly Four Years of Growth

The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow® July Real Estate Market Reports. ...


NAR Broker Tip of the Month: CFPB Releases New TRID Tools

On August 14, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new online toolkit to help real estate professionals understand the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and how to explain those changes to their clients. ...


Home Prices Continue to Accelerate

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for June 2015 show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. ...


Study Finds Racial Disparity Exists between What Borrowers Pay for Mortgages

Racial disparity in mortgage rates is widespread between black and white borrowers, according to a newly published study which found more financially vulnerable black women suffer the most. ...


Foreign Investors Rush to Snap up U.S. Housing

Wealthy, very nervous foreigners yanking their money out of their countries while they still can and pouring it into U.S. residential real estate, paying cash, and driving up home prices—that’s the meme. But it’s more than a meme as political ...


Increase for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

Single-family homes built-for-rent increased to approximately 8,000 starts for the second quarter of 2015, compared to about 6,000 for the same period of 2014. The share and count of built-for-rent starts are off post-recession highs and will likely approach historical norms as the housing market continues to expand. However, given the relatively small size of this ...


New Single-Family Home Size Trends Flat

The typical size of newly built single-family homes was effectively unchanged from the first to second quarter of 2015, posting small quarterly declines. The current data is consistent with the general trend of flat growth for the size of typical newly-built homes, a pattern that took ...


The Top 5 Things to Know about TRID Now

With TRID’s (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule) effective date of October 3, 2015 approaching, lenders, real estate agents and settlement agents need to be taking stock of their preparedness and communicating among themselves and with consumers about what to expect. ...


How Long Does It Take to Build a Single-Family Home?

The 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7 months, which usually includes around 25 days from authorization to start and another 6 months to finish the ...


Residential Loan Originations Up 23 Percent

RealtyTrac®recently released its Q2 2015 U.S. Residential Loan Origination Report, which shows that 1,950,267 loans were originated on single-family homes and condos in the second quarter, up 22 percent from the previous quarter and up 23 percent from a year ago to the ...


10 ZIP Codes Rise Above in Realtor.com®’s List of Hottest U.S. Housing Locales

Move over Beverly Hills, 90210. The ZIP codes 02176 (Melrose, Mass.), 43085 (Worthington, Ohio) and 58103 (Fargo, N.D.) have pushed past one of the nation’s most recognizable postal codes and 32,000 others across the U.S. to top realtor.com®’s list of 10 Hottest ...


Gen Y wants to DIY! Fixer-Upper Features Interest Millennials

From craft beer to Pinterest crafts, the Millennial generation has embraced DIY projects. While some of us wouldn’t touch a fixer-upper home with a ten-foot pole, many Millennials, who dealt with student-loan debt and other recession-related money troubles, enjoy getting ...


Gap between Appraiser and Homeowner Perceptions Doubled in July

Appraiser opinions of home values were 2.33 percent lower than homeowner estimates in July, according to the latest Quicken Loans national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions of value in July was nearly double the gap ...


Construction Job Openings Remain High as Hiring Slows

The count of construction job openings fell somewhat in June, albeit from an upwardly revised estimate for the month of May. Post-revision, the May count of unfilled construction positions was second only to the month of March. The number of unfilled jobs in construction remains high, even as hiring slowed for ...


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