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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 ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover under Four Percent

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down for the third week in a row as uncertainty about the economy pushed Treasury yields lower earlier last week. ...


Study Shows Real Estate Firms Remain Confident about Future Profitability

Real estate firms are confident in the industry’s future growth and their increasing profitability, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Real Estate Firms. ...


June Gains for Residential Construction Spending

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for June increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $378 billion. On a month-over-month basis, private multifamily spending increased to $52 billion, up by 2.82 percent over the ...


Different Buyer Preferences? New vs. Existing Homes

If you have ever wondered what drives a homebuyer to select a particular home, look no further. The American Housing Survey provides insight into the homebuying process. The top two reasons for choosing a home were its size (cited by 76 percent of ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Trickle Down

A recently released Freddie Mac survey showed average fixed mortgage rates moving lower, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage ducking just under four percent. ...


The Death of the Downsize: Homeowners Buying Bigger in Retirement

Many retirees are choosing not to move to a smaller home, according to a recent Merrill Lynch retirement study, conducted in partnership with Age Wave. While some retirees are interested in renovated, and others ...


Department of Defense Issues Final Military Lending Act Rule

After nearly three years of study, the Department of Defense issued the final Military Lending Act (MLA) rule. ...


Mortgage Rates Move Lower

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates reversing course once again and moving lower amid mixed economic and housing data. ...


California Pending Home Sales Continue Annual Increase for Seventh Straight Month

California pending home sales continued to gain steam in June, registering seven months of continued annual increases and the fifth consecutive month of double-digit increases, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in June as Home Prices Surpass July 2006 Peak

Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, while the cumulative effect of rising demand and limited supply helped push the national median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions ...


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