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Infographic: Millennials Willing to Sacrifice Starbucks, Cable TV to Finance Home Purchase

A majority of millennials (ages 24-34) are willing to sacrifice modern day conveniences like cell phones, internet, cable and Starbucks in order to save for a down payment on a home. A new survey from The Collingwood Group shows 65 percent of millennials ...


Lifestyle Choices—Not Student Debt—Keeping Homeownership at Bay for Millennials

The homeownership rate is falling — from a high of 69 percent in the mid-2000s to less than 64 percent today — and lack of millennial demand is a major factor. Some even see a lower homeownership ...


Consumer Credit Growth Slows

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.7 percent, $193.0 billion, in May 2015, slower than the 7.6 percent rate of growth recorded in April 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.401 trillion. ...


White House Makes Solar Power Accessible to Lower-Income Households

In an effort to “scale up” solar, the Obama Administration recently announced an initiative that will result in lower household energy bills and job growth in the clean energy sector. The initiative, unveiled by the White House earlier this week, will ...


Potential Buy-to-Rent Returns Down in 59 Percent of U.S. Counties

In the first five months of 2015, potential returns from buy-to-rent purchases of 3-bedroom residential properties decreased from the same time period a year ago in 59 percent of counties analyzed, according to a recently released RealtyTrac® Buy-to-Rent analysis. The analysis, coupled with ...


Consumer Housing Attitudes Signal Healthier Purchase Market Ahead

Americans’ outlook toward the current home selling market and the future of home rental prices may bode well for purchase activity this year, according to results from Fannie Mae's June 2015 National Housing Survey™. Amid continued strong ...


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NAR PULSE--There is still time to save 15 percent on DocuSign for REALTORS® PLUS annual prepaid plans! DocuSign offers quick and secure transaction management services and is the National Association of REALTORS® official and exclusive provider of eSignature services under the REALTOR ...


New Technology Built Specifically for TRID Helps Smooth the Way

With the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule nearing its implementation deadline of Oct. 3, 2015, the residential mortgage industry has been hard at work to get new or updated processes into place and tested to help ensure a ...


Mortgage Rates Reach New 2015 Highs

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey® recently reported average fixed mortgage rates reaching new 2015 highs, ahead of the June jobs report. ...


Consumers Voice Optimistic Outlook in June Indexes

Consumer sentiment and consumer confidence are two indexes showing consumers’ perceptions of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future’s economy. ...


All-Cash Share of U.S. Home Purchases Drops to Lowest Level Since 2009

RealtyTrac® recently released its May 2015 U.S. Home & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows 24.6 percent of all single family home and condo sales in May were all-cash purchases, down from 28.5 percent in the previous month and down ...


Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Nine Years

Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of REATORS®. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South. ...


Seeing Is Believing: Expanding National Housing Inventory Makes Summer 2015 Best Buying Season Since 2006

U.S. housing markets are on track to be the best since 2006 with robust demand and a corresponding growth in supply (4 percent month-over-month) maintaining their springtime momentum and helping to boost sales in June 2015, according to realtor.com’s ‘Advance ...


Student Debt Is One of the Top Reasons Millennials Are Not Buying Homes

Twenty-somethings are not borrowing money to buy homes at the rate they were a decade ago—a trend that may have as much to do with high levels of student debt and poor job prospects as it has to do with trauma from ...


CFPB Delays ‘Know Before You Owe’ Rule again for a Saturday Launch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday issued a proposed amendment to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, which proposes to move the rule’s effective date to October 3, 2015, two days later than its most recent proposal to extend the effective date to October 1, 2015. ...


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