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Basel, QM and QRM: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards have the potential to severely restrict already tight credit and ...


CEO Exchange Snapshot: RISMedia Releases Post-Event Video

RISMedia’s CEO Exchange held last month at the prestigious Yale Club in New York City brought together a powerhouse slate of industry leaders representing brokerage firms from across the nation, major franchise brands, real estate and association executives, leading mortgage ...


Housing Recovery Is in Congress’ Hands

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through September 2012 which showed far more markets improving than declining. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the ...


Rand on Real Estate: The Institutionalization of the U.S. Housing Market

Over the past year it has been reported that several private equity companies, hedge funds and private REITS have turned their attention to the single family home market. This is the first time capital sources like this have taken such a keen interest in our marketplace, and it presents great ...


17 Percent of Homeowners Undervalue Their Home

About one out of eight, or 17 percent, of homeowners with a mortgage believes their home is worth less than the amount they owe, when in fact the opposite is true. This suggests that large numbers of owners are undervaluing ...


Change Can Ensure You Survive and Thrive in Today’s New Normal

Replacing bricks and mortar with virtual space is no longer a new concept. It’s a tactic born during the recent downturn because it simply made economic sense. But it’s a strategy today that is gaining favor for a variety of ...


Monday Morning Mobile: There is No “i” in Frustrated

As we all know, technology giant Apple recently released the new iPhone 5, which hit stores on September 28, 2012. I don’t necessarily consider myself an “Apple guy,” although I do love both my iPhone and my iPad. However, I have to admit I was disappointed by the release of ...


Pace of New-Home Sales Holds Steady in August

Following a substantial gain in July, the pace of new-home sales held virtually unchanged at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


Pending Home Sales Decline, Still Higher than Last Year

After reaching a two-year peak, pending home sales fell in August but are at elevated levels compared with a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


More than 800 Attend Rally for Homeownership in Independence, Mo.

More than 800 people from Missouri and three neighboring states took part in a Rally for Homeownership recently in Independence, Mo. to send a message to their local, state and federal lawmakers that homeownership is critical to a strong and ...


Recruiting, Aging Workforce and Competition Top List of Crucial Business Challenges

Securing top talent was the number one business worry for the nation’s top real estate brokerage executives who responded to a recent Imprev Thought Leader Survey. More than 90% of those who responded to the poll cited “securing top talent” ...


More Buyers Choose Conventional over FHA Loans

The use of mortgage financing in the housing market jumped sharply in the month of August, but the use of FHA financing declined, suggesting the government program is losing favor and private lenders are gaining market share. ...


August Bay State Home Sales Jump 20 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Sales of both Massachusetts single-family homes and condominiums rose in August - the seventh straight month both property types posted a year-over-year increase, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Home Prices Rebound to 2003 Levels

More great market news came through yesterday: According to S&P/Case-Shiller, in July, the average home price rose to the same level as those seen during summer 2003, when the housing boom first started its journey toward the 2006 peak. While ...


Report: Foreclosure Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Right to Vote

Recently, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report, “Lose Your Home, Keep Your Vote: How to Protect Voters Caught Up in Foreclosure.” The report highlights the confusion victims of foreclosure may face when determining how they can cast a ...


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