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The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage – The Future of Residential Housing

The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage, or QM, as it is known, is likely to shape the future of housing finance for years to come. The QM comes from the “ability to repay” anti-predatory lending provisions of Dodd-Frank. The original rule proposal was issued by the Federal Reserve in the summer of ...


Everybody Wins with REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Merger

One of the valuable benefits of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) became even more valuable in May. During NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings, members of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU). ...


Tips for an Instant Attitude Adjustment

Wouldn't it be great to always be motivated to market your business? Imagine for a moment what it would feel like to know that you could instantly change your mindset to something positive and productive. ...


2012 Trends in Global Relocation: Employment on the Rise

Despite a challenging global economy, 57 percent of multinational companies expect to increase the number of employees they transfer this year and next, according to the 2012 Trends in Global Relocation Survey released recently by Cartus Corporation, a provider of ...


Spring Sales: Home Prices Rise in April

Data through April 2012, released by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that on average home prices increased 1.3 percent in the month of April for both the 10- and ...


For Sellers, Farmland Provides Jackpot of Their Dreams

(MCT)—The record farmland prices that are shaking up rural America offer a potential bonanza for sellers. ...


Home Is Where the History Is

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day next week, thousands of them will flock to places like Mount Vernon, Monticello and Peacefield to learn and understand more about our country's history and the men and women who shaped its future. ...


Pending Home Sales Soar in May to Highest Level in 2 Years

(MCT)—Prospective homebuyers signed the most contracts to buy existing homes last month in more than two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors. ...


Freddie Mac Prices New $3.5 Billion Five-Year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently that it priced its new 1.00 percent five-year USD Reference Notes® security due on July 28, 2017. The issue, CUSIP number 3137EADJ5, was priced at 99.748 to yield 1.051 percent, or 29.5 basis points more than five-year U.S. Treasury Notes. ...


Dead Listings Live Again in Tight Markets

Record-low inventory levels are breathing new life into homes that were withdrawn from the market but now are finding buyers in markets across the country. ...


Case-Shiller: Home Prices Pick Up

After seven consecutive months of sliding home prices, average home prices increased more than 1 percent in April for both the 10- and 20-city groups tracked by the Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Data through April 2012, just released for the ...


Mass. May Home Sales Highest in Nearly Two Years

Regional Spotlight—Home sales in the Bay State increased almost 35 percent in May - rising to the highest level of transactions since June 2010, according to The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Student Loan Debt Crisis Linked to Lower Home Values

New analysis of government data by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals a connection between rising student loan debt and the onset of the housing slump, and offers yet another example of how lower home values have hurt ...


Existing-Home Sales Constrained by Tight Supply, Prices Continue to Gain

Limited supplies of housing inventory held back existing-home sales in May, but sales maintained a strong lead over year-ago levels and home prices are on a sustained uptrend in all regions, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


International Sales Continue to Climb in U.S. Market, REALTORS® Report

Due to low prices and the relative weakness of the dollar, international buyers continue to identify the U.S. as a desirable place to own property and make a profitable investment. ...


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