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Low Cash-Out Share, Shorter Terms Point to Equity Build-Up

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its first quarter 2014 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers will save on net more than $1 billion in interest payments over the coming year as they continue to shorten their payment terms and build ...


The Changing Landscape of Rentals

America’s recent recession brought about many changes to the housing market, with one major impact being an increase of single-family rental housing units. Freddie Mac reports that the single-family rental market, not to be confused with multifamily, has expanded 16 percent (about ...


In Most of U.S., Buying Beats Renting after Only Two Years

In half of U.S. metros, buying a home is a better financial decision than renting for home buyers who plan to stay in their home for at least two years, according to the first quarter Zillow® breakeven horizon analysis. ...


HUD Secretary Announces Disaster Assistance for Arkansas Storm Victims

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Arkansas and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. ...


Home Prices Up 12.9% from Last Year: Case-Shiller

In recent housing news, the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index tracked a 0.8 percent rise in February based on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is slightly better than the predictions of national economists; A Reuters poll of economists had forecast ...


After Stagnant Winter, Pending Home Sales on the Move in March

After months of stagnant activity, pending home sales rose in March, marking the first gain in the past nine months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Severe Winter Constrains Remodeling Market

Against the backdrop of unusually severe winter weather, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined to 53 in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This reading is down from the historically high level of 57 ...


First Quarter: Sources of New Home Sales Financing

The share of new single-family home sales purchased using Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed mortgages continued to fall at the start of 2014. ...


Mortgage Applications Dip Lower

Mortgage applications decreased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 18, 2014. ...


More Than Half of States Show Improving Housing Markets

Freddie Mac recently released its Multi-Indicator Market Index(SM) (MiMi(SM)) for February showing the U.S. housing market overall recovering at a slightly slower pace from the previous month. However, more than half of all states, as well as more than half of the ...


Austin-Area Home Sales Volume Hits Seven-Year High for March

Regional Spotlight—According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released recently by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, Austin-area home sales volume hit a seven-year high in March 2014, rising seven percent year-over-year to 2,262 single-family homes sold. ...


Home Inventory Rising with the Temperatures in Ohio

Regional Spotlight---There were 3,428 central Ohio homes and condos listed for sale in March 2014. Although down 2.1 percent from inventory one year ago, this is up 48.3 percent from the 2,310 added the previous month according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple ...


Home Values at or Near Pre-Recession Highs in 1000+ U.S. Cities

Declines in home values experienced during the recession have already been, or are close to being, erased in almost 20 percent of metro housing markets nationwide as values continue to rise, according to the first quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. U.S. ...


Existing-Home Sales Remain Soft in March

Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South. ...


Housing Starts Rise 2.8 Percent in March

Led by a 6 percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and ...


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