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Report: Finances Prevent 45 Percent of Non-Homeowners from Buying

Almost half of non-homeowners say their financial situation stands in their way of purchasing a home, according to a new Bankrate.com report, which concludes 29 percent say they can't afford a down payment and 16 percent say their credit isn't good enough to ...


Shrinking Expectation of Fed Rate Hike

The once lofty expectations of an additional interest rate hike to occur in 2016 are shrinking. This minimized chance follows a recent Fed policy statement, which suggested that the U.S. central bank might not hike rates in ...


Seesaw Effect: Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Drop

Mortgage applications increased 8.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 22, 2016.  This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Martin Luther King holiday. ...


Did Credit Default Swaps Cause the Failure of Major Institutions?

Credit default swaps (CDS) may have amplified – but did not cause – the 2008 financial crisis, concludes a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Financial Crisis Institute. ...


Reverse Mortgage and Your Adult Children

(TNS)—You’re thinking about getting a reverse mortgage. Should you discuss your plan with your adult children? Maybe. Every senior homeowner’s situation is unique. ...


Falling Rates Cause Rise in Refinance Mortgage Applications

Mortgage applications increased 9.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 15, 2016. ...


U.S. Jobs Report Slams Expectations

In 2015, American employers added 2.65 million jobs, the second best year of jobs gains since 1999, according to a recent employment data report. ...


The Fed Has Raised Interest Rates: What Do Millennials Need to Know?

(TNS)—At long last, the Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate. But the impact on savings accounts and loans won’t be big, at least for now. ...


Consumer Spending Shows Solid Growth as Incomes Rise

(TNS)—Consumer spending, a key driver of the U.S. economy, showed solid growth last month to kick off the holiday shopping season as incomes also kept rising, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...


Movin’ On Up: Refinance, Purchase Applications Increase

Mortgage applications increased 7.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 18, 2015. ...


New Student Loan Repayment Option Could Positively Impact Housing Market

Student loan debt and its relationship to the successful recovery of the housing market has long been a hot topic in the real estate community. For millennials—the next generation of homebuyers—confusion over money is majorly effecting their natural financial trajectory, ...


Consumer Prices Hold Steady, but Other Inflation Signs Point toward Fed Rate Hike

(TNS)--Consumer prices were unchanged in November amid declining energy and food costs, but other data in the government’s monthly report indicated enough inflation to keep the Federal Reserve on track for an interest rate hike this week. ...


TransUnion’s 2016 Forecast Expects Consumer Credit Markets to Complete Recovery

TransUnion’s 2016 mortgage and credit card forecasts predict that the consumer lending market will have fully recovered by the end of next year from both the mortgage crisis and the ensuing Great Recession that concluded more than six years ago. ...


Fed Hike May Happen Now That 200,000 More Jobs Have Entered Fold

In November, the U.S. economy added a 211,000 new jobs to its roster, according to recently released news from the U.S. Department of Labor. While that number is a down step from the previous month, it shows enough continuous growth to turn the ...


Mortgage Applications Teeter 0.2 Percent

Mortgage applications decreased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 27, 2015. This week's results included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday. ...


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