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Home Prices Continue to Accelerate

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for June 2015 show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. ...


Foreign Investors Rush to Snap up U.S. Housing

Wealthy, very nervous foreigners yanking their money out of their countries while they still can and pouring it into U.S. residential real estate, paying cash, and driving up home prices—that’s the meme. But it’s more than a meme as political ...


The Trek to Financial Wellness

(TNS)—One of the most important journeys we can take is the trek to financial wellness. Building financial security and independence, while certainly important, makes up only one slice of the whole financial wellness pie. Financial wellness also ...


Fixed Mortgage Increase for First Time in Four Weeks

Average fixed mortgage rates reversed course, nudging higher for the first time in four weeks, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). ...


Consumers Expect Slower Growth in Spending

The July 2015 Survey of Consumer Expectations results suggest relatively stable expectations about the economy. The median one-year and three-year-ahead expected rates of inflation remained unchanged at 3.0 percent. While earnings and household income growth expectations were largely unchanged, median household spending growth expectations retreated substantially to their lowest level ...


Study Shows Real Estate Firms Remain Confident about Future Profitability

Real estate firms are confident in the industry’s future growth and their increasing profitability, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Real Estate Firms. ...


5 Tips for Financing Investment Property

(TNS)--Home prices have been on a steady climb from the depths of the housing crash, leaving many wondering if it is still a good time to invest in the residential real estate market. ...


June Gains for Residential Construction Spending

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for June increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $378 billion. On a month-over-month basis, private multifamily spending increased to $52 billion, up by 2.82 percent over the ...


Millennials Lacking Adequate Info on Financial Risk of Student Loans

A recent report shows 56 percent of millennials with current or past student loans have delayed major life events because of their debt, compared with 43 percent of older adults, according to a new Bankrate.com study. Buying a home is the ...


Millennials Have the Lowest Credit Scores of All Generations

As millennials have now passed baby boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. population, this digitally independent generation is still much less savvy than older generations when it comes to their finances and credit management. Experian® recently released key findings today that provide a glimpse into the credit management ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Trickle Down

A recently released Freddie Mac survey showed average fixed mortgage rates moving lower, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage ducking just under four percent. ...


Mortgage Rates Move Lower

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates reversing course once again and moving lower amid mixed economic and housing data. ...


10 Ways to Pay off Your Student Loans in a Year

So you’re out of college, drowning in debt and probably wondering, “Was it really worth it?” ...


Mortgage Rates Inch Lower Due to Global Uncertainty

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing an investor flight to safety for U.S. Treasuries is pushing average fixed mortgage rates lower and helping to keep buyer activity strong toward the close of the spring homebuying season. ...


How to Get a Co-Signer Released from Private Student Loan

(TNS)--Parents who co-sign for a child’s private student loan can sometimes be released of their legal responsibility for the debt years later. But it’s not always easy to do, according to a new report. ...


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