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Critical Time for the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act

As we enter the August Congressional recess, we enter a critical period for key legislation, including the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act, H.R. 1077, and its Senate Companion, S. 949, introduced in May by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Johanns (R-NE). Both of these bills fix the definition of fees ...


As the Housing Recovery Gains Speed, CENTURY 21® is on the Fast Track

Things are moving fast these days, and that’s a really good thing. With the pace of the real estate recovery picking up steam, new opportunities for real estate professionals are emerging on almost a daily basis. The question is: Are you up to speed and ready to capitalize? At ...


Prices Continue to Roll at Double-Digit Rates

Existing-home sales declined in June but have stayed well above year-ago levels for the past two years, while the median price shows seven straight months of double-digit year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Economy Poised for a Stronger Second Half of 2013

The ongoing housing recovery coupled with improvement in both consumer confidence and the labor market are expected to boost economic growth in the second half of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. The latest jobs report showed steady year-to-date job creation and measures of consumer ...


Market Insider: How Long Will this Housing Shortage Last?

Home prices have risen at a double-digit rate since early spring. The Case-Shiller reading was up 11 percent in March compared to a year earlier, while the NAR median price was higher by roughly the same amount in April. ...


NAHB Seeks Changes to the PATH Act to Ensure a Healthy Housing Finance System

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently that it will work with lawmakers to make changes to the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act legislative proposal to ensure that it provides the federal support necessary to maintain a strong and liquid housing finance system. ...


Multifamily Dip Drives Housing Starts Lower in June

Nationwide housing starts declined 9.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 units in June as construction of multifamily buildings slowed following recent months of strong activity in that sector, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, the pace of single-family production ...


Consumer Mortgage Rate Expectations Spike

Potential homebuyers may enter the purchase market sooner rather than later as more Americans expect mortgage rates and home prices to climb, according to results from Fannie Mae’s June 2013 National Housing Survey. ...


June Housing Scorecard Shows Faster Recovery in Some Markets

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury this week released the June edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continue to show signs that the housing market is strengthening, with home prices continuing ...


NAR Advocates for Federal Policy Initiatives that Positively Impact Commercial Real Estate Financing

The National Association of REALTORS® actively protects the interests of its 1 million members daily by advocating for federal policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to own, buy and sell real property. With a strong understanding of the challenges today’s commercial real estate brokers and their agents ...


Delinquencies Drop as Bad Boom Loans Fade Away

Fewer new problem loans, declining levels of negative equity and shrinking inventories of bad loans from the boom era have helped to reduce mortgage delinquencies by the largest year-to-date decline since 2002. ...


Median Price of Homes Purchased Rose 2.3 Percent to $110,000

Homeowners in the U.S. paid a median price of $110,000 for their homes, according to a 2011 American Housing Survey profile released recently. This is an increase of 2.3 percent from the $107,500 reported in the 2009 survey. The median purchase price of homes constructed in the past four years ...


Experts: Say So Long To Mortgage Rates In The 3′s For Now

(MCT)—The era of the 30-year home mortgage rate in the 3's suddenly appears to be over. ...


US Foreclosure Inventory Down 29 Percent Nationally from a Year Ago

CoreLogic recently released its May National Foreclosure Report with a supplement featuring quarterly shadow inventory data as of April 2013. ...


Home Sizes Expand: Are McMansions Making a Comeback?

As sales improve and prices rebound, another housing component is showing growth: square footage. During the real estate lull, the average home size shrunk. However, while the housing market shows signs of recovery, larger and more luxurious homes are also making ...


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