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Housing Starts Rise 5.9 Percent in July

Nationwide housing starts rose 5.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 units in July as multifamily construction rebounded from a dip in the previous month, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, ...


Housing Report: Inventory Improves – Sales, Prices Rise Higher

For the 18th month in a row, both home sales and prices are higher than the same month in the previous year, says the recently released RE/MAX Housing Report. According to the national report, July home sales were 17.0 percent higher than last July and the median price, $189,950 was ...


Travel and Tourism Workers Struggle to Cover Housing Costs in Many Metros

In the midst of a housing and economic recovery, many workers key to Americans’ summer vacation plans struggle to afford housing in metro areas across the country. In the latest edition of Paycheck to Paycheck, Center for Housing Policy (CHP) researchers draw on the latest data from the first quarter ...


Mortgage Delinquencies Fall Signaling Improving Housing Market

The percentage of homeowners behind on mortgage payments or in the process of foreclosure is at a five-year low for the second quarter, according to a recent survey. Dom Frommeyer, CRMS, the president of NAMB, The Association of Mortgage Professionals, weighs ...


Realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report Shows Dramatic National Year-Over-Year Inventory Declines are Easing

Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., today released the realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report for the month of July 2013. July's real estate market data shows the nation experienced a 5.24 percent decline in housing inventory, which is the second month ...


What Loan Program Is Right for Your Borrower?

After the housing crash in 2008, the real estate market left risky loan programs behind and instead turned to safer ways to finance homes. Although there are fewer options, there are still many things to consider before choosing a program that’s right for your situation. Don Frommeyer, CRMS, president of ...


Confidence in Homeownership is Up, Millennials Especially Enthusiastic

The second quarter Consumer Outlook Survey just released by Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, portrayed a particularly positive viewpoint of the housing market, with millennials at the forefront of the sanguine stats. A solid 80 percent ...


The Inventory Shortage: How Bad is it…and How to Cope

While the real estate recovery continues to move forward, many brokers and agents are running into a somewhat unexpected roadblock: not enough inventory. The current status of the inventory shortage along with strategies for dealing with a listing-poor marketplace will be ...


NAHB Chairman Applauds President’s Housing Speech

Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C., recently issued the following statement on President Obama’s housing speech in Phoenix: ...


Las Vegas Breaks Out with 31.2 Percent Yearly Growth in July

Clear Capital. one of the premium providers of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through July 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the ...


Research Links Mortgage Interest Deduction with Economic Opportunity

The mortgage interest deduction (MID) is linked positively with intergenerational mobility – a measure of economic opportunity – according to new academic research from economists at Harvard and Berkeley. This paper comes on the heels of separate research showing that trading the MID for lower individual income tax rates results ...


Home Prices Continue to Soar in May – REALTORS® Use Latest Stats to Inform Consumers Real Estate Is Back

Data through May 2013, released this week by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, a leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed increases of 2.5% and 2.4% for the 10- and 20-City Composites in May versus April. ...


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®. ...


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