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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 ...


Research Addresses Real Estate Policy Issues

This column is brought to you by the NAR Real Estate Services group. ...


New-Home Sales Rise 2.1 Percent in May

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose for a third consecutive month in May, posting a 2.1 percent gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000 units, according to data recently released by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the fastest sales pace recorded since July of ...


Eye on the Recovery: Rebound Report Shows All Top 100 Markets Improve, Positive Equity Returning

In the latest round of positive housing news this week, Homes.com is reporting gains for single-family properties in all top 100 markets for the first time, improving from 96 and 91 markets in the two previous reporting periods. This, ...


Rising Home Prices, Increasing Equity Spark Move-up Sales

This week’s breaking news regarding the significant jump in April home prices - posting record monthly growth and the fastest year-over-year growth in seven years - is just the latest in a series of statistics confirming that the real estate ...


Would Abolishing Fannie and Freddie Stall the Real Estate Recovery?

Earlier this month, a bipartisan bill was put forth that would liquidate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a government reinsurer of mortgage securities behind private capital. While the legislation is in the very early stages, there is ...


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