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More Than 750 Builders Discuss Housing Issues in Hill Visits

More than 750 builders from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill last week for the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Legislative Conference to urge their lawmakers to support policies that will keep the housing recovery moving forward and increase housing opportunities for all Americans. ...


4 Tips to Grow Your Net Worth

A report released earlier this year from the Chicago-based Spectrem Group estimated there were 8.99 million households in the United States with a net worth of at least $1 million at the end of 2012. ...


Fannie Mae Takes Additional Steps to Streamline Short Sale Process

Fannie Mae recently introduced a new tool to help real estate professionals successfully close short sales. Listing agents are now asked to register accepted short sale offers with Fannie Mae to provide greater transparency into the process and allow Fannie Mae to proactively work with the mortgage servicer to finalize ...


Rebound Alert: 96 of the Top 100 U.S. Home Markets Advance

Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination and complete lifestyle resource, recently released the Homes.com Local Market Index, a new summary of price performance on repeat sales properties in the U.S. Utilizing home pricing data for the period ending March 2013, the index showed 96 out of 100 markets for ...


Consumer Sentiment Highest Since 2007

(MCT)—A gauge on consumer sentiment this month reached the highest level since 2007, thanks to cheerier expectations and a rosier outlook on current economic conditions, according to data released Friday. ...


HUD and VA Team up: Provide Homes to 9,000 Homeless Vets

Approximately 9,000 homeless veterans living on the streets and in the nation’s shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently that HUD will provide $60 ...


Home Sales Soar, Consumer Confidence Returns—Multiple Offers and Demand for Advice Powers REALTORS’® Value

The more than 100 major real estate brokers who attended RISMedia’s Mid-Year Power Broker Forum earlier this month virtually all reported first quarter gains in transactions and dollar volume from 2012. Consumer confidence combined with near historic low mortgage interest rates ...


Immigration Reform Could Generate $500 Billion in New Real Estate Transactions

If current legislation that creates a path to legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants is passed, the nation’s Hispanic real estate leaders estimate that it would create a new pool of 3 million homeowners and pump more than $500 billion in sales, ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces 2012 Market Statistics

Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® announced its 2012 sales statistics recently, showing that collectively, network affiliates produced $272 billion in sales in 2012 with over one million transaction sides. This is $65-70 billion more in dollar volume and approximately 20 percent more sides than its closest network ...


HUD and Census Bureau Announce New Construction Activity in April

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today announced the following new residential construction statistics for April 2013: ...


Freddie Mac Announces Immediate Availability of Streamlined Modification for Delinquent Borrowers

Freddie Mac recently announced it is making its new Streamlined Modification program immediately available to all eligible borrowers nationwide in order to expedite financial relief for potentially thousands of distressed families. Freddie Mac's Streamlined Modification program had originally been scheduled to ...


NAR Member Survey Shows REALTOR® Business and Income Continue to Improve

The business activity and income of REALTORS® are up for the second year in a row following nine years of decline, according to the 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile. ...


April Housing Scorecard: Progress as Values Rise and Sales Remain Strong

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the April edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show important progress across many key indicators—as home values continue to ...


Seventy-one Percent Still Say It’s a Good Time to Buy

Home prices are rising at double digit rates. Inventories are at historic lows. Two out of five applicants for a purchase mortgage are rejected. Yet nearly three quarters of Americans say it’s a good time to buy a home. ...


New Mortgage Rules for Balloon, Rural Lenders Would Limit Access to Credit in Rural Areas

Many residents in rural America would have reduced access to mortgage credit despite accommodations included in new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) mortgage rules, according to survey results released recently by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). ICBA’s ...


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