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Investors and the Home-Rental Market

In traditional housing recoveries, individuals and households provide the bulk of the demand the market needs to rebound. This time, though, a different kind of buyer has been powering the housing recovery: investors looking for valuable rental property. ...


CoreLogic Acquires Case-Shiller

CoreLogic®, a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, announced the acquisition of Case-Shiller® from Fiserv, Inc. in conjunction with first quarter 2013 CoreLogic earnings results on April 24, 2013. The acquisition closed on March 20, 2013. ...


Luxury Portfolio International® Expands Globally with 15 New Members in Q1

Luxury Portfolio International® has expanded its global footprint with the addition of 15 new member firms in the first quarter of the year, with extended coverage throughout Europe, as well as the U.S. and Canada, the company has announced. The network has also welcomed two new communities to its Luxury ...


REALTORS® Urge Preserving Homeownership Tax Policies

As Congress pursues comprehensive tax reform it should focus on doing no harm to housing and America’s 75 million homeowners by maintaining current tax laws for homeownership and real estate investment, the National Association of REALTORS® said in a recent ...


Home Builders Call on Congress to Improve Immigration Bill’s Guest Worker Provisions

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commends the bipartisan Senate sponsors of legislation to advance comprehensive immigration reform and called on lawmakers to improve the guest worker provisions in the bill to address the significant role that foreign workers play in the housing industry and to help alleviate current ...


House Prices Continue Their Ascent

Nationally, house prices continued to rise in February, contributing to the overall recovery in U.S. house prices. According to the most recent release  by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. house prices rose by 0.7 percent on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis in February. This is the thirteenth consecutive monthly ...


New-Home Sales Rise 1.5 Percent in March

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


March Existing-Home Sales Slip Due to Limited Inventory, Prices Maintain Uptrend

Existing-home sales eased in March from inventory constraints, which continued to pressure home prices, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Mortgages Are Coming Home

Since late last year, industry experts forecast a drop in mortgage refinancings as rates rise, and a revival of purchase mortgages, as the housing recovery creates business for lenders willing to work with buyers. The spring housing market is here and ...


First-Quarter Economic Growth Stronger Than Expected

Recent data indicate that economic growth in the first quarter has accelerated to an above-trend—but likely unsustainable—pace of 3.2 percent, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. A significant buildup in business inventories provided a one-time boost to first quarter growth and is expected to resume a more ...


Rising Costs Put Squeeze on Builder Confidence in April

Facing increasing costs for building materials and rising concerns about the supply of developed lots and labor, builders registered less confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April, with a two-point drop to 42 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. ...


FHA Reform Efforts Must Ensure Borrowers Have Access to Affordable Home Loans

With tight mortgage lending standards preventing well-qualified home buyers from obtaining home loans and impeding the housing and economic recovery, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for congressional efforts to reform the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) but ...


4 Myths of Online Real Estate Lead Generation

Using the internet to capture real estate leads can be an exciting way to earn new business. It can also be a major undertaking for those without the training, understanding or systems to manage online lead generation. ...


Mortgage Rates Edge Down for Second Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging down for the second consecutive week following weak employment reports. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.43 percent this week remains near its 65-year record low and continues to ...


Beware the 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) issued a somewhat final Ability to Repay (ATR) Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule in January. The pleasant surprise was the inclusion of a safe harbor for many QM loans. NAR and its industry partners fought for several months to ensure that the less safe ...


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