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Existing-Home Sales and Prices Continue to Rise in February

February existing-home sales and prices affirm a healthy recovery is underway in the housing sector, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales have been above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, while prices show 12 consecutive months of year-over-year price ...


Low Inventory a Sign that Sellers Need Your Expertise

We’ve all heard that inventory is on the decline in several major markets across the U.S., creating a shortage for homebuyers who are on the hunt but coming up empty-handed. ...


Lumberyards Bustling as Housing Market Improves

(MCT)—Even before dawn breaks, workers at the lumberyard in Lynwood, Calif., were bustling around, getting a move on the day. Men in yellow safety vests drove flatbed trucks stacked to the brim with planks of wood. Others were buzzing around in forklifts, ferrying more boards. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 7.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 15, 2013. ...


Home Selling Season Starts Strong

In February, both home sales and prices rose higher than a year ago. After a decisive housing turnaround in 2012, this year looks to improve on recovering market trends. With data representing 52 metropolitan areas, the February RE/MAX National Housing Report shows home sales 2.3 percent greater than February 2012 ...


Eye on the Economy: Low Inventories Driving Permit Growth

While recent economic reports suggest that home building took a pause at the beginning of 2013, leading indicators point to more growth for housing in the months ahead. ...


MBA Applauds Bill to Clarify Points and Fees Calculation for Qualified Mortgage Rule

Debra W. Still, CMB, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), applauded H.R. 1077, the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act, introduced earlier in March in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI). The bipartisan bill would modify the definition of points and fees in the Dodd-Frank Act’s Ability ...


In New York, Confidence Ticks Up

Regional Spotlight--According to a monthly survey of real estate brokers by The Real Estate Board of New York, brokers remained confident in the market in February 2013, with increased confidence indexes for both the residential and commercial markets compared to last month. The Real Estate Market Overall Confidence Index for ...


Freddie Says: Mortgage Rates Steady

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely holding steady from the previous week, remaining near their 65-year record lows, and continuing to provide support for the housing recovery. ...


Boomerang Buyers Making a Comeback

(MCT)—Andreea Stucker thought she made a good investment when she bought a Huntington Beach, Calif., condo with her boyfriend in December 2005. ...


Americans Expect Home Prices and Mortgage Rates to Increase

Consumer attitudes toward the economy and housing continue to diverge this winter, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2013 National Housing Survey results. On the one hand, consumers continue to express strong positive attitudes toward housing. On the other hand, sentiment about the economy and household finances is stalled. Average 12-month ...


ASF Outlines Fannie, Freddie Mortgage Securities Merger

The American Securitization Forum has detailed possible ways regulators could merge mortgage-backed securities offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to close the pricing gap between the two. ...


What Will 21st Century Managers Need to Succeed?

Are the young, multiplying countries of Africa the next frontier? Which countries will be members of the EU in five years? Where is the ground safe in the Middle East? What will happen if things go awry in the South or East China Sea? Is Mexico going to replace Brazil ...


Home Prices Expected to Rise at least 3.3 Percent Annually through 2017

The housing recovery is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent through the third quarter of this year, then gain momentum and prices are projected to grow 3.7 percent between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014 until ...


February’s U.S. Home Prices Signal Solid Start to Spring Buying Season

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index(TM) (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry. ...


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