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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 ...


Realogy Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2013 Results

Realogy Holdings Corp recently provided preliminary estimates of certain of its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013: ...


Twenty Percent of Bankers Expect Lending Standards to Loosen

Expectations among bank risk professionals for the relaxation of lending standards increased sharply in the first quarter, rising from 12.1 to 19.9 percent, according to the quarterly FICO/PRMIA survey. ...


REALTORS® Applaud FHA for Taking Steps to Improve its Financial Stability; More Reforms Necessary

While the Federal Housing Administration still faces challenges ahead, the agency has already taken a number of significant steps to mitigate risk and increase the solvency and strength of the mortgage-insurance fund. That’s according to National Association of REALTORS® President Gary Thomas, who testified today before the U.S. House Financial ...


Lenders in Settlement to Make Payouts to Foreclosed Borrowers

(MCT)—As part of a settlement with federal regulators, 13 lenders this week are starting to pay out $3.6 billion to more than 4 million troubled borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure proceedings in 2009 and 2010. ...


Beverly Hills’ 90210 and Aspen’s 81611 Top Luxury Homes Sales $10 Million and Up

Look out 90210; a new ZIP code in Aspen, Colo., is making California-sized waves. Recently, Coldwell Banker Previews International®, the Coldwell Banker brand’s luxury real estate marketing program, released its Luxury Market Report, providing a snapshot of luxury markets from January through December 2012. The report, which focused ...


What’s the Story with FHA?

I hear a lot about the Federal Housing Administration, and much of it is simply wrong. “The FHA is the next subprime.” Untrue. “The FHA caused the housing crisis.” Also untrue. There is a lot of misinformation making the rounds, which ...


Clear Capital: Q1 Home Prices Remain Strong over Winter for the First Time in Seven Years

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


CoreLogic Reports 54,000 Completed Foreclosures in February

CoreLogic® recently released its National Foreclosure Report for February, which provides data on completed U.S. foreclosures and the overall foreclosure inventory. According to CoreLogic, there were 54,000 completed foreclosures in the U.S. in February 2013, down from 67,000 in February 2012, ...


NAHB Says: New Home Sales Readjust

New home sales were down 4.6 percent in February from January but up 12.3 percent from a year ago. The drop in February was from an elevated January that was the highest since mid-2008. The inventory of unsold new homes remains very low by historic standards at 4.4 month’s supply. ...


Mortgage Originations at Five-Year High In New England Area

Regional Spotlight—The recovery year for the local housing market is evident in recent statistics - showing 2012 mortgage activity in New England at the highest level in five years, according to new data from The Warren Group's Mortgage MarketShare Module. ...


Economic Growth Poised to Strengthen

The strong jobs report and the rebound in consumer confidence in February suggested that businesses and consumers set aside their worries about fiscal drag ahead of the looming sequestration deadline, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. Activity in ...


Five Federal Programs Homeowners Should Review in 2013

As homeowners receive their annual property assessments and taxable valuations in the mail, many will see the continued drop in the value of their home. Despite recent reports of declining "underwater" homeowners in the fourth quarter of 2012, there are still ...


Pending Home Sales Slip on Constrained Inventory

February pending home sales flattened with limited buyer choices, but remained at the second highest level in nearly three years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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