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Fourth Quarter Results: 84 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Mortgage Debt

Freddie Mac released the results of its fourth quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house. This release also contains annual statistics on refinances for the ten largest metropolitan areas and four Census regions of the U.S. ...


Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Originations Up 49 Percent

Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations increased 49 percent between the third and the fourth quarters of 2012, and were also up 49 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations. ...


Housing Recovery Progresses as Short Term Momentum Stalls

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


Fannie Mae and Its Lenders Finance $33.8 Billion in Multifamily Loans in 2012

Fannie Mae, provided $33.8 billion in financing to the multifamily market in 2012, the third highest acquisition year in its history. The company remained the largest source of multifamily financing in 2012, working with lender partners to finance nearly 560,000 units of multifamily housing. Approximately 98 percent ($33.1 billion) of ...


Housing Recovery Is Real but Risks Remain

The U.S. housing recovery is real and underway. The end-of-year numbers are in for the primary housing measures. Existing home sales were up 9 percent in 2012 from 2011; new home sales were up 20 percent in 2012 from a year ...


Donovan and DeMarco Announce Extended Foreclosure Relief for Hurricane Sandy Storm Victims

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who serves as President Obama’s Chairman of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco recently announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae, ...


FHA Takes Additional Steps to Bolster Capital Reserves

As part of a broad effort to strengthen the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund), FHA Commissioner Carol Galante announced a series of changes to be issued this week that will allow the agency to better manage risk and further strengthen the health of the MMI ...


U.S. Home Prices Show Strong Growth in November

(MCT)--A leading measure of home prices in the biggest American cities posted strong year-over-year growth in November. ...


Pending Home Sales Down in December but Remain on Uptrend

Pending home sales declined in December but have stayed above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Harvard Study Reports on Recent Trends in Home Equity and Housing Stock

Spending on home improvements and repairs totaled $275 billion in 2011, down 4 percent from 2009 levels and some 16 percent below the market peak in 2007. Loss of home equity with the onset of the housing crash contributed to the decline in home repairs, according to a new study ...


FHFA House Price Index Up 0.6 Percent in November

U.S. house prices rose 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from October to November, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in October was revised upward to a 0.6 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in November, ...


Homeowners Take a Fresh Look at Remodeling

(MCT)—If you’ve put off redoing that kitchen or adding a deck while waiting for the economy to perk up, welcome to the club. ...


2013: Transition to “Normal”?

The trend of gradual but below-potential economic growth seen in 2012 is expected to carry over through 2013 and into 2014. This modest growth path combined with the real GDP growth rate during the recovery from 2009 to this point of ...


2012 Mass. Home Sales Highest in Six Years

Regional Spotlight—Single-family home sales in Massachusetts rose 18 percent in 2012, marking 12 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains and the best year on record since 2006, according to new data from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Existing Home Sales Hit 5-year High in 2012

(MCT)—Sales of existing homes ticked down in December from the month before, while the total for 2012 hit the highest level in five years, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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