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Consumer Sentiment Revised Up, But Confidence Falls on Expectations of Lower Income

Indicators of consumer confidence were mixed in the first month of the new year. Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan reported that its final estimate of consumer confidence, Consumer Sentiment, rose by 1.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis in January to 73.8. The final reading was revised ...


Real Estate Q&A: Banks Cut Back on Lending for Co-Ops

(MCT)—QUESTION: I bought a co-op apartment unit in January 2010 with a conventional mortgage. I am trying to refinance it and have found that big banks are not willing to work with me. Can you please explain what’s happening here? ...


HUD Announces First Round of Allocations of Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently allocated $5.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funding to five states and New York City, representing the first round of CDBG grants from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 signed into law by President Obama on January ...


As Inventories Shrink, So Do Seller Concessions

With inventories down and prices up, sellers are ending the costly incentives they have been forced to offer buyers during the six-year long buyers’ market. Concession-free transactions make deal-making simple on both sides of the table. ...


Home Prices in 2012: Best Year-on-Year Gain in Six Years

CoreLogic®, a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, recently released its December CoreLogic HPI® report. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased on a year-over-year basis by 8.3 percent in December 2012 compared to December 2011. This change represents ...


Will Shadow Inventory Come to Light in 2013?

(MCT)—It's called “shadow inventory,” and it could halt or reverse a recovering housing market. That's why the phrase, which describes homes in some form of distress but not yet on the market, popped up during the Q&A segment of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors sales forecast last week. ...


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®. ...


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