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More Than 4 Million First-Time Buyers Want to Enter the Housing Market in 2014, Buoyed by Strong U.S. Housing Confidence

Millions of current renters nationwide aspire to buy a home in the next year, according to the inaugural edition of the Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI)[i], suggesting strong demand among potential first-time homebuyers if market conditions are favorable. But existing headwinds, including ...


Normal Market Activity Inches Forward

While the pace may be slow, new industry findings show that the real estate market is indeed moving forward. The Advanced March NAHB/First American Leading Markets (LMI) Index remained unchanged in March at .87 from February but the number of markets considered ...


Fed Reports Winter Cools Inventories

In its latest report on the economy, Federal Reserve economists report that winter weather has contributed to a slowing of real estate markets and inventories are low in most districts. ...


HUD Releases Proposed 2015 Budget

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently unveiled HUD’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. This year The President’s Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. The Budget adheres to the 2015 spending levels agreed to in the ...


March Housing Madness: Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros at or above Normal

Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Buyers Ready to Make a Move This Spring

The National Association of REALTORS®’ Consumer Advertising Campaign TV commercial, “Make Your Move,” debuted recently in more than 20,000 national spots, and is expected to generate 3.9 billion impressions in 2014. This year’s campaign theme is market momentum, and the latest ad ...


February 2014 Prices Show Largest Drop in Quarterly Growth Since 2010

Recent reports show that home prices have already begun to drop this year. Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2014. ...


Inventory Loosens Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Regional Spotlight—With the statewide housing inventory slowly improving, California pending home sales picked up steam in January and reversed a two-month decline, but pending sales were still down from a year ago, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Gradual Climb Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates mixed with the fixed-rate products moving higher for the fourth consecutive week, while adjustable rate mortgages eased. ...


Recovery Stretches to Ninth Consecutive Month; 89 Markets Reaching Full Recovery

A recently released market index shows significant improvement in the top 100 markets this month. Results show that 60 of the top 200 midsize markets have fully recovered their loss in home prices due to the housing bubble burst. These advancements bring ...


Delinquency and Foreclosure Rates Decline to Lowest Level in Six Years

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.39 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2008. The ...


Existing-Home Sales Drop in January While Prices Continue to Grow

Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half, but ongoing inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U.S., according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Gains Predicted for the Year

More modest gains are likely this year, according to the most recent Kiplinger Letter forecast. The national average of appreciation in home values is up 4 percent-4.5 percent, compared with a gain over 11 percent in 2013. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Up

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates up slightly for the second week in a row. ...


E&O Premiums are Rising, Still Poorly Understood

Many of the top real estate defense lawyers have reported a trend of the professionals that they represent failing to understand their E&O policies or not purchasing coverage at all. News reports have stated that there are too many stories of brokers ...


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