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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Rise Slightly

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.39 percent, up one basis point from 4.38 percent at this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained relatively flat this week, hovering between 4.38 and 4.42 percent for the majority of the week. ...


Housing Recovery Remains on Firm Footing as Americans’ Housing Sentiment Bounces Back from an Autumn Dip

Year-over-year gains in Americans’ attitudes toward homeownership demonstrate that the housing recovery continues to move forward on firm footing despite a drop in housing sentiment during the fall, according to Fannie Mae's December National Housing Survey results. Forty-nine percent of consumers surveyed believe home prices will go up over the ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Start the Year Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates continuing to edge higher as we enter the new year. ...


Pending Home Sales Edge Up in November

Pending home sales stabilized in November with a slight gain, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Monthly increases in the South and West offset declines in the Northeast and Midwest. ...


Rates on New Home Loans Join Downward Trend

On Christmas Eve, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported a 10 basis point decline in mortgage interest rates for the month of November. Data from FHFA’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) cover conventional single-family mortgages and distinguish whether the loans are ...


New-Home Sales Post Solid Numbers in November

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000 units in November from an upwardly revised strong pace of 474,000 units in the previous month, according to data released recently by the U.S. Department ...


U.S. Homes Gain $1.9 Trillion in Value in 2013; Largest Gain Since 2005

Homes nationwide are expected to gain almost $1.9 trillion in cumulative value in 2013, the second consecutive annual gain and the largest since 2005, according to an analysis of Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. ...


Plan Would Reduce Fannie, Freddie Loan Limits to $400,000 in Most Markets

(MCT)—The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Monday detailed a plan to reduce the size of home mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could purchase. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 5.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 13, 2013. ...


Published FHA Loan Limits Show Large Declines for 2014

Loan limits for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) were scheduled to fall in 2014 due to the expiration of increased limits set during the housing crisis. However, the magnitude of change for the published limits has caught many by surprise. ...


Fannie Mae Announces Eviction Moratorium for the Holidays

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced recently that it will issue an eviction moratorium for the holidays, as it has done in previous years. The company will suspend evictions of foreclosed single family and 2-4 unit properties from December 18, 2013 through and including January 3, 2014. For this period, legal and ...


Regulators OK Volcker Rule, Curbing Big Banks’ High-Risk Trades

(MCT)—Government regulators approved a sweeping new set of rules for the nation's biggest banks that ban them from the kind of ultra-high-risk trading that nearly collapsed the world's financial system. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Return with a More Conservative Look

(MCT)—With one daughter in college and another in high school, Guy Hempel and Cherina Rossi face years of tuition payments. ...


Housing Markets Continue Slow Climb Back to Normal

Markets in 54 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. ...


Protecting REALTORS®: The Innovation Act of 2013 Is Passed

Last week, the Innovation Act of 2013 was passed. This bill scores a win for the real estate industry as it aims to make procedural changes to the patent system to discourage tactics preferred by trolls – a previous issue for innovative ...


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