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Home Owner News Archive


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 ...


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 ...


Home Buyer Age Impacts Home Size Preference

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows variations in home buyer preferences with regards to home size when it comes to age, race and ethnicity. ...


The Top 10 Real Estate Tax Deductions for Homeowners

As the time to file income taxes approaches, we need to take a new look at the changing tax landscape for homeowners. The dynamic atmosphere in Washington, D.C. has a different effect each year on which tax breaks are proposed, rescinded, ...


Home Price Growth at 6-Year High, According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through January 2013, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller1Home Price Indices, a leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed average home prices increased 7.3% for the 10-City Composite and 8.1% for the 20-City Composite in the ...


Suburban Blight & the Affordable Housing Conundrum

As the urban revival in some American cities pushes out lower-income earners to the nearby suburbs, many of those edge cities are struggling to redefine their purpose—and identity—in a new economy. ...


Existing-Home Sales and Prices Continue to Rise in February

February existing-home sales and prices affirm a healthy recovery is underway in the housing sector, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales have been above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, while prices show 12 consecutive months of year-over-year price ...


Survey Shows Next Gen of Homeowners Prefer Customized Spaces

There’s a new type of homebuyer on the market. They know what they want and are ready to get their hands dirty to transform a house to meet their unique needs. Stereotypical luxury and prototypical homes do not entice them; rather ...


Home Prices Expected to Rise at least 3.3 Percent Annually through 2017

The housing recovery is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent through the third quarter of this year, then gain momentum and prices are projected to grow 3.7 percent between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014 until ...


February’s U.S. Home Prices Signal Solid Start to Spring Buying Season

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index(TM) (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry. ...


Residential Construction Spending Unchanged in January

Private residential construction spending was relatively unchanged for the first month of 2013 due to declines in the volatile remodeling spending category. Nonetheless, total residential construction spending remains near post-2009 highs and has experienced growth in 15 of the last 17 months according to data from the Census Bureau. ...


Single Family REITs: A New Definition of Homeownership

The most significant innovation to hit the residential real estate market in decades occurred in 2012 to little fanfare: A first single family REIT (real estate investment trust) went public. For the first time in history, everyday people can own shares of the American Housing Market, one share at a ...