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Mortgage Rates Hit All-time Record Lows for Second Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to new all-time record lows for the second consecutive week on mortgage securities purchases by the Federal Reserve and indicators of a weakening economy. The Federal Reserve's purchase of long-term fixed ...


Common Document Errors Bog Down Short Sales

Looking for tips on how to keep the short sale process moving? Often there are two common problems that can derail a short sale: incorrect and incomplete document submissions. As one of the largest mortgage servicers in the country, ...


Basel, QM and QRM: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards have the potential to severely restrict already tight credit and ...


Milwaukee Area Residents Rally to Support Homeownership

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—With the Nov. 6 elections just one month out, local residents participated in a Rally for Homeownership in Milwaukee to tell the candidates that homeownership is important to America’s families, communities and economy and must remain a national priority. ...


Housing Recovery Is in Congress’ Hands

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through September 2012 which showed far more markets improving than declining. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the ...


17 Percent of Homeowners Undervalue Their Home

About one out of eight, or 17 percent, of homeowners with a mortgage believes their home is worth less than the amount they owe, when in fact the opposite is true. This suggests that large numbers of owners are undervaluing ...


Pace of New-Home Sales Holds Steady in August

Following a substantial gain in July, the pace of new-home sales held virtually unchanged at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


More than 800 Attend Rally for Homeownership in Independence, Mo.

More than 800 people from Missouri and three neighboring states took part in a Rally for Homeownership recently in Independence, Mo. to send a message to their local, state and federal lawmakers that homeownership is critical to a strong and ...


August Bay State Home Sales Jump 20 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Sales of both Massachusetts single-family homes and condominiums rose in August - the seventh straight month both property types posted a year-over-year increase, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Price, Value and Cost: the Complicated Components of a Home’s Worth

Proper research is essential for homebuyers. Not only should you be familiar with the steps in a real estate transaction, you should also know what your physical and financial needs are. ...


Report: Foreclosure Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Right to Vote

Recently, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report, “Lose Your Home, Keep Your Vote: How to Protect Voters Caught Up in Foreclosure.” The report highlights the confusion victims of foreclosure may face when determining how they can cast a ...


Study Shows 25 Percent of Americans Would Delay Home Purchase until After Election

When it comes to buying a home, 25 percent of Americans would like to know who the next president will be before they would feel totally comfortable putting their money down, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive ...


Low Rates Spur Refinancing

(MCT)—They’re knocking on the lender’s door. As mortgage rates have tumbled to all-time lows, demand for refinancing has fired up homeowners nationwide. ...


Tips on Buying Real Estate for Investors

When it comes to making a real estate investment, it’s important that you arm yourself with the information you need to make a wise and informed decision. The following tips will enable you to hit the ground running. ...


Eye on the Economy: NAHB Surveys Point to Growing Optimism for Housing

A set of recent NAHB surveys suggest that the growth in housing will continue. This is a promising sign for home builders, remodelers and other stakeholders in the housing sector. It is also a hopeful indicator for the economy as ...


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