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HARP Refinances Continue Surge One in Five Refinancings Made through HARP

Refinance volume is continuing to rise with more underwater borrowers refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) than ever before. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) latest Refinance Report, HARP loans represented 20 percent of total refinance volume in May, the largest increase since the program was ...


Housing Finance Reform Must Provide Reliable Credit to Home Buyers, NAHB Tells Congress

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently that proposed mortgage lending reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act must be imposed in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the mortgage markets while ensuring consumer protections. ...


Fannie Mae Announces Know Your Options Customer Care Foreclosure Prevention Program

Recently, Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) launched Know Your Options Customer Care, a customer engagement strategy and training program for servicers aimed at preventing foreclosures by developing consultative relationships with struggling homeowners. Under the program, Fannie Mae personnel conduct trainings for servicers’ call center employees, provide scripting for interactions with homeowners and ...


Buying a Distressed Home: What You Need to Know

Everyone loves a bargain, the bigger the better. And arguably the biggest bargains of all can be found with distressed real estate. ...


Home Builders Lead Broad Coalition at Rally for Homeownership in Tampa

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—To highlight homeownership’s vital importance to families and to the economy, more than 600 Floridians participated in a Rally for Homeownership recently in downtown Tampa. ...


Another Week of Record-Breaking Lows For Fixed-Rate Mortgages

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates continuing to find new all-time record lows amid easing bond yields following June's lackluster employment report. Both the average 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgage hit new lows. The average 30-year ...


Survey Shows Americans Are Increasingly Confident about Homeownership

Brookfield Real Estate and Relocation Affiliates Inc., owner of the Prudential Real Estate franchise network, recently released the quarterly Prudential Real Estate Outlook Survey showing that Americans’ confidence in homeownership and real estate continues climbing from ...


June Home Prices Provide Further Evidence of Budding Recovery

Clear Capital®, a premium provider of data and real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment, has released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through June 2012. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the most timely and relevant ...


Must-Know Tips for Navigating the Housing Market

“Studies on homeownership prove that it enhances our lives in many ways, and among them is how we plant deeper stakes within the communities we call home,” notes John L. Heithaus, CMO of MRIS. “Since navigating the housing market has ...


Housing Survey Shows Consumer Attitudes Demonstrative of Macroeconomic Indicators

Housing market confidence among Americans continues to trend in a positive direction despite stalling optimism about the economy and personal finances, according to results from Fannie Mae’s June 2012 National Housing Survey. Results indicate flattening economic trends may be contributing to waning consumer expectations about their personal financial situation. Nevertheless, ...


Markets on the Move: 84 Improving Metros in July

The list of U.S. housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement rose by four to include 84 metros in July, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released recently. This number includes representatives from ...


In Florida, First-Time Homebuyers Struggle Amid Recovering Market

(MCT) REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The stabilizing housing market is becoming a curse for first-time homebuyers. ...


Multiple Offers Return as Buyers are Back

Record tight inventories are making it increasingly difficult for growing numbers of buyers, who are creating multiple-bid environments in markets that haven’t seen buyers battle over homes in six years. ...


‘Smart’ Home Might Not be in Immediate Future

(MCT)— When will the mantra “home, sweet home” shift to “home, smart home”? ...


Tight Inventories Pushed Prices Up 3.2 Percent in May and June

Home prices nationwide increased by 2.0 percent in May 2012 compared to May 2011 and on a month-to-month basis increased by 1.8 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI). The May 2012 figures mark the third consecutive increase in home prices ...


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