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Home Owner News Archive


Housing High Point: Pending Sales of Existing Homes Up to Nearly Two-Year High

(MCT)—More Americans are signing contracts to buy existing homes than at any time in nearly two years, boosting the housing industry’s slow recovery, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ index of pending home sales. ...


Warren Buffett Is Betting on Housing

(MCT)—The U.S. housing market disappointed Warren Buffett last year, but he hasn’t given up hope. ...


Low Rates, High Obstacles to Refinancing Mortgage

(MCT)—As interest rates have slid over the past couple of years, Gabriel Bousbib of Englewood, N.J., refinanced his 15-year mortgage not once, but twice—cutting his interest rate in two steps from about 4.6 percent to 3.375 percent. ...


Foreclosure Homes Account for 24 Percent of All U.S. Residential Sales

RealtyTrac®, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, recently released its Q4 and Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report™, which shows that sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank owned accounted for 24 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the fourth quarter—up from 20 ...


Renting vs. Buying: It’s All about Finances

(MCT)—Renters often hear jeers that they’re paying somebody else’s mortgage. ...


Housing Bright Spot: Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend

Pending home sales are on an upward trend, which has been uneven but meaningful since reaching a cyclical low last April, and are well above a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


NAR Collaborates with U.S. Treasury on Short Sale ‘Help for Homeowners’

A new National Association of REALTORS® collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury will help REALTORS® better assist homeowners who are struggling to sell their homes in a short sale. ...


Positive Trends in Florida Housing Market

Regional Spotlight—Florida's housing market reported gains in median sales prices and a reduced inventory of homes for sale in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida REALTORS®. ...


Ohio Finds January Housing Sales Best in Years

Regional Spotlight—Not only were central Ohio housing sales up in January, but they showed the highest activity for that month since 2008. The 1,125 sales showed a 6.0 percent increase over January of 2011 according to the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. ...


More Previous Homeowners are Looking to Rent in 2012

Increasingly more people are looking to renting as an affordable, flexible lifestyle option, causing apartment vacancies to fall to their lowest point in 10 years. Reis reported that the apartment vacancy rate dropped to 5.2 percent in Q4 ...


US Unveils Plan to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(MCT)—The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. ...


Houston Market on the Upswing

Regional Spotlight—The Houston housing market held to positive territory as 2012 began, with January marking the eighth consecutive month of increased home sales. The year also opened with a continued decline in active property listings and growth in pending sales—a combination that signals a healthy market with a balanced supply ...


CAP Proposes Plan to Put Americans Back to Work

Recently, as lawmakers continue to debate infrastructure bills, a new report released by the Center for American Progress proposes a plan to enable significant progress in bringing America's infrastructure up to par. In addition to proposing a new level of federal investment and how to pay for it, the report ...


Deadline to Request Mortgage Review Extended to July 31

People seeking a review of their mortgage foreclosures under the Federal banking agencies' Independent Foreclosure Review now have until July 31, 2012, to submit their requests. ...


Housing Expected to Add to GDP for First Time in 7 Years

The 2012 outlook is improving modestly from a disappointing 2011. Economic growth picked up in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 2.8 percent and is expected to come in at 2.3 percent for 2012, up from 1.6 percent growth for ...