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Take Advantage of Record Low Rates before They Rise

Low interest rates, as we all know, are making history. Last week, according to an article found on CNNMoney, “rates on both the 30-year and 15-year fixed loans fell to new records, at 3.89 percent and 3.16 percent, respectively, according to Freddie Mac.” The question, though, is how long will ...


Remodeling Market Index Rises to Five-Year High

Remodeling sentiment rose to the highest level in five years, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the fourth quarter of 2011. Released yesterday, the RMI increased to 46.6 in the fourth quarter ...


Obama HARP Expansion Builds on New Refi Momentum

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama announced he will push for legislation that will significantly expand the newly revised HARP program that allows underwater homeowners to refinance at today’s historically low rates. ...


Homeownership Matters to State of the Union

National Association of REALTORS® President Moe Veissi made the following statement, regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address this week. ...


Builders Commend White House Focus on Helping Homeowners

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commends President Obama for offering proposals in the recent State of the Union address to help families stay in their homes and stanch foreclosures, and is urging policymakers to take additional actions to ...


Foreclosures Account for 20 Percent of Residential Sales in Q3

RealtyTrac®, a leading online marketplace for foreclosures, recently released its Q3 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report™, which shows that sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank owned accounted for 20 percent of all U.S. residential sales in the third quarter of 2011, down from 22 ...


Real Estate Trend: More Buyers Pay In Cash

In another sign that investors are more important to residential real estate markets than ever, nearly one out of three home sales in December went to buyers who paid all cash. ...


Miami Home Sales Break Record in 2011

Regional Spotlight—Miami home sales set a new record in 2011, exceeding transaction levels during the height of the real estate boom in 2005, according to the 26,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service ...


Fastest Pace of Single-Family Housing Starts Rising in Two Years Reported

Nationwide production of new single-family homes rose 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 470,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marked a third consecutive increase and the fastest pace ...


Don’t Shoot the Messenger; Appraisers Not at Fault for ‘Low’ Home Values

Don’t blame the real estate appraiser if it turns out that house you’re trying to sell or buy isn’t worth what you thought it was. That was the message delivered recently by the Appraisal Institute, one of the nation’s largest ...


Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 25 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 23.1 percent from one week earlier (last week’s results included an adjustment for New Years Day), according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 13, 2012. ...


Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) Leaders Cautiously Optimistic about 2012

"Cautiously optimistic" might be the best description of the feelings of members of Midwest Real Estate Data's Board of Managers for the upcoming year in real estate. Most think we may have "hit bottom" in the difficult last few years and that 2012 will be a year of improvement and ...


Unexpected Jump in Home Sales Mark End of 2011 Says RE/MAX Report

According to the monthly RE/MAX housing report, December home sales did not follow the seasonal trend but rose an unexpected 5.7 percent from sales in November. Sales were also up 1.1 percent from December 2010, the 6th consecutive month to show a year-over-year sales increase. Largely due to a lower ...


Mortgage Rates Continue Trend of Record-Breaking Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, showing mortgage rates easing to new all-time record lows for all products covered in the survey helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average for the 30-year fixed ...


The Vote is In: Americans Place High Value on Homeownership

By an overwhelming margin, American voters strongly value homeownership and would oppose efforts to weaken or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction or diminish a federal role to help qualified home buyers obtain affordable 30-year mortgages, according to a new ...


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