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Builder Confidence for the 55+ Housing Market Ends Fourth Quarter on an Upswing

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes rose four points to 18 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI). ...


Obama Moves Forward with Foreclosure Prevention

Last Wednesday, February 1, President Obama announced the details of a plan to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in hopes of bolstering the housing market. ...


Don’t Forget a Home Inspection with a New Construction Home

Every home—whether it’s a resale or new—has some kind of an issue, and the reality is that there is no “perfect” house. Many homebuyers embark on their search for a home with the belief that new homes should be flawless, ...


Bulk Sales of GSE Foreclosures Begin

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently invited investors interested in purchasing pools of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA foreclosures in the nation's hardest-hit metropolitan areas with the requirement they rent them for a period of years to pre-qualify. ...


Mortgage Applications Down Nearly 3 Percent Last Week

Mortgage applications decreased 2.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 27, 2012. ...


FHFA Responds to NPR Freddie Mac Refinance Story

A ProPublica–NPR news story recently suggested that a mortgage financing vehicle utilized by Freddie Mac may be preventing homeowners from refinancing. While FHFA does not typically comment on its supervisory activities, the circumstances here require some clarification, according ...


Mixed Mortgage Messages: Originations Decline but Quality Soars

Mortgage originations plunged 10.1 percent from November to December, continuing a decline from 2011’s September peak. At the same time, loans originated over the last two years have proved to be some of the best quality originations on record. ...


Investors with Cash Fuel Uptick in Home Sales

Regional Spotlight—Investors with cash continued to reap a harvest of bargain-priced bank-owned and short sale properties across the San Francisco Bay Area in the fourth quarter of 2011, sparking a slight uptick in home sales compared with the same period ...


Leading Brokerage Increases Sales 49 Percent in 2011: What’s Their Secret?

In a year when breaking even on year-over-year home sales might be considered a lofty goal for some real estate companies, Blue Ridge, Georgia's Coldwell Banker High Country Realty, has reported a 49 percent increase in homes sold in 2011 over ...


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 ...


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