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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 ...


Foreclosures Decrease 34 Percent in 2011

Total U.S. foreclosure activity and the U.S. foreclosure rate in 2011 were both at their lowest annual level since 2007, according to RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties. The company recently released its Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, ...


Mortgage Matters: HARP 2.0 Boosts Homebuyer Confidence

The federal government recently threw a lifeline to homeowners underwater with their current mortgages. Thanks to new changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) guidelines, more homeowners can refinance at today’s lower rates—even if their homes have declined in value. That’s because new HARP guidelines enable homeowners to refinance ...


Road to Recovery: List of Improving Housing Markets Nearly Doubles in January

The number of housing markets showing measurable improvement nearly doubled in January with the addition of 40 new metros to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). ...


Rand on Real Estate: How Can You Profit from Housing Growth in Denver?

Rand on Real Estate is now on national television. The Fox Business Network is running a new segment titled, "Where to Invest Now," featuring Greg Rand (@gsrand) , CEO of OwnAmerica (www.OwnAmerica.com), as its housing market analyst making his picks of the best real estate markets ...


Poll Finds Voters Still Value Homeownership, Want Policymakers to Support Housing

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will host a media teleconference next week to reveal the results of a national poll of 1,500 likely voters looking at the value Americans place on homeownership. Set to air on Wednesday, January ...


Recovery Found in Increased Lending, Loan Modifications and Short Sales

Stabilizing and restoring the health of the housing market is critical to a broader economic recovery, according to a white paper released yesterday by the Federal Reserve Board. Many of the issues and recommendations outlined in the paper support key ...


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