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Late Mortgage Payments Fall in Fourth Quarter 2010

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—(MCT)—There's a note of optimism in the air about the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate. The number of mortgages that were past due in the fourth quarter of 2010 was at its lowest level since the end of 2008 (excluding homes that are already in foreclosure). Meanwhile, the ...


Housing Affordability Rises to Highest Level in Two Decades

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the fourth quarter of 2010 rose to its highest level in the 20 years since it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data. The ...


Residential Remodeling Activity Rose 18 Percent Year-Over-Year in December 2010, According to BuildFax Remodeling Index

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2011—With the economy continuing to exhibit a slow recovery and mortgage rates inching up from historical lows, many Americans have chosen to remodel their current homes rather than purchase a new house or apartment. BuildFax, a leading provider of building permit data recently released the latest findings ...


FHA Takes Steps to Bolster Capital Reserves

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) capital reserves, FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens announced a new premium structure for FHA-insured mortgage loans increasing its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by a quarter of a percentage point (.25) on all 30- and ...


Regional Spotlight: New Year Ushers in Houston’s First Increase in Home Sales in Seven Months

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—Despite the bone-chilling winter weather, Houston's housing market heated up in January 2011, recording the first increase in property sales since June 2010. Pricing also heated up in the first month of the New Year, with the average price of single-family homes reaching the highest level ever ...


Get in while the Getting’s Good – Why Buyers and Sellers Should Take Advantage of Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—The Case-Shiller Index is one of the country’s most popular ways of measuring the movement of home prices. And in its latest rating, which went out in late December, the verdict was: Prices are down. The Case-Shiller ...


America Needs an Affordable and Adequately Regulated Secondary Market, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® welcomes the Obama Administration’s call for an orderly transition from the current form of the secondary mortgage market to a new structure that would enable Americans to achieve affordable, sustainable mortgages. ...


ERA Real Estate Welcomes Latter & Blum Residential Real Estate Companies as its First ‘ERA Powered’ Affiliate

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate brand, announced the affiliation of Latter & Blum Residential Real Estate Companies in New Orleans, LA. With this announcement, the renowned Gulf South firm, consisting of Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS®, C.J. Brown REALTORS®, and Noles-Frye Realty, becomes the first ...


Home Buyer Tax Credit Repayment Begins for 2008 Buyers

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—Most home buyers who claimed the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying their first home in 2008 are required to start repaying the credit in 15 annual installments, beginning with their 2010 tax returns. ...


Regional Spotlight: 2011 Begins with a Jump in Pending Sales for Washington, D.C. Metro Area

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—According to data recently released by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), an MRIS company, there was a pronounced increase of 31% in pending sales in the January 2011 Washington, DC metro area housing market. The RBI Pending Home ...


Government Support of Housing Finance to be Gradually Eliminated Over Next Five to Seven Years

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—(MCT)—In a move that had been widely anticipated, the Obama administration said last week that it wants to get the government out of the mortgage business by winding down operations at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next five to seven years. ...


California Hopes to Stave off Foreclosures through ‘Keep Your Home’ Program

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—(MCT)—More than 100,000 struggling homeowners could get help from a $2 billion program that California is launching, including about 25,000 borrowers who owe more than their properties are worth and could see their mortgages shrink. ...


70 Percent of Americans View Homeownership as Part of Personal American Dream, According to Trulia

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2011—Trulia.com, a top site for home buyers, sellers and renters, released the results of its biannual American Dream survey, which has tracked American attitudes towards homeownership since 2009. Harris Interactive conducted this online survey on Trulia's behalf ...


Remodeling Set to Surge as Consumers Feel Better about Spending Again

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2011—(MCT)—With the economy starting to recover, consumers feel better about spending again—and that spare cash is going back into their homes. Home remodeling is on an upswing after the industry's worst slump since at least the early 1960s. ...


Home Price Stabilization Seen in Most Metro Areas during Fourth Quarter 2010

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—Home sales rebounded in 49 states during the fourth quarter of 2010 with 78 markets—just over half of the available metropolitan areas—experiencing price gains from a year ago, while most of the rest saw price weakness, according ...


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