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Fannie Says: Cautious Consumers Stalling Housing Momentum

Positive momentum in the housing market continues to lose steam as Americans remain cautious about their personal finances and the state of the economy, according to Fannie Mae’s November National Housing Survey results. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Return with a More Conservative Look

(MCT)—With one daughter in college and another in high school, Guy Hempel and Cherina Rossi face years of tuition payments. ...


As Houses Get Bigger, Some Opt to Downsize Into ‘Wee’ Homes

(MCT)—At first glance, the pint-sized cypress-wood cabin Emily Faulconer is building looks like a hand-hewn, portable home for hobbits. ...


Great Spaces: Rosie O’Donnell Buys in Florida for $5 Million

Earlier this year, Rosie O’Donnell almost purchased a Palm Beach property owned by Olivia Newton-John and even put an offer on the mansion. But after there was a suicide on the property, O’Donnell backed out of the deal and began her Florida ...


Get a Bigger House or Stay Put? Both, with a Remodel

(MCT)--With a baby on the way earlier this year, Jeff and Meredith Schaff decided they needed more room than their small three-bedroom, one-bath starter home could provide. ...


CFBP Rules: A Detailed Look at the Replacement of Consumer Disclosure Forms

On November 20, 2013, the final rules on the replacement of the current consumer disclosure forms required under RESPA and the Truth-in-Lending Act were released. The new, integrated Loan Estimate Form and Closing Disclosure Form, called “Know Before You Owe,” will go ...


The Mortgage Professor: With Loan Insurance, Bad Rules Lead to More Rules

(MCT)—In 1999, Congress decreed that the monthly mortgage insurance premiums that borrowers paid could be terminated by the borrower under certain conditions, and if the borrower failed to act, the lender was obliged to terminate a little later. This rule applied to mortgages insured by private mortgage insurers. Shortly thereafter, ...


New Mortgage Disclosure Forms to Roll Out in August 2015

(MCT)—The federal government’s consumer financial watchdog will require lenders to issue shorter, easier-to-understand mortgage disclosure forms to home buyers that more clearly show the costs and terms of the loans. ...


Home Builders Seek Legislative Fix for Soaring Flood Insurance Premium Rates

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called on Congress recently to take steps to resolve unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act that are resulting in huge premium spikes for many home owners and impacting the sale, construction and remodeling of homes across the nation. ...


REALTORS® Demand Immediate Relief for Homeowners Impacted by Increases in Flood Insurance Premiums

Homeowners across the country should not be forced to pay for the sudden and dramatic flood insurance premium increases that are the unintended consequence of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, insisted the National Association of REALTORS® in testimony before ...


Home Prices Continue Rising, Sales Steady

RE/MAX Releases National Housing Report on 52 Metro Areas ...


Two-in-Five Borrowers Shorten Term when Refinancing

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its third quarter 2013 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers are continuing to take advantage of near record low mortgage rates to lower their monthly payments, shorten their loan terms and overwhelmingly choosing the safety of long-term fixed-rate mortgages. Borrowers who refinanced in ...


Homebuyers’ Attention Caught by Fixer-Uppers

(MCT)—When first-time home buyers Meghan Starr and Andrew Boerckel told their Philadelphia real estate agent that they were interested only in fixer-uppers, their agent Amanda Turske was skeptical. ...


The Beginning of the Middle Inning: Housing on Strongly Paved Road to Recovery, New Research Shows

Housing is on the way up, according to new research from The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The recently released report, Emerging Trends in Real Estate®, focused on the key trending industry outlooks for the year ahead, which the report predicts will be a bright one. ...


REALTORS® Report Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities

Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying home, and research by the National Association of Realtors® has consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. ...


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