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In Memory: Houston’s Unique New Jersey House

The sad news of Whitney Houston’s death this past Saturday sent shockwaves through the recording industry as well as her worldwide fan base, who adored the singer for her many gifts in acting, modeling and of course her unforgettable ...


Remodeling Looking up in 2012

Homeowners are ready to make 2012 a banner year for remodeling and the latest cost-for-value research suggests that getting the most bang for every buck is more important than ever. ...


HUD Awards Nearly $1.8 Billion to Improve and Preserve Public Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently awarded nearly $1.8 billion to public housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funds will allow these agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing ...


Chicago Foreclosure Activity Indicates Hot Foreclosure Market in 2012

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Recent reports released by the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service, ILFLS.com, show that Chicagoland foreclosure activity rose sharply during the last two months of 2011. This increase in the number of completed foreclosures contrasts with figures from the rest of the year, which had fewer new foreclosures than the same ...


List of Improving Housing Markets Expands to Nearly 100

The list of housing markets showing measurable improvement expanded by 29 metros in February to include a total of 98 entries on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released recently. Thirty-six states are now represented ...


CoreLogic® Reports 24 Percent Decrease in Foreclosures

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a provider of information, analytics and business services, has released its first national Foreclosure Report, which provides monthly data on completed foreclosures, foreclosure inventory and 90+ delinquency rates. Completed foreclosures for all of 2011 totaled 830,000 compared with 1.1 million in 2010. In December 2011 there was ...


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 ...


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