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Refinance Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 5 Percent

In happy housing news, mortgage applications increased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 17, 2014. ...


Metro Chicago Real Estate: More and Faster Sales for $1 Million-Plus Residential Market

Regional Spotlight—Luxury homes sold in greater number and more quickly during 2013 in the seven-county metropolitan Chicago real estate market even as the median sales price held steady, according to the RE/MAX Luxury Report on Chicago Real Estate, a bi-monthly analysis of home sales at $1 million plus. The metro ...


Do Internet Customers Buy the Property They Called on?

We are aware some consumers find a home on the Internet and bring the property to the attention of an agent or broker they are already working with. And historically consumers would get interested in a property, call an agent who is ...


Sign of Recovery: Traditional Home Sales Now Dominate Foreclosures and Short Sales

(MCT—Regional Spotlight)--For several years, banks held an iron grip on Las Vegas’ weak housing market, as most sellers either were bankers unloading foreclosed properties or underwater locals who needed their blessing. ...


Taking the Temperature of the Market

Recently, Freddie Mac released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for January showing that four of the key housing indicators are all moving in the right direction, which bodes well for an ongoing recovery. ...


The Aging Housing Stock

The American housing stock continues to age, a trend that represents an opportunity for remodelers and over the long term may signal a future increased demand for new home construction. ...


December Housing Production Tallies Third Highest Month for 2013

Following an unusual surge in housing starts in November, nationwide housing production fell 9.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the ...


Breaking the Logjam on Reverse Mortgages

(MCT)—People reaching retirement age are living longer than ever, and retiring with less capacity to maintain their living standards. With good reason, this situation has been termed a “retirement funds crisis.” ...


New Report Shows Lack of Equality in Housing Market

Who is applying for mortgages? Who is successful? For some communities, the answer is not always the same. ...


FNC Index: November Home Prices Up Steadily by 0.5 Percent

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices continuing to rise at a modest pace despite at a flatter rate when compared to the spring and summer months. This trend largely reflects a decline in housing activity. The index, constructed to gauge underlying property value based on ...


Housing’s Contribution to GDP Expected to Improve from 2013

An abatement in economic policy uncertainty surrounding fiscal and monetary issues is expected to lay the foundation for improved private sector activity and accelerated economic growth in 2014, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. With growing momentum in economic ...


Commercial Mortgage Lender Appetite Expected to Exceed that of Borrowers in 2014

Commercial and multifamily mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2014, as lenders’ appetites to place new loans grow even stronger, according to a new Mortgage Bankers Association survey of the top commercial and multifamily mortgage origination firms. Lenders were also polled on their expectations for borrower appetites in the ...


What’s on Tap for Real Estate in 2014: Relocation

There are plenty of places where you can find predictions about the real estate market in 2014. I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t make predictions. But I will tell you that there are several facts that point to a ...


Staying ahead of the Appraisals Game

Appraisal. Just the mere mention of the word makes some of us cringe. You can spend countless hours working on a deal, putting it together, getting through inspection issues, only to have the home under appraise. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Regain Popularity as Prices, Rates Rise

(MCT)—When Michael Shuken recently bought his family’s first home, a four-bedroom in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista area, his adjustable-rate mortgage helped them stay on the pricey Westside. ...


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