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Future Forecast: Multifamily Market to Remain Strong

The Multifamily rental market continues its 5-year streak of robust growth that began just after the Great Recession ended and is expected to remain strong for several more years, based on the recent Freddie Mac Multifamily Outlook. ...


CFPB Sends Industry Letter on ‘Know Before You Owe’ Mortgage Disclosure Rule Compliance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently sent a letter to mortgage industry trade groups regarding the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule, which became effective October 3. The rule, also called the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, requires easier-to-use mortgage disclosure forms ...


Housing Holdbacks: Student Debt, Mortgage Market Confusion, and a Declining Marriage Rate

Despite a growing economy, a new survey has found that the financial pressures of student debt, persistent confusion about the mortgage process and a continuing nationwide marriage rate decline are important factors combining to slow the housing market. ...


3 Takeaways from September’s Dismal Jobs Report

(TNS)—September hiring fell well short of consensus expectations and previous economic growth was less robust than thought, new Labor Department statistics say in a dismal monthly report that painted a picture of an economy in downshift mode. ...


September’s Employment Situation Dimmer Than Expected

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and information, while mining employment fell. ...


Real Estate Market to Continue Economic Expansion through 2017

The real estate market is projected to continue expanding at healthy and fairly steady levels for 2015 through 2017, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. The latest ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast, a semi-annual outlook, is ...


September Shifts to Buyer’s Market

With month-over-month declining prices and increased time on market, the September housing market has transitioned into a buyer’s market, according to realtor.com®’s ‘Advance Read of September Trends.’ This means that it’s now easier for buyers to purchase a home than it has been ...


Following Fed Decision, Mortgage Rates Move Lower

Average fixed mortgage rates declined following the Federal Reserve's decision to defer a hike in the Federal funds rate, says Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey®. ...


Amid U.S. Housing Recovery, Brokers Keep a Concerned Eye on China

The news has been grim. Headline after headline has shown panic setting in across the Pacific Ocean as China reels from a massive crash in its young and volatile stock market. At its worst period, the Shanghai Composite Index plunged a stunning 30 ...


The Story of 2015′s Housing Market: Millennials are NOT the Rent Generation

Millennials, who have been nicknamed the ‘generation of renters,’ are proving the critics wrong this year when it comes to home buying. Almost 65 percent of millennials aged 21 ...


CFPB Finalizes Rule to Facilitate Access to Credit in Rural and Underserved Areas

Changes are being made to credit access in rural and underserved areas, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently finalized several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors in these locales. The new rule, which ...


Report: More than a Quarter of U.S. Homes Lost Value in the Last Year

Nationally, homes appreciated 3.3 percent from a year ago, rising to a Zillow Home Value Indexof $180,800. The national growth rate has leveled off over the past five months, suggesting the housing recovery ...


August Brings Stall in Existing-Home Sales

Following three straight months of gains, existing-home sales dipped in August despite slowing price growth and a positive turnaround in the share of sales to first-time buyers, according to the National Association ...


For 69 Percent of Renters, Location Is a Decision-Maker

It may surprise some housing professionals to know that when it comes to renting, location—not price or size—seems to be the major decision-maker. This news comes from For Rent Media Solutions' recently released white paper, Engaging Today’s Consumer: The Modern Apartment ...


Millennials and the New American Dream

A survey conducted exclusively among millennials as part of the Responsive Home project—a venture between BUILDER magazine and Pardee Homes to design, build and sell the ideal home for 21st century buyers – identifies the driving factors behind new age home buying habits and de-bunks millennial ...


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