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Housing Starts Rise 1.5 Percent from Upwardly Revised Numbers in January

Building on significant upward revisions to numbers for the previous two months, nationwide production of new single-family homes and apartments increased 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 700,000 units in January, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marks the second-best pace ...


Mortgage News: Delinquencies and Foreclosures Decline

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.58 percent of all loans outstanding as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2011, a decrease of 41 basis points from the third quarter of 2011, and a decrease of 67 ...


Fed Chairman Comments on Today’s Housing Market

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke made the following speech at the 2012 National Association of Homebuilders International Builders' Show, held in Orlando, Fla. on February 10. ...


Celebrities Not Immune to Foreclosure Crisis

We, the little people, are not alone. Or so say the gossip rags. ...


New Listings Promise Robust Prices

As of February 10, new listings tracked by Altos Research have ticked upwards for five consecutive weeks, suggesting the spring home buyer season will bring the strongest prices the nation has seen since the tax credit briefly stimulated demand two ...


More Than 95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the fourth quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for more than 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released recently. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


New England Housing Sales Trending Up

The RE/MAX of New England January Monthly Housing Report shows that year-over-year, the number of unit sales in every state in New England, except Vermont, is slightly higher than January 2011. New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced the highest change in units sold with an increase of 16.8 percent and ...


Agents: What Dropbox Can Teach Us about Cloud Computing

(MCT)—Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services. Place a Dropbox folder on each computer or gadget you own. Drag any file into that folder. A copy of that file automatically appears on every device where you put a Dropbox folder. It’s idiot proof. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Multi-Family California Property??

Today’s Featured Listing, offered by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network (RREIN) and Top 5 Member Century 21 Award, is being listed at $389,000. ...


Top 5 States with the Most Home Foreclosures

A recent report identifies five states with the most homes in foreclosure, and suggests a lengthy foreclosure process may be partly to blame. ...


Builder Confidence Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month

Home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes increased for the fifth consecutive month in February, rising from 25 to 29 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. It is the highest level the index ...


Nation’s Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2012

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four Senior Officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. ...


Just In: Purchase Applications Decrease, Refinance Mortgage Activity Increases

Mortgage applications decreased 1.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 10, 2012. ...


How Will the Facebook IPO Affect Housing?

Headlines were made when Facebook announced its plans to go public, creating a new generation of Facebook millionaires. Many have been speculating about what these fresh-faced millionaires will do with their money. Others have been asking how they ...


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