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Financial Market Conditions Move Forward

Financial market conditions appear to be improving as 2016 progresses, but economic growth is expected to remain flat at 2.0 percent this year. Weakness in net exports and oil-related nonresidential investment as well as the ongoing inventory correction process after unsustainable accumulations ...


Are Outdoor Kitchens on the Outs?

Homeowners continue to cook up outdoor kitchens that in some cases rival their indoor counterparts. Yet some experts insist the popularity of outdoor kitchens has boiled over. ...


Realtor.com® and Vivid Seats Bracket Predicts Fourth Seed U.C. Berkeley to Take Home Real Estate Tournament Title

U.C. Berkeley will emerge as the champion of the real estate version of the 2016 March Madness® college basketball tournament, according to the realtor.com® and Vivid Seats housing market bracket released this week, which narrowed the final four field to – U.C. Berkeley, ...


Fed Only Sees Two Rate Hikes in 2016

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged while simultaneously predicting only two rate hikes throughout 2016, half of what was projected in December 2015. Slimmer hikes are also predicted; the forecast projects a rate hike of 0.9 percent, a drastic dip ...


Early Spring Building Bloom: Housing Starts Hit Nine-Year High

The U.S. housing market continues to rebound, with single-family housing starts inching up 7.2 percent, their highest level since November, 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In February, builders started production on 1,178,000 homes, ...


Irish Luck? These Home Buyers Are Rolling in the Green

This St. Patrick’s Day, Zillow took a look at the luckiest time to buy across the country. What they found: homebuyers who bought right at the bottom of the housing bust, allowing them to gain the most equity in their homes as the market bounced back, are the ones rolling in ...


New Study Shows How Financially Responsible Facebook Friends Impact Your Credit Score

When it comes to getting a loan—even for those without a credit history—it helps to have financially responsible friends on one's social network, according to a new study forthcoming in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science. ...


New Survey Highlights Need for More Single-family Home Construction

Over three-quarters of surveyed households would purchase a single-family home if they were to buy in the next six months, and 79 percent of renters would choose to buy outside of an urban area, according to the second ...


Early Bird Pricing Available for 2016 REALTOR® Broker Summit

NAR PULSE—Join NAR for the 2016 REALTOR® Broker Summit being held June 9-10 in Denver, CO. Covering the most timely issues in the industry, including recruiting, culture, risk management, technology disruptors, and culture, this is an event for brokers of any size firm. ...


Mixed Bag: January Home Prices Creep Down while Year-over-Year Highs Remain

U.S. home prices in January showed a seasonal decline, down 0.3 percent from December, reflecting flat home sales during the same period, according to the latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI). On a year-over-year basis, home prices rose 6.4 percent from December 2015. ...


Better to Own Near Walmart or Target? Where to Save Money and Expect More

Research has shown that homes situated near a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods see significant increases in value. Can big-box retailers have a similar effect? ...


Regaining Balance: 1 Million U.S. Borrowers Recoup Equity in 2015

One million borrowers regained equity in 2015, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity at the end of Q4 2015 to approximately 46.3 million, or 91.5 percent of all mortgaged properties, according to the new CoreLogic® analysis. Nationwide, borrower ...


Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Debt Swells in 2015

The level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased to $2.83 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $59.7 billion, or 2.2 percent, over the third quarter, according to data collected by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). On a year-over-year basis, ...


Great Spaces: Want to Own the Playboy Mansion? There’s Just One Catch

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HUD Makes Millions Available to Promote Public Housing Self-Sufficiency

To help public housing residents find jobs and educational opportunities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded nearly $32 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence. ...


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