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New Student Loan Repayment Option Could Positively Impact Housing Market

Student loan debt and its relationship to the successful recovery of the housing market has long been a hot topic in the real estate community. For millennials—the next generation of homebuyers—confusion over money is majorly effecting their natural financial trajectory, ...


Desire to Buy Strong despite Affordability, Economic Concerns

Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home, and a convincing majority still view homeownership as part of their American Dream, according to a new quarterly consumer survey released ...


Federal Reserve Shows Confidence in Healing Economy, Ups Interest Rate by 0.25%

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve concluded a two-day meeting with the long awaited announcement that they will be pushing the key interest rate higher for the first time in nearly a decade, with an increase of 0.25 percent. The increased rate will impact ...


Economic Growth on Course, Consumer Spending Expected to Rebound

Economic activity in the fourth quarter appears to be weaker than expected, but the forecast for all of 2015 and heading into 2016 remains largely unchanged, with current economic conditions suggesting the fed funds rate lift-off will occur this month, according to Fannie ...


Consumer Prices Hold Steady, but Other Inflation Signs Point toward Fed Rate Hike

(TNS)--Consumer prices were unchanged in November amid declining energy and food costs, but other data in the government’s monthly report indicated enough inflation to keep the Federal Reserve on track for an interest rate hike this week. ...


TransUnion’s 2016 Forecast Expects Consumer Credit Markets to Complete Recovery

TransUnion’s 2016 mortgage and credit card forecasts predict that the consumer lending market will have fully recovered by the end of next year from both the mortgage crisis and the ensuing Great Recession that concluded more than six years ago. ...


Mortgage Momentum Moves Rates Higher

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate ticked slightly higher on a better than expected November employment report, according to the recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey®. ...


New Study Shows Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying

Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers. According to a new report from the National Association ...


Appraised Values Remain Slightly Lower Than Homeowner Expectations

The average appraisal in November was 1.87 percent lower than the value the homeowner expected, according to Quicken Loans' national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The difference between the values was slightly higher in October, making November the third consecutive month the gap between values ...


Economy Continues to Push Housing Higher, despite Lackluster Consumer Confidence

With more Americans reporting lower income prospects, Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI) decreased 2.4 points to 80.8 in November. The challenge of housing affordability coupled with tight supply may be preventing overall housing sentiment from gaining momentum as income ...


Fed Hike May Happen Now That 200,000 More Jobs Have Entered Fold

In November, the U.S. economy added a 211,000 new jobs to its roster, according to recently released news from the U.S. Department of Labor. While that number is a down step from the previous month, it shows enough continuous growth to turn the ...


2016 Housing Forecast: New Construction to Drive Highest Home Sales since 2006

New home construction and moderate gains in the existing home market will deliver the necessary one-two punch to push total home sales to the highest levels since 2006, according to the 2016 housing forecast issued this ...


35 Percent of U.S. Markets at New All-Time Home Price Peak

Among 94 major metro areas analyzed for the report, 33 markets (35 percent) have now reached new all-time home price peaks in 2015, according to RealtyTrac's recently released October 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report. ...


Mortgage Applications Teeter 0.2 Percent

Mortgage applications decreased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 27, 2015. This week's results included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday. ...


Lack of Affordable Options Will Drive First-Time Buyers Out to the Suburbs in 2016

Deteriorating housing affordability will drive 2016 housing trends, according to a recent Zillow forecast. A lack of affordable homes near city centers will push new and first-time homebuyers to suburbs that feel like walkable, amenity-rich mini-cities. Rising rents will force more young renters to wait longer before buying a home. ...


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