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Mortgage Applications Scoot Lower

Mortgage applications decreased 2.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 29, 2016.  The previous week's results included an adjustment for the Martin Luther King holiday. ...


For First-time Buyers, Rural Mortgages Worth a Look

(TNS)—Here’s a much-belated Christmas present from me to those of you who are first-time buyers and struggling to come up with a down payment and closing costs for Home No. 1: ...


Home Prices Up 6.3 Percent Year over Year in December 2015

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 6.3 percent in December 2015 compared with December 2014, according to the recently released CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™ data for December 2015. Results also showed that prices increased ...


Cybercrime Hitting Real Estate

Online criminals are targeting the real estate industry and stealing large sums of money from unwary homebuyers. This fraud can destroy real estate transactions, so the National Association of REALTORS® is urging real estate professionals across the country to immediately implement ...


New Home Sales Finish 2015 Strong

Recently released data found that December new home sales were up nearly 11 percent over November, and 9.9 percent over December 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


Housing Market Continues to Show Strong Improvement

The U.S. housing market is continuing to improve with one additional state -- Missouri -- entering its outer range of stable housing activity, as well as four more metro areas: Rochester, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo.; Birmingham, Ala.; and ...


New Home Purchase Applications Drop in December

December's applications for new home purchases decreased by 5 percent relative to the previous month, according to the recently released Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS). This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


HUD Offers $15 Million to Help Low-Income Seniors Age in Place

Moving late in life can be daunting, but low-income seniors may have an even harder time, studies show. To combat this, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced it is making approximately $15 million available to test a promising housing and services model for low-income seniors to ...


Remodelers’ Confidence Remains Consistent at the End of 2015

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the final quarter of 2015, one point above the previous quarter. This was consistent with similar results over the past year and a half, indicating sustained confidence in the market from remodelers.  The ...


Falling Rates Cause Rise in Refinance Mortgage Applications

Mortgage applications increased 9.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 15, 2016. ...


Home Appraisals Fall Short of Owner Expectations

Average appraised values in December were 1.8 percent lower than the homeowners’ opinion of their home’s value, according to Quicken Loan's national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). December is the 11th straight month when appraised values were lower than homeowners expected, although December marks the fourth month the gap between the ...


Foreclosures Hit 9-Year Low

Foreclosure filings were reported on 1,083,572 U.S. properties in 2015, down 3 percent from 2014 and down 62 percent from the peak of 2,871,891 in 2010, according to the recently released RealtyTrac® Year-End 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™. The nearly 1.1 million properties ...


2016 to Bring Modest Increase in Home Sales

Following the housing market’s best year in nearly a decade, existing-home sales are forecasted to expand in 2016 at a more moderate pace as pent-up buyer demand combats affordability pressures and meager economic growth, according to National Association of REALTORS®Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in ...


RE/MAX Announces New CFO, COO Following Metzger’s Resignation

RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. announced Thursday that Dave Metzger has decided to leave his position as chief financial officer (CFO) and chief operating officer (COO) effective March 31, 2016 to relocate and spend more time with his family. As a result of Metzger's decision, the RE/MAX Board of Directors appointed Karri ...


Asian Americans: The Next Big Boom in Housing

Since 2000, the Asian American community has been the fastest-growing minority demographic in the U.S., with a rapidly growing purchasing power. Twenty-eight percent of Asian American households include two or more adult generations, double the rate of non-Hispanic whites, and ...


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