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Builder Confidence Improves in 55+ Housing Market

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed improvement in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index more than doubled year over ...


August Economic and Housing Market Outlook: A Shrinking Shadow?

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for August showing why the so-called shadow inventory might not be as foreboding as many thought; this is attributed to the rate at which excess housing is being absorbed. ...


Freddie Mac Prices New $4 Billion Five-Year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac announced recently that it priced its new 1 percent five-year USD Reference Notes® security due on September 29, 2017. The issue, CUSIP number 3137EADL0, was priced at 99.95 to yield 1.01 percent, or 26.5 basis points more than five-year U.S. Treasury Notes. The issue will settle on Friday, ...


Big Deal, Bigger Plans

This past December, Canadian-based Brookfield Residential Property Services (Brookfield RPS)—a master franchisor in the Canadian real estate market for 25 years with Royal LePage, Via Capitale and Johnston & Daniel—made big news when it acquired Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services. Having ...


HARP Refinances Continue Surge in First Half of 2012

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its June Refinance Report, which shows that one of every three refinances through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were made through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), the highest number since the ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Move Higher for Second Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates moving higher following stronger-than-expected employment reports. The 30-year fixed averaged 3.59 percent, and the 15-year fixed averaged 2.84 percent, still near the historic low. ...


Consumer Expectations on Housing Remain Upbeat

Americans' confidence in the economy and their personal finances continues to stall but this has not interrupted their recently more positive outlook on the housing market, according to results from Fannie Mae's July 2012 National Housing Survey. While the July ...


Reading between the Lines: What Homebuyers Really Want

Sure, we all know the unspoken language of sellers. A garden apartment is actually a basement. A European kitchen is, well, miniscule. But what is the secret language of buyers? To be effective buyers’ agents, we need to also understand and decode buyers’ secret language. What do they really want? ...


Mid-Year Infographic of Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara County, REOs and Short Sales

REOs and short sales now represent more than a quarter of the local housing market – this is much more than a temporary niche, according to James Harrison, RCE, CAE, president and CEO of MLSListings, Inc. ...


Coldwell Banker Colorado Declares “Day of Service” in Wake of Tough Summer with Wildfires and Theater Shooting

On August 1, hundreds of Coldwell Banker agents, staff and their families donated their time and effort at several sites in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. ...


Summer Deals from FedEx Office

NAR PULSE—NAR members can now save up to 40 percent on their most vibrant marketing materials, including color copies, brochures, eye-catching yard posters and much more through FedEx Office, a REALTOR Benefits® Partner. Pass along these great savings today! ...


Credit Union Merger Provides Greater Services for REALTORS®

On August 1, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union merged with Northwest Federal Credit Union to better serve its members. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Mixed Messages from the Housing Market Data

The business media is beginning to take housing market analysis seriously. The FOX Business Network is introducing another new housing segment called, "Number Crunch," in which Greg Rand, CEO of OwnAmerica offers valuable insights into the state of the housing industry. This new segment will attempt to make sense of ...


Good News in Housing: 80 Improving Housing Markets in August

A total of 80 metropolitan statistical areas across 32 states and the District of Columbia were listed as improving housing markets on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August, released recently. This included 75 markets that retained their places on the list along with ...


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