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Seesaw Effect: Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Drop

Mortgage applications increased 8.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 22, 2016.  This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Martin Luther King holiday. ...


Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall

Mortgage rates move lower for the fourth consecutive week as the Fed held interest rates steady at its FOMC meeting on Wednesday, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). ...


Spotlight: Protect Your Home and Budget with a First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation Home Warranty

When it comes to home warranty providers in the Memphis, Tenn., market, the competition is fierce. For Bill Maury—vice president and broker at Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury—First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation has gone above and beyond in offering his buyer and seller clients added peace of mind for the past ...


Consumers Feel Confident in January

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, improved moderately in January. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 96.3 in December. The Present Situation Index was unchanged at 116.4, while the Expectations Index increased from 83.0 to 85.9 in January. ...


5 Reasons Now Is the Time to Buy a Home According to a Top Economist

Ted Jones, Stewart Title's chief economist, says now is inarguably the right time to buy a home. Those who have been waiting on the sidelines, struggling with rising rent and dreaming of a place to call their own should ...


Pending Home Sales Crawl Forward in December

Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in December, but inched forward slightly, fueled by a large increase in the Northeast that outpaced declines in the other three major regions, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Did Credit Default Swaps Cause the Failure of Major Institutions?

Credit default swaps (CDS) may have amplified – but did not cause – the 2008 financial crisis, concludes a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Financial Crisis Institute. ...


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. ...


A Major Shift in Housing Demand Is Currently Underway

In the years during and since the Financial Crisis and Great Recession, new household formation slowed dramatically as young adults remained living with parents and fewer people immigrated into the U.S. From 2008 through 2010, only 509,000 net ...


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 ...


Decline in Energy Prices in December

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December. ...


Vision Insurance Now Available for NAR Members

NAR PULSE—NAR is thrilled to announce the launch of REALTORS® Vision Insurance, the newest offering from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program. REALTORS® Vision Insurance offers two national group plans from which to choose and both provide great, competitive rates and savings on frames, lenses ...


Realtors Property Resource® Offers Innovative Relationship-Building Technology

Claire Bisignano Chesnoff has been in the real estate business for 18 years. Recently named the President of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® for 2016, Chesnoff is the owner of Claire Properties, a boutique real estate firm with two offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn. The best part of ...


Home Prices Continue to Move Forward in November

In November, 2015, home prices continued their rise across the country, according to the recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. ...


Veteran Microsoft Technology Executive John Fikany Joins Quicken Loans as Vice President of Strategy

Detroit-based Quicken Loans recently announced veteran Detroit technology executive John Fikany has joined the company as Vice President of Strategy. In the newly created role, Fikany will be responsible for development of strategy and execution for large technology and other initiatives, while ...


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