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Fannie: Brighter Days Ahead in Housing
5 percent growth in the economy to 2.7 percent. "Similarly, the housing market is likely to continue its gradual climb upward next year after a subpar 2014," says Duncan. "We anticipate a......

Home Buying Gets Cheaper This Week
in the weeks ahead.” Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Dec. 18: 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.80 percent, with an average......

Rents Surge to Highest Pace in 6 Years
market” as rent growth continues to run higher than overall inflation. However, NAR does project that rent growth will start to cool — though only slightly — next year: Rent growth is expected......

Why Wal-Mart's Revenue Per Square Feet Will Improve Going Forward
diverted their spending to long lasting products in the wake of low mortgage rates. Going forward, we expect this figure to improve consistently, driven by Wal-Mart’s aggressive small store......

With a bullet: Oil, mortgages, Christmas lights from space
sanctions, despite the recession in that country. Mortgage rates hit new lows for 2014, %, down from 4.47% a year......

What Makes Investors Choose to Flip or Rent?
in the third quarter of this year, representing 4% of US single-family home sales, down from 4.6% in the second quarter and down from 5.6% in the third quarter of 2013 to the lowest level since......

Cuba has more economic - not political - freedom
to buy and sell their homes. Even though there was never a housing market in Cuba — people lived in their family homes and moved only in rare circumstances — one suddenly emerged. Pedro Freyre......

Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue To Decline (Dec 13 Report)
a healthy economy. A healthy job market is important to keep the housing market recovery going. The latest data at the state level is of the week ending December 6. The largest decreases were......

Building the Buyer and Seller Relationship
an agent in their selling process—up from 77 percent in 1991. The housing market can be difficult to navigate for home buyers who have not been in the market for several years, but can be......

As Millennials Wait, Housing Bets on Boomers
on the move: Cities Poised for a Surge in Sales New single-family home sales are expected to surge 16 percent to 510,000 units in 2015, according to economists and housing analysts polled......

FHA’s HAWK Program Nixed
The Federal Housing Administration had big plans for its Homeowners Armed With Knowledge (HAWK) program, which was designed to extend credit to underserved borrowers and help unlock savings on......

Senate Approves Mortgage Debt Forgiveness
their Congressional representatives in support of extending the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act. "NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation......

Dick Clark's Estate Finally Sells 'Flintstone House' In Malibu
After languishing on the Malibu housing market for two-and-a-half-years, the estate of the late, great Dick Clark has finally sold his beloved Flintstone-esque home atop a bluff. Originally......

Mortgage rates tumble as the ruble stumbles
Mortgage rates dropped for the sixth week in a row to the lowest level since mid-2013, thanks to the economic troubles in Russia and low oil prices. Now it's up......

National mortgage rates for Dec. 18, 2014
3.94% (30-year fixed) 0.26 (average points) Mortgage rates fell for the sixth week in a row as investors worried about the declining......

Irvine Ranked 4th Nicest City in US
nice based on the number of sex offenders per capita, unemployment rates, foreclosures , school scores and crime ratings. Irvine has .010% sex offenders per capita, holds an unemployment rate......

What to Do When Everything Looks Expensive
be part of a diversified portfolio for sophisticated investors.   CDs are FDIC Insured and offer a fixed rate of return if held to maturity.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results......

5 Tax Deductions Sellers Won't Want To Miss
according to Nolo : Your real estate agent’s commission Legal fees Title insurance Inspection fees Advertising costs Escrow fees Legal fees And there’s another consideration. Vanessa......

12/17/2014 MBA Announces Five Year-End Promotions »
Kan is responsible for managing the production of MBA’s macroeconomic and housing market forecasts. He also oversees the production of MBA’s industry surveys, including the Weekly Mortgage Application......

Loan Apps Drop Again, Despite Low Rates
Mortgage rates last week plunged to their lowest level since May 2013, but the low rates didn’t seem to bring any extra home buyers to the table. Mortgage applications dipped......

New-Home Market on Slow Route to Recovery
should continue for quite some time. We don’t need a robust housing market to drive growth.” With employment showing signs of strengthening , the housing market may gain steam in the new year......

Help Your Buyers Reduce Closing Costs
weigh carefully if that’s the best choice, Lawlor says. Look into title insurance discounts.  The cost of title insurance can vary greatly among states and even by the type of home. Some states......

Polychron on passage of tax extensions
help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation......

Realtors® Applaud Final Passage of Legislation to Extend Key Real Estate Tax Provisions
help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation......

Fannie Mae Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey Results
down during the next three months has climbed, supporting expectations that the housing market will continue to grind its way upward next year. “Overall, lenders’ growing concerns with purchase......