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Buyers and refinancers got raises –not
Wages of U.S. workers have been stagnant since the Great Recession in 2007 but the median wage of homebuyers and refinancers has been all over the map. What does that say about the housing market? ......

Investment Ideas For The Next 12 Months
due to fears over the impact of rising interest rates on the housing market and mortgage REITs in particular. To this end, it is important to recognize that REITs are not just related to the......

FHA: Lower Premiums Will Not Cost Taxpayers
0.85 percent. The move is expected to save a typical first-time home buyer about $900 a year. During the housing crisis, the FHA had raised its annual premiums 140 percent. The rise in premium......

Get Ready for the Return of 7.3M Ex-Owners
Many economists are banking on the return of boomerang buyers to the housing market in the coming years. Boomerang buyers mostly consist of Generation Xers and Baby Boomers and they could “represent......

Can Home Staging Really Win Over Buyers?
to overlook other property faults if a home is staged, according to NAR’s survey. Buyer agents also say that staging can potentially influence how much their buyers are willing to offer for......

Shrinking Inventory May Raise Prices Again
growth of listings that had been occurring throughout 2014,” writes Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, at the Economists’ Outlook blog. “More inventories are needed, not less. Or else, home......

REALTOR Magazine Q&A with Move/realtor.com CEO Ryan O’Hara
 We start with some tremendous assets — our longstanding partnership with the NAR, the best and most accurate listing information available in the market, and the industry’s No. 1 position in......

New Home Sales Surge As Price Gains Keep Slowing
S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday. Conversely, the Commerce Department announced that new home sales across the US for December reached the highest monthly tally since before the economic downturn......

Home Staging Can Help Sell Home for More, Realtors® Say
in the best shape possible when showing it to prospective buyers,” said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas. “At a minimum, homeowners......

Volatile New Home Sales Jump 11.6% In December
to change in the coming months as the data is refined. The new home sales data–which tallies the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale each month–is considered a measure......

Stocks Drop Sharply On Disappointing Earnings, Data
4% in December, led by a decline in demand for commercial airplanes. Home sales price growth also slowed in November , marking the 11th straight month of price deceleration, according to S&P/Case-Shil......

U.S. home prices grow at slower pace
November, but the growth slowed, raising concerns about the strength of the housing market recovery. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 major U.S. cities showed Tuesday that prices......

Home Price Growth Slows For 11th Straight Month In November
Photo Credit: Home sales price growth slowed across the nation in November, marking the 11th straight month of price deceleration, according to data released Tuesday by S&P/Case-Shiller. The......

5 winter housing and mortgage trends
repurchase the loan for pretty much anything, even small clerical errors." Housing market stabilizes Home prices will continue to increase in 2015, but at a slower pace than they have in recent......

Investor Greed Leads To Risky Auto Loans; Ain't Capitalism Great?
tranches, high interest rates. It’s almost like they’re rewriting the housing market of 2005 and what joy they’re having in doing so. I have to admit that my reaction to the same evidence is......

Shrinking Inventory
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The ‘Equity Rich’ Home Owner Is Back
About 20 percent of all properties with a mortgage – or 11.3 million -- are now considered “equity rich,” with home owners who have at least 50 percent positive equity in their properties. The number......

Housing Demand Rises, Supply Is Bigger Issue
Several signs in the housing market point to higher demand for real estate, but the big question remains whether the supply will be able to meet the rise in demand, writes Jonathan Smoke, chief......

Smaller Down Payments Lure More Buyers
mortgages beginning Monday . The move is expected to save a typical first-time home buyer about $900 a year. What’s more, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae recently lowered the minimum down payments......

Make Your Buyers Shop Smarter: 3 Tips
economists are predicting that home buyers will see a much more active housing market in the coming months. Bankrate.com in a recent article highlighted several tips to aid home shoppers in their......

Week Ahead Market Report: January 26, 2015
1.40% today. In economic news, Durable Orders, Consumer Confidence and New Home Sales come out tomorrow, Initial Claims on Thursday, and Chicago PMI on Friday. Some......

Ocwen Financial To Fight BlueMountain, RMBS Investor Default Claims
interests, and characterized commitments the company has made to loan modifications and foreclosures as working to the benefit of trust investors. “Contrary to the suggestions in your letter......

First U.S. bitcoin exchange opens
partner with a New York State-chartered bank and therefore be eligible for FDIC insurance. "Your U.S. dollars on Gemini will be as safe and secure as they are in your bank account today," they......

Deflation and the ‘big game’
Board releases January consumer confidence figures. The Commerce Department reports on December new home sales. The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for November is released. Wednesday:......

Government Policies Caused the Financial Crisis and Made the Recession Worse
securities (MBS).  Then, in 2001, the Federal Reserve (jointly with the FDIC and OCC) amended the rules to provide even more capital relief. The 2001 rule change, known as the recourse rule......