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Latest Consumer Inflation (March 2015)
of Research at NAR. He directs research activity...

Mortgage Rates Hover Near 2015 Lows
weekly mortgage market survey. Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending April 16: 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.67 percent, with......

NAR to Congress: Ease Up on Mortgage Credit
but we are concerned that the pendulum has swung too far," NAR President Chris Polychron testified. "In some cases, well-intentioned, but over-corrective policies are severely hampering the ability......

Beige Book predicts a rosy spring
they were optimistic and many expect a greater than normal upswing in home sales with the coming of spring." Springing into spring Supply of houses remains tight at most price points, which......

Three investment lessons from the trees
more defensive. Why lumber? Lumber prices are a good indicator of the housing market – which, in turn, is a good indicator of the economy as a whole. And unlike most housing indicators, lumber......

Chicago Housing Market Blooms in March
CHICAGO—After a relatively tough 2014, the metro Chicago housing market bloomed in the past several weeks as warmer weather returned. March home sales activity hit its highest level since 2006......

Home Builder Confidence Hits 2015 High And Why Home Builder ETFs May Have Plenty More Room To Rise
winter signals the stock market is pricing in an improvement  in the housing market, which should continue in the April-August selling season, the most active time of year for home sales. In......

Using NAR Research to Address Prospective Buyer Concerns “What If We Have Another Recession?”
The changes of another recession are essentially 100 percent— at some point in time we will almost certainly have another recession.   What does this mean for homeownership?  In the case of......

Polychron urges Senate to ease regulatory burdens
NAR President Chris Polychron testified before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on the need for regulatory reform and increased access to credit. 2015......

CFPB Sets New Rules Housing Counseling Lists
Housing counselors can provide advice on the home buying process, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. Lenders can provide borrowers with CFPB-developed housing counseling lists......

The 5 Hottest Single-Family Markets Are…
The national housing market is regaining steam after a slowdown in late 2013 and early 2014 and a handful of areas are seeing a surge in home prices and sales growth. Auction.com......

Builders Are More Upbeat About Sales
points to 56, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which measures builder perceptions on current sales conditions, sales expectations, and......

The Real Reason Millennials Aren't Buying
Home prices are rising much faster than their incomes," Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, had noted about the study. "With rents taking up a larger chunk of household incomes, it's difficult......

Foreclosures Sink to Lowest Level in Eight Years
LOS ANGELES—While crowdfunding platforms are off to a great start, Haider......

Motley Testifies on Access to Mortgage Credit
for portfolio QM loans. "We also strongly support legislation that would exclude title insurance fees paid to lender-affiliated companies from the calculation of points and fees under QM. "Beyond......

Wall Street Is Catching Up With Three Bargain Basement Stocks
instance, has been experiencing a number of tailwinds recently. The low end housing market, where D.R Horton sells new homes, has gotten boosts from the improving US labor market, the ultra-low......

Realtors® Call on Congress to Ease Regulatory Burdens Curbing Access to Mortgage Credit
have yet to strike the right balance between regulation and opportunity,” said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. Despite historically......

Meet The Billionaire Banker Who Is Ready To Bet On Oil
and its leverage ratio is approaching an unheard-of 50% of assets. The FDIC defines a well-capitalized bank as one that has a ratio of 5% capital. JPMorgan Chase's JPMorgan Chase's leverage ratio...

Housing Starts Disappoint In March, Rise Just 2%
56, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/ Wells Fargo   Housing Market Index , released Wednesday. A reading of 50 or higher means that more builders rate conditions......

San Francisco Tops Forbes' 2015 List Of Worst Cities For Renters
by 1 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. Nationally,   NAR projects a 3.9% increase in rents   over the course of 2015. Vacancy rates are expected to remain low at least......

Economy Watch: Beige Book Says Economy Growing, But…
the country uniformly reported optimism and many expect a greater-than-normal upswing in home sales with the coming of spring. The multifamily sector remains strong, with flat to declining vacancy......

Should you wait for your dream home or settle?
sale at a price you can afford? Search for today's lowest mortgage rates The answer isn't obvious. At the end of February, 1.89 million existing homes were for sale in the U.S., according......

Who gets Mom's leftover reverse mortgage?
the home is roughly $160,000. The loan was obtained before the housing market crashed in 2008. I understand heirs are not responsible for repaying the difference in the loan if the assessment......

Mortgage rates fall as retail sales falter
mortgage Mortgage rates slipped this week after it became clear that Americans shopped less than expected in March, convincing investors that an interest rate hike remains further down the......

National mortgage rates for April 16, 2015
Roundup Mortgages 30-year fixed: 3.82% Average points: 0.25 Mortgage rates mostly fell this week, according to Bankrate's latest survey of interest......