Tag Archives: consumer confidence

Pending Home Sales Rise to Highest Level in Nine Years

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported in their Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) that, pending home sales increased in April for the fourth consecutive month and reached their highest peak in nine years. All four major regions saw growth in April, led by the Northeast and Midwest. “The steady gains in contract activity […]

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FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance

In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs. Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan’s value to […]

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Income, Inventory Increases Lift October Home Sales

Income growth and rising home inventory levels helped push house sales up in October compared to last year, marking the first major increase year-to-date, according to a report. Redfin reported a 2.2 percent increase in the number of homes sold in October compared to the same month last year, making it the first month to […]

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Consumers Offer Mixed Opinions on Housing Market’s Future

Housing optimism for the year ahead diminished somewhat in March, though signs largely point to a positive spring season. Fannie Mae released Monday its most recent National Housing Survey, revealing a slight softening in the housing recovery as monthly indicators remain volatile. According to results from the March survey, fewer than half of consumers polled expect home […]

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Housing Markets Improving But Most Metros Not Yet ‘Stable’

Housing markets in half of all states and 35 of the top 50 metros are improving, according to a new report from Freddie Mac. However, only 11 states and four of the top 50 metros are “stable” compared to each market’s individual historical norms, Freddie Mac reported. Freddie Mac’s first Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) was […]

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Dramatic Cooling off Causing Switch to Buyers’ Market

According to Michael Orr of ASU/WP Carey School of Business, the change in market balance accelerated during October reaching a shocking pace we almost never see. Only in the second half of 2005 have we seen demand drop at this exceptional speed. Demand has been falling dramatically for the past 3 months and October saw […]

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Mortgage Rates, Low Inventory Greatest Obstacles for Homebuyers

According to Redfin, 53% of home buyers say that rising mortgage rates are one of their major concerns with buying a home right now. However, low inventory continues to be the chief concern at a whopping 58%. Buyers still are quoted as saying it is a good time to buy and feel that the nation […]

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Consumer Confidence in Rising Home Prices Reach Record Levels…

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/fannie-mae-confidence-in-home-price-gains-reaches-record-levels-2013-06-10 Fannie Mae’s May National Housing Survey indicated that over 55% of all respondents believe housing prices will continue to rise over the next 12 months, with only 7% believing they will drop….somewhat bursting the bubble theory, which has, of late, been floating out there.  Other statistics show about 40% of home owners believe it […]

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When looking at price increases, location matters!!!

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/amid-regional-gains-metros-present-wide-range-of-price-shifts-2013-06-04 While a wide range of price increases occurred across the nation, the rate of recovery has been mixed over most metropolitan areas.  When looking at the validity of the recovery, performances at the local levels were mixed when considering strength, sustainability and their relative positions as compared with 2006 prices.  It is noted that […]

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The Future’s So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/nar-speculates-on-future-of-housing-at-expo-2013-05-17 The National Association of Realtors, at their annual Midyear Meeting in Washington DC this week, said they expect existing home sales to increase to nearly 5 million this year and then grow to an annual rate of 5.3 million in 2014 & 5.7 million in 2015.  Dramatic price increases are also expected to continue […]

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