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Strong Equity Gains are Giving Homeowners More Options

Residential homes in the United States have experienced strong equity gains in the last three years, and a recent survey indicates that they expect the equity gains to continue in 2016.  In a new survey conducted by loanDepot released Monday, 60 percent of respondents said their homes have gained equity in since 2013 as the housing […]

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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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Economy Moving Closer to Norma

After half a year of failed predictions and slow starts, the U.S. economy actually appears to be closing in on normal, at least according to Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac’s latest Economic and Housing Market Outlook shows that the agency expects to see the U.S. housing market driven once again by fundamentals—jobs, household formations, and affordability—rather than economic upheaval. Freddie Mac […]

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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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February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

Realtor.com released its February Monthly Housing Trend Report, which showed an increase in listing prices as well as an increase of housing inventory. The increase in both list price as well as inventory points to a “strong early beginning to this spring’s home buying season,” the report said. Nationally, median listing price increased to $199,000, […]

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Interest Rates Staying Low

Last Wednesday, the Fed unexpectedly delayed reducing its Bond purchase program as Bernanke said that the economy still isn’t strong enough to begin easing back its purchases. This was surprising news from the Fed, assuring the country that easing will continue at its current pace, at least for now. This news seems to be a […]

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Not another Bubble, Trulia confirms

Many homeowners & buyers are worried that the present price increases & housing recovery is leading towards another bubble experienced back in the 2005/2006 fiasco.  Trulia has done some research comparing various price indexes to per-capita income & rent data obtained by the government & concluded that home prices are still 7% undervalued nationally, coming […]

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Consumer Confidence Surges with Recent Home Price Gains

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/confidence-in-home-price-gains-reaches-record-level-2013-05-07 According to Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey, optimism over the health of our Nation’s Housing Market, based on increasing home values, saw a continued growth in the month of April.  This was the first month in over 3 years that more than half the surveyed home owners responded that they anticipated future price […]

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