Current Market Data

Mortgage Markets on the Mend in MBA National Delinquency Survey

The mortgage markets showed considerable signs of healing in the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest National Delinquency Survey, a wide-ranging measure of the U.S. residential mortgage markets. Among the survey’s many highlights were the national delinquency rate, which at 7.09

What Are the Most Recognizable Brands in Real Estate?

There are numerous brands in the real estate industry, all of which follow unique business models and offer their clients and agents different experiences in the homebuying and selling process; which of those brands, though, is the most recognizable

NAR: Existing-Home Sales Inch Up While Housing Inventory Falls

In what has become a recurring pattern for the housing market, existing-home sales inched up in January while housing inventory declined, according to the latest analysis from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Nationally, existing-home sales were up 0.4

Freddie Mac Dishes the Optimism in New Market Report

“Optimism” was somewhat of a taboo term during the darkest days of the housing downturn, with any encouraging reports on the housing market earning skeptic glances and caustic asides. Now, though, the situation is a little different. Housing starts,

Fading Foreclosure Discounts Complement Rising Home Prices

An interesting thing has been happening in the housing market. Home prices, as we’ve reported on numerous occasions, have been rising steadily after bottoming in 2012’s first quarter, but a recent FNC report found a corresponding trend – discounts

Top 10 Highest Closed Properties in 2012

Houston’s market has remained stable and strong – so what were the highest closed properties last

Census Bureau: Building Permits Up 35.2 Percent in January

January was another strong month of residential construction activity, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau, with building permits increasing 35.2 percent year-over-year. With a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 925,000, building permits also increased 1.8 percent

RealtyTrac Market Report Shows Decrease in Foreclosure Filings

Foreclosure filings were down 28 percent year-over-year in January and 7 percent from December, according to the latest Foreclosure Market Report from research firm RealtyTrac. In addition, U.S. foreclosure starts hit a 79-month low, decreasing 11 percent from last month and decreasing

NAHB: Builder Confidence Holds Firm in February Housing Market Index

Builder confidence held firm in February’s Housing Market Index, falling just one point from January to a rating of 46, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Despite the decline, the Housing Market Index has risen strong

Houston Housing Inventory Drops to 13-Year Low as Jan. Sales Soar

Well, what do you know – more good real estate news for Houston! In a housing market that seems immune to bad news, Houston posted another stellar month of real estate in January, though some are beginning to worry

What Were the Top 10 Real Estate Sites in January?

The real estate wing of the World Wide Web is an increasingly competitive slice of cyberspace, with some of the Internet’s most popular websites fighting for agents, brokers and, of course, Internet home shoppers. But of the many real

Lending Tree: American Dream of Homeownership Still Alive

A new survey from Lending Tree of more than 1,000 homeowners found consumer confidence on the housing market continues to improve, with sentiments towards buying, selling, financing and the overall concept of homeownership now at very encouraging levels. Doug

National Mortgage Delinquency Rate Down 14 Percent in 2012

The national mortgage delinquency rate, which tracks how many of the nation’s borrowers are seriously delinquent on their mortgages, fell in 2012’s fourth quarter, declining from 5.41 percent in the third quarter to 5.19 percent in the fourth, according

Real Estate Love – A Zippy Approach

She ruled in beauty o’er this heart of mine, A noble lady in a humble home, And now her time for heavenly bliss has come, ‘Tis I am mortal proved, and she divine. “Soleasi Nel Mio Cor” by Petrarch

The Secret to a Happy Relationship – Home Shopping Alone!

Doing things together is often seen as the sign of a healthy relationship, but as HomeFinder.com has uncovered, that standard does not seem to apply to home

Q4 Home Prices Post Strongest Increase Since 2005

Median existing single-family home price rose 10.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 year-over-year, the strongest yearly increase for home prices since the fourth quarter of 2005, according to the National Association of

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