Current Market Data

Foreclosure Markets Remain Healthy in Houston

The news was good for Texas’ foreclosure markets in April, which continue to be among the healthiest in the nation. The nation’s foreclosure markets showed continued improvement in RealtyTrac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for April, with Houston’s marketplace remaining ahead of

Mortgage Standards Are Going to Get Much Tougher in 2014

Qualified mortgage standards are back in the news, with the FHFA announcing that it is on track to adopt the standards’ “ability to repay” provisions. The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) has announced that beginning Jan. 10, 2014, Fannie

A Home Sale is Worth How Much to the Economy? Try $56,464

We often hear about how beneficial home sales are for the greater economy, but NAR has finally done the research and slapped a value on the whole process. Housing, the narrative goes, is among the most versatile and dextrous

Majority of Americans Expect Home Prices to Increase

American consumers are growing more and more confident with the housing recovery, according to Fannie Mae’s latest National Housing Survey. More than half of American consumers expect home prices to rise within the next year, according to the latest

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Post Insane, Multi-Billion Dollar Q1 Incomes

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, those long beleaguered GSEs, put up some of the strongest incomes in their history in 2013’s first quarter. After putting up their most impressive numbers in years in the final months of 2012, both

Trulia: Houston Rents Soar in April

Nationwide, asking prices outpaced rents in Trulia’s April Price Monitor, but the rental market only grew in strength in Houston. The latest Trulia Price Monitor, which analyzed rental and single-family home listings on the syndication site, spelled a familiar

The 4 Key Traits of Today’s First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers represent a hugely important swath of the homebuying public, and a new study has pinpointed some of their key characteristics. First-time homebuyers serve an integral role in the U.S. housing market. Along with comprising between 30 and

CoreLogic Home Price Index Jumps 10.5 Percent

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index has been on a tear the last year, and its findings for March 2013 were its strongest findings yet. The March CoreLogic Home Price Index put up its best numbers yet in the housing recovery,

CBO Report Finds Huge Savings in Principal Reduction Policy

The FHFA has been resisting calls for a principal reduction program, but a new study by the CBO has lent considerable heft to the policy’s corner. It’s been an ongoing saga, one of Shakespearean proportions: will the FHFA ever

Has the Government’s HAMP Program Been a Failure?

The government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, received a stinging report from the inspector general of TARP that questioned its merits. The government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, was among its major responses to the housing downturn,

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