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5 Signs that Residential Construction is Back

Residential construction suffered a heavy blow when the housing market collapsed in 2008, but it’s showed definite signs of recovery in recent months. Few industries suffered more setbacks than residential construction during the housing downturn; the last couple months,

45 Percent of Consumers See Home Prices Rising in 2013

Americans’ price expectations have increased to a record high, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2013 National Housing Survey results, while views on their personal financial situation, household income and the direction of the economy fell or remained

Will Lending Standards Ease at All in 2013?

It’s become the eternal question in real estate – when oh when will lending standards ease up? Though the housing market has put up some of its strongest numbers since 2006, the mortgage markets, from the perspective of many

2.8 Million: Number of Foreign Homeowners Expected by 2020

The number of foreign-born homeowners in the U.S. is expected to rise more than 16 percent and hit 2.8 million by 2020, according to new research sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America. According to the

CoreLogic Home Price Index Rises 9.7 Percent in January

The CoreLogic Home Price Index put up its best numbers in nearly seven years in January, with national home prices rising 9.7 percent year-over-year. That’s the 11th consecutive month of of home price increases, and the largest yearly increase

Student Loan Debt and Homeownership – A Tricky Combination

After issuing sweeping judgements on mortgage lending, mortgage servicers and appraisals, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has set its sights on another controversial aspect of the homebuying and selling process: the highly lucrative private student loans

Mortgage Delinquencies/Foreclosures Show Improvement in 2012

Every other day, it seems, more information trickles out showing that the real estate markets are on a slow, yet steady, path to recovery, and Lender Processing Services (LPS) has contributed to that trend with its latest data on

Asking Prices Increase 7.0 Percent in Trulia Price Monitor

Asking prices in February rose 7.0 percent in the Trulia Price Monitor, as the increasing demand in the U.S. housing market continued to push asking prices higher. From January to February, asking prices rose 1.4 percent, and prices are

Freddie Mac Reports First Annual Profit in Six Years

Well, it finally happened. After six years of jaw-dropping losses, many of them in the tens of billions of dollars, embattled GSE Freddie Mac has emerged victorious in 2012, riding the wave of the housing recovery and reporting its

Foreclosure Markets Show Improvement in RealtyTrac Report

The foreclosure markets showed definite signs of improvement in the RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure & Short Sales Report, which studied distressed property sales in 2012. Altogether, there were 947,995 distressed property sales in 2012, which is down 6 percent from 2011

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