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February 2019 Existing-Home Sales
NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this February, bounced back and was up 11.8 percent from January 2019. Despite the month over month......

Freddie Mac trims 2019 origination estimate but could rethink the move
up its estimates before the release of the latest report on existing home sales, which registered the largest month-to-month gain seen since late 2015. This suggests future estimates of housing......

Happy Spring: Home Sales Post Strong Rebound
the Northeast remained unchanged. © Davel5957/iStock/ Plus “A powerful combination of lower mortgage rates, more inventory, rising income, and higher consumer confidence is driving......

Buyers’ Biggest Competitor This Spring Isn’t Other Buyers
looking for homes priced at or under $200,000—the segment of the housing market that has seen the largest declines year over year, according to a recent survey by realtor.com®, based on responses......

Mortgage Rates Have Dropped ‘Dramatically’ Since Start of the Year
Firefox , Chrome , or Edge . March 22, 2019 © National Association of REALTORS® Mortgage rates edged lower to kick off the start of the spring homebuying season this......

Mortgage-backed securities may lag in Fed pivot to Treasuries
longer-term Treasury yields, so any decline in 10-year Treasury yields could pull mortgage rates down, and trigger more refinancing. Investors that paid more than 100 cents on the dollar for......

Existing-home sales surge in biggest gain since 2015
a three-month streak of declines to offer a robust indication that the housing market is stabilizing after last year’s slump. Contract closings increased 11.8%, the most since 2015, from January......

Rhode Island housing market cools in February
Rhode Island's housing market cooled a bit in February, as the median sales price remain unchanged from the same month a year ago, but the number of sales fell, and houses lingered on......

Technology Creating More Discrimination Victims, Warns FTC Commissioner Chopra
on Wells Fargo, he questioned whether the bank should be trusted with FDIC insurance and other federal benefits considering the millions of fake accounts bank opened and its numerous other managerial......

Existing home sales jumped 11.8% in Feb. as mortgage rates fall, sparking sluggish market
WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales soared 11.8 percent in February, aided by accelerating wages and falling mortgage rates that are improving affordability. The National Association of Realtors said......

A Closer Look At Assumable Mortgage Misconceptions In Divorce
loan instead of refinancing. These can include application fees, appraisal fees and title insurance policies. But just because there are higher upfront costs, don’t let that sway you without......

The Long-Running Seller's Market Is No More, But Sellers Can Still Be Successful
quite what it used to be. Following a few months of growth, home sales have begun to decrease and in some ways, conditions for homeowners have become slightly less favorable. That’s not to say......

Mortgage rates fall for Friday
Several key mortgage rates fell today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both tapered off. Meanwhile, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages also receded......

Homebuyers to get springtime boost from lower-than-expected mortgage rates
Less than six months ago, mortgage rates marched above 5 percent – the first time in seven years – and for weeks showed no signs of abating. It was a tipping point for house hunters. Beaten......

NAR commends Senators Cotton, Duckworth for Work on Behalf of the RLI
Realtors(R) throughout the United States and Canad since 1944. NAR thanks the Senators for their recognition of this critical entity, and America’s Realtors......

Millennials Are Tapping Into Home Equity, But Not For Reasons You Might Think
years, 65%; affordability, 50%; a strong economy, 43%; and the current national housing market, 31%. Brendan Coughlin, president of consumer deposits and lending at Citizens Bank, outlined the......

Fairbnb: The Ethical Home Sharing Alternative That Wants To Undermine Mass Tourism
is suffered by the whole community. This impact is indeed related to housing market prices. It results in an increase of nuisance, less cohesive communities, the replacement of traditional stores......

Home sales come closer to matching potential: First American
The gap between potential and actual existing home sales is narrowing even though supply shortages still vex the market, according to First American’s latest report. Existing home sales as......

Mortgage delinquencies go against historical trends in February
with bolstered refinancing activity caused by the recently decreasing 30-year interest rates. Foreclosures continued to fade in February. Foreclosure starts decreased 13.49% from the year before......

Fed Says It’s Done Raising Rates for This Year
2.5 percent. The Fed’s rate is not directly tied to mortgage rates but often influences them. Many Fed officials at Wednesday’s meeting hinted that a single rate increase is likely for 2020 and......

Study: Generational Trends Sway Housing Markets
choosing modestly priced homes over mansions. “Millennials seem to be entering the housing market on their own terms, with relatively high incomes to support their investments,” the study notes......

Mortgage Apps Soar to Record High for Third Week
search. IE users, please download Firefox , Chrome , or Edge . March 21, 2019 Mortgage applications set a record for the third consecutive week as lower rates drew out more......

Average mortgage rates sustain their drop below last year's levels
continuing moderation in home prices and an imminent seasonal uptick in the housing market could help boost lenders' origination volume in the months ahead. "The combination of improving......

Supreme Court ruling in foreclosure case a (limited) win for lenders
Wednesday on the potential legal exposure faced by law firms that handle foreclosures on behalf of banks. The 9-0 ruling is likely to reduce the costs that mortgage servicers incur when foreclosing......

Morning Edition for March 20, 2019
is a property owner and builder in Paradise, Calif. He expects the housing market to eventually come back after the Camp Fire burned nearly 90 percent of the town to the ground. Marc Albert/North......