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Will Lower Mortgage Rates Escalate Sales Gains?
estate industry will soon see what kind of impact weeks of declining mortgage rates have had on home sales. Will it provide the boost some experts are predicting? Since early November, the......

Microsoft Gives $500M for Affordable Housing in Seattle
s leading software companies, the city has seen explosive growth. But the housing market has failed to keep up. Since 2011, jobs in the region have increased 21 percent, while growth in housing......

Home prices hit brakes in December, gives buyers advantage in 2019
now sits at $289,800. While prices came down in the overall housing market, the top 5% had larger declines in value than the rest. Of the 76 largest housing markets in the country, nine......

New-home mortgage applications drop over stock market volatility: MBA
Mortgage applications for new homes declined again as worries over the stock market and the global economy outweighed lower interest rates for potential buyers, the Mortgage Bankers Association......

Home sales slowed across most of Colorado in 2018
Metro Denver's housing market saw sales slide and prices continue to rise last year, and that pattern dominated across much of the state, according to a monthly update from the Colorado Association......

Job gains put Dallas on list of top home markets for 2019
The North Texas housing market has slowed in recent months with fewer home sales and slower price growth. But Dallas still made it on Zillow's list of the top U.S. home market......

Mortgage refinancing spree becomes a race against the clock
Homeowners may have a small window to snag a lower rate As mortgage rates continue to slide, homeowners who were locked into rates north of 5 percent can benefit; especially if their credit......

Why 400,000 Young Adults Aren’t Buying
showing the impact student debt is having on delaying homeownership. A 2017 NAR study found that student debt delayed homeownership by about seven years. It also had an impact on the rest of......

NAR Asks Trump Administration to Reopen Rural Loan Program
jump-start the Rural Housing Loan Program, which has been unable to process mortgage applications since the partial federal government shutdown began nearly a month ago. © Hill Street Studios......

CNN Quotes NAR Chief Economist on Economic Drag of Shutdown
to the National Association of REALTORS® for comment on the impact on home sales. It’s not so much an issue of missed mortgage payments, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun told CNN. He says......

Appellate Court Limits Title Insurance Wining and Dining
a regulation of the title insurance industry that prohibits insurers...

The Judiciary Can Corral The Administrative State, But Only The People Themselves Can Tame It
ministerial brigandage is occurring all across the vast acronym jungle—EPA, FDA, EEOC, FDIC, et al.—of the administrative state. Our civil servants have gone on a frolic of their own. What Congress......

Foreclosure low shows market recovered from housing crisis: Attom
real estate market has bounced back from the housing bubble as most foreclosures are due to natural disasters, according to Attom Data Solutions. Overall foreclosure filings — properties with......

Is a balanced housing market on the way or are these claims premature?
The housing market set some records last year, but they weren't necessarily welcome ones. Home sales tanked 12.1% in the month of December, according to a Remax report, marking the......

It's Not Too Late To Set Savings Challenges For 2019. Here's Help
to your accounts and make sure the savings app you choose offers FDIC insurance. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER 5. The Weather-Dependent Challenge Budget blogger Melissa Berry at Sunburnt Saver created......

Latest GSE reform offers blueprint without Congress
WASHINGTON — As the housing market anxiously awaits the Trump administration's plans for the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the list of outside proposals for reforming the government-sponsored......

Average mortgage rates hold steady as housing outlook improves
Mortgage rates remained flat after dropping for six consecutive weeks as negative economic news was balanced with a more positive outlook on housing, according to Freddie Mac. 30-Year FRM......

December New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Decreased 6.1 Percent
Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for December 2018 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 6.1 percent from a year ago. Compared to November......

Boise-area home prices soared in 2018
category has a housing supply to last for more than 16 months. New home sales rose 22.4% last year in Ada County. Used-home sales fell 4.1%. "That doesn't surprise me at all," said Rick Gehrke......

Mortgage rates fall to new 9-month low as applications surge
10’000 Hours/ Mortgage rates keep moving lower, and homebuyers and homeowners are rushing to take advantage. The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 4.59 percent — a new nine-month......

Mortgage rates decrease for Thursday
Several closely watched mortgage rates trended down today. The average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slid down, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed were flat. Meanwhile, the average rate......

US targets Huawei; Shutdown consequences; Bank warning
its fourth week, has delayed the release of several reports ranging from new home sales to soybean purchases. Much of the data is normally published by the Commerce Department, but other agencies......

Should You Join a Bank or Should You Buy One
Does it matter if the bank is regulated by the OCC, the FDIC, or the Fed? Should you buy or build a bank? Would you need to buy the whole bank, or could you just buy a percentage of the shares?......

How's the economy doing? Shutdown makes it hard to tell
its fourth week, has delayed the release of several reports ranging from new home sales to soybean purchases. Much of the data is normally published by the Commerce Department, but other agencies like the Treasury and the Department of Agriculture......