Monday, April 21, 2014

New Construction of Single Family Homes is on the Rise

New-Home Construction Ramps Up in Midwest, Northeast

New Construction of Single Family Homes is on the Rise Here in the North East.

Groundbreaking on new single-family homes posted a 6 percent rise in March, showing a gradual strengthening in the sector — particularly in the Northeast and Midwest — according to new figures by the Commerce Department.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Banks are Starting to Loosen Up a Little.

Mortgage Availability Hits 3-Year High

Access to mortgage credit is at its highest level in at least three years, and credit standards are expected to loosen even more this year, according to a newly-released index by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
MBA’s index, which tracks mortgage credit availability, shows that in March the gauge rose to 114 – the highest reading in the gauge’s three-year history.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Where have all the Builders Gone!

Retail Rents Rise as Construction Stays Flat

For the 12th consecutive quarter, rents for stores in shopping centers and malls were on the rise in the first quarter of 2014, a sign that retail landlords may be growing more confident in the economic recovery. But new construction remains slow to catch up with the rise in demand.   

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Good News for First Time Home Buyers.

More Banks Lower FICO Score Requirements

More banks are lowering minimum FICO score requirements in an attempt to shore up lending for underserved borrowers.
Carrington Mortgage Services is the latest company to announce that it has lowered its minimum FICO score to 550. It also has expanded guidelines on several FHA, VA, and USDA loan programs to aid those with FICO scores below 640.

Friday, March 28, 2014

President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Relief Bill into Law

Obama Signs Flood Insurance Relief Into Law

President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill that will delay flood insurance rate hikes for property owners nationwide.The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act repeals the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s authority to increase premium rates when a property is sold. It also refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. The bill limits premium increases to 18 percent annually on newer properties and 25 percent for some older ones. The senate approved the bill on March 13, and the House of Representatives March 4.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Flood Insurance Bill moves on to the President.

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

The U.S. Senate voted 72-22 yesterday to approve the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act with amendments made by the House. The bill curtails flood insurance rate increases that property owners are facing across the country.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

This Bill will Limit or Eliminate Tax Deductions Earned from Interest Paid and Property Taxs Paid.

Tax Reform Proposal Would Dramatically Alter Housing Landscape

The comprehensive tax reform discussion draft that House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., released yesterday envisions a very different picture for home owners than what’s in place today. In a statement about the plan, NAR President Steve Brown says the association is concerned with many of the proposals.