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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Investors are Coming Back!

Investors Getting Back Into the Game

   Many housing experts have predicted a slowdown in investor activity this year, but investors don’t appear to be fading away from the market. They might just be shifting their focus to different types of properties, as distressed inventories dry up in many markets.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Flood Insurance Is up to the House of Representatives!

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

   On Jan. 30, 2014, the United States Senate voted 67-32 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), sponsored by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Isakson (R-GA).
 This bipartisan legislation, an NAR member priority, calls for a 4-year timeout on rate increases triggered either by a property’s sale or a flood map update for a property with previously grandfathered rates.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Housing Market Continues to Heal.

Foreclosure Pipeline Gradually Being Cleaned Out

As the foreclosure crisis continues to recede, some parts of the country remain at elevated levels. Five states now account for nearly half of all the completed foreclosures in the nation —Florida, Michigan, California, Texas, and Georgia, according to CoreLogic’s latest foreclosure report.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Healthy Recovery for the Housing Market

Home Sales in 2013 Rise to Strongest Level in 7 Years

The housing market has been experiencing a “healthy recovery” over the past two years, with home sales last year rising to the highest level since 2006, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' latest housing report. 
“Existing-home sales have risen nearly 20 percent since 2011, with job growth, record low mortgage interest rates, and a large pent-up demand driving the market,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “We lost some momentum toward the end of 2013 from disappointing job growth and limited inventory, but we ended with a year that was close to normal given the size of our population.”

Sunday, January 5, 2014

More Buyers will be Coming to Market

Foreclosed Home Owners Return to Market

According to a poll of 140,000 members, boomerang buyers – who were ousted from the housing market due to foreclosures or short sales, spent years renting to rebuild their credit, and have saved enough to buy again – are now expected to help turn the real estate market around.