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First April Report: Midwest Trails the Recovery

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    The Midwest is disappointing forecasters who called for a strong recovery this year–through April the region remains volatile, according to Clear Capital’s take on April market data.  At the end of the first quarter, the Midwest is already seeing negative quarterly declines of -0.10%. For nearly seven years, it has struggled to get on equal footing with the ... Read More »

Negative Equity Freezes Lowest Tier Owners

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One reason inventories for first-time buyers are chronically depleted is that lower priced homes continue to bear a more of the brunt of negative equity that those priced higher. A new report from Black Knight found that in March the number of underwater borrowers decreased by 1.6 million from this time last year and that the negative equity population has ... Read More »

Homeowners vs Investors: The Devil is in the Details

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  Vacation Home Sales Soar to Record High in 2014, Investment Purchases Fall or Homes Sold to Owner-Occupants Drops to New Low in First Quarter, Smaller Investors Picking Up Slack Time for a quiz.  Which headline do YOU think is right?  The first, the second, both or neither? The right answer is that you should never believe a real estate ... Read More »

Homeownership Falls Farthest among Middle Aged Adults

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Homeownership has fallen farther and faster among adults in the middle age bracket than among younger Millennials whose attitudes towards homeownership have been the focus of attention among housing professionals, according to the newest Census data.  Though only about 34.6 percent of adults under 35 own a home, the percentage of those in the 35-44 year old bracket who own ... Read More »

Take a Closer Look at the Spring Boomlet: It’s a Remarkable Start

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It’s official.  Early signs and forecasts of an extraordinary sales season are proving to be true.  NAR’s March existing home sales rocketed to their highest annual rate in 18 months. Total March sales increased 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million in March from 4.89 million in February—the highest annual rate since September 2013 (also 5.19 ... Read More »

Wanted for Creating the Boom: Too Much Credit, Not Collateral

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  Surplus credit created by the widespread securitization of mortgages and loser lending standards is the primary factor responsible for the housing boom ten years ago, not a loosening of collateral requirements for mortgages that are associated with higher initial loan-to-value (LTV) ratios, multiple mortgages on the same property, and expansive home equity lines of credit, according to a new ... Read More »

Spring is Here and Banks Clean House(s)

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  Foreclosures soared in March, jumping 20 percent from a 104-month low in February increasing for the first time on a year-over-year basis in four and a half years, since September 2010. Foreclosure filings hit a total of 122,060 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings in March, according to RealtyTrac’s quarterly foreclosure report. The increase was driven primarily by a jump ... Read More »

Homeowners’ High Prices Spawn Low Appraisals

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  Quicken Loans reports appraiser opinions of home values fell further below homeowner opinions in March, according to the lender’s national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). On a national scale, appraiser opinions are 0.40 percent lower than homeowner estimates. Home values also declined in March. The national Home Value Index (HVI) showed home values dipped 0.56 percent according to the ... Read More »

HELOC Resets? No Worries!

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Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines crafted to conjure up fearful memories of Alt-A and Option ARM loan defaults during the depths of the housing depression. Tidal wave of HELOC resets about to hit! HELOC Resets Will Undermine Any Housing Recovery. Boom-Era HELOC Resets Raise Concerns. Not to worry.  Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) resets are not going to cripple the housing ... Read More »

Freddie Mac: Best Sales Season Since the Boom

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Freddie Mac’s economists look for home sales this year to be the best since 2007 with mortgage rates low, purchase applications up and pending home sales on a positive upward trend, even though first quarter results were less than sterling. As a result, the GSE lowered its forecast for economic growth for 2015 from 2.8 to 2.6 percent and the ... Read More »

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