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Refi Closing Rates Soar

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Closing rates for conventional and FHA refinancings improved dramatically in April, while lending standards for purchase loans hardly burned and remained at virtually the same levels as three years ago despite housing industry complaints that overly restrictive underwriting rules are crippling sales to first-time buyers. The refinancing approval rate for all mortgage types jumped to 64 percent in April, up ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Figuring Out Florida

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From the dawn of the housing crash in 2006, Florida’s real estate economy has stood out from the rest of the nation, sometimes acting as a bellwether of things to come, like the explosion of small investors and foreign investors who put a floor under plunging values in 2009 and 2010. At other times, Florida has been a throwback to ... Read More »

Distressed Discounts Dwindle, Sales Skew up and Median Price Rises

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The U.S. median home price in February increased 14 percent from a year ago but was flat from the previous month to $183,000.The median sales price of distressed homes — those in the foreclosure process or bank-owned — increased 13 percent from a year ago to $127,000, 33 percent below the median sales price of non-distressed properties, $190,000 according to ... Read More »

Bubble Trouble? Prices Outpace Wages

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Over the past two years, home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76 percent of U.S. housing markets and appreciation nationwide has outpaced wage growth by a 13:1 ratio, but the price hikes have been fueled by non-traditional buyers like investors and international buyers, according to a new RealtyTrac study. Wages up 1.3 percent, home prices up 17 percent ... Read More »

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