Category Archives: National & State News

Interesting Turn In Real Estate Market Place

Fannie Mae’s report the , “Weekly Note” which was released this past Friday (11/18/16) shows an interesting, if not fickle housing market in the single family home sector. According to Fannie Mae, “Through the first ten months of the year, single-family starts are 10.0 percent higher than the same period a year ago”. “Single family starts” are new construction of single family dwellings and does not include existing properties. Fannie Mae is a government sponsored...
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Foreclosure Rates Dive. Home Equity And Prices Should Climb

Year over year foreclosure rates have fallen by almost 30 percent. This is the largest decline in foreclosures since 2015. With the clearing of the distressed sale properties, home values and home equity should begin to rise. In North Carolina the foreclosure market is now just 0.6 percent of the over-all home sales market. The number of NC foreclosed homes is down 26.4 percent compared to this time last year. There have been a total of 15,186 foreclosed...
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Mortgage Rates and the Talking Heads

In 1980 the band the “Talking Heads” had a hit song called, “Once in a Lifetime”. One of the repeating lyrics of the song was, “Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was”. Who would have ever thought that 37 years later that the David Byrne lyric would be used to describe the mortgage rates! For the third straight week BankRate.com is reporting that the average rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage is at 3.56 percent. And the forecast for that 3.56...
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Home Prices Will Continue To Rise Through 2017

CoreLogic, which describes itself as, “the leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider”, has released its most recent report on pricing and the housing market. Titled the, “U.S. Home Price Insights Report” this report gives accurate historical information mixed with data based forecasting to show where home prices have been and points toward where prices are headed to. In the over-all scheme of things, CoreLogic’s finding show that the US has seen 51 consecutive months of year over year increases in home prices. The...
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Mortgage Applications Soar. Rates Inch Up Slightly

If mortgage applications are the indicator of the over-all health of the real estate market place then last week proved to be a huge shot in the arm. Not only are week over week applications up, but year over year comparisons showed a drastic improvement. And it wasn’t driven by those seeking to refinance their homes. The mortgage application surge came from homebuyers! Diana Olick with CNBC reports, “Mortgage applications to purchase a home drove total volume, rising 5 percent for the week, seasonally adjusted,...
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Bad Economic Outlook Means Great Real Estate Prospects

Fannie Mae, who is a “leading source of financing for mortgage lenders”, has just released poor economic outlook that actually holds some very wonderful news for those trying to sell or buy a house! In their recent report titled, “Economic Growth Outlook Subpar Again as 2016 Progresses. Consumers and Businesses More Cautious Amid Slowdown in Labor Market” Fannie Mae states that their, “full-year economic growth forecast” has been lowered to “1.7 percent, down from 1.9 percent growth in...
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Foreclosed Properties On The Decline

Foreclosures. A lot of people are looking for that special deal and focus on foreclosed homes as a way to make that dream and goal come true. Often times it is the investor aiming to flip the house to turn a quick profit that searches for these foreclosed or distressed properties. While searching for and buying foreclosed homes can be advantageous (Also dangerous, but that’s a topic for another article), the inventory to pick from is becoming smaller and smaller. CoreLogic just released its most...
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Mortgage Lending Requirements Eased

Have you been thinking about buying a home but haven’t due to restrictive mortgage loan requirements? Well, now may be the time to reconsider and take advantage of the still low interest rates. According to some of the latest reports released by several federal agencies, obtaining a mortgage may have just gotten easier for you. According to the Federal Reserve Board and their latest “Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices”, it appears that banks have been easing their requirements for consumers to get...
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