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When Will Real Estate Values Begin to Appreciate Again?

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When Will Real Estate Values Begin to Appreciate Again?

When will the nation’s property values begin to appreciate again? This is the $64,000 question that real estate professionals, investors, and mortgage professionals would like to know. The truth is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs...
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National Economic Outlook (February 2011)

National Economic Outlook (February 2011)

Although the economy has officially been out of recession for quite some time, those aspects of economic behavior most important to the real estate markets, namely, jobs and borrowing, have remained stuck in the ditch.  The latest data suggest, however, that consumers will soon be spending more.  Jobs are growing at a faster clip,...
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Majority of Freddie Mac borrowers refinanced to fixed-rate loans in 4Q

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Majority of Freddie Mac borrowers refinanced to fixed-rate loans in 4Q

Fixed-rate mortgages accounted for the overwhelming majority of fourth-quarter refinancing on Freddie Mac loans. More than 95% of borrowers refinanced to a fixed-rate mortgage, with a strong trend toward shorter-term deals, according to the agency's quarterly Product Transition Report. Of the borrowers who refinanced from a 30-year FRM, almost one-third chose a 15- or...
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Servicers, loan insurer stocks soar on Treasury’s GSE report

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Servicers, loan insurer stocks soar on Treasury’s GSE report

Shares of mortgage insurers and servicers bounced as much as 13% Friday after the Treasury advocated a shift to a housing system that's predominantly supported by private sector lending. Shares of Radian Group (RDN: 8.03 0.00%), a private mortgage insurer, jumped 13.42% Friday, with the stock closing at .03 up from .08 a day...
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A New Way To Sell Your House – Bury St. Joseph In Your Yard

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A New Way To Sell Your House – Bury St. Joseph In Your Yard

Are you religious (or not) and looking for a new way to speed up the process of selling your home? If so, you may want to try what one person did to help sell her home in Brooklyn, N.Y. during this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit...
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Fed’s Raskin: No improvement in Mortgage Servicer operational performance

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Fed’s Raskin: No improvement in Mortgage Servicer operational performance

From Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin: Putting the Low Road Behind Us. Excerpt: Late last year, the federal banking agencies began a targeted review of loan servicing practices at large financial institutions that had significant market concentrations in mortgage servicing. The preliminary results from this review indicate that widespread weaknesses exist in the servicing...
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Why Real Estate Investors Love Inflation!

Why Real Estate Investors Love Inflation!

Investors love real estate because it acts as a hedge against inflation. This occurs for several reasons: One, on an historical basis, housing prices rise just as fast or faster than the rate of inflation. Two, although investors can’t always raise rents to account for inflation (due to fixed-rent leases of one year or...
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CoStar: Commercial Real Estate prices increased slightly in December

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CoStar: Commercial Real Estate prices increased slightly in December

From CoStar: CoStar Commercial Repeat-Sale Indices, February 2011 Release • At the national level, CoStar’s Investment Grade Repeat-Sale Index was up nearly 7% for the month of December continuing the see-saw pattern observed with oscillating monthly pricing data, resulting in a slight positive quarter. … From its peak in July 2007, the Investment Grade...
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Housing: Increase in Cash Buyers

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Housing: Increase in Cash Buyers

From Mitra Kalita at the WSJ: Cash Buyers Lift Housing Cash buyers represented more than half of all transactions in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area last year … In the fourth quarter of 2006, they represented just 13% of deals. … The percentage of buyers in Phoenix paying cash hit 42% in 2010—more than triple...
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Goldman Sachs predicting 2011 downturn for homebuilders

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Goldman Sachs predicting 2011 downturn for homebuilders

This year may not be a great year for homebuilders as existing inventory floods the market through foreclosure resales and pessimism prevails about the spring home-selling season. According to Goldman Sachs (GS: 164.83 +0.12%), the first month of the year produced numbers indicating weak demand for new houses. Based on January mortgage application data,...
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