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Can ‘Lower Wealth Borrowers’ Save Real Estate?Open in a New Window

We’re soon going to help “lower wealth borrowers” by making mortgages available with just 3 percent down. That’s the word from Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

 

Nevada HOA Liens Extinguish First Deed of TrustOpen in a New Window

Las Vegas real estate investors and mortgage lenders are squaring off in Nevada in a dispute that could ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Should You Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA?Open in a New Window

In order to make a real estate investment with your IRA, you need to make sure your IRA is with the right type of custodian, one that will allow you to make alternative investments.

 

Will Fewer Mortgages Drive Immigration Reform?Open in a New Window

When it comes to real estate it seems foolish to leave $500 billion on the table but that’s pretty much the situation. Why? Because of the failure to attract more Hispanic buyers, the one group most likely to power future home sales and mortgage borr

 

Real Estate Crowdfunding Poised to Re-invent Private Money FinancingOpen in a New Window

Jilliene Hellman founded the real estate crowdfunding website RealtyMogul in 2013, not long after legislation passed making it easier to raise funds for business ventures through the Internet.

 

New HUD Chief Castro Promoting HomeownershipOpen in a New Window

Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro wants to make it easier for more Americans to buy a home.

 

Boston Foreclosures Bouncing BackOpen in a New Window

Foreclosure starts in the Boston metro area increased 17 percent in July compared to a year ago, the fifth consecutive month where foreclosure starts have increased annually in the region.

 

Boston Broker Sends Agents to Asia to Promote Local Real EstateOpen in a New Window

I was interviewing Boston-area broker Tom Truong for an article spotlighting the Boston market for RealtyTrac’s Housing News Report when he made this comment that took me a bit by surprise.

 

Best College Towns for Buying Rentals, Flipping in 2014Open in a New Window

RealtyTrac has ranked the top 10 college towns for buying rental properties, and the top 10 college towns for flipping in 2014. See if your favorite college town made the list.

 

The Myth of Ben Bernanke: The Man Who Can't Get A MortgageOpen in a New Window

Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, can’t get a mortgage.

 

Are Banks Smart To Haggle With The FHA?Open in a New Window

The growing battle between the FHA and the lending industry could soon impact home sales and refinancing nationwide, a contest to win both hearts and minds not to mention loan originations worth billions of dollars.

 

Best and Worst Markets for Buying Rentals in Q3 2014: Heat MapOpen in a New Window

We’ve created a heat map that shows visually the parts of the country where buying residential properties as rentals will still generate solid returns and which will not.

 

Student Loan Debt Curbing Housing MarketOpen in a New Window

The residential real estate market’s foundation is beginning to wobble. And crushing student debt is curbing the nascent real estate recovery, according to a new report by John Burn Real Estate Consulting.

 

Institutional Investors Invade the Residential Rental MarketOpen in a New Window

In the August 2014 issue of the Housing News Report, we took a look at how Wall Street institutional investors are impacting the real estate market.

 

A Return to Subprime? HUD Secretary Says Lending Too TightOpen in a New Window

In his first major policy speech since joining HUD in July, housing secretary Julian Castro on Sept. 16 urged bankers to ease mortgage lending and make it easier for home buyers to qualify for a mortgage.

 

Housing Starts Plunge 14.4 Percent in August, Troubling TrajectoryOpen in a New Window

Housing starts fell sharply in August, signaling some uncertainty in the housing market’s recovery, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Home Construction Returns to Inland EmpireOpen in a New Window

When the housing market imploded in 2006, it derailed housing developments nationwide, but nowhere was home building more affected by the downturn than the inland areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Calif.

 

Why The Real Estate Market Remains FragileOpen in a New Window

The foreclosure numbers look so much better these days that at first glance it’s hard to see any big national problems looming ahead. After all, as RealtyTrac points out, July foreclosure levels were 16 percent below a year earlier.

 

Did the HAMP Mod Program Delay the Foreclosure Crisis?Open in a New Window

After the housing bubble burst in 2006, it ushered in the foreclosure crisis, with 5.5 million borrowers losing their homes to banks.

 

Will Rents Fall?Open in a New Window

The American Dream of owning a home is still alive and well today in the United States, but it is increasingly under assault by a growing number of renters.

 

Are Realtors the Travel Agents of the 21st Century?Open in a New Window

Last month, Zillow announced that it would purchase Trulia in a $3.5 billion deal that sent ripples through the residential real estate industry.

 

Three Patterns of REO Activity in the 2014 Housing Market: Which One Matches Your Market?Open in a New Window

Most U.S. housing markets in 2013 fit into one of these three patterns of activity when it comes to bank repossessions (REOs). See what those patterns look like and identify which matches your local market.

 

Distressed Housing Market Outlook: 2014 and BeyondOpen in a New Window

As the foreclosure crisis winds down and distress in the U.S. housing market returns to more normal and predictable levels, storm clouds of risk threatening more distress continue to hang over the horizon.

 

Is the U.S. Housing Recovery Over?Open in a New Window

Most real estate experts believe the housing market is recovering. But three contrarian economists are not so sure.

 

Countrywide’s Mozilo Faces Possible Civil Suit Over Bad LoansOpen in a New Window

Mozilo, the co-founder of Calabasas, Calif.-based Countrywide Financial Corp., is facing a possible civil lawsuit over the excesses of the subprime mortgage boom, according to Bloomberg.

 

Real Estate And The New NormalOpen in a New Window

There has been quite a fuss during the past few days as a result of the announcement by Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft that “we are getting closer to a more normalized economy.”

 

Why 19 Percent is the New 43 Percent for Housing AffordabilityOpen in a New Window

If you spend more than 19 percent of your monthly household income on housing you might be spending too much.

 

Least Affordable Housing Markets for MillennialsOpen in a New Window

Sky-high home prices that continue to increase against all laws of physics, high rental rates and unfavorable unemployment rates have not been enough to chase millennials away from these unaffordable markets.

 

Most Affordable Housing Markets for MillennialsOpen in a New Window

If the millennial generation is the future of a sustained real estate recovery, those local markets that are actually most affordable are likely where the most housing growth will occur.

 

Will The Zillow-Trulia Union Change Real Estate?Open in a New Window

The big news of the week concerns the impending union of two major online real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia.
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