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Shrinking Middle Class Hurts HousingOpen in a New Window

Incomes are dropping. And that’s not good for the real estate industry, nor is it good news for the American Dream of homeownership.


How Money Walks Away from Higher Taxes: Map Shows Cash Fleeing StatesOpen in a New Window

Certain states have lost a significant portion of their tax base (and population) in recent years due to rising taxes, according to, a national website created in conjunction with the book “How Money Walks,” which focuses on how


How Tight Credit Is Putting the Squeeze on HousingOpen in a New Window

Writing about how tight credit is squeezing out first-time homebuyers, Dr. Kenneth T. Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley, penned an illuminating article for the Foreclosure News Report.


Should Fannie and Freddie Bankroll ‘Affordable Housing’Open in a New Window

On Jan. 24, 33 Democratic senators sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency director Mel Watt, requesting funding for two initiatives that have been suspended since their inception in 2008 — the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and the Capit


Why 2014 Will Be a Downer for Mortgage LendersOpen in a New Window

There’s little doubt that 2014 is going to be a tough year for mortgage lenders, something which has been apparent for some time.


The New World of Mortgage ‘Buffers’Open in a New Window

There’s a great curiosity in the real estate marketplace: interest rates are low while home values have yet to reach the prices seen in 2007 and yet borrowers are having trouble getting loans.


CFPB Accused of DiscriminationOpen in a New Window

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency has come under fire for broad workplace discrimination.


Biggert-Waters: Do You Live Near a Flood Zone? Elevation ToolOpen in a New Window

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the city withstood the winds of one of the most ferocious storms in modern history, but the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers was unable to protect the citizens of the Big Easy.


International Buyers on the Move (Video)Open in a New Window

We’re hearing more and more from agents and brokers in the RealtyTrac Agent Network and Broker Network that international buyers are flocking to the U.S. residential real estate market.


GSE Reform: Maxine Waters Unveils a Rival Housing Finance BillOpen in a New Window

California Rep. Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled an alternative housing finance reform proposal on March 27 to rival three other bills.


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Were They Ever Broken?Open in a New Window

The government has collected more than $20 billion in the past year from lenders who sold allegedly-subpar mortgages and related securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with more settlements likely to come.


Best & Worst Markets for Rental Returns: Heat MapOpen in a New Window

Cash-flowing rental properties allow investors to build wealth over the long term in the form of an appreciating asset while also generating monthly income.


Is American Real Estate Out Of The Woods?Open in a New Window

For some time virtually all markers have pointed to an improving US real estate picture and yet there remains an undercurrent of unease. So are we out of the financial woods or aren’t we?


Why The Mortgage Marketplace Is Never NormalOpen in a New Window

The Urban Institute has come out with a new study which suggests that as many as 1.2 million people per year are not getting mortgages because of tight lending standards.


Real Estate Investors Rush For HARP RefinancingOpen in a New Window

Nearly 370,000 investment properties have been refinanced through the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).


Nothing But Net (Profits): The Sweetest Real Estate Markets Among the Sweet 16Open in a New Window

If the Sweet 16 brackets are filled out based on real estate investing metrics, the outcome of each matchup becomes much easier to predict. Good real estate investing is much more science than sport.


Are 30-Year Mortgages On The Way Out?Open in a New Window

Higher mortgage rates may be forcing investors away from 30-year fixed-rate loans. The problem is that while rates are higher than a year ago they are still not high enough for many investors.


Average Building Permit Job Cost Up in 10 of 13 Major CountiesOpen in a New Window

Our crack data analysis team here took a look at building permit data recently acquired by RealtyTrac to evaluate some of the high-level trends in building permit activity in 13 major U.S. counties.


The Trillion-Dollar Battle For Higher Mortgage RatesOpen in a New Window

If you're a mortgage borrower your great goal in life is to get a lower rate. While 2012 saw the lowest mortgage rates in 65 years, 2013 and early 2014 have not been far off the mark.


Mortgage Servicing Shifts to Nonbank FirmsOpen in a New Window

Increasingly, the $10 trillion mortgage servicing industry is shifting from banks to nonbank firms such as hedge funds, as federal and state regulators increase their scrutiny — and fines — on the banking industry.


Reforming the GSEs: ‘The Obamacare of Real Estate’Open in a New Window

James K. Glassman, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, took a swing at the newly proposed Johnson-Crapo plan to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


Will Mortgage Tax Relief Die In 2014Open in a New Window

An important law which has eased the financial fall-out from the mortgage crisis has ended.


Why Real Estate Has Begun To StabilizeOpen in a New Window

If you want to make lenders happy — and if you want to enjoy low mortgage rates — then the best and most-certain approach is to avoid delinquencies and foreclosures.


How Much Will An End To Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Cost You?Open in a New Window

How does a 20-percent mortgage rate hike sound to you?


Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Rate HikesOpen in a New Window

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate overwhelming passed a bill to delay dramatic increases in premiums paid by some property owners covered by federal flood insurance programs.


Johnson-Crapo Plan UnveiledOpen in a New Window

When Washington, D.C. politicians propose to “fix” something, red flashing lights and alarms bells go off.


Zombie Foreclosures: The Vacant DeadOpen in a New Window

One in every five homes in the foreclosure process is sitting vacant, abandoned by the distressed homeowner and not yet repossessed by the foreclosing lender.


House Approve Bill to Overhaul CFPBOpen in a New Window

Voting 232 for and 182 against, the House on Feb. 27 passed a Republican bill (HR 3193) to reduce the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).


Is A New Foreclosure Crisis Brewing?Open in a New Window

Stashed away in millions of homes is a ticking financial time bomb.


Will Chicago Be the Next Detroit?Open in a New Window

Last April, Rachel Shteir, a Chicago journalist and DePaul University professor writing in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, penned an essay hinting that the Windy City was on the road to Detroit.
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