Would Abolishing Fannie and Freddie Stall the Real Estate Recovery?

Earlier this month, a bipartisan bill was put forth that would liquidate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a government reinsurer of mortgage securities behind private capital. While the legislation is in the very early stages, there is …

April Home Prices Surge Nearly 7 Percent

Home prices are on the rise; the most recent FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S home prices made a climb of nearly 7 percent from March to April, the largest price acceleration since June 2012. What is the driving force behind this acceleration? One possible cause may be the rising seasonal demand as we […]

2013 Mid-Year Outlook: Economic Growth on the Road to ‘Normal’

The U.S. may be well into a prolonged period of steady economic growth, but it hasn’t yet reached its full potential, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research Group. Fiscal headwinds are expected to keep growth to below 2.0 percent for the first half of the year, with gradual strengthening in the second […]

Builder Confidence Hits 7-Year High, New Home Sales Rising

In continuing signs the housing market is on the upswing, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes hit a significant milestone in June, surging eight points to a reading of 52 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wel…

2013 Mid-Year Outlook: Economic Growth on the Road to ‘Normal’

The U.S. may be well into a prolonged period of steady economic growth, but it hasn’t yet reached its full potential, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research Group. Fiscal headwinds are expected to keep growth to below 2.0 percent for the first half of the year, with gradual strengthening in the second […]

Property Values Take Flight: Home Prices Soar by over 20 Percent

Some of the housing news being kicked around recently is astounding: Home prices soaring by 20 percent or more over the past 12 months? Multiple offers? Bidding wars? All of the great news has some wondering, is another housing bubble brewing? Experts …

Realtor.com May Real Estate Health Report Shows Regional Markets Leading Recovery as Supply Begins to Respond to Demand

Realtor.com, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., released its Real Estate Health Report for the month of May 2013 this week. National housing indicators are being led by strong regional markets experiencing key growth, as seller supp…

Want to Motivate Sellers? 850,000 Properties Bounce Back to Positive Equity

Residential property analytic provider CoreLogic® recently released new analysis showing the market is making big moves, with 850,000 additional residential properties turning to positive equity during the first quarter of 2013. In addition, the analysis shows good news for mortgages: the total number of mortgaged residential properties standing in negative equity is down by nearly […]

4 Tips to Grow Your Net Worth

A report released earlier this year from the Chicago-based Spectrem Group estimated there were 8.99 million households in the United States with a net worth of at least $1 million at the end of 2012. A contrasting report issued late last year from the …

Rebound Alert: 96 of the Top 100 U.S. Home Markets Advance

Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination and complete lifestyle resource, recently released the Homes.com Local Market Index, a new summary of price performance on repeat sales properties in the U.S. Utilizing home pricing data for the perio…