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NAR Leadership in the News: Week of November 17, 2014
NAR and the Leadership Team made news this week on a variety of issues, including advocacy, professionalism, the new Code of Excellence, housing market conditions, the FHA, and net neutrality......

NAR Leadership In the News: Week of November 10, 2014
NAR and the Leadership Team made news this week on a variety of issues, including increasing REALTOR® professionalism, expanding mortgage credit, and the News Corp acquisition of Move, operator......

Thanksgiving for 10 Averages $50: Help Owners Prep
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No Matter Who Was In Charge of What, Just Blame The Fed
it’s jurisdiction than either the Comptroller of the Currency or the FDIC. In addition to state chartered banks, the Fed was assigned responsibility for bank holding companies, which included......

Pru Experts: Headwinds Have Become Tailwinds
broadening beyond the top cities. The slow pace has also aided the housing market, and now business investment, long a keenly felt absence, is now kicking in. “We see a broadened opportunity......

5 Latest Stats to Gauge Heat of the Market
summer, improving levels of inventory, and stabilizing price growth,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Furthermore, the job market has shown continued strength in the past six months......

Spread the Word: Mortgage Rates Below 4%
video commentary embedded here. Freddie Mac reported the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending Nov. 20: 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.99 percent......

CFPB Steps in to Fight Wrongful Foreclosures
been completed as well as clarify the lenders’ obligations to avoid wrongful foreclosures. “The rules currently prohibit a servicer from proceeding to foreclosure once they receive a complete......

Economy Watch: Existing Home Sales Edge Up
Nov. 21, 2014 By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Total existing U.S. home sales rose 1.5 percent to an annualized rate of 5.26 million units in October from 5.18 million in September......

National mortgage rates for Nov. 20, 2014
Mortgages 4.1% (30-year fixed) 0.27 (average points) Rates on mortgages fell this week, according to Bankrate's latest survey of......

Mortgage rates shift lower on muted outlook
Mortgage rates hardly changed this week, decreasing nominally as better housing news came in and expectations for inflation and global economic growth remain tempered. 30 year fixed rate mortgage......

NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists
of 50+ Housing Awards to encourage quality and innovation in the 50+ housing market. The Council provides information, education and networking opportunities for its members and provides advocacy......

Smaller Homes Mean More First-Time Buyers
home buyers — who face fewer credit constraints — return to the housing market in relatively greater proportions," NAHB notes on its blog, Eye on Housing. "This pattern has been exacerbated in......

FHFA to Set Guidelines on Mortgage Fees
likely would pass the higher costs down to buyers. Read more on NAR's stance on FHFA's proposed G-fee increases .  In January, FHFA stopped plans to raise G-fees by 10 basis points, as......

Multifamily Market will Continue to Perform: MHN Interview with RubinBrown’s Bryan Keller
strong, vacancies low and investor demand strong with access to low interest mortgage rates. Developers have not built enough new properties to absorb the demand for multifamily rentals. Several......

Banks defend their commodities activity
of prices." "If you like what Wall Street did for the housing market, you'll love what Wall Street is doing for commodities," said Levin. "Some of the same people who brought us the synthetic......

9 Steps To Successful Home-Buying
first time can be exciting, tales of regretful home-buying mistakes and the not-so-distant housing market meltdown have also given it a bad rap for being a stressful and confusing process. But......

Existing-Home Sales Rise in October, First Year-Over-Year Increase since October 2013
from last October) for the first time since last October. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the housing market this year has been a tale of two halves. “Sales activity in October reached......

A Rational Case For Stocks Rising Another 45% By The End Of 2015
Fed officials get their desired wealth effect through higher stocks. From pinning mortgage rates at historical lows, they get wealth gains from rising home prices. The Fed can’t manufacture......

Existing Home Sales Rise 1.5% In October, Hit Fastest Pace In More Than Year, Says NAR
month marked the first time since October 2013 that the pace of previously-owned home sales was higher (by 2.5%) than in the prior year. September’s sales numbers were upwardly revised, to a......

Existing home sales tick up in October
Existing home sales gained some vigor last month, rising 1.5% to their fastest pace in more than a year, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Sales came in at a......

Should I seek reverse mortgage on Mom's house?
almost $500,000, which doesn't include the house. View the lowest mortgage rates in your area I am divorced and live with my mother, my daughter and my grandson in my mother's home. I was......

Dump mortgage insurance payments after refi?
the LTV ratio is more than 80 percent. Search for the lowest mortgage rates When discussing the LTV ratio, we're talking about the relationship of the outstanding balance on the mortgage......

Mortgage rates history 1985-2013
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Lender-paid mortgage insurance: Pros and cons
insurance, or PMI. The Federal Housing Administration sells mortgage insurance, too. Compare mortgage rates at Bankrate.com Avoid private mortgage insurance With LPMI, your mortgage lender......