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Standard & Poors released its May 2011 Case-Shiller Index this week. The index measures change in home prices from month-to-month, and year-to-year, in select U.S. cities. May’s Case-Shiller Index showed a 1 percent increase from April 2011. Home values rose in 16 of the Case-Shiller Index’s 20 ...
07/28/2011
Home builders are slowly reducing inventory. According to Census Bureau data, the number of new homes slid 1 percent from May. On a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, home buyers bought 312,000 newly-built homes last month. It’s the third straight month of falling sales and the headline data ...
07/27/2011
The FHA is insuring a greater percentage of loans than during any time in recent history. In 2006, it insured roughly 5 percent of the purchase mortgage market. Today, it insures one-quarter. ”Going FHA” is more common than ever before — but is it better? The answer — like most things in mortgag...
07/27/2011
Mortgage markets worsened last week as the Greek sovereign debt situation came closer to final resolution, and as the U.S. housing market showed signs of life. After many weeks, European leaders agreed on a financial package for Greece that featured favorable loan terms designed to slow Eurozone ...
07/25/2011
A strong spring season helped home values recover, says the government. According to the Federal Home Finance Agency’s Home Price Index, home prices rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.4 percent from April to May. It’s the HPI’s second straight increase, and puts the monthly index at its highest point ...
07/22/2011
Home resales slipped for the 3rd straight month, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. The Existing Home Sales posted a 1 percent drop from May as the number of homes sold fell to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 4.77 million units. It’s the monthly report’s lowest readi...
07/21/2011
  Builders are busy once again. According to the Census Bureau, Single-Family Housing Starts rose to 453,000 on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis in June – a 9 percent spike from the month prior and the highest reading in 3 seasons. A “Housing Start” is defined as a home breaking ground on...
07/20/2011
Homebuilder confidence is bouncing back. One month after an unceremonious dip highlighted by poor sales figures and dim prospects for the future, the National Association of Homebuilder’s Housing Market Index rebounded two points to 15 in July. The monthly Housing Market Index is scored on a 1-10...
07/19/2011
Mortgage markets worsened last week as concerns for the global economy drove new rounds of “safe haven” buying. Fear continues to dominate mortgage bond market movement and California rate shoppers are benefiting. Conforming and FHA mortgage rates fell for the second straight week last week, and ...
07/18/2011
The American Consumer will not be deterred. Despite worsening jobless figures and an increase in the Cost of Living, Retail Sales are climbing. In June, for the 12th straight month, retail receipts rose, excluding cars and auto parts. Analysts expected no change from May. Instead, receipts topped...
07/15/2011
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