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New Homes Sales Better than Predicted

Newly-released data from the Census Bureau shows that though new home sales continued their sideways trend, declines were slight and above both analyst predictions and year-over-year sales. August 2011 sales were at 295,000, a 2.3 percent decline from July

Nonprofits the Absent Component in REO Sales

According to a noted nonprofit in Berkeley, Calif., nonprofits should not only play a key role in any government plan for REOS, but should also ensure that REOs effectively help the entire community. The government’s catalog of REOs is

Are Local Banks the Answer?

Local banks, the small-scale, community-based financial institutions that seemingly avoided the financial crisis, could be the answer to the current housing blues, according to National Association of Realtors President Ron Phipps – though there may be some caveats that

Fed Invites Housing to Do the "Twist"

The Federal Reserve announced yesterday that it will begin a new round of stimulus to jumpstart the U.S. economy, with housing and refinancing being two main beneficiaries of the stimulus’ goal. The Fed’s plan, officially called “Operation Twist,” is

Lenders E-xpectant for E-Mortgages

A new survey by Xerox on real estate and technology yielded interesting data about the industry, particularly for the e-mortgage market. Sixty-three percent of the lenders surveyed by Xerox used paperless mortgage software in 2011, an increase of 14

Foundational Data Signals Future Positives for Construction

Two construction-related statistics – building permits and the architecture billings index – made gains in August, a positive indication that the more foundational elements of construction may be improving. Building permits were up by almost 20 thousand from July,

After Weeks of HARPing, FHFA Director Offers Some Clarity

After weeks of speculation and debate, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Acting Director, Edward DeMarco, has finally offered some specifics on a possible revamp of the agency’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). Speaking at the American Mortgage Conference

Existing-Home Sales Rise Above Market Forces

Existing home sales exceeded expectations in August, growing at a seasonally-adjusted monthly rate of 7.7 percent  and year-over-year rate of 18.6 percent. Existing homes include single family, town homes, condominiums and co-ops. For the Midwest, monthly sales were up 3.8

Index Finds Homeowner Exuberance for Remodeling

The Residential Remodeling Index, which is compiled monthly by Austin, Tx.-based BuildFax, rose in July for the 21st straight month, an indication that homeowners are opting to renovate their current homes rather than buy new properties – and with

Pros, Cons and Potential of Real Estate Site HouseFix.com

HouseFix.com, an online social networking community for homeowners and contractors, debuted recently to mixed reviews. The site offers peer recommendations for the home repair industry and launched at the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield (TCDB), a premier conference for startup companies.

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