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    Effective Rate on New Home Loans Dips to 4.02 Percent
    Wednesday November 25th, 2015 07:04:38 PM Paul Emrath
    After two months of near perfect stability, interest rates on conventional mortgages for newly built homes declined noticeably in October, according to data released this week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The FHFA data show the average contract rate on the loans dropping from 3.98 to 3.92 percent, while average initial fees and charges went from 1.16 to... Read More ›

    New Home Sales Rebound
    Wednesday November 25th, 2015 03:54:08 PM David Crowe
    Census and HUD reported new homes sales for October rebounded from their unexpected low in September to a level of 495,000 on an annual basis. This is a 10.7% increase from the revised September, a 1.6% increase from the third quarter average and a 15.7% increase in year-to-date not seasonally adjusted levels from last year. Regionally, only the West experienced... Read More ›

    Growth for Residential AD&C Loans
    Tuesday November 24th, 2015 10:05:46 PM Robert Dietz
    The volume of residential construction loans outstanding expanded 3.9% during the third quarter of 2015, marking the tenth consecutive quarter of growth. The tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans has been a factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis, the outstanding stock of 1-4 unit residential construction loans made by FDIC-insured institutions... Read More ›

    GDP Growth in the Third Quarter – Through the Looking Glass
    Tuesday November 24th, 2015 08:48:08 PM Robert Denk
    Up is down and down is up. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the second estimate of real GDP growth for the third quarter of 2015, boosting growth 0.6 percentage points to 2.1% from the advance estimate of 1.5%. Unfortunately, the boost came mainly from inventory investment, which unwound the much needed correction in the advance estimate. Personal consumption... Read More ›

    Eye on the Economy: Housing Data Slips
    Tuesday November 24th, 2015 04:00:12 PM Robert Dietz
    ***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis from Chief Economist David Crowe. In the October measure of home builder confidence, sentiment dropped back to levels comparable with the second half of 2015. The November NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index dropped three points from an upwardly revised October level to 62. The index has been... Read More ›

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    Google could be your next mortgage broker
    Monday November 23rd, 2015 10:09:30 PM
    Google is looking to make it easier for house hunters to find a mortgage.

    Not buying a home was my smartest financial move
    Monday November 23rd, 2015 05:52:05 PM
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    Australia blocks sale of Ohio-sized ranch
    Thursday November 19th, 2015 03:42:17 PM
    The Australian government has blocked the sale of a massive private cattle ranch to foreign buyers, saying it was "contrary to the national interest."

    You probably can't afford to live near good schools
    Thursday November 19th, 2015 03:04:47 PM
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    How to buy a home without a 20% down payment
    Friday November 13th, 2015 03:53:32 PM
    As home prices rise, it's getting harder for buyers to come up with a down payment. But there are options.

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