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Here’s the No. 1 new home market in the U.S.

Here’s the No. 1 new home market in the U.S.

Here’s the No. 1 new home market in the U.S. Builders started more than 30,000 homes in past year The Dallas-Fort Worth market is the No. 1 market in the nation for new homes, according to a new report from Metrostudy, a provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing industry. Dallas-area housing starts increased 3.4% […]

Lenders react to end of Freddie Mac 1% down payment mortgage offerings

Lenders react to end of Freddie Mac 1% down payment mortgage offerings

Lenders react to end of Freddie Mac 1% down payment mortgage offerings Quicken Loans and UWM weigh in 0% down and 1% down mortgage offerings just started to gain traction in the industry when Freddie Mac announced it is changing the requirements and completely nixed its program option. The government-sponsored enterprise shocked the market this week when it […]

Single-family renting: Why rental home communities are on the rise around Phoenix

Single-family renting: Why rental home communities are on the rise around Phoenix

Single-family renting: Why rental home communities are on the rise around Phoenix With the rise in properties in the single-family home rental market, house hunters can enjoy the privacy, space and perks of suburban living without the mortgage. Jim Belfiore, president of Arizona residential market research firm Belfiore Real Estate Consulting, says there’s a market […]

FHFA wants more input on improving credit access for borrowers with limited English proficiency

FHFA wants more input on improving credit access for borrowers with limited English proficiency

FHFA wants more input on improving credit access for borrowers with limited English proficiency Extends deadline to receive input from market July 18, 2017   Ben Lane In May, the Federal Housing Finance Agency asked the housing market to provide input on how to increase access to credit for borrowers with limited English proficiency. Originally, the FHFA set […]

Small lenders and affordable housing groups issue joint GSE reform proposal

Small lenders and affordable housing groups issue joint GSE reform proposal

A guide to protect small lenders Small lender and affordable housing association groups worked together to create a joint release of GSE reform principles in order to ensure the safety of their respective members. The organizations that signed the 1-page list  of core common GSE reform principles include: Community Home Lenders Association, Community Mortgage Lenders of America, Leadership Conference on […]

May Housing Market Sets Records for Speed and Competition

May Housing Market Sets Records for Speed and Competition

U.S. home prices rose 6.8 percent to a median sale price of $288,000 in May, according to national realtor Redfin. Home sales increased 7.5 percent over last year, despite a long-standing shortage in the supply of homes. The number of homes for sale fell 10.9 percent, leaving just 2.7 months of supply, the lowest supply […]

Fannie Mae: Here’s how to bridge the gap on homeowner education

Fannie Mae: Here’s how to bridge the gap on homeowner education

In order to help borrowers be more prepared, and even expand the pool of eligible homebuyers, Fannie Mae explained homeowner education and housing counseling must play a critical role. However, the company explained consumers and even some lenders see homeownership education courses as simply an inconvenience. “Yet, homeownership education is often viewed by buyers as […]

New Orleans Cracks Down on Airbnb Rentals

New Orleans Cracks Down on Airbnb Rentals

The city of New Orleans sent out more than 400 notices of short-term rental infractions to 382 addresses since May 1. The city is preparing to manage permitting and infractions of ordinances room rentals and whole home using sites such as Airbnb, according to an article by Chelsea Brasted for The Times-Picayune. The new ordinances […]