Economics



FHFA, Real Estate-Owned Initiative, REO, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, foreclosures

FHFA, Real Estate-Owned Initiative, REO, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, foreclosures

News
February 27, 2012

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has begun the first pilot transaction of its program to turn foreclosed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac homes into rental properties, according to HousingWire.

Warren Buffett, housing, supply and demand, households

Warren Buffett, housing, supply and demand, households

News
February 27, 2012

Despite his initial predictions for a housing recovery not panning out, Warren Buffett still believes the market will get back on track soon, according to Business Insider.

new home sales, January 2012, NAHB, HUD, Commerce Department

new home sales, January 2012, NAHB, HUD, Commerce Department

News
February 24, 2012

NAHB reports that sales of newly-built, single-family homes declined by less than one percent in January from an upwardly revised number in the previous month; this brought them to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 321,000 units, according to data jointly released by HUD and the U.S. Commerce Department Feb. 24.

 

McIlwain, Urban Land Institute, Atlantic, 3 steps, housing recovery

McIlwain, Urban Land Institute, Atlantic, 3 steps, housing recovery

News
February 21, 2012

With the housing market in a lethargic recovery, John K. McIlwain of the Urban Land Institute offers three ways to help revive the market.

Cleveland, demolition, settlement, lawsuits, vacant houses

Cleveland, demolition, settlement, lawsuits, vacant houses

News
February 20, 2012

A large portion of a multibillion-dollar settlement between the state of Ohio and several large mortgage lenders will go toward demolition of foreclosed, dilapidated houses in the Cleveland area instead of struggling families as intended.

student debt, housing recovery, rising, Bloomberg

student debt, housing recovery, rising, Bloomberg

News
February 20, 2012

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that first-time homebuyers are having difficulty securing loans thanks to student loan debt totals nearing $1 trillion.

Features
February 20, 2012

Restraints on credit for home buyers and home builders continue to impede the housing and economic recovery, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said at recent meeting of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors in Orlando.

builder confidence, housing index, housing market index, home builder

builder confidence, housing index, housing market index, home builder

News
February 07, 2012

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes went up four points to 18 compared with the same period a year ago, according to NAHB's 55+ Housing Market Index. 

housing market, home market, home builders

housing market, home market, home builders

News
February 03, 2012

The CEOs of some of the nation’s biggest homebuilding companies said Thursday that they feel the housing market has stabilized, but they were careful not to be overly optimistic even with the spring home-selling season coming up.

standard and poor, credit ratings, investment, credit rating

standard and poor, credit ratings, investment, credit rating

News
January 31, 2012

The Illinois Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Standard & Poor’s, claiming that the agency gave fraudulently high ratings to risky mortgage-backed investments in the years prior to the 2008 housing market crash

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