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The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Aug. 8 released stress test results for government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that showed the GSEs could need as much as $125.8 billion in bailout money during a severe economic downturn, Bloomberg reported. FHFA said the minimum bailout figure would be $49.2 billion.
Global economic and political uncertainties, the ever-changing retail sector and volatile energy markets are three of the key trends that will play significant roles in commercial real estate for the upcoming year, the Urban Land Institute reported Aug. 10. Other expected trends include steady interest rates and limited supply growth.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers on Aug. 10 released a report that showed community banks remained strong across a variety of measures — including lending growth and geographic reach — since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. The report noted, however, that branch consolidation is problematic.
According to government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac’s Outlook report released Aug. 15, mortgage originations should reach $2 trillion this year, HousingWire reported. That would mark the first time since 2012 that the $2 trillion threshold was reached, due in large part to low interest rates boosting refinance activity.
Aging millennials are finally entering the housing market and purchasing homes at a faster rate than in previous years, according to Fannie Mae research, HousingWire Aug. 11. Researchers noted that this generation has largely shied away from the housing market due to significant student debt and a preference for renting.
Seriously underwater homes made up 11.9 percent of all U.S. mortgages at the end of the second quarter, down from 12 percent the previous quarter and 13.3 percent from second quarter 2015, analytics firm RealtyTrac reported Aug. 9.
Suburban areas continue to hold a strong place in the real estate market, including among millennial homebuyers, who are moving to the suburbs at a higher rate than those moving into cities, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, MBA NewsLink reported Aug. 11.
Home prices increased in 83 percent of metro areas, driven by a small supply of available homes, low mortgage rates and strong employment numbers, the National Association of Realtors reported Aug. 10.
Average fixed mortgage rates remained relatively unchanged, hovering near historic levels, during the past week due in part to a stronger-than-expected July jobs report, Freddie Mac reported Aug. 11 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.
Foreign investments in U.S. commercial real estate dropped nearly in half from last year’s record high, with general market volatility cited as one of the reasons, National Real Estate Investor reported Aug. 10. During the first half of the year, cross-border transactions totaled $23.1 billion – down 47 percent from $43.3 billion the previous year.
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