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January 2016

Luxury Home Prices Drop for First Time in 3 Years

Luxury home prices fell for the first time in three years, online real estate broker Redfin reported Dec. 7. The 2.2 percent decrease in luxury home prices may signal that buyers and foreign investors are worried about volatility in global markets and believe that prices climbed too high, too quickly.

 
January 2016

Foreclosures Continue to Decline

Foreclosure starts dropped 15 percent between October and November, marking the lowest total starts since May 2005, analytics firm RealtyTrac reported Dec. 10. November was the fifth consecutive month where national foreclosure starts decreased on a year-over-year basis.

 

January 2016

FHA to Increase Some Loan Limits in 2016

The Federal Housing Administration announced Dec. 9 that it will raise loan limits in 188 counties in 2016, HousingWire reported. However, loan limits in "high-cost" areas will remain at the national ceiling of $625,500 and limits for "low-cost" areas will stay at $271,050.

 
January 2016

Google Launches Mortgage Comparison Tool

Google is rolling out a mortgage comparison tool through its Compare service, a move that will give homebuyers another way in which to shop for a mortgage, HousingWire reported Nov. 23. The comparison tool currently is available only in California, with more states to follow.

 

January 2016

Suburban Spread Continues

The rate at which Americans moved to the suburbs slowed down following the Great Recession, but the "later suburbs" - those with homes built in 1980 or later - continue to attract the largest proportion of people leaving major metros, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, New Geography reported Dec. 11.

 
January 2016

Quicken Loans May Ditch FHA Loan Program

Quicken Loans is considering leaving the Federal Housing Administration's first-time homebuyer program after voicing concerns about the FHA's methods for resolving unpaid loan obligations, Reuters reported Dec. 2. Quicken joins JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo in voicing frustration with the program.

 

January 2016

Top Housing Markets to Watch in 2016

Providence, Rhode Island, sits atop the National Association of Realtors' list of real estate markets to watch in 2016, chief economist Jonathan Smoke reported Dec. 2 in his 2016 Housing Forecast. Providence is one of 10 markets expected to see substantial growth in home prices and sales.

 
January 2016

Survey: Raising Appraisal Limits Could Hurt Consumers

More than 80 percent of bank appraisers think that reducing the number of loans requiring an appraisal could increase risk to borrowers, according to an Appraisal Institute survey released Dec. 2.

 

January 2016

Report: More Than 90 Percent of Mortgage Loans Have TRID Violations

A review of new mortgage loans revealed that more than 90 percent showed compliance violations with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule, according to a Dec. 10 report from Moody's Investors Service, HousingWire reported.

 
January 2016

Study: ‘Unmanageable’ Student Debt Stifling Homeownership

An “unmanageable” amount of student loan debt appears to be preventing many millennials from becoming first-time homebuyers, according to a study released Nov. 20 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, MBA NewsLink reported.

 
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