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Holiday Sales: Real-Estate Deals Often Surge in December
Some real-estate agents find themselves working long hours during their holiday vacation time.
Market Instability Won’t Deter a Fed Rate Hike
Last week’s volatility in the markets, highlighted by further implosions in the high-yield and energy segments, won’t deter the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates on Wednesday.
SUNDOWN ON RELIEF FOR DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS?
Last-minute negotiations in Washington have left real-estate agents and sellers nervous about the possibility that distressed homeowners could receive an unwelcome tax hit.
The Mystery of Missing Inflation Weighs on Fed Rate Move
Over the past 240 years, the rate of inflation has been much higher and much lower than it is today
A Brief History of U.S. Inflation Since 1775
From waterfront estates to modern penthouses to island getaways, Previews International digital magazine showcases the finest homes on the market in the Pacific Northwest.
Here’s what the housing and mortgage industry will look like in 2016
As an interested observer and active participant within the housing and mortgage servicing industries for more than three decades, I have opined on many industry-related subjects over the years, and each year also present my own predictions for the coming year
Why TRID is far worse than anyone thought
“This is biggest event in my 23 years. And that includes the market crash.”
Smart Ways to Use Smart Glass at Home
The high-tech material offers a new way to handle privacy, control room temperature and hide television screens
Where Millennials Go for Financial Advice
Wary of traditional advisers, young adults have a host of alternatives to choose from
Latest Consumer Price Inflation (November 2015)
There was a slight uptick in the broad consumer inflation measure in November. More interesting is the housing components, which continue to show high figures. Housing shortage still persists and this condition will jack-up the broad inflation rate in 2016. The Fed then will have to raise interest rates few additional times.
How Many Houses are Vacant at Your Zip Code?
Housing vacancies are currently at the lowest levels since at least 2005, according to the Census Bureau estimates. Nationally, the rental vacancy rate was 7.3 percent while homeowner housing rate was 1.9 percent for the third quarter 2015.
Where Rich Chinese Are Stashing Their Cash: America’s Hotels and Strip Malls
A small group of wealthy Chinese investors recently poured $10 million into a luxury condominium project in New York’s Westchester County.
Seattle council approves fees portion of ‘grand bargain’ for affordable housing
The Seattle City Council approved legislation Monday related to what officials are calling a “grand bargain” between developers and affordable-housing advocates.
Twitter Warns Some Users About Possible Hacking Threats
Twitter Inc.TWTR -1.37% said it warned some users in recent days that their accounts may be targets of state-sponsored attacks. It is the first time Twitter has sent such alerts to users.
No Cell Signal? This Can Help When You Wander Off-Grid
GoTenna lets your smartphone text and share your location when regular mobile-phone service isn’t an option
Carmel-by-the-Sea Home Sells for a Record $27 Million
A beachfront home in Carmel-by-the-Sea has sold for $27 million, a record for the enclave on the California coast, according to the listing agent.
How to Finance a Home Bought at Auction
Many buyers bidding for homes in auctions are surprised to learn they can get mortgage financing instead of paying all cash
Andy Warhol’s Hamptons Estate Sells for $50 Million
A Telluride ski home purchased by Oprah Winfrey and a Andy Warhol’s former Hamptons estate that sold for a record $50 million are among the beautiful properties featured by WSJ Mansion reporter Candace Taylor on Lunch Break.
What a bump in interest rates could mean for your personal finances
Here we are again, fretting about a possible increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve and what a bump would mean for our personal finances.
Attention, Fed: This indicator signals a 4% jobless rate next year
Builder confidence signals the job market will get even tighter
Mortgage rates rise ahead of Fed’s announcement
Mortgage rates crept up this week ahead of the Federal Reserve’s rate hike, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.
Mortgage rates move higher following upbeat jobs report
Mortgage rates were pushed slightly higher by last week’s strong employment report, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015