Archive for March, 2013


Why Do Housing Activists Hate Investors?

By a number of markers, the housing industry is rebounding smartly after the chaos of a few yeas ago. Housing inventories are low and so are interest rates, and even the rental market appears to be strong, thanks to an expanding pool of renters – many of whom are choosing not to buy homes. Real […]

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Disaster-Damaged Properties Have Hidden Costs

p>When a natural disaster strikes, houses suffer, and so do the people who own them. Although many homeowners jump right back in with a plan to rebuild, some decide to start over somewhere safer. The result? In a housing market faced with dwindling supplies of available homes, a variety of dwellings are going up for […]

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Fannie and Freddie Get a Makeover to Fix Mortgage Lending

For anyone involved in the housing market, they need no introduction: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, those venerable giants of the US mortgage landing market. So familiar that many don’t even know the official titles behind the nicknames, Fannie and Freddie have been a part of the lending landscape for years, backing nearly half of […]

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The Sequester: Fallout for the Housing Market?

On March 1, the other budget shoe dropped, as the dreaded sequester kicked in after lawmakers failed to resolve financial issues lingering after the January 1 fiscal cliff compromise. While predictions about the outcome of the sequester range from disastrous to relatively mild, these budget cuts are likely to cut a wide swath through government-backed […]

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The New Renters: Redefining the American Dream

p>Is the American Dream of homeownership becoming a thing of the past? Many real estate professionals and economists think so, pointing to new demographic studies that suggest that the US housing market may be undergoing a profound shift from a homeowner society to a culture of permanent renters – a shift that, if true, could […]

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