Fannie Mae: Americans' sentiment regarding housing market, economy rises in December

During the final month of 2011, Americans' confidence in various aspects of that nation's economy - chiefly among them the real estate market - improved modestly, Fannie Mae reports.
During the final month of 2011, Americans' confidence in various aspects of that nation's economy - chiefly among them the real estate market - improved modestly, Fannie Mae reports. [More]


Home price gains expected in 2012

National home prices fell over the course of last year, but a recent report from Clear Capital indicates that the housing market could start to see stability during 2012.
National home prices fell over the course of last year, but a recent report from Clear Capital indicates that the housing market could start to see stability during 2012. [More]


Mortgages could be harder to come by for the self-employed

During recent years, it has become increasingly more difficult for some borrowers to qualify for a mortgage in the real estate market.
During recent years, it has become increasingly more difficult for some borrowers to qualify for a mortgage in the real estate market. [More]


Pilot government REO program in the works

With rumors of a real estate-owned property program being formed, through which the federal government would sell of its many of the homes it owns to investors for conversion into rental properties, CNBC reports the final touches are being made to the initiative by the White House.
With rumors of a real estate-owned property program being formed, through which the federal government would sell of its many of the homes it owns to investors for conversion into rental properties, CNBC reports the final touches are being made to the initiative by the White House. [More]


Report: Stabilization, modest growth projected for home prices in 2012

The housing market will slowly pull itself up during 2012 due in part to improvements in home prices, according to a quarterly report by real estate data firm Veros Real Estate Solutions.
The housing market will slowly pull itself up during 2012 due in part to improvements in home prices, according to a quarterly report by real estate data firm Veros Real Estate Solutions. [More]


Mortgage rates could rise in latter-half of 2012

According to a group of real estate industry experts, mortgage rates could continue to hover near historically low levels through the first half of the new year before edging higher in the final six months, MarketWatch reports.
According to a group of real estate industry experts, mortgage rates could continue to hover near historically low levels through the first half of the new year before edging higher in the final six months, MarketWatch reports. [More]


Following Fed report, NAR, NAHB urge government to take housing action

Shortly after the Federal Reserve releases a report on what needs to be done to restore the housing market, the National Association of Home Builders and National Association of Realtors, echoed the Fed's sentiment
Shortly after the Federal Reserve releases a report on what needs to be done to restore the housing market, the National Association of Home Builders and National Association of Realtors, echoed the Fed's sentiment [More]


CFPB affirms power to regulate nonbank entities

With a director now in place in former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can now expand its power and implement further regulations against not only banks, but nonbank lenders as well.
With a director now in place in former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can now expand its power and implement further regulations against not only banks, but nonbank lenders as well. [More]


Mortgage rates fall back to record lows

Continuing the trend witnessed in the last month, mortgage rates once again returned to historic lows after rising slightly the week before, according to Freddie Mac.
Continuing the trend witnessed in the last month, mortgage rates once again returned to historic lows after rising slightly the week before, according to Freddie Mac. [More]


Positive commercial growth expected in 2012

According to a report, the number of commercial real estate investments saw a sharp increase during 2011, said the most recent Jones Lang LaSalle's Capital Markets Outlook.
According to a report, the number of commercial real estate investments saw a sharp increase during 2011, said the most recent Jones Lang LaSalle's Capital Markets Outlook. [More]