Archive for December, 2015


Wall Street Journal op-ed ethers ‘toxic twins’ Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

For the second time in the last ten days, the editorial section of a major national newspaper has taken on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Earlier this month, the Washington Post weighed in on the recapitalization and release of Fannie and Freddie, calling it a “recipe for housing disaster.” But that’s nothing […]

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates finally break above 4%

Mortgage rates surpassed the 4% threshold for the first time in five months, the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac said. “In the final week of 2015, Treasury yields jumped reacting in part to strong consumer confidence in December,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist with Freddie Mac. “In response, the 30-year mortgage rate […]

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Delaware Transit Corporation and the Kent County Association of Realtors build …

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Pending home sales unexpectedly decrease – San Antonio Express

Pending home sales unexpectedly decrease By Shobhana Chandra, Bloomberg News December 30, 2015

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National Association of Realtors survey: Desire to buy strong despite economic …

Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home, and a convincing majority still view homeownership as part of their American Dream, according to a new quarterly consumer survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. Additionally, a newly-introduced index tracking […]

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Opinion Journal: Fannie Mae’s Dangerous Experiment

1:47   Finding Home: A Migrant’s Journey 12/31/2015 5:09AM Over two days this fall, 13,000 people arrived in Germany seeking asylum. The Journal followed migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea as they began their long, uncertain path to residency.

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Fannie and Freddie Give Birth to New Mortgage Bond

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are turning to crisis-era tools to reduce their exposure to mortgage losses and spark a new market for financing home buyers. Beginning in 2016, the two government-controlled housing giants will ramp up sales of a new type of security that will transfer most of the cost of defaults on all […]

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Housing Markets Stabilize in October: Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index in October signaled ever-stabilizing circumstances across a growing number of regions. The index, a compendium of home-purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios and current mortgage rates, grew 59 basis points from September, and improved by 6.31% year-over-year, to a level of 81.9. October was also marked by the addition of two new […]

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Pending Home Sales Slip in November

WASHINGTON—The number of homes tentatively sold across the U.S. fell in November, a sign the housing market hit a rough patch this winter after strengthening earlier in the year. Pending home sales, measuring contracts before they become final, slipped 0.9% in November from a month earlier to a reading of 106.9, the National Association of […]

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Introducing the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey

Introducing the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey The Fannie Mae National Housing Survey Fannie Mae puts out its monthly National Housing Survey that measures consumers’ attitudes about housing and the economy. In many ways, it’s similar to the consumer confidence indexes. However, the majority of the questions relate to real estate. Enlarge Graph In the […]

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