Articles About Residential

Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
06.23.2011

Equity Loans Putting Homeowners Under Water

Homeowners who took out second mortgages, or borrowed against their homes to use the money as a cash advance,  may regret their decisions.  Close to 40 percent are now underwater on their loans — owing more than their home is worth, according to CoreLogic Data.  The data show 38 percent of borrowers who took second […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
06.20.2011

As Global Oil Consumption – and Prices – Rise, OPEC Rejects Increased Production

As gas prices seesaw up and down at the pump and Americans reluctantly pay more to fill their tanks as the economy slows, OPEC (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States) could not agree on whether or not to increase production and provide some relief. The two key factors are Saudi Arabia and Iran. At an […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
06.14.2011

Foreclosed Homes Total a Three-Year Supply

The current national inventory of foreclosed homes represents a three-year supply, according to RealtyTrac.  Not surprisingly, that is depressing home prices.  “This is very bad for the economy,” said Rick Sharga, a RealtyTrac spokesman. In Las Vegas, the foreclosure situation is so dire that more than half of all homes sold in Nevada are foreclosures.  […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
06.07.2011

Foreclosures Are Down, So Why Isn’t That Good News?

There’s good news and bad news about foreclosures.  Although the number of foreclosures fell to their lowest rate in 4 ½ years in April, the reason is a delay in processing the orders, not because Americans are experiencing less trouble paying their mortgages.  “Foreclosure activity decreased on an annual basis for the seventh straight month […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.02.2011

Reinventing Fannie and Freddie

The initial steps to dismantle Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are underway with the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives that would replace the mortgage giants with a minimum of five companies that would issue mortgage-backed securities with significant federal regulation.  The compromise legislation proposed by Representative John Campbell (R-CA) and […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
05.25.2011

Many Americans Spend Half of Their Income on Housing

American renters who pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing has peaked at the highest level in 50 years, according to a report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Approximately 26 percent of renters – that’s more than 10 million people – are spending more than 50 percent of their […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
05.12.2011

11 Percent Rise In New-Home Sales

New home sales rose in March, with the number of properties on the market at its lowest since the 1960s.  Additional gains will be stymied by competition from the market’s glut of previously owned houses.  Single-family home sales rose 11.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 unit annual rate, according to the Department of Commerce, […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.09.2011

Bernanke Press Conferences Shedding Light on the Fed’s Inner Workings

Ben Bernanke’s first-ever press conference is important because the unprecedented move gives the world a look at the inner workings of the often arcane Federal Reserve.  As a general rule, the Fed’s chairman avoids press conferences.  Typically they issue statements that are worded with extreme care.  Since the economic meltdown, however, the Fed’s increased role […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
04.26.2011

Regulators Cracking Down on Banks Over Foreclosures

Federal regulators at the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Housing, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, have ordered the nation’s largest banks to revamp their foreclosure procedures and compensate borrowers who were financially hurt by “pervasive” bad behavior or carelessness.  According to the bank regulators, failure to comply with the rules will result in […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.12.2011

Signs of Confidence Sprouting in the Construction Industry

The recent construction industry mantra of “Wait until next year” may be coming to fruition in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted by ENR.  The 1st quarter of 2011 Construction Industry Confidence Index (CICI) survey soared to 51 on a scale of 100, a significant increase from the 43 percent reported in the 4th […]

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