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Fannie: Housing to See 'Sustained Growth'

February 25, 2013: 

"One of the key developments for the housing market last year was the general consensus that home prices, on a national basis, bottomed earlier in the year," according to a new report by Fannie Mae economists.

NPR: Why Is The Government In The Flood Insurance Business?

February 23, 2013: 

NPR explains why the federal government started selling flood insurance and assesses the current state of the program.

CE Exemptions for Age/Experience

February 22, 2013: 

The Library staff explores an excellent resource for data on state licensing requirements.

HUD Investigates Treatment of Pregnant Buyers

February 22, 2013: 

HUD is investigating dozens of complaints that mortgage lenders are denying or delaying loans to women who are pregnant or on maternity leave.

Home Ownership Within More Americans' Reach

February 22, 2013: 

Nearly 75 percent of homes sold between October and the end of December were affordable to families earning the U.S. median family income of $65,000.

The 10 Most-Searched Housing Markets

February 22, 2013: 

Which markets are attracting the most traffic from prospective home shoppers online? Realtor.com released its top-searched metros for January, which shows that Chicago continues its streak as the front-runner in most searched metro at the site.

Foreign Firms Eye U.S. Single-Family Rental Market

February 22, 2013: 

Investors abroad are seeking high returns by snagging up homes at discounts, turning them into rentals, and waiting for an improved housing market to sell.

CFPB Talks QM in Blog Post

February 22, 2013: 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shared some insight into its process and goals for the qualified mortgage (QM) rule it released last month. The post gives loan servicers, industry watchers, and consumers a look at its thinking behind the rulemaking.

4 Big Short Sale Hang-ups

February 22, 2013: 

Short sales are increasing this year, and these transactions can take up to three times longer than a traditional transaction. A lot can go wrong in that timeframe. These are the most common delays, according to a recent article.

Does NAHB Want to Ditch MLSs?

February 22, 2013: 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released a white paper that criticizes local MLSs for becoming “less reliable” in recent years. The solution to this, according to NAHB, is “the development of a real estate superhighway.”

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