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FHA Loan Apps Rise as Borrowers Try to Beat Fee Hikes

March 29, 2012: 

Mortgage applications for Federal Housing Administration loans soared 11 percent from the previous week as borrowers try to rush their applications in to beat the higher FHA costs that will start rolling out on Monday, according to the U.S. Mortgage Market Index report released from Mortech Inc. and Mortgage Daily.

Video: Pending Home Sales Ease in February

March 29, 2012: 

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about Pending home sales, which were down slightly in February but remained notably above the pattern in the first half of last year.

Poll: Renters Want to Buy

March 28, 2012: 

Americans still believe in home ownership, but they’re spooked about the mortgage process, a survey finds. Two-thirds of renters -- across educational and demographic levels -- say they want to purchase a home in the future, according to a quarterly national housing survey of 3,000 Americans conducted by Fannie Mae.

Meredith Dunn

March 23, 2012: 

Meredith Dunn, Research Communications Representative, manages Real Estate INSIGHTS, the Research Update, and assists in managing Research content on Realtor.org as well as on various social media sites. She also produces video content for the multimedia portion of the Research site.

George Ratiu

March 23, 2012: 

George Ratiu is Director of Quantitative & Commercial Research with the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. He manages a research portfolio focused on macroeconomic trends, commercial real estate, and global investments. He discusses real estate research in major media outlets and provides economic and industry insights in publications and keynote presentations across the U.S. He produces NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Outlook—a quarterly forecast of core property sector fundamentals.

Michael Hyman

March 23, 2012: 

Jed Smith

March 23, 2012: 

Jed Smith, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Quantitative Research for the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

Selma Hepp

March 23, 2012: 

Selma Hepp, Ph.D., Manager of Public Policy & Homeownership Studies, regularly monitors and writes columns on the latest academic research in housing and urban economics, foreclosures, international housing markets, and demographic trends. Selma also reports on federal and state metropolitan planning policy impacts.

Jessica Lautz

March 23, 2012: 

Jessica Lautz is the Manager of Member & Consumer Survey Research. Jessica analyzes data and writes annual studies such as the Member Profile, the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, and the Commercial Member Profile.

Danielle Hale

March 23, 2012: 

As the Manager of Tax Policy, Danielle studies tax issues, the wealth impact of home ownership, and different measures of home prices.