Serious Delinquencies Decline, Foreclosure Rates Steady

Serious delinquencies are on the decline, while foreclosures have steadied at 5.5 percent, according to recent data from Foreclosure-Response.org, a joint venture of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the Center for Housing Policy. Among the 100 largest metropolitan areas, serious delinquencies – those 90 days or more past due or in …

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Stronger Lure for Prospective Home Buyers

Owning Continues to Become More Affordable Relative to Renting, but Several Obstacles Prevent Many From Biting Home prices and mortgage rates have fallen so far that the monthly cost of owning a home is more affordable than at any point in the past 15 years and is less expensive than renting in a growing number …

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Industry’s Shadow Inventory of Distressed Homes Shrinks

Housing has become an industry afraid of its shadows. That shadow inventory of repossessed and soon-to-be repossessed homes has professionals from every side of the business worried about the impact such a sizeable volume of distress will have on property values and overall market fundamentals. But according to Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the obscurity hiding …

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Distressed Properties Account for 39% of Home Sales

Data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Tuesday show that distressed properties, including bank-owned homes and pre-foreclosure short sales, made up 39 percent of the first quarter’s existing-home sales. That’s up from 36 percent a year earlier. Overall, sales of previously owned homes rose to an annual rate of 5.14 million units during …

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