Fourth Straight Monthly Decline in Home Sales

CoreLogic released its November Home Price Index (HPI) Monday, which shows prices nationally fell 1.4 percent month-over-month and 4.3 percent year-over-year. November marks the fourth consecutive month CoreLogic’s index has returned negative results, with much of the depreciation coming from distressed sales such as REO and short sale transactions. When you exclude these distressed deals …

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Home Prices Down in 2011, but Market Stability Forecast for 2012

While year-over-year home price measurements notched down in 2011, prices are expected to see a slight uptick in 2012, according to Clear Capital. Should the valuation company’s predictions ring true, it would be the first time since 2006 that the change in annual home prices has landed in positive territory. Data released by Clear Capital …

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Freddie Mac Expects Low Mortgage Rates Through Mid-2012

Mortgage rates will likely remain very low, at least through mid-2012, according to Freddie Mac. Rates on 30-year conforming mortgages have hovered around 4.0 percent or lower for the past quarter. The GSE says that in large part due to the Federal Reserve’s program for extending the maturity date for mortgage securities it holds. This …

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Housing market strengthening slowly

The year 2011 is ending on a high note as economists anticipate some signs of recovery ahead. Prices appear to be reaching their trough, visible supply is on the decline, and banks are beginning – just slightly – to loosen lending standards, according to a fourth-quarter report from Capital Economics. However, Capital Economics warns these …

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