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Existing-Home Sales Rose 3.1% in January
"While home sales remain sizably lower than a couple of years ago, January's monthly gain is the start of more supply and demand," said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. "Listings were modestly higher, and home buyers are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates compared to late last year."
Multifamily Developer Confidence in Negative Territory in Fourth Quarter
Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing was in negative territory in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
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Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
"Mortgage rates moved back above 7 percent last week following news that inflation picked up in January, dimming hopes of a near term rate cut,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s SVP and Chief Economist. “Mortgage applications dropped as a result with a larger decline in refinance applications."
FundingShield Announces Integrated Title Fraud Prevention Services on CoreLogic's Digital Mortgage Platform
FundingShield, a market-leading fintech providing plug-and-play solutions to manage risk, compliance, and fraud prevention, has entered into a relationship withCoreLogic®, a leader in global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions, to provide comprehensive title fraud solutions via a seamless API integration to the CoreLogic Digital Mortgage Platform™.
Racial Minority Groups Increased Their Homeownership Rates While Still Facing Significant Homebuying Challenges
Homeownership rates for racial minorities increased in 2022, with Asian and Hispanic Americans achieving historic peaks. Despite these advancements, disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups, notably with Black homeownership lagging.
Coalition of Trade Associations Requests Improvements to White House Implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act
“Our coalition fully supports the Act’s laudable core purpose of strengthening domestic manufacturing,” the trade groups said. “Unfortunately, OMB’s focus on managing virtually every aspect of the Build America, Buy America Act requirements is not practical and causes confusion and delay with federal agencies that fund construction projects.”
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Welcome to the housing market's 'new normal' - 7% mortgage rates and all
"While home sales remain sizably lower than a couple of years ago, January's monthly gain is the start of more supply and demand," NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said in a news release Thursday. "This might be the market's first steps toward a 'new normal'- a world where inventory remains rather scarce by pre-pandemic standards, but buyers are not exactly swarming the doorway of every open house like in 2021 and early 2022," Zillow senior economist Jeff Tucker wrote in a blog post last week.

FinCEN Proposes New Residential Real Estate Reporting Requirements
The 2024 NPRM would require certain professionals involved in real estate closings and settlements to report information to FinCEN about non-financed transfers of residential real estate to legal entities or trusts. The 2024 NPRM describes the circumstances in which a report would be filed; who would file a report; what information would need to be provided-including information about the beneficial owners of the legal entities and trusts-and when a report about the transaction would be due.

Real estate agents tracking new fraud scheme in Lakes Region (NH)
A fraudulent scheme is making waves through the Lakes Region real estate market in recent weeks with local agents receiving shady inquiries from scammers intent on stealing thousands of dollars from unsuspecting buyers.

Low-Income Homeownership Should Include Title Insurance Coverage
President Biden and a growing number of members of Congress, faced with inflation and higher interest rates, have correctly made increasing access to affordable homeownership a public policy priority. The pursuit of the American Dream of owning a home is as important now as it ever was. But achieving that goal is ever more difficult, especially for low- and moderate-income families.

Could Your Mortgage Lender Be Hacked? How to Protect Yourself
In back-to-back months, Mr. Cooper and LoanDepot - two of the nation's largest mortgage lenders - made headlines for experiencing cyberattacks that exposed the data of more than 30 million people combined. Mortgage lenders haven't been the only recent targets. Title insurance companies Fidelity National Financial and First American Financial each experienced cyberattacks in November and December 2023.


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