Here are the 20 hottest housing markets right now

Here are the 20 hottest housing markets right now

realtor.com reveals where demand and prices are sizzling

Mortgage closing costs drop 7% to $1,847

Origination fees dropped but third-party costs rose

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: G-fees won’t pay for highways

Fed inaction leaves analysts strongly neutral on mortgage bonds
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Mortgage closing costs drop 7% to $1,847

Origination fees dropped but third-party costs rose
Mortgage closing costs declined 7% over the past year and now average $1,847 on a $200,000 loan, according to Bankrate.com. Every little bit helps, but is it enough and will it continue?
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Here are the 20 hottest housing markets right now

realtor.com reveals where demand and prices are sizzling
Whether to buy or sell may not be clear following recent housing indicators, which offered contradictory points of view. But Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com, says the residential real estate market continues to show strong signs of health in July. Here are 20 markets that are sizzling with demand.
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NYC mayor reveals new affordable housing plan

Contains strongest requirements in the nation
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially unveiled his new home-affordability plan after first mentioning it during his 2013 mayoral campaign. Is this a game changer for one of America’s most unaffordable cities?
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How to prepare for a hot market in 2015

The market is ripe for growth
The indicators of a healthy market are all present: a steadily growing economy, low rates, loosening credit availability and a high labor participation rate. As a result, two things will matter: getting the business to you and not your competitors, and executing on the promises made to those prospects in an environment riddled with regulation.
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Construction spending rises 0.1% in June

Private, residential construction ticks up
Construction spending during June 2015 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,064.6 billion, 0.1% above the revised May estimate of $1,063.5 billion. Want to know how it breaks out for housing?
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Appraisal Institute selects Jim Murrett as new vice president

Begins one-year term on Jan. 1
The Appraisal Institute announced the election of Jim Murrett to serve as the organization’s vice president in 2016. Murrett’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president.
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Rick Perry: Clinton policies caused housing crisis

Warns another crash is coming; advocates ending Fannie, Freddie
In a speech last week in New York, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry positioned himself, surprisingly, as a populist ready to take on Wall Street, laid the blame of the housing crisis on the “destructive homeownership policies” of the Clinton administration, and warned that the next crisis is coming.
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