Breaking News
  • HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

    It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different. Click the headline to read more.

The Ticker

Natural hazard risk holding back home sales

But home prices are higher in high-risk areas
Home sales in high-risk areas are significantly lower than home sales in areas with lower risks. While this may not come as much of a surprise, people are still paying for homes in these high-risk areas. So, what's the difference?
Read More

Could the mortgage market be facing a liquidity crisis?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency's Christopher Whalen thinks so
The mortgage market could be staring at a liquidity crisis in the very near future thanks in part to the Federal Reserve's repeated reluctance to increase interest rates, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Senior Managing Director Christopher Whalen told CNBC on Wednesday.
Read More

California home sales gaining momentum

Posted fourth straight annual increase
Pending home sales in California show that existing home sales could see another increase in the fall if the momentum continues. The recent slow-down in San Francisco, however, leaves other markets to pull the momentum.
Read More

McMansions prove to be poor investment

Wait, no one wants ugly homes?
In a shocking turn of events, it turns out Americans don’t want to buy ugly homes after all, according to Bloomberg. The McMansion craze that started in the late 1990s hit its end when home prices for these homes failed to keep up with the rest of the market.
Read More

MBA: Mortgage applications post quiet week

Applications slightly dip
Mortgage applications recorded another quiet week despite record low-interest rates and it being one of the busiest housing seasons of the year. And this is only the latest report in a series of up and application reports from the MBA.
Read More