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Pending home sales rise to highest in nine years in April

Index rises for all four major regions
Trey Garrison
Pending home sales rose in April for the fourth straight month and reached their highest level in nine years. Is it springtime for home sales?
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hit new high for 2015

Strong housing reports drive rate increase
Trey Garrison
Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid positive housing data and pushing fixed mortgage rates to their highest level of the year, according to Freddie Mac. Here's what happened.
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Mortgage application activity ticks down in MBA survey

Drop in refinancings continues drag
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications dropped 1.6% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 22, 2015.
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New home sales jump in April even as prices gain

Midwest rebounds strong from March doldrums
Trey Garrison
Sales of new single-family houses in April 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 517,000, a gain driven by home sales in the Midwest even as the Northeast and West regions continue to drag. Here are the details.
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S&P Case Shiller: House prices beat expectations, gain 1% in March

Conflicts with lower FHFA house price report
Trey Garrison
Indications on home prices were rising solidly going into the spring selling season though there were some signs of stalling. S&P Case Shiller's adjusted 20-city house price index rose a very solid and slightly higher-than-expected 1.0%. Here's why it's up while the FHFA home price index is down.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Time to cut the MLS cord?

Plus housing metrics, the incredible shrinking GDP, and kicks are for TRIDs
Trey Garrison
TILA-RESPA and TRID are closing in – are you ready? Plus how weak is the recovery, will housing pull it through, and you say you want to ditch the MLS? Read on for all this and more.
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Analyst: Housing bubble not a question of if but when

As in, when is it going to implode?
Trey Garrison
Charles Hughes Smith at oftwominds.com warns that the industry may be just two years from an implosion of the bubble we’re in. Also, if you didn’t know, he argues we’re already in an echo bubble from the last bubble. Read on.
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MBA Forecast: Here’s why mortgage lending will grow despite weak 1Q

Purchases, not refis, will dominate 2015 and 2016
Trey Garrison
Housing and the general economy got off to a slow start in 2015, but MBA is confident that the drag won't last. They predict that 2015 and 2016 will be dominated by purchase applications rather than refinancings. Here's what they're thinking.
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Zillow: Rents gallop past home values in April

Rents grew at 4% annually while home values saw 3% growth
Trey Garrison
Rents for residential housing in the United States grew at their fastest pace in two years in April, surpassing home values. There’s good news and bad news in this, and a growing gap to come. Want to know more?
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Existing home sales crater in April, falling 3.3%

Spring buying stalls out after strong March performance
Trey Garrison
After a surge in March, existing home sales have petered out like a wet firecracker. Existing home sales dropped 3.3% in April. What went wrong?
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