New home sales maintained a downward trajectory in December, falling 7% below November’s revised rate of 445,000 unit sales to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units. But this is still 4.5% above year earlier levels.
Foreclosures and short sales remained relatively frozen in December, with U.S. residential properties, including single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes, selling at an estimated annual pace of 5.16 million in December, a less than 1% increase from November and a 10% increase from a year ago, the latest RealtyTrac report found.
Tight inventory and escalating home prices are putting a squeeze on California's housing market, but stabilizing prices may eventually grease the wheels, giving home buyers momentum to step up their game.
Despite overall improvement in the 2013 jobs market, the financial sector took a beating this past year, becoming the industry where employers cut the most. The sector recorded 60,962 job cuts for 2013, up 49% from 41,008 in 2012.
Melvin Luther Watt quietly slid into his office as the first appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the end of last year, in mid-December. Christmas was coming and the markets were in the middle of the harshest winter in years. As he took over the office of Acting Director Ed DeMarco — himself the unassuming lightning rod for the nation’s housing policy — Watt gave no indication of what he intended to do with his new position; arguably the most powerful job in mortgage finance..
Crowdfunding has swept through large verticals of consumer finance, including student loans and credit card debt. And so, naturally, in a market of rising property values, the real estate market is the latest frontier for crowd-based financing. Read More
Like oxygen, warehouse lending is one of the mortgage industry’s essential life-supporting elements. And fortunately, the warehouse segment is in much better health today than it was six years ago, as we are back up to around 70 warehouse lenders at my last count. Read More