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.
A wide range of companies making the 2014 HW Fast50 suggests that — are you ready for this? — maybe things aren't as bad in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets as some breathless press might otherwise suggest. After all, our rankings this year include mortgage insurers, investors, loan servicers, technology specialists and dot-coms, home builders, real estate services companies, mortgage bankers and more..
Last October, HousingWire highlighted several correspondent lenders and gave a broad overview of where this division of mortgage finance was heading. We are happy to report that those lenders are still doing a robust set of business, although the road remains no less rocky. But as we said last year, at least there’s a road to begin with. Read More
As our business moves into a new era of low profitability, increased expenses, and intense regulatory scrutiny, virtually every mortgage executive needs to experiment with ways to increase productivity and CFPB compliance while reducing overall operating costs. Read More