Articles by Megan Hopkins

Tight inventory pushes Minneapolis market up

Investors finally move into the Twin Cities
The Minneapolis housing market seems to be barreling through the adversity of rising interest rates seemingly unscathed. Increased sales activity is fueling housing demand alongside rising home prices, while buyers wait patiently for more homes to become available on the market.
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Move-up buying activity rises with home equity gains

Previously underwater homeowners are ready to buy again
Housing demand from move-up buyers — buyers selling their current homes to purchase a more expensive property — is on the rise as home equity improves, giving these homeowners the financial incentive to purchase again.
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Housing finance reform remains a hurdle for Capitol Hill

Zandi: Since GSE takeover nothing meaningful has changed
The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held an open hearing Thursday to push forward with housing finance reform. The only problem is while most lawmakers know it's needed, a comprehensive, linear and widely accepted solution has yet to gain major traction in Congress.
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Title insurers take hit on HW 30

Refinance nosedive plays a huge role and Radian fares the worst
Title insurers may be yet another component of the housing market that is being impacted by the drop-off in refinance activity — and their stocks will prove it.
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RMBS issuance soars past estimations

Prime jumbo originations help securitizations surpass $20B
"We expect new issuance in private RMBS securitization to maintain its momentum for the rest of the year and surpass the $20 billion deal size," Deutsche Bank wrote in a recent market research report.
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