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Study Finds Housing Recovery Fully Taken Hold Nationwide

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RealtyTrac has released an analysis of housing market health in 410 U.S. counties in two-year increments over the past eight years, finding that 96 percent of county housing markets are better off than they were four years ago when foreclosures peaked in 2010, but only eight percent of county housing markets are better off than they were eight years ago in 2006 before the housing price bubble burst.Click to continue

Southern California Home Sales Dip to Six-Year Low in February

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Southern California home sales dropped to the lowest level for a February in six years as many would-be buyers struggled with inventory constraints, credit hurdles and reduced affordability. The median price paid for a home edged up slightly from January and remained nearly 20 percent higher than a year earlier, according to San Diego-based DataQuick. A total of 14,027 new and resale houses and condos sold in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties last month.Click to continue

Fixed-Rates Drop Slightly to 4.32 Percent

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Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) moving down slightly after last week's uptick, and remaining within range of average fixed rates for the first quarter of 2014. The 30-year FRM averaged 4.32 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending March 20, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 4.37 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.54 percent.Click to continue

Existing Home Sales Slip Slightly in February

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Home prices continued to show solid growth in most of the country due to limited inventory conditions, but rising prices and severe winter weather caused existing-home sales to slip in February, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).Click to continue

HSH.com: Mortgage Rates Ease Slightly for the Week

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Rates on the most popular types of mortgages eased slightly according to HSH.com's Weekly Mortgage Rates Radar. The average rate for conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell by two basis points (0.02 percent) to 4.41 percent. Conforming 5/1 Hybrid ARM rates decreased by three basis points, closing the Wednesday-to-Tuesday wraparound weekly survey at an average of 3.11 percent.Click to continue

Western U.S. Shaping Up for Strong Spring Sellers Market

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As the spring home shopping season heats up, buyers and sellers nationwide can expect very different experiences when it comes to negotiating power. According to the latest Zillow analysis of national buyers' and sellers' markets, sellers in the West will likely have the upper hand in negotiations when selling their home, while buyers in Midwestern and East Coast metros will likely face less competition and have more room for bargaining on prices.Click to continue

Mortgage Apps Down 1.2 Percent Week-Over-Week

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Mortgage applications decreased 1.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 14, 2014.  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 1.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased one percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased one percent from the previous week.Click to continue

Housing Starts Plateau in February

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Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in February, inching down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau.Click to continue

Homebuilder Confidence Rises Slightly in March

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Builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). "The March HMI mirrors last month's sentiment, as builders continued to be affected by poor weather and difficulties in finding lots and labor," said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.Click to continue

Blackstone Group Curbs Distressed Property Shopping Spree

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The Blackstone Group, a private-equity firm that has recently been buying up foreclosed homes and renting them out to former distressed homeowners, has dialed-down their purchasing operation significantly.Click to continue