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Morici: The Fed Must Stop Quantitative Easing ASAP

A prominent economist is warning that the Federal Reserve can no longer justify its hemming and hawing over the inevitable increase in interest rates.

Mortgage Apps See Near 10 Percent Weekly Rise

Mortgage applications increased 9.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the

Existing-Home Sales Rise Marginally in February

Existing-home sales increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), as total existing-home sales, def

Census Bureau Report: 10 Percent of Americans Want to Move

One out of 10 Americans are so unhappy with their current living situation that they want to move, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Drop to 3.78 Percent

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down across the board, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.78 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending March

Downpayments Become Easier, Affordable Rentals Become More Elusive

The owning-versus-renting argument took a turn in favor of homeownership this week, with new data supporting the increased affordability of buying a house and a new report finding a growing shortage in affordable rental units.

Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Hits $2.64 Trillion in Q4

Total commercial/multifamily debt outstanding stood at $2.64 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of $48.9 billion, or 1.9 percent, over the third quarter, according to data collected by the

NAR: Rent and Income Growth Reaching Unhealthy Levels

The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Report Finds Overvaluation in National Home Prices

A new report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch has determined that home prices nationwide are overvalued, with Houston-area properties leading the list at a 77 percent of overvaluation.

New Data Shows Housing Gains, Rental Problems

Both sides in the homeownership-versus-renting debate trotted out data to support their respective claims of strength in numbers.

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