Steady Real Estate Trends for 2015

As the weather warms up, so does the housing market, and experts say this year’s spring selling season is shaping up to be an active one. Whether you’re buying or selling, The Fiscal Times shares some of the top trends to keep an eye on...

What Does 2015 Housing Look Like?

According to CNBC, the housing market has finally turned a corner. With the potential for interest rates to move higher, there is much to expect in 2015.  Here are some highlights from their 2015 predictions. Refi – Final Call The window is starting to close for refinancing;...

Wall Street Sees Promise in Multifamily Loans

According to the Wall Street Journal, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are finally getting some private-sector competition in the business of financing loans in the debt market, at least in multifamily housing. Congress has been urging private capital to become the primary source of funding for...

Five Key Issues for 2012 Housing

While many housing markets rose together during the boom and fell together during the bust, they’re coming out of the downturn at very different speeds, and so it’s no longer a matter of a “national” housing market. We've seen recovery happening on a local market...

Mortgage Denied

Getting a mortgage just keeps getting tougher and it seems as if many homebuyers are getting rejected for loans they could easily afford. What’s the issue? Tighter standards from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Without the Fannie and Freddie guarantee, banks are reluctant to make loans. In 2009,...

Will the Rental Market Prevail?

A wise client of mine has said many times: the government had one good finance program. Congressional wisdom said, if we have one program working well, why not three? Right!  So was born Fannie and Freddie. Although the expansion has made home ownership easier and a...

The Right Decision for Homebuyers in This Economy?

According to the NAHB, Congress and the Administration continue to debate potential reforms of the housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But will these new policies further destabilize the struggling housing market? The NAHB believes the proposed rules contain a harshly narrow definition of...

A New Playing Field for First-Time Homebuyers

A series of new rules, regulations and policies have changed the landscape of first-time homebuyers, resulting in the buying experience being harder and more expensive. First-time buyers used to account for 40% of home sales. Now they're down to 29% and falling, experts say, as first-time...