Despite budget inaction, about 190 new state laws take effect Jan. 1 by Monique Garcia Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune

They couldn't agree on a full state budget at the Capitol, but Democrats in the legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner were able to set aside their differences to eliminate taxes on the purchase of tampons and other feminine hygiene products, create more flexible sick leave rules for workers, and add wage protections for domestic workers such … Continue reading Despite budget inaction, about 190 new state laws take effect Jan. 1 by Monique Garcia Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune

Industry Insight: Changes in Mortgage Pricing

DS News spoke with John Ardy, CEO of Resitrader, to discuss just that. Ardy divulged insight into what mortgage trends he is currently seeing, the opportunities and challenges that come with these trends, and what industry shifts are anticipated for 2017. What mortgage trends are you currently seeing in the industry? Well, I think the election … Continue reading Industry Insight: Changes in Mortgage Pricing

The Week Ahead: Will Home Prices Slow Down? by Mirasha Brown for DS News

As the year comes to a close, industry experts are reflecting on the forces that have impacted the 2016 housing market, including a lack of inventory, rising mortgage rates, a surge in home prices, and disinterested millennials. This week, new reports from CoreLogic and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) will reveal recent market changes … Continue reading The Week Ahead: Will Home Prices Slow Down? by Mirasha Brown for DS News

Could a Full Foreclosure Recovery Come Sooner Than Anticipated?

The foreclosure crisis is finally nearing an end, at least according to Bill Emmons, an Economist and Assistant VP with the St. Louis Fed in conjunction with the St. Louis Fed’s quarterly Housing Market Conditions report. Emmons says that while some states are still taking a longer time than others to hit pre-crisis foreclosure and … Continue reading Could a Full Foreclosure Recovery Come Sooner Than Anticipated?

Boosting Homeownership Among Minorities by Kendall Baer

Minority home mortgages increased more than white home mortgages between 2013 and 2015 in several metros across the U.S., according to a recent report from Urban Institute. The report is quick to add that this increase was not without a “virtual roller coaster” of sorts starting with a homebuying surge during the housing boom and … Continue reading Boosting Homeownership Among Minorities by Kendall Baer

Cash Sales, Distressed Sales, and REO Sales, Oh My…

The shares of cash and distressed sales in the overall U.S. housing market in September continued their slow march back toward pre-recession norms. The most recent look into nontraditional sales by CoreLogic showed that cash sales comprised a little less than 32 percent of home sales in September, while distressed sales made up 7 percent. September’s cash numbers were … Continue reading Cash Sales, Distressed Sales, and REO Sales, Oh My…

2016 American Household Credit Card Debt Study The average household has $132,529 in debt. For households that carry credit card debt, it costs them about $1,300 a year in interest. It’s time to take action. by Erin El Issa

Debt is American as apple pie, with overall U.S. household debt growing 11% in the past decade. Today, the average household with credit card debt has balances totaling $16,061, and the average household with any kind of debt owes $132,529, including mortgages. While “don’t spend above your means” will always be sound advice, NerdWallet’s annual … Continue reading 2016 American Household Credit Card Debt Study The average household has $132,529 in debt. For households that carry credit card debt, it costs them about $1,300 a year in interest. It’s time to take action. by Erin El Issa