Here are the top 10 rental markets for real estate investors: Texas dominates

While the inventory of foreclosed homes is quickly shrinking, there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in real estate. “For the last few years, investors have been able to find real estate bargains they could turn into rental properties. That period is pretty much over - the inventory of foreclosed homes has been picked … Continue reading Here are the top 10 rental markets for real estate investors: Texas dominates

10 tips for first-time homebuyers: How to navigate the real estate market

Homebuyers are caught in a storm of low inventory, high demand and tight credit availability. In these market conditions, even simple tactics or connections a potential homebuyer can have could make the difference between owning a home or not. Ray Brousseau, executive vice president of Carrington Mortgage Services’ mortgage lending division, outlined 10 tips to help … Continue reading 10 tips for first-time homebuyers: How to navigate the real estate market

Would you “try and buy” before buying or selling a home?

Try and buy is a concept in real estate that may help sellers to market their homes to potential new buyers who can spend an extended length of time (varies between a few hours to a few days) in a home prior to making an offer. This concepts allows potential new buyers to help determine what homeownership in that specific home could … Continue reading Would you “try and buy” before buying or selling a home?

January existing home sales come in flat compared to December

2015 sales expected to pick up where 2014 left off By: Trey Garrison, Housingwire.com Auction.com projects that existing home sales for January will fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates 4.9-5.21 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.06 million. This suggests that January sales will be up from one year ago and essentially flat … Continue reading January existing home sales come in flat compared to December

Foreclosures Falling, But Delinquency Rate Climbing

The nation's foreclosure inventory fell to its lowest level in almost seven years in November, but the percentage of delinquent mortgage loans is on the rise, according to Black Knight Financial Services' November 2014 "First Look" at Mortgage Data. Delinquent mortgages, which are those more than 30 days overdue but not in foreclosure, jumped by … Continue reading Foreclosures Falling, But Delinquency Rate Climbing

Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Portfolio Expands For Third Straight Month

November marked another month of expansion for Freddie Mac's mortgage portfolio, which grew again as new business ticked up. According to Freddie Mac's monthly volume summary, released Monday, the company's total portfolio ended November at an estimated $1.9 trillion, up an annualized 0.4 percent. Year-to-date, the portfolio's growth rate is an average -0.7 percent, the … Continue reading Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Portfolio Expands For Third Straight Month

‘Different kind of market’ ahead for farmland

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to farmland prices, the only certain thing about 2015 is that it will be unlike any year we've seen in a while, according to farmland authority Murray Wise, president of Murray Wise Associates. "This year has been one of transition, with prices varying widely depending on … Continue reading ‘Different kind of market’ ahead for farmland

First-time homebuyers abandoning the housing market

By Les Christie  @CNNMoney November 4, 2014: 11:29 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Young America's love affair with homebuying has hit a low point. The percentage of homes that were sold to first-time homebuyers dropped to 33% this year, the lowest percentage in almost three decades, according to the National Association of Realtors. Typically, first-time … Continue reading First-time homebuyers abandoning the housing market

Bank Foreclosures Listed Far Below Regional Selling Prices

RealtyStore, a provider of a broad variety of real estate listings, recently released a report outlining average selling prices for bank foreclosures. The company found the median price of bank foreclosures for sale in six select states list at an average of nearly 50 percent below recent median existing-home sale prices. The states—Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, … Continue reading Bank Foreclosures Listed Far Below Regional Selling Prices

Foreclosure and Shadow Inventory Both Decline in February

CoreLogic released its National Foreclosure Report for February, 2014, reporting 43,000 completed foreclosures for the month, a 13.1 percent decrease from January, 2014. Yearly, foreclosures declined 15 percent from February, 2013. Comparatively, foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month before the housing crisis from 2000 to 2006. Since September, 2008, 4.9 million foreclosures have been completed. As … Continue reading Foreclosure and Shadow Inventory Both Decline in February