Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Economy and Housing Market Projected to Grow in 2015 Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post Share Save Previous: CFPB Rules Cited as Top Concern in Survey of Lenders Next: Home Prices Jump 9% for Non-Distressed Homes Tagged with: Forecasts GDP Home Prices Home Sales Lawrence Yun NAR Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 16, 2014 2,169 Views About Author: Scott Morgan Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The good thing about economic recovery, even when it’s not living up to expectations, is that forecasters always remain optimistic for tomorrow.Despite many beginning-of-the-year predictions about spring growth in the housing market forecast falling flat, and despite a still chugging economy that changes its mind quarter-to-quarter, economists at the National Association of Realtors and other industry groups expect an uptick in the economy and housing market through next year.RELATED: Study: Economy On More Solid Ground, Housing May Soon FollowThe key to the NAR’s optimism, as expressed by the organization’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, earlier this week, is a hefty pent-up demand for houses coupled with expectations of job growth—which itself has been more feeble than anticipated. “When you look at the jobs-to-population ratio, the current period is weaker than it was from the late 1990s through 2007,” Yun said. “This explains why Main Street America does not fully feel the recovery.”Yun’s comments echo those in a report released Thursday by Fitch Ratings and Oxford Analytica that looks at the unusual pattern of recovery the U.S. is facing in the wake of its latest major recession. However, although the U.S. GDP and overall economy have occasionally fluctuated quarter-to-quarter these past few years, Yun said that there are no fresh signs of recession for Q2, which could grow about 3 percent.A major key to housing growth, of course, is job growth. The U.S. overall has recovered nearly all of the eight million jobs lost to the Great Recession and, according to Yun, employment is expected to grow 1.6 percent this year and 1.9 percent next. Similarly, the GDP is on course to grow 2.2 percent this year and about 2.9 percent in 2015.Eric Belsky, managing director of the JointCenter for Housing Studies at Harvard University, said that growth in the stock market and the recovery in housing, along with pent-up demand, are major factors driving the economy right now, leading economists like Yun and Belsky to suggest that housing will improve, just not on the schedule many other economists had expected.One thing to keep in mind is that 2014’s spring housing sales figures are being compared to those from 2013, which saw impressive gains‒‒existing-home sales rose more than 9 percent to nearly 5.1 million last year‒‒after four years of sagging sales. Because of tight inventories and rising sales last year, the median existing-home price rose 11.5 percent to just over $197,000. Still, according to NAR, sales figures will likely decline about 3 percent over the rest of this year to just over 4.9 million, then trend up to more than 5.2 million in 2015.According to Yun, home price growth is likely to moderate from more new home construction. “Based on our forecast for this year, the median home equity gain over three years is expected to be $40,000,” he said. “A gap between new and existing-home prices from rising construction costs shows that prices are well supported by fundamentals in most of the country.”Housing starts have stayed below 1 million a year for the past six years, but need to reach the long-term average of 1.5 million to balance the market. “Because of the prolonged slowdown in construction, we now need 1.7 million housing starts per year to catch up,” Yun said.The sluggish recovery in housing starts is greatly affected by the fact that construction costs are rising faster than inflation. Add to that labor shortages in the building trades, and the onerous financial regulations preventing small banks from giving construction loans to small local builders, and it’s no wonder why construction starts are behind schedule, Yun said.Dennis McGill, director of research for Zelman & Associates in New York, offered some hope. McGill said that his firm’s most recent analysis of Census Data shows an average of only 720,000 housing starts annually from 2010 through 2013. “But our projections over the next five years exceed an average of 1.9 million,” he said. “We won’t ramp up to that level right away, but if you average housing starts for the entire period from 2010 to 2019, it would be about 1.44 million.”McGill added that there is “a strong tailwind” to housing starts. “We’re starting to see capital come back to single family construction, which is very favorable,” he said. 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The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Samantha Guzman Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Samantha Guzman is an award-winning visual journalist and graduate of the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. She specializes in visual storytelling and has skills in video, audio and photography, in addition to news writing. She has traveled to Mexico and Bosnia as an assistant for multiple multimedia projects and taught news writing, photojournalism, and narrative storytelling in the past. Previous: Counsel’s Corner: The Positive Side of Devoting More Resources to Compliance Next: Freddie Mac Announces Sale of Deeply Delinquent Loans Totaling $985 Million in UPB Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Marsha Blackburn U.S. House of Representatives Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / House Bill Aims to Protect Taxpayers by Establishing Capital Reserve Fund for GSEs Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Marsha Blackburn U.S. House of Representatives 2015-03-27 Samantha Guzman Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago House Bill Aims to Protect Taxpayers by Establishing Capital Reserve Fund for GSEs Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 27, 2015 1,201 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily A U.S. congresswoman has introduced a bill to establish a secondary reserve fund for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill, introduced by Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), seeks to “amend the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 to establish a secondary reserve fund for a housing enterprise under conservatorship to protect taxpayers against loss in the event of a housing downturn, and for other purposes.”The secondary reserve could also be referred to as an escrow account, where funds are held until a resolution is created on GSE reform. The bill would establish a secondary reserve by inserting the new language into the existing statutes.“Any secondary reserve established under this Act for an enterprise shall not be considered capital, a capital reserve, or otherwise an asset of the enterprise, other than as part of a capital restoration plan for the enterprise approved under section 1369C, during the pendency of a conservatorship for the enterprise,” the bill said.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been sponsored by the government since they were put under conservatorship after the housing crisis in September 2008. Since then, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has been able to use the GSEs to modify millions of mortgages. When the GSEs began to become profitable, the FHFA enacted a third amendment to their Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement, which assigned all of their net worth gains to deficit reduction. This made Fannie and Freddie repay taxpayers with interest and the companies are operating with thin capital levels.This bill could possibly eliminate conflicting interest between the Treasury and Congress on GSE reform. If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to put all available capital into the Treasury for deficit reduction, there would be no mechanism to build up reserves against future losses. Establishing a capital reserve fund through this bill could protect taxpayers and provide capital to be used for the future of the housing finance system.
July 28, 2018 1,929 Views Previous: LoanCare Rating ‘Reaffirmed and Maintained’ Next: Rising Home Values Reaching Pre-Recession Peak Share Save Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Homeownership makes good financial sense—at least in a lot of cases. However, the recent relentless rise of home prices and flat or falling rents is beginning to threaten the financial benefits of owning in some markets, according to Trulia. Comparing the cost of renting versus owning in the 100 largest U.S. metros, Trulia found the savings for owners is shrinking in every market. That said, only two markets have crossed the line to where renting actually makes more financial sense than owning. “For as long as we have run this report, renting has never been a better deal than buying,” wrote Cheryl Young, Senior Economist on Trulia.com. “But this summer, driven by epic home price appreciation and lifeless rents, renting tips the scales over buying in San Jose and San Francisco.”In San Jose, home values have skyrocketed, increasing 29 percent over the year while rents remained stable. In San Francisco, home values climbed 14.2 percent over the year while rents declined 3.0 percent, according to Trulia. Young was insistent that “The ultra-costly San Francisco Bay Area is not a harbinger for the nation as a whole.” “While renting may outweigh buying in San Jose and San Francisco, it is unlikely that renting will tip the scales nationally anytime soon,” she said. Still, the gap in the financial benefit of renting versus owning is closing across the nation and has fallen to an all-time low since Trulia began tracking it five years ago. Today, owning a home is about 26.3 percent cheaper than renting at the national level. A year ago it was 35.7 percent cheaper. This decline in homeowner savings occurred as national home prices rose 8.1 percent and rents fell 1.1 percent, according to Trulia. In addition to rising home prices and declining rent prices, rising mortgage rates have contributed to the decline in the financial benefit of owning, Trulia noted. While San Jose and San Francisco were the only two major metros where renting now makes more financial sense than buying, the markets with the smallest savings for homeowners included, Honolulu, Hawaii, where homeowners save 2.0 percent; Seattle, Washington, where homeowners save 10.0 percent; and Portland Oregon, where homeowners save 13.8 percent. Rounding out the list of the 10 major metros with the smallest financial gap between owning and renting was Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sacramento, California; Oakland, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Interestingly, home prices in Detroit rose 18.3 percent over the past year, trailing only San Jose; yet owning still makes more financial sense than renting in the city. In fact, Detroit homeowners come out ahead of homeowners in any other major metro when it comes to renting versus owning. Homeowners here save 48.9 percent. Baton Rouge, Louisiana homeowners save 47.6 percent compared to renters in the metro. Other metros where homeowners save the most are Columbia, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; and West Palm Beach, Florida.For its comparison, Trulia assumed homeowners put down a 20 percent down payment; obtained a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage loan; and owned their homes for seven years. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Financial Home Prices Homes HOUSING Inventory mortgage Rent Trulia Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Is The Financial Benefit of Homeownership Shrinking? About Author: Krista Franks Brock Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Financial Home Prices Homes HOUSING Inventory mortgage Rent Trulia 2018-07-28 Krista Franks Brock The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Is The Financial Benefit of Homeownership Shrinking?
Home / Daily Dose / HUD, City Leaders Discuss $5B to Further Housing Security The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HUD, City Leaders Discuss $5B to Further Housing Security in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News 2021-04-23 Christina Hughes Babb Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago April 23, 2021 820 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a couple of weeks ago that it will allocate about $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to deliver near-term relief to people experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge Friday held a conference call—to discuss ways those funds can create affordable housing and services across the country—with House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.She conducted a similar call earlier this month with senators and leaders from other areas.Fudge said she and other leaders cannot stand by when a single person in this nation, let alone half a million, lacks a safe home.“While this $5 billion in homelessness assistance in the American Rescue Plan will deliver near-term relief to people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness during the pandemic,” Fudge said, “the President’s once-in-a-generation American Jobs Plan would build on this relief with additional robust funding for the affordable housing needing to bring the United States closer to ending homelessness and housing instability.”Waters congratulated Fudge and President Joe Biden and his administration for what she called “outstanding work to deliver essential relief to individuals, families, and communities during the pandemic crisis” and noted that the investment in housing infrastructure outlined in Biden’s jobs plan is significant.The Coloradoan governor said that his state has endured a tremendous amount of hardship in the past year. “It’s critical,” Polis said, “that everyone in our state and nation has the opportunity to call a place home.”“These funds from the American Rescue Plan will offer direct, immediate results and pave the way for long-term solutions to end homelessness,” he added.Mayor Garcetti said the newly allocated dollars have “opened the door to a tectonic shift in our ability to bring our unhoused neighbors indoors.”He says his city, Los Angeles, will add nearly $100 million to its local efforts to bring more shelters, permanent housing, and critical services online.”This [will] enable us to dedicate a record-setting $1 billion toward the fight to confront and end homelessness in Los Angeles.”Seattle’s Mayor Durkan says the American Rescue Plan will support cities that have served as safety nets for the country’s most vulnerable communities.”Over the several meetings with HUD, Secretary Fudge’s commitment to Seattle and addressing homelessness, especially chronic homelessness, is clear and unwavering. Her leadership will help address our communities’ most immediate needs over the coming months,” Durkan said. “In Seattle, recently we have taken some important steps, capitalizing on the downturn in the real estate market to add more affordable housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. For our longer-term recovery, we have the opportunity with the American Rescue Plan …to scale up innovative investments to shelter and house even more, more quickly than ever before.”Breed added that he and the other leaders— if they have any hope of tackling their cities’ complex housing challenges— “need real and substantial federal leadership.”And the San Francisco mayor says that is what he feels he is receiving now from HUD and the administration.“While it’s critical we invest in long-term solutions like permanent housing, we also need to find creative interim housing solutions to keep people safe,” Breed said. “I appreciate Secretary Fudge’s understanding of these challenges and the willingness of HUD to provide the flexibility and resources we need to respond to the crisis of unsheltered homelessness.”Earlier this year HUD released its 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1 to Congress. The report found that 580,466 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020, an increase of 12,751 people, or 2.2%, from 2019.At the time, Fudge called the results of the study “startling.”The $4.925 billion in HOME-ARP funding gives states the flexibility to best meet the needs of people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, including through development of affordable housing, tenant-based rental assistance, supportive services, and acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units, according to a HUD press release.Funds must be spent by 2030, HUD announced.The American Jobs Plan, introduced on March 31, 2021, calls for a more than $200 billion investment in infrastructure, a large portion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis. 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News Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest This week has been designated as ‘Social Inclusion Week’ in Donegal, with over 50 events planned over the coming days.They range a coffee morning and discussion for older people at County House to a public meeting to discuss setting up a Men’s Shed project in Letterkenny.Charles Sweeney is the Social Inclusion Co-ordinator with Donegal County Council – He says this is about the council and its partners celebrating what has already been achieved, and striving to do more:You can view a PDF of all the weeks events HERE Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleSearch of body of Tyrone teenager to resume in Monaghan todayNext articleCouncil to make last minute decision on Uduras Board nomination News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook By News Highland – September 18, 2012 WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Up to 50 events planned for Social Inclusion Week in Donegal
Twitter Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson By News Highland – July 7, 2011 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter The appeals court in Belfast has upheld a civil ruling in 2009 which held Michael McKevitt and Liam Campbell liable for the 1998 Omagh bombing.However, a new hearing has ordered in respect of claims made against Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly.In 2009, a judge found the men liable, awarding £1.6m damages.Lawyers for the families had also appealed the compensation awarded. They said it should have been more because of the scale of the outrage. However, the relatives were told today the award would not be increased.Michael Gallagher lost his son Aidan in the bombing. Outside court he gave this reaction to today’s ruling…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/13gall.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Newsx Adverts Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Omagh appeal upholds two findings and orders fresh hearings in other two cases Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleMc Conalogue concerned for future of IDA’s Letterkenny officeNext articleMc Hugh tells Dail Letterkenny should be a Regional Hospital News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week
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Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Previous articleCall for Fennelly Commission’s terms of reference to be widened following bugging allegationsNext articleNW MEP backs efforts to clamp down on unlicenced online drug retailers admin By admin – July 6, 2015 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme A 21 year old Derry man is due at the local magistrates court today on 9 charges including theft, threats to property and vehicle interference.The offences are alleged to have taken place in the city between June 29th and July 3rd. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry man due in court on theft and vehicle charges Facebook
Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleDerry alert ends as police find a number of viable devices in the BogsideNext articleMaria McCambridge to appeal Olympic omission News Highland By News Highland – May 22, 2012 WhatsApp The FAI has announced an investment of 100,000 euro in funding for soccor clubs in Donegal. Plans have also been announced for a Festival of Football in Donegal in July to coincide with the association’s AGM in Letterkenny.Senator Jimmy Harte says the FAI and Donegal County Council are to be congratulated on the initiative, and also praised the work of the Donegal League and the Ulster Senior League.Senator Harte says the conference and the investment reflect the traditional of soccer in Donegal……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/jhart1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry FAI announces investment in Donegal clubs to coincide with AGM Newsx Adverts Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Twitter
By News Highland – February 15, 2014 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter Previous articleAgriculture Minister urged to process weather related payments as fast as possibleNext articleESB working to restore power outages in North West as temperatures set to drop News Highland WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook People urged to exercise caution after drain blockages in Galliagh Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic A Derry councillor is urging people to be careful about what they flush down their toilets after NI Water yesterday dealt with a serious blockage in the Galliagh area.Cllr Brian Tierney says a crew spent much of yesterday clearing blocked drains at homes in Glencaw Park and Leafair Gardens, after several days of blockages and bad smells.Cllr Tierney says the drains blocked with a variety of items, including nappies, and now that the matter has been resolved, he’s urging people to ensure there isn’t a repeat……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/tiernsat.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire