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Mixed Signals as the Market Wades into Non-QM

Six months after the implementation of the QM/ATR rule, the market appears to be shifting modestly.  In the 3rd Survey of Mortgage Originators, which covers lending in the 2nd quarter of 2014, participants were asked about their willingness to...

3rd Survey of Mortgage Originators: QM, FHA, FHFA and FICO [September 2014]

Executive Summary Six months after the implementation of the QM/ATR rule, the market appears to be shifting modestly.  This survey serves as both a measure of change in the 2nd quarter and a bellwether for originators’ impressions of market...

Local Market Reports: Job Creation

Despite a soft patch in the fall of 2013, job creation reversed course and pressed upward this spring and summer.  Of the more than 170 markets currently tracked by NAR Research, 85% had a stronger level of employment in...

The Latest Housing Starts

Total housing starts surged 15.7% from June to July to 1.093 million in July.  This is the highest pace since November of 2013.  The bulk of the increase came from the multifamily sector, but there was solid growth on...

Prices Ease to Stable Growth

Median price growth improved in 122 of 173 markets in the 2nd quarter of 2014.  Salem, Oregon surged 24.9% on a year-over-year basis followed by Eugene.  With the exception of Lansing and Charlotte, markets in the California, Nevada, and...