GSEs Archive

Government Home Price Data Shows National Growth

NAR Research’s Home Price Monitor Series reviews national home prices by examining several widely cited national measurements. It is released monthly and allows REALTORS® to gain insight into the recent performance of national prices, factors affecting that performance, and...

Fannie and Freddie Mistakes

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: the mere mention of them arouses passionate anger in many people.  Rightly so.  These two entities, which had taxpayer guarantees, ran their businesses as if they were privately owned.  Fannie and Freddie made huge...

Demand Pulled Forward, Or Breakout Growth?

The housing market in the Washington metro area eased in March, but fundamentals remain strong.  Because of distortions in recent years, it is difficult to know definitively if sales for the entirety of 2012 will outpace 2011.  However, demand...

Mortgage Rates

Each day the Research staff takes a look at recently released economic indicators, addressing what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses mortgage rates....

FICO Scores and Mortgages

A number of Realtors® responding to the February 2012 Realtors Confidence Index survey, indicated that prospective home buyers had difficulty in qualifying for a loan. Although interest rates are currently low, some prospective purchasers are reported as having problems...