Commercial Lending Conditions Ease in 2014

According to the first Urban Land Institute/EY Real Estate Consensus Forecast of 2014, commercial real estate fundamentals are projected to continue improving. Vacancy rates are expected to decline for office, industrial and retail properties, while availability for apartments is...

Affordability in Monthly Mortgage Payments

Home prices have rebounded nicely with the latest median home price on a single-family home at $220,600 in the U.S., up from around $160,000 just few years ago. Such a robust price gain from the trough would imply less...

The Home Search Process (2004-2013)

Looking at the interactive graph below, there is an obvious increase of people who started their home search online. Indeed, the share of people using the Internet has increased by 28% since 2004. In 2013, 48% of first-time home...

REALTORS® Cite Reasons for Not Closing a Sale in August 2014

Tight supply and the difficulty in accessing credit were often cited as factors by REALTORS® who did not close a sale in August, according to data gathered in the August 2014 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. About 18 percent of...

New Credit Models Could Help, Someday

The Fair Isaac Corporation recently introduced a new scoring model. The model could help to expand credit to first-time and minority groups. But there is a problem: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who support the majority of the mortgage...