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  • Latest Data on International Trade and International Homebuyers September 19, 2014
    Both imports and exports are rising much faster than the broader economy. That means more companies are seeing faster sales growth to foreign buyers than to U.S. domestic buyers. A greater interaction with foreign economies, in turn, will mean increased demand for U.S. real estate by foreigners. Imports have been rising at 9 percent a […]
    Lawrence Yun, PhD., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President
  • Homeowner Equity as a Share of the Value of Real Estate September 19, 2014
    Homeowner Equity as a Share of the Value of Real Estate could normalize by late 2015 – early 2018. After 2 years of gains exceeding 5% per quarter, growth in household owners’ equity rose by a much more modest $177 billion (1.7 percent) from last quarter to a level of $10.8 trillion.  This is up […]
    Danielle Hale, Director of Housing Statistics
  • Mixed Signals as the Market Wades into Non-QM September 18, 2014
    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 delve into the non-QM market as well as other current issues including the FHA’s HAWK program, […]
    Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance