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  • REALTORS®’ Confidence Eased in September 2014 October 24, 2014
    The REALTORS® Confidence Index decreased in September 2014 compared to August 2014, according to data from the September REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey:  http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index. The index for single family homes dipped to 51 (60 in August).  The indexes for townhomes and condominiums remained below 50. An index above 50 indicates that there are more respondents who […]
    Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research
  • Final QRM: Good for Consumers and Private Capital October 23, 2014
    After nearly three years of deliberation, regulators have finalized an important rule that impacts housing.  The Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule avoids an onerous and costly down payment requirement for consumers and gives creators of mortgage backed securities one less uncertainty on their road to recovery.  The immediate impact may be small, but another piece […]
    Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance
  • REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: Highlights October 22, 2014
    REALTORS®’ assessment of market conditions  in September and their outlook for the next six months declined  in September compared to August and also for the same month last year , according to data from the  September 2014  REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey:  (http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index).    REALTORS® continued to report the difficulty of qualifying for a loan under […]
    Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research