WASHINGTON, February 28, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors® testified today in Congress that the Veterans Home Loan Guaranty Program should continue to be a valuable asset in helping the nation’s veterans achieve the dream of homeownership in a way that is safe, fair and affordable.
In an ongoing effort to crack down on businesses that prey upon homeowners facing foreclosure, the Federal Trade Commission has charged six businesses and three individuals with violating the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), the FTC Act, and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) by enticing homeowners into high-cost, short-term loans secured by an additional mortgage on their homes.
Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2008 - The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged three promoters who targeted military families in a multi-million dollar investment scheme that forced victims into personal bankruptcy and their homes into foreclosure.
Sales of new single-family homes fell 2.8 percent in January to the lowest rate in nearly 13 years, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report issued Wednesday.
Wells Fargo & Co., the country’s second-largest mortgage lender, says it has identified more than 200 housing markets nationwide where the mortgage crisis has spread.
WASHINGTON, February 26, 2008 - Nominations are now open for the National Association of Realtors® ninth annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes Realtors® whose extraordinary commitment to volunteer work has helped make their community a better place to live.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. home prices fell in the fourth quarter of 2007 according to OFHEO’s seasonally-adjusted purchase-only house price index. The index, which is based on data from home sales, was 1.3 percent lower on a seasonally-adjusted basis in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter of 2007. This decline was substantially greater than the 0.3 percent price decline between the second and third quarters.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced that HUD's FHASecure product has helped 100,000 homeowners refinance their mortgages and avoid foreclosure. Since September 2007, FHASecure has enabled tens of thousands of families - who are current on their home loans or past due because their teaser rates reset - to close on loans refinanced through HUD's Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is backed by the full faith and credit of the government
HUD Secretary applauds NeighborWorks America for awarding $130 million for Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today issued the following statement applauded NeighborWorks America for expeditiously awarding $130 million to HUD-approved national counseling intermediaries and state housing finance agencies that will provide thousands of families with foreclosure prevention counseling.
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WASHINGTON, February 25, 2008 - Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – slipped 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of 4.89 million units in January from an upwardly revised level of 4.91 million in December, and are 23.4 percent below the 6.44 million-unit pace in January 2007.
February 24, 2008 - Governor Eliot Spitzer today joined Governors from across the United States in calling on the Bush Administration to deliver a comprehensive solution to the ongoing mortgage crisis. As more Americans lose their homes, the Governors have taken aggressive actions and stand ready to partner with the federal government to deliver critical relief to homeowners in need.
WASHINGTON, February 25, 2008 - “Homeownership is part of the American dream,” said 2008 NAR President-elect Charles McMillan. “As the nation’s leading advocate for housing issues, NAR is committed to removing disparities in homeownership and making the face of homeownership in this country look more like America.”
REO business awaits those who can juggle details and expectations for fast turnover while earning the trust of lenders.
A federal judge in Wilmington, Del., where many of the country’s largest companies are incorporated, says he is considering reining in mortgage companies that have been foreclosing on consumers who have brought their home loan payments up to date while they are in bankruptcy.
Yale Professor Robert Shiller, whose Case-Shiller 20-city home price index has become an industry standard, says people shouldn’t fear gradually falling home prices.
The strength of the Canadian dollar, the euro, and other foreign currencies, on top of a slowdown in the U.S. real estate market, is making the United States an enticing place for foreigners to buy property.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 14, 2008) – Kieran P. Quinn, CMB, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) expressed reservations about several of the provisions contained in the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008, introduced in the Senate yesterday.Mr.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 20, 2008) - The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 15, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 822.8, a decrease of 22.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 1063.5 one week earlier.
WASHINGTON, February 20, 2008 - The Commercial Leading Indicator for Brokerage Activity(1) slipped 0.4 percent to an index of 120.1 in the fourth quarter from a reading of 120.6 in the third quarter, but remains 0.1 above the fourth quarter of 2006 when it stood at 119.9.