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New Research Shows Changing Market, Evolving Buyer Preferences for the 55+ Housing Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A joint study by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the MetLife Mature Market Institute shows the recession has made 55+ buyers more practical when selecting a new home. Design considerations have become less important, and financial concerns have become more prominent.Previous studies from these two organizations found that most 55+ buyers depended on home sale proceeds to finance a new purchase. The most recent data shows that option diminished during the economic downturn.

HUD AWARDS $127 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD AND...

WASHINGTON, DC - January 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $127 million in grants to 48 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards (see chart below)

Mortgage Refinance Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 12, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 7, 2011. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 2.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 47.5 percent compared with the previous week, which included the New Year’s holiday

MBA Files Suit to Overturn Labor Department’s Interpretation on Overtime for Loan Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 12, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

Gumbiner Savett’s Savoy Joins California Board of Accountancy

Torrance, CA - January 10, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gumbiner Savett Managing Director Michael Savoy, CPA, has been appointed to the California Board of Accountancy (CBA), the entity that regulates the state’s accounting profession for the public interest. Savoy’s appointment was one of Governor Schwarzenegger’s final acts before his term ended Jan. 2.

Credit Union Mortgage Association offers rate-resetting mortgage called Harmony Loan. Tm

FAIRFAX, VA - January 10, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Credit Union Mortgage Association (CUMA) today announced an innovative residential mortgage product that allows the consumer to initiate the change in their interest rate mortgage

Register for MBA’s State of Real Estate Finance Industry Media Conference Call

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) WHAT: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Annual State of the Real Estate Finance Industry Media Conference Call.Among the issues MBA representatives will discuss are the state of the industry, MBA's legislative and regulatory agenda for 2011 (including Dodd-Frank Act Implementation, GSE/secondary market reform, tax reform and residential loan servicing) and MBA's new three-year macro-economic and mortgage finance/housing forecasts.

Freddie Mac Funds First Multifamily Loan Under Its Mezzanine Finance Arrangement

McLean, VA - January 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently funded its first mortgage using the new mezzanine finance arrangement. Freddie Mac purchased a $47 million first mortgage from M&T Capital Realty Corp. for a property in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. The borrower, Metropolitan Apartments at Camp Springs L.L.C., secured a mezzanine loan for $6.75 million from Berkshire Properties

Declining Cities: The People Have Left, the Houses Remain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 6, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 created new declining cities, and posed further difficulties for cities already in decline. Some cities may not re-attain home price peaks for many years, and could see some neighborhoods cease to be viable economically, according to a study released today from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)

Register Today For MBA’s 21st Annual Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF)/Multifamily Housing Convention &...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 6, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- MBA's CREF Convention & Expo is the nation's largest annual commercial real estate finance/multifamily housing industry event. Members of the media are encouraged to attend general sessions and panel discussions to gather the most up-to-date information on commercial real estate trends and business practices as well as the industry's economic outlook for 2011

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Drop Below 5 Percent Again

NEW YORK, N.Y. - January 6, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mortgage rates continue to yo-yo up and down, with the average rate on the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling back to 4.94 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.42 discount and origination points

Mortgage Applications Drop the Week Before Christmas and Increase the Week After in Latest...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 5, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the weeks ending December 24, 2010 and December 31, 2010. For the week ending December 24, 2010, the Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 3.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the prior week. For the week ending December 31, 2010, this index increased 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Americans Trust Their Financial Institutions to Disclose Terms, Help Manage Finances

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- American consumers give their own banks and credit card companies a 76 percent approval rating when it comes to being fair when disclosing terms to customers; they also rank their own personal banks and credit card companies far higher than the federal government when it comes to helping them handle their overall finances, according to the Second Annual Financial Fitness Survey released by The Financial Services Roundtable.

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Fastest Home Building Activity Continues in Suburban, Exurban Communities

Residential construction continued to shift toward the suburbs and lower-cost markets, and this trend is especially pronounced within the multifamily sector, according to the latest Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) released today by the National

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