At $6 trillion, "tappable" home equity reaches new high

Sep 26, 2018
So far, homeowners are resisting cashing out.
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High mortgage rates bring changes in loan applications

Jun 6, 2018
The Mortgage Bankers Association will release some new data today on how many folks are applying for mortgages in the United States. Numbers have been down consistently for the past couple of months. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.   

First-time homebuyers are taking out more new loans

May 25, 2017
And nearly a quarter of them are using a gift from family or a friend, realtors say.
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Existing home sales likely to show a drop in February, economists say

Mar 22, 2017
Existing home sales numbers for February are out today. January sales increased 3.3 percent to a 10-year high, but economists anticipate a dip for February, although that’s still up from last year. One factor: an improving job market.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Re-thinking the boring bond

May 12, 2015
Dissecting the bond market's "conga line of ramifications."

Who's afraid of 5 percent mortgage rates?

Jun 28, 2013
Do fast-rising interest rates threaten the growing recovery in housing? Experts say prices are still low enough to attract buyers.

30-year mortgage rate falls again. Good news or bad?

Sep 15, 2011
Freddie Mac announced today that the 30-year mortgage rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1951. It's at 4.09 percent now, which should be...

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