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Home Prices Up 4.5 Percent Year-Over-Year

Home Prices Up 4.5 Percent Year-Over-Year

Black Knight Financial Services released its latest Home Price Index Report Monday, which showed that home prices nationwide were down an almost-flat 0.1 percent in December. At the same time, 2014 ended with sale prices doing 4.5 percent better than a year prior.

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HARP Volume Down; FHFA Targeting More Potential Customers

HARP Volume Down; FHFA Targeting More Potential Customers

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is still refinancing plenty of loans through Home Affordable Refinance Program ‒‒ in fact more HARP refinances were done in December than in any other month of 2014 ‒‒ but HARP refinances are significantly down from a year ago, even if FHFA believes it has many more potential customers out there.

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Existing-Home Sales Ahead of Last Year’s Pace, But Still Down In All Major Regions

Existing-Home Sales Ahead of Last Year’s Pace, But Still Down In All Major Regions

There’s good news and bad news for January’s existing-home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. On the one hand, sales in January, for the fourth straight month, were ahead of the pace of sales a year ago. On the other hand, existing-home sales in all major regions declined last month to their lowest rate in nine months, with the West and Northeast getting the worst of it.

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Economist: Falling Oil Prices Could Hit Housing

Economist: Falling Oil Prices Could Hit Housing

In a report released Thursday, Trluia's Jed Kolko warned that falling oil prices—which have since July dropped by half from $100 a barrel—threaten worldwide oil-producing economies. At home, this drop could foretell a drop in home sale prices in the country's most oil-producing states, chiefly Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

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Housing Markets Stabilize in October

Housing Markets Stabilize in October

Freddie Mac's latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) report finds the U.S. market weak but stabilizing at year's end. The index, released Tuesday, shows that 70 markets are inching upwards, including San Jose and Pittsburgh, which have finally joined the forward momentum.

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Survey: Credit Loosening Everywhere Except Mortgages

Survey: Credit Loosening Everywhere Except Mortgages

According to the OCC survey, 92 percent of surveyed banks originated residential real estate loans in 2014, and a full 20 percent reported tightening their standards regarding who can attain these loans. Seventy percent reported no changes in their standards, leaving a comparatively slight 10 percent of institutions claiming they eased their standards for residential mortgages.

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