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Are Institutional Investors Preparing to Cash Out?

Are Institutional Investors Preparing to Cash Out?

The possibility of a high return on investment has given institutional investors the opportunity and motivation to cash out, RealtyTrac says in a new report. To examine the return on investment institutional investors could receive by selling off now, the company analyzed more than 200,000 purchases made by institutional investors made in the last few years.

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Luxury Home Sales Maintain Growth in Q3

Luxury Home Sales Maintain Growth in Q3

Nationwide, home sales fell 1.2 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, the brokerage said in a recent report. Sales have been down year-over-year for every quarter so far in 2014. At the same time, sales of homes priced at at least $1 million continued to lift, rising 9 percent over the past year.

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UWM Introduces Investor Edge Program

UWM Introduces Investor Edge Program

Michigan-based United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), one of the nation's fastest growing wholesale lenders, announced on Tuesday the rollout of its newest product: Investor Edge, an offering designed specifically for borrowers seeking to purchase or refinance non-owner occupied investment properties.

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U.S. Home Flipping Drops to Five-Year Low

U.S. Home Flipping Drops to Five-Year Low

Home flipping sales, or those in which a home is purchased and sold within 12 months, represented 4 percent of all single-family home sales in the United States in the third quarter, a decline from 4.6 percent in Q2 2014 and from 5.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to RealtyTrac.

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Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown

Analyst: Mortgage Market on Track for Meltdown

In a note sent earlier this week, equity research analyst Richard Bove at Rafferty Capital Markets warned clients of a potential mortgage crisis in the making, according to a report from CNBC. With the Federal Reserve on track to end its monthly bond purchases, Bove cautions that the loss of one of the tools used to help lift housing out of its post-recession rut could hurt the market, especially as interest rates start to tick back up.

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Home Flipping Activity Drops to Two-Year Low

Home Flipping Activity Drops to Two-Year Low

Nationwide sales of flipped homes dropped both quarter-over-quarter and year-over year in the second quarter of 2014 as profit margins shrank, according to RealtyTrac. About 31,000 homes were flipped—bought and sold again within 12 months—in Q2, the company reported, accounting for 4.6 percent of all single-family home sales in the United States.

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Individual Investors Turn Attention to SFR Market

Individual Investors Turn Attention to SFR Market

In a report released Tuesday, market research firm ORC International revealed 59 percent of investors are interested in dipping their toes into SFR properties, citing the associated tax benefits and the potential for higher cash flows than traditional fixed-income products. At the same time, without the same resources institutional investors have, the majority of individuals surveyed said they would need outside help.

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China Set to Overtake Others in U.S. Homebuying

China Set to Overtake Others in U.S. Homebuying

From April 2013 through March 2014, Chinese buyers accounted for 16 percent of foreign home sales, up from 12 percent in 2013. In dollar volume, China's share is higher, accounting for 24 percent of sales during that period. "Put another way, the value of homes bought by Chinese buyers in the US has increased from $1.2 [billion] to $7.5 [billion], or slightly more than 500 percent, over five years," said Paul Diggle at Capital Economics.

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Foreign Interest in U.S. Housing Grows

Foreign Interest in U.S. Housing Grows

According to a profile of international homebuying activity released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), total international home sales were estimated at $92.2 billion from April 2013 through March 2013, up from the previous period's level of $68.2 billion.

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Forecasters Revise Expectations on Disappointing May Production

Forecasters Revise Expectations on Disappointing May Production

In a letter to clients, analysts at investment banking services firm FBR Capital Markets said they are lowering their 2014 origination outlook to $989 billion from an earlier forecast of nearly $1.1 trillion. "After an April where volumes had increased for the first time in a year, we had grown modestly more optimistic," the firm said. "Now, we believe May results could prove to be a leading indicator of what is shaping up to be the weakest ... year in recent memory."

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