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Investors File Second Suit Over GSE Profits

Investors File Second Suit Over GSE Profits

Following the filing of a separate suit with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, New York-based hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management has filed a second suit against the U.S. government over the handling of GSE profits. In its compliant, Pershing Square suggests that the GSE dividends being diverted into Treasury, which amount to billions of dollars, should be divided among the common shareholders for the GSEs.

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All-Cash Sales Share Falls Back from Three-Year High

All-Cash Sales Share Falls Back from Three-Year High

The second quarter of 2014 saw fewer all-cash home sales than the first quarter as institutional investors backed off from the market. In a quarterly report released Tuesday, RealtyTrac reported all-cash transactions made up 37.9 percent of all single-family home and condo sales in April, May, and June, down from the first quarter's three-year high of 42.0 percent but up from 35.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.

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Fannie, Freddie Investors File Another Suit Against U.S.

Fannie, Freddie Investors File Another Suit Against U.S.

Investors have filed another lawsuit against the U.S. government, alleging that common stockholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been shortchanged. Three individual common shareholders along with Pershing Square Capital Management alleged in their complaint that the diverting of GSE profits into Treasury equates to taking private property for public use without "just compensation," a practice forbidden by the Fifth Amendment.

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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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Home Flipping Returns Spike in 2013

Home Flipping Returns Spike in 2013

Home flippers reported more gains in 2013 than in any year on record, according to national real estate brokerage Redfin. The average home flipped last year was sold for $90,200 more than it was purchased, and in 11 of the 30 markets Redfin analyzed, flippers received gains of more than $100,000 per house. Redfin considers flipping the act of purchasing and then reselling a home within 12 months.

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Fannie Spotlights Second-Home Buyers

Fannie Spotlights Second-Home Buyers

Given that nearly all the news about the homebuying market these past few years has focused on tight markets, lower-than-expected activity, and mortgages that keep circling the drain, it may seem easy to overlook a basic question—is anyone buying second homes these days? As it turns out, yes.

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Cash Deals Decline, Remain King Among Low-Price Homes

Cash Deals Decline, Remain King Among Low-Price Homes

Cash sales declined year-over-year in Q1 in 102 of the 126 metro areas Zillow observes. "[I]t's heartening to see more buyers armed with traditional financing begin to enter the market," said Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow. "This is a critical step on the way back to a more normal, balanced housing market." Despite the recent trend, "it's pretty clear that cash is still king, especially at the lower end of the market," according to Humphries.

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All-Cash Home Sales Climb to Record High

All-Cash Home Sales Climb to Record High

A new report from RealtyTrac indicates all-cash home sales accounted for 42.7 percent of first-quarter purchases, a record high since the company started tracking the data in 2011. "Strict lending standards combined with low inventory continue to give the advantage to investors and other cash buyers in this housing market," said Daren Blomquist, VP at RealtyTrac.

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