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Economic News

Home builders plan would change consumer access to housing credit

Whether moving out of state or moving next door, the National Association of Home Builders has a new plan for how consumers would gain access to housing credit.

Jobless claims at lowest point in four years

New jobless claims for the week ending February 25 fell to 351,000, according to information from the Department of Labor.

Foreclosed home prices significantly lower than non-foreclosed prices

Nearly one in four homes sold in the fourth quarter of last year were in some stage of foreclosure, lowering sale prices dramatically, according to a new market analysis from RealtyTrac.

Chicago program fills housing vacancies

Chicago citizens may be packing up soon to move into condo buildings that were once vacant in conjunction with a new program that aims to turn vacant buildings into affordable rentals.

First-time buyers take advantage of short sales

Potential first-time homeowners are looking at short sales, which are homes sold for less than the mortgage balance, as a beneficial method of securing a house.

Mortgage rates continue to decrease

Freddie Mac recently released results from its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which showed continued mortgage record-breaking lows.

Mortgage rates are down for all products that were studied in the survey that help to keep homebuyer affordability high.

Mortgage drops sparking increase in refinancing

Low interest rates and a rebounding economy are leading to record-low mortgage rates, making it easier for potential homeowners to find an affordable house and pushing those who already own homes to refinance their loans.

Americans refinancing homes in tough financial times

Americans are taking advantage of the housing market in difficult financial times by deciding to refinance their homes.

Lenient lending the answer to housing crisis

According to an appraiser from Miller Samuel Inc., tighter lending standards are keeping the real estate market from growing.

Rate of maintaining or reducing debt at 26-year high

According to recently released results from Freddie Mac's fourth quarter refinance analysis, 85 percent of homeowners who refinanced their homes maintained or reduced their mortgage debt in the fourth quarter.