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BREAKING NEWS

24Apr, 2015

Housing Headlines, Week of April 20, 2015

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ECONOMY
Bloomberg
Sales of previously owned homes climbed in March to the highest level since September 2013 as job growth and cheap borrowing costs helped sustain the progress in residential real estate.
The Wall Street Journal
The spring home-selling season is off to a strong start when judged against last year, with a double-digit sales increase this March and growing builder optimism offering the latest signs that the housing market is moving past a sluggish stretch. (Subscription may be required.)
Bloomberg
The Federal Reserve is preparing to raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2006. Yet the gradually healing housing industry — one of the biggest beneficiaries of rock-bottom borrowing costs in this economic recovery — isn’t panicking.
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Bloomberg
Two indexes that gauge U.S. home-remodeling activity suggest a slower pace ahead. Wall Street seems to disagree.
CNBC
The biggest barrier to a more robust spring housing market is simply a lack of listings, and there may be even fewer than we think, at least fewer homes people want to buy.
The Washington Post
Mortgage rates continue to hover near all-time lows as the spring home-buying season heats up, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.
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American Banker
Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt just made one of the biggest policy decisions of his 14-month tenure — but so far it has hardly caused a ripple on Capitol Hill.  (Subscription may be required.)
American Banker
Consumers may see little change in the ultimate cost of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans despite a restructuring of certain loan fees announced Friday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  (Subscription may be required.) 
The Wall Street Journal
At the beginning of the month, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) sent the U.S. Treasury Department a letter asking a simple question that has been on the lips of shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for years.
HOUSING FINANCE NEWS
The Washington Post
In recent years, housing inventory in the Washington region has been tight, partly because a sizable number of owners who were ready to move up to a larger home or downsize to a smaller one closer to the city opted to stay put.
The New York Times
Expanded mortgage lending in low-income neighborhoods before the foreclosure crisis was helped along by fraud — namely, the overstating of borrower income on loan applications, according to new academic research.
TRENDS
The New York Times
Dustin Bond of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, trimmed his electricity bill last summer by about 40 percent thanks to the sensors and clever software of a digital thermostat.
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22Apr, 2015

NAHB Membership Has Its Privileges

 

One Member. One Program. Big Savings.

Distributed to NAHB Members and Executive Officers

As a member of your local home builders association you also benefit from NAHB resources. We help each member make the most of their dues investment and connect with the products and services they value most.

NAHB Member Advantage is an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family.

Make sure to take advantage of these and other great programs that can save you and your business money:

  • AXA Equitable: plans that can help business owners and their employees prepare for retirement.
  • 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty: exclusive discounts on the Builder Backed Service Program and the systems and appliances Service Agreement.
  • AT&T, Verizon, Sprint &T-Mobile: average savings up to 35% off including a free analysis of new and existing plans.
  • General Motors: private offer of $500 or $1,000 off of new vehicles

 

Savings in these programs and others help cover the cost of your membership dues and benefits your local association.

Access all of the Member Advantage discounts at nahb.org/ma.

 

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