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Prices up everywhere but here
Prices up everywhere but here

According to the latest index, national home prices are 15 percent above their pre-financial crisis

Best year for new-home sales since before the recession, says NAHB
Best year for new-home sales since before the recession, says NAHB

Low interest rates and low unemployment continue to boost the market into

All the single ladies . . .  are outpacing men in homeownership
All the single ladies . . . are outpacing men in homeownership

A new study by Lending Tree shows that single women own almost 14 percent of homes in

Single-family rents across the U.S. up slightly, as homeownership rates increase
Single-family rents across the U.S. up slightly, as homeownership rates increase

Low-end rentals are propping up national rent growth, according to

Back to the future: What experts got right — and wrong — about mortgage rates
Back to the future: What experts got right — and wrong — about mortgage rates

While most of the predictions about interest rates in 2019 were off by a long shot, one crucial element of the housing market in 2020 remains true: The cost of borrowing is very low, by both modern and historic

What else is new? Loan limits increase for Fannie, Freddie and FHA
What else is new? Loan limits increase for Fannie, Freddie and FHA

It stands to reason that, as home prices rise faster than income, buyers are going to need larger loan amounts. And for the fourth straight year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has increased the conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae,

Why what’s in the GSE bank matters
Why what’s in the GSE bank matters

While there’s no guarantee that Congress or the administration will tackle GSE reform in 2020, the FHFA did announce that it will re-propose regulations on capital requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sometime in the next year as a

U.S. homebuilding surges to 13-year high
U.S. homebuilding surges to 13-year high

Coming off of the government’s numbers for December, economists predict the home building industry is on track for recovery in

How housing shortages impact job growth in Chicago
How housing shortages impact job growth in Chicago

A new report by the National Association of Realtors ranks fast-growing cities in terms of the interplay between housing affordability and job

Working with investors? Here’s the number crunch in Chicago
Working with investors? Here’s the number crunch in Chicago

A new report estimates the potential profits and costs of being a landlord in cities across

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