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16 January 2015

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 1/16/15

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Pretty sure everyone’s already out the door this Friday evening, so be sure to bookmark (and share!) a few of these Real Estate Resource Roundup articles for the weekend!

U.S. Home Lending Set to Bounce Back in 2015 After Slump
The market is poised for revival this year as a tighter labor market spurs wage growth and borrowers have an easier time qualifying for mortgages.

Looser Credit for Home Buyers
The coming reduction in insurance premiums on mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration will make these loans more attractive to the most creditworthy, lower-risk borrowers, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center.

Falling Rates Spur Revival in Market for Mortgages (Wall Street Journal subscription access)
The waning mortgage market suddenly sprang back to life last week after a drop in interest rates to levels not seen in almost two years sent borrowers rushing to lock in cheaper loans.

Properties with Foreclosure Filings Down 18 Percent – Lowest Level Since 2006
Foreclosure filings were reported on 1,117,426 U.S. properties in 2014. This number is down 18 percent from 2013 and 61 percent from the peak of filings in 2010.

And around the network…

Realogy’s grand vision for deploying ZipRealty’s technology (Inman Select access)
Realogy has a much grander vision for integrating the technology platform it has acquired from ZipRealty throughout its entire businesses, and creating an ecosystem where tech vendors will be able to meet the needs of all Realogy-affiliated agents and company-owned brokerages in the process.

The 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate
Four Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate-affiliated individuals ranked in the Swanepoel Power 200, including Sherry Chris, Ed Krafchow, Mark Woodroof and Kevin Levent.

A Year without Social Media? Taking Mom to the Prom? Teens Say They Would Sacrifice Big Today to Get the Right House Tomorrow
Take a peek at our new infographic on our recent Gen Z survey. You’ll find many teens ages 13-17 said that they would willingly have double the homework, give up social media for a year, and take their parents to the prom to guarantee their ideal house in the future.

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