Fix-and-Flip Mortgage Bonds

Are the big boys on Wall Street taking notice of home flippers?  That appears to be the case as Inman is reporting that Wall Street and some online lenders are bundling loans for home flippers into “fix-and-flip” mortgage bonds, which offer a new avenue for hedge funds, private...
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Home Buyers Profile Says Affordability is Hurdle

The National Association of Realtors recently released a new Aspiring Home Buyers Profile that said affordability was the main hurdle for potential buyers.  According to the report, non-owners said that affordability of homes was the number one reason they don’t currently own.  Specifically, half of those surveyed said...
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US Household Debt at Highest Levels Since 2008

The NY Fed’s Center for Microeconomic Data is reporting that total household debt increased by 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016, rising $ 226 billion to reach $ 12.58 trillion, only $ 99 billion short of its peak in Q3 of 2008.  The CMD’s latest Quarterly Report...
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Apartment Sector Remains Healthy, But May Be Nearing Slowdown

Online real estate marketplace, Ten-X recently released their latest U.S. Apartment Market Outlook which included their top five Buy and ‘Sell U.S. markets for multifamily real estate.  The report also says that the “apartment sector remains strong after years of booming growth, but may now be primed for...
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Most Popular US Home Amenities

What are the most popular ROI-upgrades across the nation?  Recently real estate resource site Trulia sifted through home listings from over 100 metros to find the most popular features in each US state.  The big winner? Decks – followed by hardwood floors and granite.  Interestingly, Trulia says decks...
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