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U.S. Economic Outlook: March 2016

Home Equity Loans Make a Comeback

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Video Blog

After years of falling volume, home equity lending is making a comeback. For the past two years, origination volumes have been trending sharply higher as more homeowners benefit from home price appreciation and more lenders see opportunity in the loan segment.

During the first nine months of 2015, lenders approved nearly one million new home equity lines of credit...

CoreLogic U.S. Housing Policy - Don’t Forget Housing in the Race for the White House

Faith Schwartz    |    Videos

Presidential prospects from both parties haven’t been shy about taking positions on a wide range of issues: everything from immigration to healthcare and gun control to climate change. One issue that has been noticeably missing from the debate, at least so far, is housing.

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U.S. Economic Outlook: February 2016

Rental Apartments in Demand: Rent Growth and Low Vacancy Drive New Development

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends, Videos

If you have looked at the rental apartment market recently, whether to rent an apartment yourself or to invest in a building, you likely noticed that apartments are more expensive and less widely available than a few years ago.  That’s the case in most metro areas throughout the country, namely that rents are up and vacancy rates down, and these trends are clear...

Housing Market Update Across Australia: February 2016

Tim Lawless    |    International, Videos

The capital city housing markets started the year off on a positive note with dwelling values rising by 0.9 percent in January. The month on month lift in dwelling values wasn’t enough to offset the weaker readings in December and November which dragged the rolling quarterly rate of capital gain down 0.6 percent.

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U.S. Economic Outlook: January 2016

Equity and Mortgage Debt: The Yin and Yang of Property Ownership

Frank Nothaft    |    Mortgage Performance, Videos

CoreLogic Economic Outlook Video January 2016

It’s common for a homebuyer to use both a down payment and a mortgage loan to acquire their home, in other words, a combination of equity and debt. As home prices rise and loans amortize, equity grows and debt shrinks. But if home prices fall, equity can be wiped out, leaving an owner with debt that exceeds the home’s value.

Fortunately, home prices in...

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