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Foreclosure Report Highlights: December 2016

Distressed Homes Inventory Drops 19 Percent Year Over Year

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed Inventory Cont to Shrink
  • The December 2016 foreclosure inventory was 78.9 percent below the January 2011 peak.
  • The inventory of mortgages in serious delinquency fell 19.4 percent year over year in December 2016.
  • Judicial foreclosure states are keeping the foreclosure rate above the pre-crisis rate.

The national foreclosure inventory – the number of loans in the...

“I must be covered; I have Homeowners Insurance!”

What you don’t know about your policy can hurt you... financially

Edward Martinez    |    Insurance

Fire

It’s often been said, “it’s better to have insurance and not need it than to need it and not have it” as a homeowner I do have insurance so I must be covered…. right....well there is more to the story.

Understanding what is and what is not covered requires an in-depth look into how Insurance policies differ from one another. Having a firm understanding...

Wayne County Foreclosures Fall Sharply

Annual Auction Still Visible In National Numbers

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

Wayne County Completed FCL

Each September Wayne County, Mich., experiences a spike in completed foreclosures as a result of an annual auction of tax-delinquent properties. The tax foreclosure process is lengthy (owners of the foreclosed properties are typically delinquent on property taxes for three years) and Michigan state law requires the auction of the foreclosed properties. The number of tax-delinquent properties...

Notes from The Hill: HUD Nominee Confirmation Hearing

Carson Up to Speed on Key Native American Housing Act

Russell McIntyre    |    Housing Policy

Capital

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributes more than $700 million a year in housing assistance to the nation’s American Indian tribes and administers loan programs that have guaranteed more than $5 billion in mortgage money for Native Americans. The Secretary-designate of HUD demonstrated he has a working knowledge of this niche of the agency at his recent...

U.S. Economic Outlook: February 2017

63.4% Homeownership Rate in 2016 Was Lowest Since 1966

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft February Video


 

The erosion of homeownership has been one legacy of the housing boom-and-bust of the last decade. The homeownership rate peaked at 69 percent in 2004, inflated by relatively easy mortgage credit primarily provided by subprime and low/no-doc loan products. The drop in homeownership continued through 2016, with the homeowner rate just a tad above 63 percent,...

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