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Rural Housing Finance Programs: An Overview (Part II)

State Agencies Tap IRS Program for Affordable Multifamily Finance Option

Faith Schwartz    |    Housing Policy

Muktifamily Housing

In my last blog I wrote about a couple of ways to finance rural housing: through United States Department of Agriculture mortgages and the secondary market efforts of Farmer Mac, the agricultural “mini-me” of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This time I want to look at a complex but effective program that allows state housing agencies to tap a federal tax credit program to bring...

National Foreclosure Inventory Falls Year Over Year in February

Decline Experienced in All States

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

  • The foreclosure inventory fell nearly 24 percent year over year in February 2016.
  • The seriously delinquent inventory fell almost 20 percent year over year in February 2016.
  • All states except North Dakota had a decrease in the seriously delinquent rate, but the increase was minimal.

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

U.S. Economic Outlook: April 2016

Interest Rates Are Low, but Will Rise: Home Mortgage Rates Likely to Go Above 4 Percent Before Year End

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft YouTube Thumbnail

Interest rates have remained low for a considerable time in the U.S., and it is natural to wonder how much longer we may have such low rates. A partial answer came in mid-December when, after more than seven years of a near zero federal funds interest rate, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark target by one-quarter of a percentage point.

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Housing finance commitments rise in February however, the value of commitments is still below its peak

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Value of Owner Occupier

Housing finance data for February 2016 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). According to the data, the total value of housing finance commitments over the month was $32.8 billion which was 2.6% higher over the month and 6.0% higher year-on-year. Although the value of housing finance commitments is higher over the month and year, it is currently -2.7% lower...

Distressed Sales Accounted for 11 Percent of Homes Sold Nationally in January 2016

Most of the Largest Metros Experienced Decreases in Distressed Sales Shares

Molly Boesel    |    Mortgage Performance

Distressed Sales as Percentage of Total Sales
  • Of total sales in January 2016, distressed sales accounted for 11.2 percent and real estate-owned (REO) sales accounted for 7.8 percent
  • The REO sales share was 20.2 percentage points lower than it was at its peak of 27.9 percent in January 2009
  • Only two of the nation’s largest 25 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) showed year-over-year increases in...
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