May 7 – Forget old-fashioned models of supply and demand; fluctuations in home prices are largely driven by buyers’ willingness to take risks, according to new study to be published in the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. (more…)
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April 21 – Affordable housing in Bucks County, Pa., is one home closer to reality, thanks to a Habitat for Humanity project in Bristol Township. Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County broke ground recently on its 101st affordable home built in the county since its founding. The home is being built on State Road in Croydon on land donated by First Federal of Bucks County, which also is helping sponsor the project. The bank is joined by co-sponsors Bucks County Foundation, Bux-Mont Christian Church, The Dow Chemical Company, Lower Bucks Hospital, Parx Casino, Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery and SYKES Enterprises, Inc.
March 23 – Third Federal is now offering a $1,000 credit for closing on a purchase mortgage with Third Federal this home buying season. The credit will be issued in the form of a check after the purchase loan closes.
March 18 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (Bank) is pleased to announce the Illinois recipients of its 2015 Community First® Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of the Bank’s member institutions and their local partners as they work together to strengthen their communities through affordable housing and economic development initiatives. Award categories include partnership, project or program, pioneer, and emerging leader. Award winners identify a nonprofit organization to receive up to $10,000. At its member meeting on March 16, in Oak Brook, Illinois, the Bank honored two award winners.
February 4 -Embrace Home Loans has announced that Rockland, Mass.-based Rockland Trust, a $6.4 billion asset institution with nearly 80 branches across Massachusetts, has partnered with the mortgage lender to expand its lending operations. Embrace Home Loans is a prominent leader in the mortgage industry and a direct lender for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, approved by FHA and VA, and an issuer for Ginnie Mae.
February 4 – More than 800 affordable housing units will be created or remodeled in Ohio and Michigan thanks in part to financial support from Huntington Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.
January 23 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report finding that almost half of consumers do not shop around for a mortgage when purchasing a home. The report also found that informed consumers are more likely to shop, especially if they are familiar with available mortgage rates. As part of its Know Before You Owe mortgage initiative, the CFPB is releasing “Owning a Home,” an interactive, online toolkit designed to help consumers as they shop for a mortgage. The suite of tools gives consumers the information and confidence they need to get the best deal. (more…)
December 16 – For the first time since December 2013, U.S. home prices have declined by 0.09 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, but they are still up just over 5 percent year-to-date, according to the latest Case-Shiller’s national index. U.S. home prices are likely to finish the year up about 5 percent, which is in line with an estimate in early 2014 from New Oak Insights. This brings overall home prices within a 10 percent range of their peak level in 2006, reports New Oak.
December 8 – The majority of U.S. renters are struggling financially and plan to remain renters for the next three years, according to recent Freddie Mac survey data. However, the recent financial crisis did not tarnish renters’ dreams of homeownership with 91 percent of them viewing homeownership as something of which to be proud.
December 3 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle (Seattle Bank) has announced the appointments of Michelle Griffith of Ketchum, Idaho, and Andrea Davis of Missoula, Montana, to the Seattle Bank’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Advisory Council). The bank also reappointed Roy Katsuda of Maui, Hawaii, as the Advisory Council representative from Hawaii. Ms. Griffith, Ms. Davis, and Mr. Katsuda will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2017.