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The Wall Street Journal

Some big cities see rents fall for first time in years

Apartment rents declined in some of the country's priciest cities during the third quarter, a dramatic reversal that could signal the end of a six-year boom for the U.S. rental market. (Subscription may be required.)



European bank fears helped boost US mortgage applications 2.9%

Fears in the European banking community last week created something of a tantrum in U.S. bond markets, driving yields down and taking mortgage rates along with them.



NAR forecasts heated housing market in 2017

Predictions from the National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac show that home sales are going to heat up in 2017, according to a blog by NAR.



Home prices heat up: Crisis and opportunity

Rising buyer demand and increasingly short supply are lighting a fire under the U.S. housing market. Home prices in August surged on a monthly basis by the largest margin in 11 years, and the annual price gain of 6.2 percent is a sharp acceleration compared to the past two years, according to CoreLogic.


U.S. News & World Report

The 20 best places people are moving to in the U.S.

These places have the highest net migration over a five-year period.



'Housing party' in the U.S. may be coming to an end

The focus has been less on housing but more on inflation data in FOMC circles recently, but on Thursday, we received very weak pending-home-sales data that puts housing front and center again. Housing was humming along, so to speak, with interest and mortgage rates still low, but in August something very interesting happened.


The M Report

Are construction spending declines a mirage?

On the surface, it looks like August's data shows it has been a rough six months for single-family construction spending.


The Wall Street Journal

A onetime housing skeptic plans $1 billion bet on homes

Donald Mullen Jr., the former Wall Street executive who a decade ago helped oversee Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s lucrative bet against the U.S. housing market, co-founded real-estate investment firm Pretium Partners LLC, which is raising $1 billion to buy single-family homes to rent out to tenants, according to fundraising documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. (Subscription may be required.) 



Housing and the Election 


National Mortgage News

Clinton, Trump should be talking more about housing: Fannie CEO

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should face more questions about housing policy, or so, says Tim Mayopoulos. (Subscription may be required.)


USA Today

Trumping real estate taxes: Our view

The revelation that Donald Trump lost nearly $1 billion in 1995 is reason to question whether it would be a good thing if he ran America like he ran his businesses. It is even better reason to question a tax code that can allow billionaires to pay less than teachers, secretaries and firefighters.


USA Today

Real estate's vital to the economy: Opposing view

The Real Estate Roundtable, a non-partisan group focusing on issues affecting our industry, has long maintained that all business investments, including real estate, be taxed on the economics of the investment. Tax incentives should be rare and limited to situations justified by market failures or societal goals.


Product News


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Housing Finance 


National Mortgage News

A simpler path to housing finance reform?

A former top regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to abandon the development of the common securitization platform and use the existing Ginnie Mae platform to issue government-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities. (Subscription may be required.)


The New York Times

Fannie Mae Is now getting more detailed information on borrowers

Borrowers seeking home loans should know that as of this week, many mortgage lenders will be scrutinizing more detailed credit data.