Better Market Forecast in Housing

Housing markets will experience increasing sales in 2010 aided by the government’s extension and expansion of the first time home buyers federal tax credit, and more government-backed lending assistance, according to the new Housing Predictor national forecast for 2010. Markets will improve in most of the U.S. with average housing deflation forecast at 8.7% nationally.… Continue reading Better Market Forecast in Housing

Top 25 Forecast Housing Markets in 2009

Editor’s Note: The Annual Top 25 Housing Market Forecasts may be accessed for 2010 by clicking on the “Best 25 Markets” on the menu on the left.     Fewer housing markets are forecast to appreciate making the Housing Predictor Top 25 market list for the year as job layoffs and business failures throw the… Continue reading Top 25 Forecast Housing Markets in 2009

Real Estate Investment Pays Off Over Years

Investment real estate has made more millionaires in America than any other form of investing, a survey by Housing Predictor shows. Millions are made in investment real estate. The majority of the wealthiest families in the Nation have made their fortunes investing in real estate. Many start out investing in simple single family homes, parlay… Continue reading Real Estate Investment Pays Off Over Years

Weak U.S. Dollar Gives Foreign Buyers Edge

By Robert Jones With real estate prices in most U.S. cities heading south, many would-be sellers are looking south for their salvation. They’re also looking north, east, and west – any place, where there might be buyers with wads of currency that isn’t colored green. The weak dollar may be emboldening foreigners to buy in… Continue reading Weak U.S. Dollar Gives Foreign Buyers Edge

Navigating the New Year

By Brad Risen Economist Happy New Year! It’s 2009, the year that America will go head to head with the U.S. economy like no other since the Great Depression. So enjoy your New Year’s punch now. You’ll need it! I have never been a pessimist. I grew up thinking and being the serial optimist. But… Continue reading Navigating the New Year

Home Mortgages and Refinancing

Mortgage rates have been on their way down after the Fed cut the prime rate to near historic lows in an effort to help stabilize the economy. More than 5-million homeowners are facing re-adjustments in their adjustable rate mortgages nationally in 2009 and 2010, and the drop in home borrowing rates will provide the difference… Continue reading Home Mortgages and Refinancing

Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Condo?

Is it Really Time to Buy a Condo? By Robert Jones Inventories are rising, prices are falling, investors are bailing out, and developers are getting desperate. For someone with a little extra cash, this may look like the perfect time to buy a new-construction condo. After all, you’re getting a brand-new building with slick finishes… Continue reading Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Condo?

HAMP Revamps Underwater Refinancing Program

By Kevin Chiu The U.S. government’s giant lenders, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have revamped the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to make it easier for more underwater homeowners to refinance mortgages. The government sponsored enterprises, under the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency detailed the changes Tuesday evening. The program is intended to… Continue reading HAMP Revamps Underwater Refinancing Program

Major Metropolitan Market Forecasts in 2011

The annual metropolitan forecasts housing markets in the top 25 Greater Metropolitan Statistical areas in the U.S., and include housing and population densities. The forecasts are listed in order from the most populated major U.S. city to the least. Housing Predictor forecasts are issued in January of the New Year and updated as local market… Continue reading Major Metropolitan Market Forecasts in 2011