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GSE Reform: Maxine Waters Unveils a Rival Housing Finance Bill By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer April 3, 2014 California Rep. Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled an alternative housing finance reform proposal on March 27 to rival three other bills. International Buyers on the Move (Video) By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President April 3, 2014 We’re hearing more and more from agents and brokers in the RealtyTrac Agent Network and Broker Network that international buyers are flocking to the U.S. residential real estate market. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Were They Ever Broken? By Peter Miller, Contributor April 1, 2014 The government has collected more than $20 billion in the past year from lenders who sold allegedly-subpar mortgages and related securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with more settlements likely to come. Best & Worst Markets for Rental Returns: Heat Map By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President March 31, 2014 Cash-flowing rental properties allow investors to build wealth over the long term in the form of an appreciating asset while also generating monthly income. Is American Real Estate Out Of The Woods? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 28, 2014 For some time virtually all markers have pointed to an improving US real estate picture and yet there remains an undercurrent of unease. So are we out of the financial woods or aren’t we? Why The Mortgage Marketplace Is Never Normal By Peter Miller, Contributor March 26, 2014 The Urban Institute has come out with a new study which suggests that as many as 1.2 million people per year are not getting mortgages because of tight lending standards. Real Estate Investors Rush For HARP Refinancing By Peter Miller, Contributor March 25, 2014 Nearly 370,000 investment properties have been refinanced through the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). Average Building Permit Job Cost Up in 10 of 13 Major Counties By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President March 24, 2014 Our crack data analysis team here took a look at building permit data recently acquired by RealtyTrac to evaluate some of the high-level trends in building permit activity in 13 major U.S. counties. Are 30-Year Mortgages On The Way Out? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 24, 2014 Higher mortgage rates may be forcing investors away from 30-year fixed-rate loans. The problem is that while rates are higher than a year ago they are still not high enough for many investors. Nothing But Net (Profits): The Sweetest Real Estate Markets Among the Sweet 16 By RealtyTrac Staff March 24, 2014 If the Sweet 16 brackets are filled out based on real estate investing metrics, the outcome of each matchup becomes much easier to predict. Good real estate investing is much more science than sport. Print Email

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