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Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Home Supplies Fall To An 18-Month Low


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If you plan to buy of new construction in 2012, don’t expect today’s low prices. Like everything in housing of late, the market for newly-built homes appears to be improving. Continue reading

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Conforming Loan Limits Unchanged For 2012


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In 2012, for the 7th straight year, the national, single-family conforming mortgage loan limit will remain at $417,000. Continue reading

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More Sales, Less Inventory : Home Prices Headed Higher?


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The housing market continues to signal that a broad rebound is underway. In October, despite sparse home inventory, the number of properties sold increased 1.4% nationwide. Continue reading

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Maximum FHA Loan Limits Restored To $729,750


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As signed into law last Friday, maximum FHA loan limits are — once again — as high as $729,750. Continue reading

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Using Home Generators? Here’s How To Stay Safe.


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Home generators are a leading cause of poisoning by carbon monoxide. Before turning yours on, follow these important safety tips. Continue reading

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Housing Starts Rising: New Construction Turns The Corner?


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Another day, another signal that the market for newly-built homes is improving. Single-Family Housing Starts rose to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 430,000 units in October — a 4 percent increase from September and the highest reading in 3 months. Continue reading

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Kite Boarding on Maui – A beginner’s Tale Day 3


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If you missed my previous Blogs, see Day 1 & Day 2. Using your hand to replicate catching and releasing air in your kite. It was another fabulous day on Maui. The West Maui Mountains were clear as a bell across the … Continue reading

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Homebuilders Getting Optimistic; Higher Home Prices Ahead?


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Just two months after falling to a multi-month low, the Housing Market Index surged again in November, climbing another three points to 21 Continue reading

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Government Releases Additional HARP Guidance For Underwater Homeowners


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Tuesday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled lender instructions for the government’s revamped HARP program. Continue reading

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Foreclosure Filings Climbing; 4 States Account For Half Of Nationwide Activity


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According to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, October’s foreclosure filings rose 7 percent to 231,000 filings nationwide. Activity concentrated in just 4 states nationwide — California, Florida, Michigan and Illinois. Continue reading

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