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Housing Market Potential Little Changed, But Will The Supply Shortage Continue In 2018?

By Mark Fleming on January 23, 2018

First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales model examines December 2017 data and includes analysis from First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming on how the real estate market is performing versus its potential.

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Topics: Interest Rates, Homeownership, Potential Home Sales, mortgage rates, lien

What Does The First Release Of Housing Data In 2018 Say About The Housing Market?

By Mark Fleming on January 20, 2018

The end of 2017 brought mixed news for housing starts, according to Thursday’s release of December 2017 housing starts data, which marked the first report on national housing data this year.

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Topics: Housing, Homeownership, housing starts

Where Is Defect Risk ‘Naughty’ Or ‘Nice’?

By FirstAm Editor on December 28, 2017

We’ve posted the November First American Loan Application Defect Index, which estimates the frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications. The Defect Index remains the same as compared with the previous month, and increased 22.1 percent as compared with November 2016. The Defect Index is down 18.6 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.

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Topics: Loan Application Defect Index

The Drag On Affordability Explained

By FirstAm Editor on December 21, 2017

First American’s proprietary Real House Price Index (RHPI) looks at October 2017 data and includes analysis from First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming on the market forces that are keeping a lid on affordability.

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Topics: Interest Rates, Homeownership, Real House Price Index, income, affordability

Tightening Supply Squeezes Market Potential

By Mark Fleming on December 19, 2017

First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales model examines November 2017 data and includes analysis from First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming on how the real estate market is performing versus its potential.

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Topics: Interest Rates, Homeownership, Potential Home Sales, mortgage rates

Outlook For Real Estate Rises Despite Supply Constraints

By FirstAm Editor on December 12, 2017

We invite you to browse the fourth quarter 2017 First American Real Estate Sentiment Index, which is based on a quarterly survey of independent title agents and other real estate professionals, providing a unique gauge on the real estate market using the crowd-sourced wisdom and expertise of real estate experts.

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Topics: Homeownership, Real Estate Sentiment Index

Best Cities To Maximize Borrowing Power For First-Time Home Buyers

By Mark Fleming on December 11, 2017

It’s a near certainty that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will raise the short-term Federal Funds rate this week. The CME group estimates the probability of a 25 basis-point increase at 90.2 percent. Some may fret about how this will impact the housing market, but they are missing the point on mortgage rates and affordability for first-time home buyers.

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Topics: Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, affordability, insider, mortgage rates

Loan Defect Risk Stabilizes Nationally, But Surges In Florida And Texas

By FirstAm Editor on November 30, 2017

We’ve posted the October First American Loan Application Defect Index, which estimates the frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications. The Defect Index remains the same as compared with the previous month, and increased 22.1 percent as compared with October 2016. The Defect Index is down 18.6 percent from the high point of risk in October 2013.

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Topics: Loan Application Defect Index

What’s Behind September’s Surprise Increase In Affordability?

By FirstAm Editor on November 27, 2017

First American’s proprietary Real House Price Index (RHPI) looks at September 2017 data and includes analysis from First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming on the market forces that sparked a surprising increase in affordability in September.

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Topics: Interest Rates, Homeownership, Real House Price Index, income, affordability

What's Keeping The Market Below Potential?

By Mark Fleming on November 20, 2017

First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales model examines October 2017 data and includes analysis from First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming on how the real estate market is performing versus its potential.

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Topics: Interest Rates, Homeownership, Potential Home Sales, mortgage rates