Pending Home Sales Index Posts Second Best Month Since April 2010

After 3 consecutive months of growth, the housing market appears to have eased a bit in December. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, December's Pending Home Sales Index slipped 4 percent from the month prior. The index measures the number of homes under contract to sell nationwide, but not...

A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (January 25, 2012)

Wednesday, the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. The Fed Funds Rate has been near zero percent since December 2008. For the third consecutive month, the Fed Funds Rate vote was nearly unanimous. Just...

The Federal Reserve Meets Today : Mortgage Rates Expected To Move

The Federal Open Market Committee adjourns from a scheduled 2-day meeting today, its first of 8 scheduled meetings this year. The FOMC is a designated, rotating, 12-person committee within the Federal Reserve, led by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Members of the FOMC sub-committee are the voting members of the Federal...

Existing Home Sales Approach Bull Market Territory

The housing market finished 2011 with strength, and is carrying measurable momentum into 2012.  According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, December's Existing Home Sales climbed by 120,00 units overall from the month prior on its way to an 11-month high. An "existing...

Behind The Housing Starts Headlines, The Story That Matters

When it comes to housing data, sometimes you have to look past the headlines. December's Housing Starts data offers a terrific illustration of why. Each month, the Census Bureau tallies Housing Starts for the month prior. A "housing start" is a home on which construction has started. The Housing Starts...

Home Builders See More Sales, Higher Prices Ahead

Homebuilder confidence is soaring. For the fourth straight month, the National Association of Homebuilders reports an increase in its Housing Market Index. The index climbed 4 points to 25 this month -- its second four-point gain since October. With home sales activity increasing across all four regions, the monthly HMI has now nearly doubled in value...

Foreclosure Filings Fall To 49-Month Low

Foreclosure filings are fewer these days, according to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac. In December 2011, the number of foreclosure filings nationwide fell 9 percent from the month prior. Not since November 2007 has foreclosure activity been this sparse across the country. The drop does not appear to be seasonal, either.  Last...