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The number of single-family homes on the market hit historic lows in July, driving prices up (iStock)

US housing supply reaches nearly 40-year low

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the severe housing supply shortage in the U.S., with the number of homes on...

US housing supply reaches nearly 40-year low
The rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped 7 percentage points for the week ending September 10, reaching 2.86 percent. (iStock)

Mortgage rates notch new low

Mortgage rates sank to an all-time low — again. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped .07 percentage points for the week ending Sept. 10, reaching 2.86 percent — a new low...

Mortgage rates notch new low
Since the pandemic started, there is a much smaller pool of lenders willing to offer jumbo loans (iStock)

Mumbo jumbo: Why are mortgage rates all over the place?

Jumbo loans, typically seen as lower risk investments by banks, are seeing rates vary widely among lenders. The mortgages,...

Mumbo jumbo: Why are mortgage rates all over the place?
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (Getty, iStock)

Real estate stocks outperform broader market but still sink

Real estate stocks recovered some of their losses after signs of a second wave of coronavirus infections pushed the...

Real estate stocks outperform broader market but still sink
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Fed “not in any hurry” to raise interest rates: Powell

The Federal Reserve won’t push up interest rates any time soon, the central bank’s chairman said Wednesday as the...

Fed “not in any hurry” to raise interest rates: Powell
From left: Ace Watanasuparp, SVP National Director of Strategic Sales, Citizens Bank; Alan Rosenbaum, CEO/Founder, GuardHill Financial Corp; Mark Favaloro, President, New York Association of Mortgage Brokers

Home lending in the time of corona: “Underwriting is really difficult right now”

How do you underwrite a home mortgage when the economy is in flux and everyone is forced to stay...

Home lending in the time of corona: “Underwriting is really difficult right now”
Coronavirus chaos is driving lenders to safe, stable projects such as 445 West 35th Street (Credit: iStock and Google Maps)

Coronavirus chaos driving lenders to safer projects amid low interest rates

UPDATED, 5:26 p.m. March 13: Maddd Equities and Joy Construction recently landed a $45 million refinancing for their luxury...

Coronavirus chaos driving lenders to safer projects amid low interest rates
Some investors continue to find U.S. commercial real estate as attractive places to park their capital (Credit: iStock)

Brexits and Bubbles: How investors view Europe’s shaky real estate market

For the first time in three years, foreign investors poured more money into U.S. real estate assets than European...

Brexits and Bubbles: How investors view Europe’s shaky real estate market
Many are predicting a housing bubble (Credit: iStock)

Europe could be headed toward a housing crisis

Negative interest rates and high rates of household debt in Europe may be leading to a housing bubble. The...

Europe could be headed toward a housing crisis
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (Credit: Getty Images)

Fed cuts rates, signaling caution ahead for real estate investors

The Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday to again cut its benchmark interest rate, this time by 25 basis points,...

Fed cuts rates, signaling caution ahead for real estate investors
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