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December 23, 2017

Retailers Have Strongest Holiday Sales in 7 Years

With just two shopping days until Christmas, upbeat US consumers are spending their way to the best retail holiday shopping season in 7 years.  But shoppers will […]
December 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Tipping Guide: How Much, and to Whom

Between shopping for gifts, wrapping, baking, booking travel, and buying enough groceries to feed all your houseguests, it’s easy to forget about one other holiday-related cost: […]
December 21, 2017

Consumer Optimism Down Before the Holidays

Consumers grew slightly less optimistic headed into the holidays, however optimism still remains at historical highs, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University […]
December 20, 2017

Almost 50% of Renters Pay Too Much

Nearly half of all renter households – almost 21 million – were considered cost-burdened in 2016, according to a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. […]
December 18, 2017

Homeowner equity rises by $871B

Homeowners with mortgages, or 63% of the total, have collectively seen their equity increase 11.8% from the third quarter of 2016 to 3Q17, representing a gain of $871 billion year-over-year, according to […]
December 14, 2017

Mortgage Fraud Risk Slows; Rises in Hurricane-Impacted States

While the nationwide run-up in mortgage loan application defects appears to have slowed, instances of fraud remain on the rise in Texas and Florida.  The First […]
December 12, 2017

Mortgage Delinquencies Rise After Hurricanes

The three major hurricanes that caused devastation during August and September were largely responsible for the third-quarter increase in mortgage delinquencies.  The seasonally adjusted delinquency rate […]
November 21, 2017

Housing Affordability May Plummet in 2018

During the recent CoreLogic and the Urban Institute’sHousing Finance, Affordability and Supply in the Digital Ageconference, CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft predicted rising interest rates will […]