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Housing Recovery Continues but Headwinds Remain
Buoyed by rising home prices throughout much of the nation, both single-family and multifamily housing starts are expected to post double-digit gains over last year in 2013. However, headwinds continue to hold back even stronger growth as the housing recovery evolves, according to economists at NAHB’s Spring 2013 Construction Forecast Conference Webinar. “The broadening housing expansion is evidenced by the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index, which now lists 273 metro areas out of a universe of 361, or three-quarters of the metropolitan areas in the U.S.,” says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. ...
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New Online Tool Supports Loan Quality, Gives Lenders Greater Purchase Certainty

Freddie Mac recently announced Loan Quality Advisor(SM), a new online loan tool that gives lenders an automated way to identify credit, data and purchase eligibility issues before they deliver loans to Freddie Mac. By helping lenders spot and fix...
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REALTORS Head to Washington to Advance Policy Agenda

REALTORS® will gather together in Washington, D.C., May 13-18, at the REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo to address critical housing issues with their members of Congress. More than 9,000 participants from across the country are...
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Home Buyer Age Impacts Home Size Preference

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows variations in home buyer preferences with regards to home size when it comes to age, race and ethnicity.
NAHB’s “What Home Buyers Really Want,” surveyed more than 3,60...
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Suburban Blight & the Affordable Housing Conundrum

As the urban revival in some American cities pushes out lower-income earners to the nearby suburbs, many of those edge cities are struggling to redefine their purpose—and identity—in a new economy. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,...
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Your Place: For Vinyl Tiles Badly Set, the Only Fix is a Do-Over
By Alan J. Heavens
(MCT)—Q: When Sandy flooded our basement, we had a contractor pull up the carpeting and install vinyl tiles. He prepared the concrete floor by scraping up the rug glue that remained, and used commercial adhesive to put down the new tiles.
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