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FHFA begins first transactions of REO rental program


The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has begun the first pilot transaction of its program to turn foreclosed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac homes into rental properties, according to HousingWire.

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New-home sales virtually flat in January


NAHB reports that sales of newly-built, single-family homes declined by less than one percent in January from an upwardly revised number in the previous month; this brought them to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 321,000 units, according to data jointly released by HUD and the U.S. Commerce Department Feb. 24.


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McIlwain: 3 steps to help the housing market


With the housing market in a lethargic recovery, John K. McIlwain of the Urban Land Institute offers three ways to help revive the market.

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Meritage Homes appoints new Orlando division president


Meritage Homes appointed Clint Szubinski to run its Orlando division, replacing Fred Vandercook, who was promoted to Southeast Region president earlier this month.

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Morgan Stanley says REO rental program could create nearly 2 million jobs


New research from Morgan Stanley suggests the federal government’s program to turn foreclosed properties into rental opportunities could have a significant positive impact on job creation.

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Avatar Holdings rebrands as AV Homes


Home builder and developer Avatar Holdings unveiled a new identity this week, rebranding itself as AV Homes Inc.

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Standard Pacific Homes’ CEO resigns


Standard Pacific Homes' CEO Ken Campbell has announced that he is resigning his job and his board of directors position effective January, saying that a former chief of the firm's Orange County division will be his successor.

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Mortgages rates at lowest in 50 years


Mortgage rates reached record lows last week, following the Federal Reserve’s recent policy statement and continued concerns over the European debt market. Rates on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage were at their lowest in 50 years, averaging 4.15 percent.

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Successful builders are not waiting for the market to recover. They’ve accepted the current economic environment as the new nor


Successful builders are not waiting for the market to recover. They’ve accepted the current economic environment as the new normal and wake up every day focused on making it happen in these stormy waters. Mark Richardson talks about what sets these builders apart from the rest.


Profit. A misunderstood word if there ever was one.


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Custom-home builders share why they gave Instagram a try and why the social media platform is essential for their marketing outreach

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