Mortgage And Real Estate News

Friday, January 29, 2016

2015 was a good year for metro Phoenix housing; 2016 could be even better

Metro Phoenix's housing market recovery has been long and slow. But it's on track.

And this year is poised to be the best year for home sales and prices in the Valley in nearly a decade.

Last year, home prices, sales and new construction rebounded from 2014's disappointing results. Foreclosures continue to shrink.


Monday, January 25, 2016

What Does The Rate Hike Mean For Real Estate?

Last December, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in ten years. The last time the Federal Reserve raised interest rates the housing bubble of the 2000's popped, setting off the worst housing market since the Great Depression.

The housing market "recovered" over the past five years as the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to zero percent and engaged in three rounds of "quantitative easing" (QE) that involved printing money to buy about $2 trillion worth of near worthless mortgage backed securities from the nation's largest banks and about $2 trillion of U.S. Treasury Bonds from Uncle Sam.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Growing up: 3 new condo projects set for metro Phoenix

A new development venture is building three infill condominium projects in metro Phoenix, further cementing the trend toward high-density in the Valley.

Liv URBN recently started construction on The Mason, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired project with 33 high-end townhomes in north Central Phoenix.


New Scottsdale brokerage draws heavy hitters among luxury home agents

A new luxury home brokerage called Launch is drawing some of metro Phoenix's top real estate agents.

Scottsdale-based Launch, started by Valley real estate entrepreneur John Vatistas earlier this month, has already added well-known Valley agents Sandra Baldwin, Ronnie Gilbert, Robert Joffe, Heather Maclean, David Newcombe and Chris Morrison to its roster.


Millennials spur questions about homebuying in Phoenix

Predicting if and when Millennials will buy homes is a big money question for the real estate industry.

A group of up-and-coming Millennial leaders from metro Phoenix shared their opinions Wednesday on how they and their peers view housing with more than 1,000 of Arizona's top real estate executives at Urban Land Institute Arizona's annual Trends Day conference.


Is Bitcoin Dead? Not the Part that Matters

Like many in the digital currency community, I'm tired of the "bitcoin is dead" line that has permeated mainstream coverage of high-profile software developer Mike Hearn's decision to quit the "failed" bitcoin experiment.

Yet if we contemplate this misguided storyline, there's much to learn from it. It's up to those of us who believe this technology truly matters and that, in some shape or form, it will change the world, to shift the narrative.


Davos 2016: Tackling oil challenge and inequality trap

In a world of social media and technology, networking has become commonplace. Once a year, the world's biggest and most powerful networking event, the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, takes place in Switzerland.

Last week, world leaders met in Davos to discuss the biggest challenges facing the global economy in 2016: Crushing markets and currencies, the falling price of oil, global inequality, migration, the rise of technology, and the threat of another recession.


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

South Florida real estate trends show strong recovery in 2015

In a year-end Douglas Elliman market report, the theme that unites South Florida real estate trends just may be recovery. In large part, single-family homes outperformed condos, and prices inched upward. As inventories climbed, sales volumes slid. Several records were set. In Palm Beach, records were set on price per-square-foot, which came in at more than $2,000.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

For $16.5 million, you could own the Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear

Call it an eyesore. Call it a piece of Arizona history. However you want to describe the Phoenix Trotting Park — it can be yours for $16.5 million.

The 194 acres that encompass the massive, abandoned horse-racing track hit the market in late December. The structure, located near the interchange of Loop 303 and Interstate 10, has been vacant for more than 50 years.


What has 200 rooms, 139 homes, a 400-foot swimming pool and costs $2 billion? The new Ritz-Carlton coming to Paradise Valley

A $2 billion Ritz-Carlton resort and luxury residential community is scheduled to break ground in Paradise Valley this spring, setting the stage for the high-end hotel brand to re-enter the Phoenix-area market by the end of 2018.


Taylor Morrison buying Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods for $85 million

An out-of-state publicly traded homebuiler has taken aim at another Atlanta-based homebuilder.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taylor Morrison Home Corp. (NYSE: TMHC) is buying Atlanta-based Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods LLC for $85 million.


Demand for new homes, construction workers in Phoenix soar

Demand for new homes in metro Phoenix is climbing so rapidly that contractors can't get them built fast enough.

New home permits were up more than 40 percent in 2015 from  2014. And an early tally for December shows it will be best month for new home sales in several years.


2 towers may add to Tempe lakefront skyline in undeveloped area

Two large towers could be coming to Tempe's growing skyline.

A proposal calling for two 23-story apartment high-rises with more than 500 units along the south side of Tempe Town Lake will face a city panel's review in early January.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

1.5 billion Fannie Mae bulk mortgage servicing rights portfolio hits market

Buyers looking to get their hands on some Fannie Mae mortgage servicing rights have that opportunity.

Interactive Mortgage Advisors announced earlier this week that it is acting as the exclusive broker of a $1.5 Billion Fannie Mae bulk residential mortgage servicing rights portfolio.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

11 Phoenix buildings lost to the wrecking ball

Supporters of a 1930s-era building at the Arizona state fairgrounds missed their deadline to develop a plan to prevent demolition, though the building is still standing. And activists scrambled to save old buildings from incoming development in the downtown Roosevelt Row arts district, with mixed success.  It was another busy year for preservationists racing to save Phoenix history.


Goodyear housing plan progresses after 11 years

More than a decade after plans started for a 1,250-lot neighborhood in Goodyear, development finally is on track to begin.

El Cidro Ranch is planned for the area south of Lower Buckeye Road and east of Citrus Road and construction is expected to begin early next year. Home sizes will vary from 35 feet wide to 45 feet wide and feature varying architecture styles, thanks to a development amendment passed by Goodyear City Council on Dec. 14.


Home prices in 40% of areas are back to peak

American homeowners are finally digging out of the financial crater formed by the mid-2000's real estate crash.

Single-family house prices in nearly 40% of 401 metro areas were at or above their pre-recession peak in the third quarter, according to an analysis of CoreLogic Case-Shiller home-price data by Moody's Analytics.


Housing 2016: Factors to consider in the new year

If you're thinking of buying or selling in 2016, think about these market factors.

For one, commercial real estate is doing well, recovering still from the Great Recession. In particular, development along the 303 and communities bordering is robust. Commercial real estate includes residential, five units and more, retail, manufacturing, industrial and office.


Frank Lloyd Wright school raises $2 million needed to survive

With only a few days left before a year-end deadline, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture announced Tuesday it has raised the $2 million needed to earn financial independence and avoid shutting down.


Tempe Lakes development project may include Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Tempe has settled a lawsuit that clears the way for redevelopment of a high-profile property that could be anchored by a dine-in movie theater.


Luxury hotel, condos planned on Scottsdale waterfront

A $175-million hotel and residential complex called WaterView is the latest big-ticket development unveiled for Scottsdale's bustling downtown district, situated along the Arizona Canal near Scottsdale and Camelback roads.


Why metro Phoenix homebuyers are stuck with low FHA loan limits is a bit of a mystery

Many first-time homebuyers in metro Phoenix are struggling to find houses in their price range.

It doesn't help they can borrow less to buy with an FHA loan than first-timers in other cities where home prices are lower.


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