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Jul 25

Home Values Rise 0.8% In May 2012

The housing market's bottom is 9 months behind us. Home values continue to climb nationwide. According to theĀ Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index, home values rose 0.8% in May on a monthly, seasonally-adjusted basis. May's reading marks the sixth time in seven months that home values rose. Values are now higher by 4 percent since the market's October 2011 bottom. As a DC home buyer or seller, though, it's important to understand what the Home Price Index measures. Or, more … [Read more...]

Nov 16

Government Releases Additional HARP Guidance For Underwater Homeowners

Tuesday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled lender instructions for the government's revamped HARP program, kick-starting a potential refinance frenzy across District of Columbia and nationwide. HARP stands for Home Affordable Refinance Program. The updated program is meant to give "underwater homeowners" an opportunity to refinance at today's low mortgage rates. In the two-plus years since its launch, HARP's first iteration helped fewer than 900,000 homeowners. HARP II, by contrast, is … [Read more...]

Jul 28

16 of 20 Case-Shiller Cities Show Improvement In May (including Washington, DC)

Standard & Poors released its May 2011 Case-Shiller Index this week. The index measures change in home prices from month-to-month, and year-to-year, in select U.S. cities. May's Case-Shiller Index showed a 1 percent increase from April 2011. Home values rose in 16 of the Case-Shiller Index's 20 tracked markets. Only Detroit, Las Vegas and Tampa fell. Phoenix was flat. Don't look too far into the findings, though. Like the FHFA's Home Price Index, the Case-Shiller Index is rife with … [Read more...]