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Debt Level Among Top Disagreements for Couple Homebuyers

Recent data shows that millennial and Generation X homebuyers who are purchasing with a significant other disagree much more if they’ve been together less than five years. The survey found that gender and location also effected the choice of millennial and Gen-X buyers. The level of debt to take on came in first of disagreements among couple homebuyers.

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Underwater Mortgages Drop by 3 Percent

According to new data, both the number of underwater mortgages and the total value of those mortgages have dropped significantly over the last year. Value of negative equity fell by $283 billion during Q1 2017 and more than 7 percent since the start of 2016. Underwater mortgages now account for just 6 percent of all loans—a sharp drop from its peak of 26 percent reached in 2009. Subsequently, bout 9 million borrowers have regained equity since 2017, and 91,000 have regained equity in 2017 alone.

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Establishing Credit History Harder in Low-income Areas

A new study shows that consumers located in lower-income areas are more likely to establish credit history through negative means, like debt collection, than those in higher-income areas. While 27 percent of low-income area consumers establish their history through what are called “nonloans,” just 7.9 percent of consumers in high-income areas establish credit via these non-loans. The study also found the percentage of Americans who became credit visible due to student loans more than doubled over the last decade.

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Gen X Anxious and Fearful for Financial Future

Generation X, aged 28-52, have a worse financial outlook than any other group. Having lost nearly half their wealth after the housing market collapse, over a third of Gen-Xers believe we are headed for an inevitable financial crisis in the near future. “For this reason, many are paying down their mortgages to reduce payments and guard against possible foreclosure in a downturn,” said one industry expert.

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Detroit Tops Single-Family Investments List

According to Q1 data, Detroit offers investors the highest gross yield when it comes to single-family properties. The city came in No. 1 out of the nation’s top 25 metros, with a 17 percent average gross yield for the quarter. Cleveland and Milwaukee came in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Detroit also had the highest number of investor purchases over the last year, indicating increasing interest in the market.

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Home Prices Up and Not Coming Down Anytime Soon

A Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for April 2017 was released Tuesday showing home prices up both in year-over-year and month-over-month. Increased buying activity was paired with low mortgage rates, which were at their lowest since November 2016. Forecast data show more increases to come in 2018.

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New Professional Requirements, Tech Could Improve Appraisals

The real estate appraisal process has long been bemoaned as slow, inefficient, and more advantageous to cash buyers, but according to appraisal experts at a recent panel discussion, there are ways to change that. Among them? Streamlining the process, reevaluating professional requirements, and adopting new technologies. Data shows that the number of licensed appraisers has dropped significantly over the last decade, due to volatility in the industry. Changing up licensing requirements could alleviate this issue.

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First-time Foreclosure Starts Hit All-time Low

According to new data, both overall foreclosure starts and first-time foreclosure starts recently hit record lows, with first-time starts hitting their lowest point on record at just 24,200. Foreclosure pre-sale inventory also dropped steeply for the month, falling 3.47 percent. The states with the highest share of delinquent loans were Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia, and Maine. Mississippi had the most seriously delinquent loans.

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Poor Job Numbers Increase Odds of Rate Hike

The Department of Labor released its May 2017 Employment Situation Friday reporting changes in household and establishment survey data. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased, however unemployment rates were fairly stagnant. Experts predict this discouraging report could mean rate hikes in 2017’s future.

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