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Cost of Living Rises in Tandem with Home Prices

Cost of living is on the rise across the country, according to a report released on Monday that lists the top 10 cities in the country with the fastest rate of increase in the cost of living over a one year period between 2016 and 2017. The study used two main metrics to rank the cities: the increase in the cost of living index—food, rent, utilities, and transportation costs. It also measures the increase in the amount of income that was needed to “live comfortably,” which is defined by the amount of money a household has to make in a year to account for necessities, savings, and discretionary spending.

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Reconstruction Program Aims to Soften Fallout of Natural Disasters

A recent report examined the success of a Build it Back program, which restores homes destroyed by natural disasters. The program has been mostly successful, but some critics find it lacking in certain areas, such as build times and layout adherence. And even though nearly three-quarters of its docket has been completed, a high dropout rate is still a major struggle.

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Proceed With Caution: Existing Home Sales and Economic Growth

Monday, Fannie Mae reported that they expect a rebound in economic growth and consumer spending will resume its position as the biggest contributor. With labor and inventory shortages still prevalent, the housing market hasn’t changed very much and home prices are still on the rise. Based on their research, Fannie expects mortgage rates to remain supportive, but the outlook on existing home sales remains cautious.

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Tear-Down Starts Boast Year-Over-Year Increase

A recent estimate of single-family tear-down starts in 2016 calculated that the number has increased from 2015’s average. A tear-down start is defined by a home that was built on land that was once previously the sight of another structure. And while these figures are only estimates, the report finds that the increase in tear-down starts in indicative of the continued recovery of the single-family housing market.

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Purdy Selects FotoNotes as Technology Solution

Purdy Enterprise has selected FotoNotes as its technology solution for managing property inspections, maintenance work orders and other field service activities. FotoNotes’ mobile app and cloud platform solution provides companies full visibility and control of HUD FSM inspections, work orders, and field service operations. FotoNotes also provides solutions for a wide variety of other use cases, including estimating, construction, renovations, and turns.

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FHFA Drops Optimistic 2016 Report to Congress

The Federal Housing Finance Agency released recently its exhaustive annual 2016 Report to Congress, where it highlights actions it has taken over the year to support and maintain the nation’s housing industry. The 120 page report covers, amongst others: a report of the annual examination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (The Enterprises), reports of annual examinations of the Federal Home Loan Banks, the results of stress tests under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act. You can find some of the report’s highlights here.

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Current Costs of Living Effects Homebuyers Affording College Tuitions

Affording a comfortable lifestyle while saving enough money to send a child to college is a concern for the current homebuyer. The price of college is high and the cost of living in certain states directly impacts the chances of providing a child’s higher education. Recent data identifies the income needed to determine the cost of living securely and affording college tuition.

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Portfolio Underwriter is Now Available through Calyx Software

Calyx Software announced that Portfolio Underwrite is now available to Point and PointCentral clients. Portfolio Underwriter allows portfolio lenders to customize credit decisioning and safely originate non-agency loans that they intend to put on their balance sheets. It captures a portfolio lender’s program guidelines within its engine and delivers a rules-based underwriting decision in seconds and results of the decision are documented into a findings report.

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Builder Confidence Shaky as Labor, Lot Shortages Continue

Home builders are plagued with labor and lot shortages, and it’s causing their confidence in the single-family market to waver, according to new data released this week. Overall, builder confidence in the single-family residential market has dropped by two points in June. Single-family production fell 3.9 percent for the month of May, while multifamily construction dropped 9.7 percent. Overall, housing starts declined 5.5 percent across the nation.

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Price Gap Widens Between Priciest, Most Affordable Metros

According to a new report issued on Friday, home price appreciation rates are disparate between the nation’s most and least expensive cities—and that gap is only widening. While 16 percent of U.S. markets have seen housing prices jump 40 percent since the year 2000, another 30 percent of cities actually saw prices decline over the same period. Despite the discrepancy, nominal prices rose in 97 out of the nation’s 100 biggest metro areas last year due to high demand and tightening supply. As a result, affordability is on the downslope across the nation; an estimated 19 million households spent more than half of their income on housing.

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