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  • Sun, Mar 2 2014
  • 9:25 PM » LA Times: New Home construction still near record lows
    Published Sun, Mar 02 2014 9:25 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    About 15,000 new homes will be sold this year in the six-county region - 58% less than the 20-year average, predicts Pete Reeb, an economist with John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Irvine. ... Only about 10% of today's new projects are attached condominiums, compared with half in previous expansions, said housing consultant Jeff Meyers, who heads Meyers Research in Beverly Hills. ...
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 9:17 PM » Treasuries Rally as Ukraine Unrest Drives Demand for Safety - Bloomberg
    Published Sun, Mar 02 2014 9:17 PM by Bloomberg
    Treasuries Rally as Ukraine Unrest Drives Demand for Safety Bloomberg Treasuries gained, pushing 10-year yields down to their lowest level in almost a month, as unrest in Ukraine spurred demand for the safest securities. "There's a flight to quality," said Ali Jalai, a bond trader in Singapore at Scotiabank, a unit of Bank of Nova  ...
  • 7:25 PM » Asia Stocks Fall Amid Ukraine Tension, China Economy Data
    Published Sun, Mar 02 2014 7:25 PM by Bloomberg
    Asia Stocks Fall Amid Ukraine Tension, China Economy Data Bloomberg Asian stocks fell amid escalating geopolitical tension over Ukraine and after an official gauge of Chinese manufacturing dropped to an eight-month low. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slid 0.4 percent to 137.30 as of 9:01 a.m. in Tokyo, before markets open in  ... and more »
  • 7:25 PM » Marching Into Spring, Realtors' Hopes Rise
    Published Sun, Mar 02 2014 7:25 PM by www.npr.org
    Economists say strong home sales this spring could drive job creation, as well as boost personal wealth and consumer confidence.
  • 7:23 PM » Sec. Donovan calls for housing finance reform to address rental housing need
    Published Sun, Mar 02 2014 7:23 PM by National Housing Conference
    by Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference  HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan today called for elements of housing finance reform to focus on the unprecedented need for affordable rental housing during an address at the Center for American Progress.  Donovan called the state of rental housing in America a crisis, "the worst rental affordability crisis that our country has ever known."  He highlighted the successful track record of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily businesses throughout and after the financial crisis, and he supported key elements of multifamily housing finance reform that NHC and others have been advocating: a properly priced government backstop behind private risk-bearing capital, continuation of both successful GSE multifamily platforms, allowing competition from new issuers, ensuring that housing finance reaches all qualified borrowers and neighborhoods, a baseline portfolio requirement to serve affordable housing, and generation of at least $5 billion in annual revenue from the entire secondary mortgage market dedicated for affordable housing.  NHC, CAP, and others support these elements to housing finance reform.  You can see details in my recent testimony to the Senate Banking Committee. See a full recording of Sec. Donovan's speech and the following panel discussion.
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    Source: National Housing Conference
  • 7:19 PM » Fannie Mae Releases January 2014 Monthly Summary
    Published Sun, Mar 02 2014 7:19 PM by Fannie Mae
    The monthly summary report contains information about Fannie Mae s monthly and year-to-date activities for our gross mortgage portfolio, mortgage ...
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