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  • HOMEOWNER EQUITY ROSE $1 TRILLION OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS

    The total amount of equity in mortgage real estate rose by $1 trillion year-over-year in Q1 2018, according to the latest CoreLogic Equity Report. This represents an increase of 13.3%. Homeowner equity has more than doubled over the last five years, rising by $4.4 trillion from Q1 2013 to Q1 2018. The national negative equity share for

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  • PANASONIC’S WHISPERFRESH SELECT VENTILATION FAN IS BALANCED FOR GREEN BUILDING

    The whole-home solution allows builders to meet requirements in multiple climate zones. Panasonic Eco Solutions’ newest ventilation fan, the WhisperFresh Select, is designed to help builders, contractors, and remodelers meet the ventilation requirements necessary for tightly-built homes. It can be used to comply with a number of green building standards, including LEED, ASHRAE 62.2, and

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  • IS LEED TOUGH ENOUGH FOR THE CLIMATE-CHANGE ERA?

    Twenty years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council piloted its LEED certification, which has reshaped architecture and real estate. There are now some 94,000 commercial buildings alone granted or awaiting LEED certification in 167 countries. But, CityLab contributor Brian Barth questions how much does it really dent buildings’ energy use, especially in an era focused strongly on

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  • THE PROBLEM WITH GENERATIONS AS HOME BUYER DEMOGRAPHICS

    THE PROBLEM WITH GENERATIONS AS HOME BUYER DEMOGRAPHICS Despite their widespread use, millennial, baby boomer, and Gen-X classifications fall short for many analysts and professionals. As common as it is to use generation groups as predictors of buying behavior or other activities, many analysts and industry professionals are critical of the approach for a number

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  • Mortgage Rates Fall For Second Week

    MORTGAGE RATES FALL FOR SECOND WEEK 30-year fixed rate now 4.54%, Freddie says. Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing that mortgage rates dipped for the second consecutive week. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined two basis points to 4.54%. “Home buyers have

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  • THE COST OF WAITING TO BUY A HOME

    Many homeowners worry about the cost of homeownership, but renting longer and waiting to purchase a house may end up costing them more in the long run, says The Washington Post‘s Michele Lerner.

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