Monthly archive for February 2016

Rents to keep going up, but at a slower pace in 2016

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Even some of the hottest markets could see a big slowdown in rent increases this year. At least, that’s what the analysts at Zillow are saying. According to the Zillow Rent Forecast for December, rents over the next 12 months should slow down across the nation. That’s not to say that rent increases will stop completely, but they’ll come close. According to Zillow, rents are expected to flatten in 2016, rising only 1.1 percent. Last year, rents “climbed through the roof,” as Zillow’s Emily Heffter put it, “outpacing incomes and making affordability an issue for renters all over the country

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Home prices rising at fastest pace in 16 months

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The last few months of 2015 were pretty interesting in terms of real estate. U.S. home prices were up in the fall, with numerous metro areas seeing double-digit annual percentage gains. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index, which measures several components of the U.S. housing market, rose 0.1 percent in the three months ending in November, for a 5.8 percent yearly increase. This figure is up from a 5.5 percent yearly gain in the period ending October, and marked the strongest reading since July 2014.

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FHA to cut insurance rates on multifamily mortgages

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In an effort to increase the amount of affordable rental housing in the U.S., the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced plans to lower their insurance rates for multifamily mortgages. The rate reductions, announced in late January 2016, will take effect on April 1, 2016, and will directly impact the FHA’s Multifamily Housing Programs and properties that house low- and moderate-income families. This will also impact FHA developments that are installing energy-efficient systems or being built within federal energy guidelines.

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