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Migration, Low Rates Make Homeownership Attainable

While house prices are rising in a robust market, low interest rates are making homeownership more affordable than it was 20 years ago, according to the winter edition of "The Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR)," released Thursday by Arch ...

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Long-Term Unemployment Numbers Concern Economists

The employment report for December 2020 showed a loss of 140,000 jobs in December, the first decline since April, according to Friday's Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, retail trade, ...

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Top 10 States for Inbound Migration

American homeowners' documented decisions to move westbound and southbound has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a 44th annual migration study by United Van Lines published in early January. "United Van Lines’ data-driven insights uniquely point to national trends ...

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Forbearance Activity Ended 2020 on a Flat Note

New data published by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has determined the number of mortgages now in forbearance remained mostly flat at the tail end of December. According to the MBA’s latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey, 5.53% of servicers’ ...

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Bankruptcy Filings at Lowest Level Since 1986

It has not been since 1986 that so few Americans have filed for bankruptcy. Legal services firm Epiq recently released both its December 2020 and annual bankruptcy filing statistics from its bankruptcy information services business, AACER—it showed 2020 had the ...

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