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Although vacancy rates appear to be rising, investors still see plenty of demand for a limited supply of multifamily rental housing.
U.S. home sales decelerate; consumer watchdog protests Goldman buy of GE online-banking unit.
The number of previously occupied homes sold in the U.S. dropped slightly to open the second quarter of the year, revealing the ongoing weakness in the housing market, although mortgage delinquencies have fallen, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The volume of sales of existing homes in the U.S. jumped by more than expected in the closing month of the first quarter, boosting hopes that the housing market may begin to recover, according to Reuters.
The volume of sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. fell sharply in the second month of the year despite home prices slipping to the lowest level in the better part of a decade, according to Reuters.
Home sales in the U.S. accelerated in the first month of the year driven by falling home prices and expectations for increasing mortgage rates, according to Bloomberg.
Banks and regulators have come under pressure to ease lending standard to help boost mortgage originations, reports Housing Wire.
New claims for jobless benefits in the U.S. rose more than expected in the week ending Jan. 15 as harsh winter weather created a backlog of claims, according to Reuters.
The U.S. data show sales of previously owned homes as well as a general guage of leading indicators both exceeded expectations and suggest the economic recovery is on solid footing heading into 2011, according to Bloomberg.
The U.S. housing market is expected to start improving in 2011 after bouncing along the bottom, although improvements are expected to be modest and to start only in the second half of the year, according to Bloomberg.