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Real Estate Blog & Resources

What the Fed's Stress Test Means for the Housing Market

In the wake of the financial crisis that rocked the economy, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. This law requires the U.S. Federal Reserve to subject the nation's largest banks to a series of tests designed to calculate their liquidity and solvency in times of economic uncertainty. According to its website, the Fed did not object to the any of the 28 banks' capital plans presented during stress testing. However, Bank of America is required to submit a new capital plan to address certain weaknesses. In its findings, the Fed discovered U.S. firms have more than doubled their capital reserves since 2009, with the common equity capital ratio growing from 5.5 percent to 12.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Overall, this represents an increase from $641 billion to $1.1 trillion in capital holdings.

Several Factors Make 2015 a Hot Time for Buying a Home

It’s a Great Year for Buying a Home

A tight real estate market in 2014 kept many homeowners out in the cold when it came to making a move, but options for buying a home are heating up this year. A new Fox Business article gives credit to increased inventory for this upturn, as well as other positive reasons more people will be re-entering the market.

Cooling Prices Make 2015 a Hot Time for Buying a Home

Cooling Prices Make Buying a Home a Hot Idea

A tight real estate market in 2014 kept many prospective homeowners out in the cold, but options for buying a home are heating up this year. A new Fox Business article gives credit to increased inventory for this upturn, as well as other positive reasons more people will be entering the market.