Real Estate Headlines 04.02.2013

Home equity is back! And it’s growing fast: According to the latest data from the Federal Reserve, Americans’ net equity holdings in their houses jumped by nearly half a trillion dollars during the last three months of 2012, and have increased by $1.7 trillion since spring 2011.

What does this mean to you? Depending on where you own your home, it could mean that finally — after years of struggling with an underwater mortgage — the market value of your property has risen enough to put you into positive equity territory. Or closer to break-even equity than you assumed.

Look what’s back in your house now ~ Seattle Times

Fannie Mae sees housing upturn as ‘intact’ ~ Inman News

Two Additional Experts Upgrade their Pricing Forecast  ~  KCM Blog

SHILLER: ‘We’re Living In A Totally Artificial Real Estate Economy’ ~ Business Insider

CFPB enhances transparency with consumer complaint database ~ HousingWire

No. 1 Happiest Job: Real Estate Agent!  ~  Forbes