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July’s lackluster home price growth highlights tension between the nation’s buyers and sellers
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July’s lackluster home price growth highlights tension between the nation’s buyers and sellers
Source HousingWire

The average American home listing price rose 5.5% to $315,000 in July, according to Realtor.com's Housing Trend Report. Although this rate is only...

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Multifamily developers struggle to keep up with Austin's booming job market
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Multifamily developers struggle to keep up with Austin's booming job market
Source HousingWire

Despite the annual ritual of pleading South by Southwest goers not to "move here," Austin residents are still seeing a population influx fueled by...

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Zillow taps brakes on big move into mortgages
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Zillow taps brakes on big move into mortgages
Source HousingWire

Just five months ago, Zillow Group announced it was officially entering the mortgage arena with the launch of Zillow Home Loans, a move made...

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac delaying use of new Uniform Residential Loan Application
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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac delaying use of new Uniform Residential Loan Application
Source HousingWire

Nearly three years ago, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they were changing the standard mortgage application form for the first time in...

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Maryland funds record amount of affordable housing
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Maryland funds record amount of affordable housing
Source HousingWire

More than 15 housing developments have been selected to receive federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and State Rental Housing Funds in Maryland....

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MBA: Mortgage applications rise as the Fed's rate cut drives demand
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MBA: Mortgage applications rise as the Fed's rate cut drives demand
Source HousingWire

Mortgage applications rose 5.3% from last week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for...

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Americans have never felt better about buying a house than they do right now
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Americans have never felt better about buying a house than they do right now
Source HousingWire

In July, housing confidence increased as more Americans reported now is a good time to buy, according to Fannie Mae's latest Home Purchase...

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NAR: Low housing inventory is driving up home prices
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NAR: Low housing inventory is driving up home prices
Source HousingWire

There's a lack of affordable housing in this country, and it's starting to weigh heavily on home prices. The national median existing single-family...

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Online mortgage broker Morty launches first-time homebuyer platform, expands reach
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Online mortgage broker Morty launches first-time homebuyer platform, expands reach
Source HousingWire

Looking for a helpful mortgage broker to assist you in the purchase or refinance of a home? Meet Morty! Sounds friendly, right? But it's more than...

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Rental vacancies fall to historic low as home sales slow
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Rental vacancies fall to historic low as home sales slow
Source HousingWire

With home sales down and an almost inordinate amount of new multifamily development, it should come as no surprise that rental units and properties...

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Moody's predicts rise in lender profits
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Moody's predicts rise in lender profits
Source HousingWire

With interest rates down, lenders can expect to see demand spike for refinances and jumbo residential mortgages, according to Moody's Investor...

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Economists issue stark warnings about dangers of trade war escalation
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Economists issue stark warnings about dangers of trade war escalation
Source HousingWire

For the most part, economists aren't prone to hyperbole. Even in the midst of the historic financial collapse of 2008, they managed to speak in...

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New York sues rent-to-own operator Vision Property Management for predatory lending
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New York sues rent-to-own operator Vision Property Management for predatory lending
Source HousingWire

Back in 2017, Vision Property Management, one of the nation's largest operators of rent-to-own homes, ran into some legal trouble in Wisconsin for...

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Fannie Mae: One-third of homebuyers didn’t shop around for a mortgage
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Fannie Mae: One-third of homebuyers didn’t shop around for a mortgage
Source HousingWire

More than a third of 2018 homebuyers say they did not shop around before selecting their mortgage lender, according to Doug Duncan, chief economist...

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Economists warn of dangers trade war escalation poses on housing and economy
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Economists warn of dangers trade war escalation poses on housing and economy
Source HousingWire

For the most part, economists aren't prone to hyperbole. Even in the midst of the historic financial collapse of 2008, they managed to speak in...

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Ocwen agrees to refund Maine residents to end foreclosure dispute with the state
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Ocwen agrees to refund Maine residents to end foreclosure dispute with the state
Source HousingWire

Ocwen Financial signed a consent agreement with the state of Maine last week to make amends for pursuing foreclosures on the properties of more...

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Startup brokerage introduces subscription-based service for real estate investors
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Startup brokerage introduces subscription-based service for real estate investors
Source HousingWire

First, we had movie subscriptions, then meal plan subscriptions. Now, there are real estate subscriptions. Smart Start Real Estate Group is...

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NYT: Lower rates won't boost the housing market. Here's why
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NYT: Lower rates won't boost the housing market. Here's why
Source HousingWire

Last week, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark rate by a quarter percentage point, a move intended to counter signs of a looming economic...

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The 55+ housing market is still going strong
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The 55+ housing market is still going strong
Source HousingWire

As more Baby Boomers look not just to downsize but to "rightsize" in their retirement years, the 55+ housing market is humming along nicely,...

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HUD, City of Los Angeles reach
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HUD, City of Los Angeles reach "landmark" settlement in accessible housing dispute
Source HousingWire

The Department of Housing and Urban Development reached a settlement with the City of Los Angeles Friday that will put an end to a years-long...

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HUD floating proposal that would limit Fair Housing claims
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HUD floating proposal that would limit Fair Housing claims
Source HousingWire

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is floating a proposal that would make it harder to prosecute lenders for alleged incidents of...

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Freedom Mortgage acquires J.G. Wentworth Home Lending
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Freedom Mortgage acquires J.G. Wentworth Home Lending
Source HousingWire

Freedom Mortgage has finalized an agreement to acquire J. G. Wentworth Home Lending, the company announced Thursday, in a deal that will boost its...

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Portland sees slowdown in rent growth
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Portland sees slowdown in rent growth
Source HousingWire

Despite adding 21,800 jobs in a 12 month period ending in March 2019, Portland's rent growth rose at less than half the national average rate....

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates remain near 3-year low
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates remain near 3-year low
Source HousingWire

This week, the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.75%, matching last week. A year ago, the rate averaged 4.60%, according to the Freddie Mac...

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Rent in the Big Apple hits 3-year high
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Rent in the Big Apple hits 3-year high
Source HousingWire

The nation's median rent prices moderately rose in August, climbing the highest in the Golden State, according to Zumper's latest National Rent...

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Mortgage servicers are missing the boat when it comes to customer satisfaction
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Mortgage servicers are missing the boat when it comes to customer satisfaction
Source HousingWire

Let's just say servicers have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to customer satisfaction. J. D. Power's latest customer satisfaction...

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FHA moves to limit cash-out refinances
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FHA moves to limit cash-out refinances
Source HousingWire

In the last several years, an increasing number of borrowers with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration have been refinancing their...

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Nestio launches automated, online platform for multifamily leasing
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Nestio launches automated, online platform for multifamily leasing
Source HousingWire

Marketing and leasing software provider Nestio announced the release Thursday of Funnel, a platform intended to improve the multifamily leasing...

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2019 Woman of Influence: Lisa Robertson
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2019 Woman of Influence: Lisa Robertson
Source HousingWire

Lisa Robertson has more than thirty years of experience in the mortgage, title, and real estate services industries. Prior to working with Spruce,...

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2019 Woman of Influence: ​​​​​​​Susan Stewart
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2019 Woman of Influence: ​​​​​​​Susan Stewart
Source HousingWire

An industry veteran with nearly 30 years in the mortgage business, Susan Stewart is the CEO of SWBC Mortgage, a Texas-based mortgage lender. As CEO...

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