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Craig Phillips, Treasury point person on GSE reform, reportedly stepping down
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Craig Phillips, Treasury point person on GSE reform, reportedly stepping down
Source HousingWire

Craig Phillips, Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's top housing advisor and the person tasked with leading the Treasury's efforts...

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RentCafe: Most American renters are paying less than the national average
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RentCafe: Most American renters are paying less than the national average
Source HousingWire

Although rent prices rose in April, RentCafé indicates two-thirds of America's cities are renting for less than the national average. According to...

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Government watchdog: Ben Carson's office décor spending spree violated law
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Government watchdog: Ben Carson's office décor spending spree violated law
Source HousingWire

When Ben Carson assumed his role as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he and his wife Candy set out to bring the office...

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NAR’s Yun forecast for 2019 housing sales: New homes will drive market gains
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NAR’s Yun forecast for 2019 housing sales: New homes will drive market gains
Source HousingWire

Sales of new homes probably will reach a 12-year high this year as builders scramble to meet demand from entry-level buyers, according to Lawrence...

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WaPo: Prepare for
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WaPo: Prepare for "significant economic consequences" if the mortgage market can't better serve minorities
Source HousingWire

The mortgage industry has historically underserved people of color, and if it can't figure out a way to properly address the problem, the economy...

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After months of setbacks, housing starts rise nearly 6%
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After months of setbacks, housing starts rise nearly 6%
Source HousingWire

Housing starts reversed course in April, climbing nearly 6% from March, according to the latest report from the U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban...

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U.S. Bank unveils digital mortgage experience
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U.S. Bank unveils digital mortgage experience
Source HousingWire

U. S. Bank is now the latest in a growing list of mortgage lenders that are digitizing their lending process. This week, the bank unveiled a...

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Freddie Mac: Declining mortgage rates boosts growth in the refinance market
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Freddie Mac: Declining mortgage rates boosts growth in the refinance market
Source HousingWire

Good news everyone, America's robust economy is still projected to strengthen the nation's housing market throughout 2019, according to Freddie Mac...

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Freddie Mac: Declining mortgage rates boost growth in the refinance market
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Freddie Mac: Declining mortgage rates boost growth in the refinance market
Source HousingWire

Good news everyone, America's robust economy is still projected to strengthen the nation's housing market throughout 2019, according to Freddie Mac...

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The Academy of Home Equity in Financial Planning focuses on smart use of housing wealth
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The Academy of Home Equity in Financial Planning focuses on smart use of housing wealth
Source HousingWire

As defined benefit plans and pensions become a thing of the past, researchers continue to extoll home equity's critical role in retirement income...

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Want your homebuyer to be able to afford more?
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Want your homebuyer to be able to afford more?
Source HousingWire

While home values have decreased, the upward trajectory of prices over the past seven years still leaves many buyers with sticker shock. States...

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NAR zooms in on commercial real estate focus, partners with Brevitas
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NAR zooms in on commercial real estate focus, partners with Brevitas
Source HousingWire

In an effort to give Realtors working with commercial real estate the opportunity to reach a wider audience, the National Association of Realtors...

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Open Mortgage acquires South Dakota-based Premier Home Mortgage
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Open Mortgage acquires South Dakota-based Premier Home Mortgage
Source HousingWire

Open Mortgage has acquired Premier Home Mortgage, a South Dakota-based lender that specializes in financing for rural and small-town homes. Open...

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Welp: Mortgage originations fall to four-year low in first quarter
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Welp: Mortgage originations fall to four-year low in first quarter
Source HousingWire

Mortgage interest rates fell throughout the first quarter, eventually experiencing the largest single-week decline in 10 years. That decline led...

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Roostify adding eSignature technology to mortgage platform with help from Docutech
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Roostify adding eSignature technology to mortgage platform with help from Docutech
Source HousingWire

In a partnership that brings together two HousingWire 2019 HW Tech100 honorees, Roostify is partnering with Docutech to bring eSignature technology...

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MBA: Commercial mortgage originations fall short in Q1
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MBA: Commercial mortgage originations fall short in Q1
Source HousingWire

Although multifamily mortgage originations rose 12% year over year in Q1, they retreated significantly from the previous quarter, the Mortgage...

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NAR: Home prices are rising but at a much slower pace
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NAR: Home prices are rising but at a much slower pace
Source HousingWire

The national median existing single-family home price increased 3.9% annually to $254,800 in the first quarter, according to the latest quarterly...

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New York calls on HUD to withdraw plan to end housing aid for undocumented immigrants
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New York calls on HUD to withdraw plan to end housing aid for undocumented immigrants
Source HousingWire

Members of New York's congressional delegation, led by Rep. Nydia Velázquez, are calling on the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...

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Tax changes have impacted only the wealthiest U.S. housing markets
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Tax changes have impacted only the wealthiest U.S. housing markets
Source HousingWire

More than a year after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced tax breaks for homeowners, only the wealthiest Americans are suffering, according to...

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HUD rejects plan to bring air conditioning to hundreds of San Antonio renters
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HUD rejects plan to bring air conditioning to hundreds of San Antonio renters
Source HousingWire

San Antonio's public housing has a major problem- hundreds of its renters are without air conditioning. As the countdown to summertime begins to...

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Redfin: Tech IPOs could contribute to wealth inequality in San Francisco's housing market
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Redfin: Tech IPOs could contribute to wealth inequality in San Francisco's housing market
Source HousingWire

A new wave of tech IPOs are projected to heat up San Francisco's housing market, but will they push homeownership further out of reach for its...

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Home inventory was flat in Q1 as listings lingered on market
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Home inventory was flat in Q1 as listings lingered on market
Source HousingWire

The U. S. inventory of homes for sale was flat in the first quarter, compared with a year earlier, the first time since 2016 there wasn't a decline...

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New study shows NIMBYism is the biggest multifamily construction barrier
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New study shows NIMBYism is the biggest multifamily construction barrier
Source HousingWire

According to a new study, NIMBYism is standing in the way of more affordable apartment construction across the U. S. As rents continue to rise, a...

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HUD plan to end public housing aid for undocumented immigrants could lead to evictions of 55,000 children
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HUD plan to end public housing aid for undocumented immigrants could lead to evictions of 55,000 children
Source HousingWire

Approximately 55,000 children could be evicted from public housing if the Department of Housing and Urban Development goes through with a proposed...

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Leading indicators point to a May pick-up in home sales
News 2 months ago
Leading indicators point to a May pick-up in home sales
Source HousingWire

Mortgage credit availability is the highest ever recorded for the spring market. Fixed rate for home loans are near 4% and wages are up. Hmmmm....

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates moderate, giving way to a stronger spring homebuying season
News 2 months ago
Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates moderate, giving way to a stronger spring homebuying season
Source HousingWire

Mortgage interest rates have begun to moderate, giving way to a healthier spring homebuying season, according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary...

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Fresh off expanding into mortgages, Reali raises millions to continue growing
News 2 months ago
Fresh off expanding into mortgages, Reali raises millions to continue growing
Source HousingWire

Just a few weeks ago, Reali, a flat-fee real estate startup that operates in California, expanded into mortgage lending when it bought Lenda, an...

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Investors turn their eye on jumbo, non-QM loans
News 2 months ago
Investors turn their eye on jumbo, non-QM loans
Source HousingWire

Interest rates did not shoot up this year as the housing industry predicted. In what has been the pattern over the last several years, interest...

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Real estate startups have raised $1.9 billion in 2019
News 2 months ago
Real estate startups have raised $1.9 billion in 2019
Source HousingWire

Salesforce's announcement yesterday that it had made a "strategic investment" in mortgage-tech startup Blend put a highlight on a startup sector...

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FHA clarifies rules to attract more participants to its mortgage lending program
News 2 months ago
FHA clarifies rules to attract more participants to its mortgage lending program
Source HousingWire

The Federal Housing Administration wants more banks to participate in its mortgage program and it's clarifying its rules to ease their compliance...

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