5 tips for new renters this summer

S&P Case-Shiller: Home price gains slowed in April

Nationally home prices gained 4.2%

Realtor.com: Here are the 20 hottest markets this summer

Expanding inventory boosts sales
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USDA reportedly raising guarantee fees for 0% down mortgages

Increase to go into effect on Oct. 1
Ben Lane
The price that borrowers pay for a 0% down payment loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service is reportedly set to rise later this year. Click through to learn more.
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Ellie Mae publishes comprehensive TILA-RESPA guide

Comprehensive FAQ will be regularly updated
Trey Garrison
Ellie Mae is publishing a free, 16-page RESPA-TILA FAQ guide to help lenders understand and comply with the Integrated Disclosure Rule, currently scheduled to go into effect Oct. 3.
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Black Knight updates LOS for TRID

Mortgage industry gets a little extra time
Brena Swanson
TRID is coming, and as a result, Black Knight Financial Services released the latest version of Empower, its loan origination system for retail and wholesale lending to be ready for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s upcoming implementation date.
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5 tips for new renters this summer

Can you afford it?
Eric Narcisco
There are a few things that many renters don’t realize they’re missing until after it’s too late. Here are five rental reminders before the next big move.
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Equifax: Mortgage originations soar 75% from last year

Growth attributed to first mortgages
Brena Swanson
Mortgage originations are booming, increasing nearly 75% from last year thanks to first mortgages, which grew 79.9% versus the first quarter of 2014 to $430 billion.
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Plutos Sama acquires The Fisher Law Group

Firm’s largest acquisition
Brena Swanson
Plutos Sama completed the acquisition of The Fisher Law Group, a default law firm practicing in Maryland and the District of Columbia, resulting in an increase of projected revenue from $54 million to $64 million.
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Realtor.com: Here are the 20 hottest markets this summer

Expanding inventory boosts sales
Trey Garrison
He’s been consistently more optimistic and consistently right on sales. Realtor.com’s chief economist Jonathan Smoke explains why it’s a seller’s market.
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Who are the homebuying Millennials?

Infographic shows everything you need to know
Brena Swanson
The average age of a Millennial homebuyer is 28. After a recent survey from more than 5,400 Millennials, Endeavor America Loan Services found they are outgrowing their usual stereotype.
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SIGTARP snares seven schemers for massive mortgage fraud

Charges include mail fraud, bank fraud, aiding and abetting
Ben Lane
Seven California residents now face federal charges for their roles in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded lenders of more than $3 million. According to court documents, the defendants conspired to defraud mortgage lending companies and financial institutions by making false statements on loan applications and short-sale applications.
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The home sale ‘murder disclosure’ rule: Is it necessary?

Here's our take — we want yours
Trey Garrison, Ben Lane, Brena Swanson, and Sarah Wheeler
One thing home sellers have to disclose to buyers is whether a murder happened in the home. But why, and is it necessary?
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