Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro markets for housing

The Census Bureau is cooking the new home sales numbers

You can’t make bricks with imaginary straw

The 12 hottest housing markets right now

And the biggest losers in the price growth race
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Best places to score a Black Friday deal on a house

Biggest home discounts and most price cuts
Brena Swanson
It’s Black Friday. Shoppers are landing all sorts of retail deals at their favorite stores. But the deals go beyond just the cash register. Here’s a list of the top cities for also securing a great deal on a home purchase.
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Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro markets for housing

Denver and Las Vegas the only repeats
Brena Swanson
September's top five improving metro housing markets according to Freddie Mac's latest Multi-Indicator Market index only repeated 2 cities, leaving room for two cities in one southern states to get their names on the list.
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BofA’s $16.65 billion toxic mortgage settlement gets green light

All legal and regulatory hurdles now clear
Ben Lane
With all of the regulatory and legal complications now ironed out, the massive $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice, certain federal agencies and six states to resolve claims over toxic residential mortgage-backed securities is now finalized.
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John Levonick named chief compliance counsel for Opus CMC

Tasked with navigating regulatory environment
Ben Lane
Opus Capital Market Consultants, a provider of mortgage due diligence, announced that is has named John Levonick as the company’s new chief compliance counsel. Levonick will lead the company's regulatory and compliance efforts.
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Pending home sales reverse course

Slightly drop from last week’s levels
Brena Swanson
Despite pending home sales posting a slight decline, it is still above year-over-year levels for the second month straight, and the rest of the news for homes sales doesn’t look bad either.
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Former Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman lists Dallas home

Paid $4.6 million last year; wants $5.3 million now
Ben Lane
After selling his long-time home in the chic Dallas enclave of Highland Park, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman purchased two homes last year, one for $4.6 million and another for $4.3 million. Now, Aikman is looking to sell the more expensive of the two homes and he’s looking to make a profit as well.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates stay frozen heading into holidays

Rates remain around 4%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates once again barely budged from last week’s numbers, with most staying unchanged. Here’s where rates stand heading into Thanksgiving weekend.
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Mortgage apps fall 4.3% despite low mortgage rates

Refinancing share tick up but volume down
Trey Garrison
Mortgage rates are still at long-term lows but despite ticking up last week, mortgage applications remain doggedly down. Here's how it breaks down.
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FirstKey announces expanded single-family rental loan program

Targeting investors seeking loans of up to $5 million
Ben Lane
FirstKey is courting single-family rental investors by offering an expanded financing program. The company expects the program to reach both institutional and entrepreneurial investors seeking loans up to $5 million.
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Second jobs create obstacles for home buyers

Full-time job income plus part-time job income just not enough
Brena Swanson
The government is working to expand the credit box, but it just is not happening fast enough as borrowers with second jobs struggle to qualify for mortgages.
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