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  • HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

    It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different. Click the headline to read more.

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HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

More than 300,000 homeowners still eligible for HARP
It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different. Click the headline to read more.
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Guaranteed Rate Field to become home of Chicago White Sox

Mortgage lender buys naming rights for stadium
For the last 13 years, the Chicago White Sox played their games at U.S. Cellular Field, but beginning next year and for the next 12 after that, the White Sox stadium will have a new name – Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate announced that the Chicago-based mortgage lender is buying the White Sox stadium's naming rights for at least the next 13 years.
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Could the mortgage market be facing a liquidity crisis?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency's Christopher Whalen thinks so
The mortgage market could be staring at a liquidity crisis in the very near future thanks in part to the Federal Reserve's repeated reluctance to increase interest rates, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Senior Managing Director Christopher Whalen told CNBC on Wednesday.
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Mercury Network acquires Platinum Data Solutions

Move impacts more than 950 lenders
In a move that is one of the first of its kind for the industry, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced it acquired Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. In light of the changes, HousingWire talked with Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network, and Phil Huff, CEO of Platinum Data, to see how the change fits perfectly into both of the companies.
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MBA: Mortgage applications post quiet week

Applications slightly dip
Mortgage applications recorded another quiet week despite record low-interest rates and it being one of the busiest housing seasons of the year. And this is only the latest report in a series of up and application reports from the MBA.
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Federal court tosses #Fanniegate suit seeking to inspect Freddie Mac's records

Tim Pagliara, leader of Investors Unite, wanted a look at Freddie's books
In what is already being called a "blow to shareholders," a federal court in Virginia ruled Tuesday that a Freddie Mac shareholder does not have the right to inspect the government-sponsored enterprise's financial records, thanks to the conservatorship agreements that went into effect when the government took over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
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Appraisal volume increases three weeks in a row

Housing market continues to plod along
For the first time in awhile, appraisal volume managed to increase for three consecutive weeks. While the four-week moving average did slightly decrease, it is not too far below the prior week, which was the highest non-holiday influenced four-week period since early spring.
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Nomura upgrades Altisource Residential on growing single-family rental business

Analysts bullish on company's potential for growth
Altisource Residential Corporation recently disclosed its second quarter financial results, reporting that it took a net loss of $63.5 million during the second quarter. But despite that loss, analysts from Nomura are bullish on the company’s future prospects. The reason? Altisource's growing single-family rental business.
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