Judge throws out Fannie and Freddie investors’ lawsuit

More signs of a sliding housing market

Affordability has issues, too

Fannie: Millennial housing demand declines further

Fall comes even as housing affordability for young improves
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KBRA: Home price growth will continue to slow to normalized levels

Sustainable price appreciation should align more with income, inflation
Trey Garrison
Home prices rebounded at annual rates of more than 10% in 2012 and 2013 according to most popular measures of home price appreciation, buoyed by a lack of supply and a large number of cash buyers, Kroll Bond Ratings reports.
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JPMorgan to face $10B MBS case

Bank hit with class action lawsuit
Brena Swanson
JPMorgan Chase must face a class action lawsuit by investors who claimed the bank misled them about the safety of $10 billion of mortgage-backed securities it sold before the financial crisis
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Construction spending declines 0.8% in August

Private and residential spending both down from July
Trey Garrison
Construction spending fell 0.8% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $961 billion, well below analyst expectations and below the July printing of $968.8 billion, the Census Bureau said.
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Trulia: Home prices 3% undervalued by historic measure

Only 7% of 100 largest metros are more than 10% overvalued
Trey Garrison
Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko says that despite the current deceleration in home prices worrying some, and claims from others that home prices are too high, home prices nationally are actually 3% undervalued in the third quarter of 2014.
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Judge throws out Fannie and Freddie investors’ lawsuit

Decision favors Federal government
Jacob Gaffney
The decision arrives more than a year after hedge fund Perry Capital sued the Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the government-owned mortgage companies.
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Shareholders rights law firms launch investigations into News Corp/Move deal

Four firms immediately question stock purchase price
Ben Lane
Within hours of the deal's announcement, the law firms of Johnson & Weaver, Rigrodsky & Long, Powers Taylor, and Levi & Korsinsky all announced investigations into whether Move breached its fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders by accepting $21 per share in the sale to News Corp instead of a higher valuation.
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Fannie: Millennial housing demand declines further

Fall comes even as housing affordability for young improves
Trey Garrison
As has been extensively documented, Millennials face an uphill battle in homebuying owing to everything from higher unemployment rates and student debt to affordability challenges.
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Realtor confidence on home price growth slips, but solid

Members less confident than trade economists on coming year
Trey Garrison
Members of the National Association of Realtors expect home prices to increase modestly in the next 12 months, with the median expected price increase at 3.5%, according to data gathered from the August 2014 Realtor Confidence Index Survey.
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News Corp's MOVE acquisition escalates epic online real estate listings battle

Zillow, Trulia trading lower on news of MOVE deal
Trey Garrison
Zillow and Trulia are selling off after news broke that rival MOVE is being sold to News Corp for $950 million — proof that the battle for real estate listings traffic just kicked into high gear.
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Case-Shiller: Home price gains decelerate rapidly

Biggest drop in HPI since November 2012
Trey Garrison
Home price growth slowed far more than expected in July, according to the latest Case-Shiller Home Price Index. "Inventory is up, but sales volume is down," said Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries.
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