Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition

MBA forecasts 7% origination jump in 2015

Predicts unemployment at 5.4% by end of next year

Fitch: Two-year run of home price growth is over

“Several markets are still overvalued”
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Investments

Capital Economics: Recovery in home sales marches on

Analysts bullish on housing
Trey Garrison
The increase in existing home sales in September took sales activity to a 12-month high, and with falling mortgage interest rates and what some see as an improving labor market, Capital Economics is getting bullish on housing.
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Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition
Jacob Gaffney
The CEO from the government-sponsored enterprise, Freddie Mac, said that his firm is increasingly becoming more competitive in the mortgage market and will look to see how its "credit box could be more fully utilized.”
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Find out which four housing markets CoreLogic says are overvalued

Texas takes half the list
Trey Garrison
Market Condition Indicators designed by CoreLogic identified only four of the top 50 markets in the U.S. as currently overvalued, based on data through August 2014.
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Fannie Mae to make proprietary appraisal tool available to lenders

Lenders can use Collateral Underwriter in 2015
Ben Lane
Beginning in early 2015, Fannie will make Collateral Underwriter available to lenders as part of its industry tools package, which also includes Desktop Underwriter and Early Check.
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Nope, tiny houses are not the next big thing

Sorry, man – size matters
Trey Garrison
"There's a new, huge craze sweeping the United States... and it's tiny houses." No. No there's not. Just stop it.
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5 things you absolutely need for the MBA convention in Las Vegas

Every one of these is totally necessary
Jacob Gaffney
Here are the 5 things you absolutely need for the MBA, and heck, for other conventions as well, in order of least necessary, to “you will probably die if you do not do this” order of importance.
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Morgan Stanley profits surge 83%

Beats analyst estimates
Brena Swanson
Morgan Stanley’s third-quarter profits surged 83% driven by broad-based strength across trading, investment banking and wealth management.
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Housing starts up 6.3% but gains all concentrated in multifamily

More signs of slowing market in permits, starts after August plunge
Trey Garrison
It's a mild September rebound, and a slowing housing market, with almost all gains in multifamily housing, and single-family starts and permits virtually flat after August's huge plunge. Is this a sign of growing volatility?
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Blackstone third-quarter profit misses

But still sees opportunity
Brena Swanson
"With one of the largest pools of available dry powder capital and the broadest alternative investment platform, we are well-positioned to capitalize on the dislocation in asset values created by greater market volatility," Blackstone co-Founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman said.
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Home value loss and recovery starkly different by race

EPI: Hispanic gains outpace blacks, whites
Trey Garrison
A recent report by the Federal Reserve shows that from 2010 to 2013, the inflation-adjusted median home value for all homeowners declined 7%.
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