Real Estate

FHFA: Rising interest rates not slowing down home prices…yet

No end in sight for low housing inventories
Home prices continued their strong growth in the fourth quarter despite rising interest rates. Although interest rates are up, housing inventory is down, causing home prices to increase. However, the FHFA’s deputy chief economist explains it may simply be too soon to see an effect on the market from increasing interest rates.
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Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration could drop home prices

Even legal immigrants backing out of homeownership
President Donald Trump’s policies cracking down on immigration could mean drastic changes to the housing market once the policies start taking effect. Even legal immigrants are showing more caution when it comes to buying a home, saying they are unsure about their future in the U.S.
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Want to be on the cover of HousingWire Magazine? Here's your chance

One Rising Star award winner honored with magazine cover
Have you ever wanted to be on the cover of a magazine? You get to show off to all your friends, family, and colleagues – many of whom will likely come traipsing into your office and begrudgingly ask for your autograph. Have you ever wanted to the envy of the entire housing industry? Well, here’s your chance to do both.
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Texas housing is now hotter than ever

Record sales and home prices, but it's not all sunshine and roses
It was another record-setting year for Texas real estate, as home sale and home prices both hit all-time highs – for the second year in a row. According to a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors, there were more homes sold in the Lone Star State in 2016 than in any other year, eclipsing the previous high, which stood for all of one year.
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Another Republican senator introduces bill to "dismantle" CFPB

Sen. Mike Rounds wants to cut off all CFPB funding
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced a bill repealing Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which established the CFPB. But Cruz wasn’t alone last week in launching a full-scale assault on the controversial governmental agency. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, also introduced a bill last week that would kill off the CFPB, albeit in a different way than Cruz’s bill.
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Hensarling compares CFPB to a tyranny

House Financial Services Committee Chairman continues assault on CFPB
It’s probably safe to say that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, is no fan of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And as Hensarling told the Dallas Morning News in a recent interview, there are plenty of good reasons to change the CFPB.
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California home sales start 2017 on a strong note

Median sales price drops below $500,000 for first time since March 2016
While winter usually means a decline in home sales, California just saw its first increase in home sales between December and January since 2012, a sign that the Golden State could be in for a strong housing year.
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California regulator reveals what Ocwen did wrong

Auditor found "hundreds" of violations of law
Ocwen Financial announced late last week that it successfully extricated itself from the mortgage servicing restrictions placed on it by the California Department of Business Oversight. The final settlement total included $198 million in debt forgiveness. So why was the settlement so big? Turns out that Ocwen’s operations weren’t exactly squeaky clean for the last few years.
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