Fannie Mae: Will housing make full recovery in 2015?

Zillow, Trulia shareholders green light merger

Overwhelming margin approve marriage of online listings giants

Fannie Mae explains 6 ways to push borrowers to refi

Time is running out
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Fannie Mae: Will housing make full recovery in 2015?

Can't do much worse than 2014
Brena Swanson
Although 2014 is wrapping up to be a less-than-stellar year for the economy, mortgage lenders believe 2015 will get the nation back on track. But will housing see a surge in activity? Yes, and no.
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ditech to offer 97% LTV loans

Ready to participate in Fannie Mae program
Ben Lane
Ditech Mortgage Corp is expanding its lending options again. The company is now the latest lender to to jump on board with the 97% LTV programs announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earlier this month.
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Prime jumbo non-agency RMBS issuance grows slowly in 2015

Housing needs nonagency securitization using private capital
Trey Garrison
The future of the nonagency RMBS market will require private capital, but it's not clear how that can be achieved. Here are the details.
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Zillow, Trulia shareholders green light merger

Overwhelming margin approve marriage of online listings giants
Trey Garrison
The merger of online listings leaders Trulia and Zillow just got one step closer to completion. Here's how today's vote played out and what it means.
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Fannie Mae explains 6 ways to push borrowers to refi

Time is running out
Brena Swanson
The FHFA continues to drill into homeowners that the Home Affordable Refinance Program and the Home Affordable Modification Program are not scams. To help push borrowers along, Robert Koller, director of credit risk management with Fannie Mae, gave six quick facts that could make all the difference to getting people to refinance.
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Redfin raises $71 million for continued expansion

Latest move in battle for online real estate domination
Ben Lane
In the latest move in what has been a banner year in the battle for domination of the online real estate market, Redfin announced that it received a large injection of funding from several large investors. The company said that it plans to use the money to continue its growth.
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Is your housing market on Santa’s naughty or nice list?

RealtyTrac offers its list of the year’s best and worst overall
Trey Garrison
Some housing markets are getting a new G.I. Joe with the kung fu grip. Others are getting a lump of coal, and with oil priced like it is...anyway, here are the nicest and naughtiest housing markets in America.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates once again drop to new yearly lows

Drop further below 4%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates have decreased throughout this year, recently hovering around 4%. And now, according to Freddie Mac's latest mortgage report, they're even lower.
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Ocwen accused of stalling short sales

NYDFS and CFPB investigate
Brena Swanson
Ocwen just can't get out from under the spotlight of housing regulators. This time the servicer is being accused over whether it improperly stalled short sales by borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.
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Initial jobless claims decline slightly for the week

4-week rolling average ticks down marginally
Trey Garrison
Jobless claims declined slightly, with some of it being seasonal employment in time for the holiday season. Here are the details.
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