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Realtors: Here's how to pass the new FAA drone test

Next-level real estate sales
Good news: At the end of June, the Federal Aviation Administration finalized the rules on drone usage for real estate agents. Bad news: Now you have to take a test. But, you don't have to go into the 60-question multiple-choice test completely blind, there are tips and tricks to ace it.
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HUD: Children still overexposed to lead paint dangers

Here's what they want to do about it
The Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to protect more children living in federally assisted housing from lead paint exposure. To that end, HUD is proposing a new rule that would lower the acceptable threshold of lead exposure in a child’s blood to match the standard used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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FHFA: Mortgage interest rates continued falling in July

Multiple indices show drop in interest rates
As readers of HousingWire well know, mortgage interest rates trended lower over the last few months, especially in the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. A new report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency provides more evidence of the decline in mortgage interest rates, as several indices reviewed by the FHFA show that mortgage rates fell in July.
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Here's "clear evidence" the credit box is way too tight

Why five years of squeaky clean loans isn’t a good thing
Borrowers who took out mortgages in the past five years are better at paying their mortgages than any other group of mortgage borrowers in history. But this squeaky-clean performance isn’t a good thing, according to the Urban Institute. In a new blog post, the think tank posits that the interesting data shows the severity of how tight the credit box is.
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Did whistleblower out First Mortgage's $7.5 million Ginnie Mae mortgage bond fraud?

The SEC wants to know, offers potential reward
The Securities and Exchange Commission is offering a reward to the whistleblower that revealed a scheme at First Mortgage Corporation that involved several of the company’s senior executives lying about the performance of the mortgages the company originated, re-securitizing them, and defrauding investors out of $7.5 million – if in fact there is one.
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ADP predicts solid jobs increase

Offset by weakness in goods-producing areas
ADP issued its prediction for the employment report that will come out soon. After three months of striking out, could this be the month that ADP hits the target? We’ll see on Friday.
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All eyes on real estate in S&P stock launch

Real estate sector now accounts for 3.5% of global equities market
After 17 years of getting tossed into the mix with banks and insurance firms, real estate stocks are getting their own sector to call home on Sept. 1, 2016. The big reason behind this change? Real estate companies are now a much big player in the stock market, and now the whole market gets to see how.
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Pending home sales hit second highest point in decade

West led the nation in July
Pending home sales increased in July led by high gains in the West, which hit its highest month in more than three years. There is, however, still room for more growth. There’s little doubt there’d be more sales activity right now if there were more affordable listings on the market.
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