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Affordability constraints hold back pending home sales

Investor activity at lowest point since 2009
Pending home sales barely moved in June as current market conditions such as low inventory and high home prices prevented more growth. Until inventory conditions markedly improve, prospective buyers are likely to run into situations of being priced out of the market or outbid on the very few properties for sale.
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Bay Area's high housing costs leave local commuter trains without engineers

New rail line cites housing costs in struggle to find employees
The famously high cost of housing in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area has a new commuter train line in desperate need of new engineers as candidates for the position repeatedly tell the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency that it's simply too expensive for them to live where they’d be working.
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Fidelity National Financial acquires Commissions, Inc.

Plans expansion of CRM platform for real estate agents
Fidelity National Financial, the nation's largest title insurance company, announced Tuesday that the company is acquiring Commissions, Inc., a provider of web-based real estate marketing and CRM software for residential real estate agents and agent teams, with an eye towards expansion.
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Republic Bank expands into mortgages with Oak Mortgage acquisition

Growing Philadelphia-based bank will now offer mortgages
Republic First Bancorp, the parent company of Republic Bank, announced Tuesday that the Philadelphia-based bank acquired is planning to expand into mortgage lending with the acquisition of Oak Mortgage Company. Both companies view the deal as an opportunity to expand. Here's why.
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Barclays triumphs in toxic mortgage bond row with U.S. Bank, FHFA

Court rules U.S. Bank, FHFA waited too long to file claims
Barclays Bank and a defunct subprime lending unit of the company are off the hook for allegedly misrepresenting the quality of the mortgages that made up a $619 million mortgage bond after the Supreme Court of the state of New York ruled that U.S. Bank and the Federal Housing Finance Agency waited too long to file a lawsuit against Barclays.
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Fannie Mae: Mortgage industry isn't even close to done with tech innovation

Does the industry need a disruptor like Uber?
Even though the mortgage industry is finally stepping up and answering the call for more technology innovation in the space, a new survey from Fannie Mae on the pulse of the industry shows it's not even close to getting to where it should be. But the motivation is definitely there. Here's looking at you, TRID.
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