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HARP extended into 2017; FHFA plans new refinance program

More than 300,000 homeowners still eligible for HARP
It's not over. Homeowners are yet again getting another chance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to take advantage of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The new deadline is now Sept. 30, 2017. But this time around, things are different. Click the headline to read more.
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Natural hazard risk holding back home sales

But home prices are higher in high-risk areas
Home sales in high-risk areas are significantly lower than home sales in areas with lower risks. While this may not come as much of a surprise, people are still paying for homes in these high-risk areas. So, what's the difference?
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Guaranteed Rate Field to become home of Chicago White Sox

Mortgage lender buys naming rights for stadium
For the last 13 years, the Chicago White Sox played their games at U.S. Cellular Field, but beginning next year and for the next 12 after that, the White Sox stadium will have a new name – Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate announced that the Chicago-based mortgage lender is buying the White Sox stadium's naming rights for at least the next 13 years.
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Could the mortgage market be facing a liquidity crisis?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency's Christopher Whalen thinks so
The mortgage market could be staring at a liquidity crisis in the very near future thanks in part to the Federal Reserve's repeated reluctance to increase interest rates, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Senior Managing Director Christopher Whalen told CNBC on Wednesday.
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Mercury Network acquires Platinum Data Solutions

Move impacts more than 950 lenders
In a move that is one of the first of its kind for the industry, Mercury Network, an appraisal management system, announced it acquired Platinum Data Solutions, a QC technology company. In light of the changes, HousingWire talked with Will Clemens, CEO of Mercury Network, and Phil Huff, CEO of Platinum Data, to see how the change fits perfectly into both of the companies.
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California home sales gaining momentum

Posted fourth straight annual increase
Pending home sales in California show that existing home sales could see another increase in the fall if the momentum continues. The recent slow-down in San Francisco, however, leaves other markets to pull the momentum.
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