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Fannie Mae sells $20.3m NPLs to familiar non-profit

Frequent buyer snaps up deeply delinquent mortgages
Fannie Mae broke with tradition recently when it announced plans to sell a pool of non-performing loans through its “Community Impact Pool” program to a private equity firm, rather than the non-profits, small investors and minority- and women-owned businesses it is designed to target. But in its fifth Community Impact Pool sale, Fannie Mae is turning back to a non-profit, and a familiar one at that.
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Conference dispatch: The overall non-agency mortgage market struggles, successes

A take on two conferences
Last week, owing to an apparent breakdown in internal communications, one of the industry’s leading conference producers held two competing securitization conferences on the East and West coasts. A few determined conference goers, including Mark Hughes, executive vice president with Clayton Holdings, racked up frequent flyers miles to attend both, giving HousingWire the scoop on what went on.
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It's official: Fannie Mae moves to open credit box with trended credit data

Desktop Underwriter 10.0 arrives
After much anticipation, this weekend marked the official launch of Fannie Mae’s Desktop Underwriter Version 10.0, implementing the long-awaited use of trended credit. So what’s with the big hype around trended credit data? For starters, it's a game-changer for borrowers, helping them obtain greater access to mortgage credit.
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Here’s proof Airbnb is destroying the New Orleans housing market

An inside look into HousingWire’s coverage
Airbnb is on the rise, but is it destroying any local housing markets in the U.S.? A story in the September edition of HousingWire’s magazine gives compelling evidence that it is — at least in the first metro we selected to review. This evidence is so compelling, in fact, that HousingWire is now making an unprecedented decision to bring the story to you.
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Political battleground states see highest rise in property values

One state saw 78% increase in past 5 years
At this point in the election cycle, eight states are now considered swing states, as they could be the keys in this year’s election. A deeper look into those states shows that home prices increased more than in traditionally Republican or Democratic states. In one battleground state, home prices increased by 78% since 2011.
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New home sales drop in August

Still up from last year
New home sales dropped in August after July witnessed its most significant increase since the housing crisis. Annually, however, new homes sales in August still increased. Industry experts talk about the report, and why it still shows positive signs for the housing market.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Wells Fargo employees file class action lawsuit

Plus a political debate that will rival Super Bowl numbers and affordable housing
The presidential candidates in Monday's debate will be asked questions on "achieving prosperity, securing America and America’s direction," which means that housing policy could theoretically be discussed, although I wouldn't create a drinking game around it. A surer bet would be attacks on "Wall Street banks" in general and one big bank in particular: Wells Fargo.
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FTC permanently bans more mortgage relief scammers

More punishment from sweeping mortgage modification fraud investigation
For the second time this month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that one of the subjects of a sweeping enforcement action from 2014 is permanently banned from operating in the mortgage loan modification and debt relief business.
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What's after HAMP? MBA proposes loan modification program

"One Mod: Principles for Post-HAMP Loan Modifications"
With the end of both the Home Affordable Modification Program and the Home Affordable Refinance Program getting close, the government is working to come up with new refinance options for borrowers. The latest program proposal comes from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA's Task Force revealed a program proposal on Friday that is designed to be successor program to the Home Affordable Modification Program.
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