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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continue upward trend

Historically low rates still pushing up
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased again this week, however it does not seem to bother homebuyers as rates are still near historical lows. On the other hand, the 10-year Treasury yield remained flat. Freddie Mac chief economist explains why.
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Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for Ocwen?

Company takes loss in 2nd quarter as it tries to move past "legacy" issues
True to its own predictions from earlier in the year, Ocwen Financial posted another loss in the second quarter, putting it on track to post a loss in 2016. But is there finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the nonbank?
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Deutsche Bank negotiating with DOJ on mortgage bond settlement

Discloses ongoing talks with government on RMBS activities
Deutsche Bank revealed Wednesday that it is currently in negotiations with the Department of Justice to resolve an investigation into the bank’s mortgage bond activities. The bank’s earnings materials don't disclose what specific matter the DOJ is investigating, but the DOJ has been looking into Deutsche Bank's mortgage-backed securities activities since at least 2013.
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Despite "largely positive" news, FOMC holds on raising interest rates in July

Next meeting scheduled for September
The Federal Open Market Committee chose to forgo raising the federal funds rate in its latest July meeting as the market starts to recover from the initial impact of Brexit. The news, however, appeared more upbeat, leaving people to question what will happen in the next meeting. As it stands, there are only three meeting left this year.
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U.S. expands investigation into money laundering by foreign cash buyers

Government finds evidence of suspicious activities in high-end real estate
The federal government revealed Wednesday that its investigation into foreign buyers using high-end U.S. real estate as a means to launder money found that potentially illicit activity is behind a "significant" portion of the cash transactions in Manhattan and Miami, and plans to expand the investigation into Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other areas.
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