Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Nationalizing the GSEs, the silver bullet for Washington policy and more

HUD: Associated Bank ‘redlining’ settlement largest ever

HUD Secretary Castro says settlement “sends a strong message”

Housing in places like New York, San Francisco fail more than just the locals

Local policies curtail worker freedoms
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hit new high for 2015

Strong housing reports drive rate increase
Trey Garrison
Average fixed mortgage rates moving higher amid positive housing data and pushing fixed mortgage rates to their highest level of the year, according to Freddie Mac. Here's what happened.
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Realtor.com: Waiting to buy a home could cost tens of thousands

Almost $20K lost for waiting just one year, far more in hottest markets
Trey Garrison
With interest rates and home prices expected to climb in the next year, the financial penalties of delaying or forgoing a home purchase in today’s market have become very steep, according to the inaugural Opportunity Cost Report released today by realtor.com.
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RealtyTrac: Top 10 buyer and seller markets

Where should owners sell their home?
Brena Swanson
The housing market is all over the place this year and successful navigation depends heavily on the local environment. As a result, RealtyTrac decided to identify the nation's 10 hottest seller’s markets and the best buyer’s markets.
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Newbold Advisors adds Detta Cutright as managing director

Will oversee financial services area
Ben Lane
In this role, Cutright will oversee business development within the financial services area, with particular focus on national and regional mortgage lenders, the company said in a release.
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Ocwen closing residential servicing operations in Houston

Facility was company’s smallest call center in U.S.
Ben Lane
Ocwen Financial announced Wednesday that after conducting a “strategic review” of its operations, the company is shutting down its residential mortgage servicing operations at its facility in Houston. The decision to shutter the call center will affect 140 residential servicing employees, whose positions will be eliminated.
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Freddie Mac eliminates Loan Prospector fee

Opens liquidity in the market
Brena Swanson
Freddie Mac is choosing to make a giant investment in its customers, and starting on June 1, the GSE will no longer charge lenders $20 to use its automated underwriting service, Loan Prospector.
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Ottawa real estate agent guilty of attempted murder

Lured wife into garage and then tried to brain her with bat
A real estate agent in Ottawa, who lured his wife into his garage promising a present and hit her twice in the head with a baseball bat, was found guilty of attempted murder this week.
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Elizabeth Warren flipped houses while denouncing speculators

Made plenty of profits at what she called a myth
Trey Garrison
The National Review is looking into leading progressive Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s background, and what they found is surprising – the leading progressive voice on industry regulation made a killing doing what she condemns – flipping houses.
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RBS mortgage settlement with FHFA could reach $4.5B

First of 18 lawsuits from FHFA
Brena Swanson
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group could pay as much as $4.5 billion to resolve claims of misconduct in its handling of U.S. mortgage securities, marking the first out of 18 lawsuits from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reach trial.
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Exclusive: Redfin’s chief economist answers 5 tough questions

Nationalizing the GSEs, the silver bullet for Washington policy and more
Trey Garrison
HousingWire met up with Redfin’s chief economist, Nela Richardson, and discussed a host of critical housing and mortgage finance issues. Punchy, short and sweet — here are five quick answers to some hard questions.
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