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Freddie Mac: 30-year FRM hits 10-week low

Investors moved to safer grounds after FOMC pushed off rate hike
Mortgage rates dropped this week after the Federal Open Market Committee declined to raise rates in September. In fact, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a 10-week low. Freddie Mac’s chief economist explains why.
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Pending home sales sink to lowest level since January

Further evidence housing recovery could stall
Pending home sales decreased in August following the previous month’s record high. It now seems July’s high could be an outcast as this marks the third month of declines in the past four. NAR’s chief economist warns of the consequences if the market doesn’t start to see more inventory soon.
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Housing affordability at the worst level in seven years

[Infographic] Here are some possible antidotes
Home affordability is at the worst level in seven years, with one in four housing markets not affordable by historic standards. Despite the negative news, Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions, did point out one positive area, which involves California's typically hot market.
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The fatal price tag of not investing in digital innovation for Millennials

Here’s where to find the demand
The coveted group of potential borrowers who were born between 1981 and 2000 are a key variable in why financial institutions need to and should invest their capital in financial innovation. If they choose not to, they lose on the next generation of consumers. So where will most Millennials choose to do business? Nonbank financial services, digital platforms and technology providers
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California cuts ties with Wells Fargo in wake of fake account scandal

State Treasurer: This is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished
The state of California is suspending several business relationships with Wells Fargo as the fallout from the bank’s fake account scandal continues. “Wells Fargo's admission that thousands of its bank employees opened over two million fraudulent consumer accounts is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished,” said California’s state treasurer, John Chiang. Read the latest, right here.
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California home sales flat in August

"Flat is the new black"
California home sales wrapped up the summer on a low note, but the news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Madeline Schnapp, director of Economic Research for PropertyRadar, said in the latest report. Schnapp explained this report similarly to how she unraveled the July report. They key to understanding is in the details.
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New York announces new requirements for maintenance of zombie homes

New regulation will hold lenders and mortgage servicers "accountable"
The state of New York is taking its fight against zombies homes to the next level, as the state announced a series of new regulations for mortgage lenders and servicers that aim to hold the companies “accountable” for the maintenance of abandoned foreclosures.
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Sperlonga starts reporting HOA data to Equifax

Latest step toward trended credit data
The latest news from Sperlonga, a data aggregation business for non-standard credit data sources, falls in line with recent industry events to help create a better picture of borrowers’ credit scores. Sperlonga announced it will start reporting homeowner and condominium association payment and account status data to Equifax.
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