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American mobility at historic low and not changing soon

People are staying in place longer and fewer are moving
Trey Garrison
The U.S. Census Bureau’s current population survey released on Tuesday shows that mobility is flat — at the same low level of 11.7% as the year before.
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Caliber Home Loans acquires Cobalt Mortgage

Expands into Pacific Northwest region
Brena Swanson
Irving, Texas-based Caliber Home Loans, is acquiring Cobalt Mortgage, significantly expanding its sales force and nearly doubling the size of its branch retail lending business.
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Urban Institute map shows 12 years of mortgages in 24 seconds

Details mortgage activity by ethnicity before, during and post-crash
Trey Garrison
The Urban Institute has created an interactive map that transforms data on more than 100 million mortgage originations throughout the United States into a compelling visual that identifies borrowers by race and ethnicity over a 12-year period.
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FOMC: Tapering quickly coming to a close

Tapers another $10 billion
Brena Swanson
Tapering is likely to end at the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting, according the latest September minutes. In the latest meeting, the committee decided to taper another $10 billion.
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Willam Matchneer joins Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Will work with financial services litigation and compliance practice group
Ben Lane
Matchneer joins the firm from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he served as senior counsel with the CFPB’s division of research, markets and regulations. In this role, he served as the team lead for regulations implementing certain aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
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Lennar earnings soar amid positive builder news

Beats analyst expectations
Brena Swanson
Homebuilder Lennar reported strong third-quarter earnings amid positive industry reports on builder confidence. "Our core homebuilding business continues to drive earnings, with strong sales, deliveries and margins," Stuart Miller, CEO of Lennar Corporation, said.
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Lawsky’s latest target: Hard-money lenders

NYDFS subpoenas nine companies over concerns of predatory lending
Ben Lane
The NYDFS said that hard-money lenders do not typically evaluate a borrower’s ability to repay and likelihood of default, and it has concerns that some lenders may “intentionally structure loans with the expectation of foreclosing on and taking possession of the property."
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Large lenders the first to fully open the credit box?

Fannie Mae: As competition increases, standards decrease
Brena Swanson
“Larger lenders are expecting to tap into the non-GSE-eligible and government loan market to maintain or grow their market share and offset their anticipated slowing mortgage demand as the peak spring/summer selling seasons are coming to an end,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae.
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3 reasons why California housing is about to go bust

The money is drying up
California is perhaps one of the most important states in mortgage finance. So much of the mortgage finance world is based in California and, like Texas, the industry is a huge source of employment for workers of varying levels of education. But, trouble could be brewing.
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NAHB: Homebuilder confidence hits 9-year high

Builders optimistic even with mortgage apps at 14-year low
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications and home sales figures aren't deterring homebuilders, who think they have some solid reasons to be confident in the market going forward — as confident as they were in 2005, no less.
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