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The Ticker

Now available: HW Bank Reports

Update your market intelligence with downloadable bank data
Paul Jackson
The launch of HW Bank Reports is the first step towards offering U.S. mortgage and housing market participants a rich set of accessible, downloadable, and cost-effective data that can drive better business decisions.
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Initial jobless claims beat expectations, down to 280K

Weekly claims lowest since 2000
Trey Garrison
Initial jobless claims dropped to 280,000 for the week ending Sept. 13, dramatically better than expectations of 305,000, the lowest since 2000.
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Windermere Real Estate joins RealtyTrac’s broker network

Company represents more than 40% of all real estate sales in Seattle
Ben Lane
“The addition of Windermere Real Estate to the RealtyTrac Network furthers our mission of aligning with top brokerages in the nation to leverage RealtyTrac’s many resources and further establish them as highly credible, sought after authorities on the housing market,” said Jamie Moyle, CEO of RealtyTrac.
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Newt Gingrich’s plan to fix housing

Highlights from keynote speech at Bipartisan Policy Center
Ben Lane
“We have a unique advantage of being too disorganized to block the future," Gingrich said in his remarks, according to a report from Citylab.
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Wells Fargo CEO: Housing no longer leads the recovery

Auto industry and energy industry take new precedence
Brena Swanson
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf said at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Wednesday that he is “optimistic” on the economy and “bullish” about the future.
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Citigroup and Bank of America loosen standards for struggling borrowers

Offer mortgages with discounted rates
Brena Swanson
Both of the mega banks will start to offer mortgages at discounted interest rates as part of their new efforts to help borrowers with low incomes or subprime-credit histories.
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What's your business intelligence IQ?

Operational process improvements should be a focus right now
Matt Corcoran

It's apparent that you’ll need clear processes and guidelines in place for your workforce to maintain high levels of service while working within strict tolerances that could result in game-changing fines for your business.

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Millennials start to move out of their parents' houses

… but still not buying
Brena Swanson
Although millennials are moving out from their parents’ homes, they are still not buying their own houses. Instead, they are choosing to rent.
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Wells Fargo: Top homeowner misconceptions

Survey finds borrowers don’t know their options
Brena Swanson
Despite homeowners knowing that now is a great time to buy a home, many borrowers are still reluctant to do so because of uncertainty about qualifying for a mortgage or navigating the home-buying process.
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AmeriSave Mortgage to acquire CertusBank’s mortgage division

Establishes traditional retail mortgage origination channel
Brena Swanson
AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation will acquire a large portion of CertusBank’s mortgage division, allowing the company to expand and establish a traditional retail mortgage origination channel to complement its online origination platform.
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