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MBA: Mortgage applications post quiet week

Applications slightly dip
Mortgage applications recorded another quiet week despite record low-interest rates and it being one of the busiest housing seasons of the year. And this is only the latest report in a series of up and application reports from the MBA.
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Appraisal volume increases three weeks in a row

Housing market continues to plod along
For the first time in awhile, appraisal volume managed to increase for three consecutive weeks. While the four-week moving average did slightly decrease, it is not too far below the prior week, which was the highest non-holiday influenced four-week period since early spring.
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Nomura upgrades Altisource Residential on growing single-family rental business

Analysts bullish on company's potential for growth
Altisource Residential Corporation recently disclosed its second quarter financial results, reporting that it took a net loss of $63.5 million during the second quarter. But despite that loss, analysts from Nomura are bullish on the company’s future prospects. The reason? Altisource's growing single-family rental business.
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Banks want to cut bank branches, consumers say no

Where's the balance in retail branches versus online?
Banks keep pushing consumers toward online technology, but consumers aren’t ready to give up having a local retail branch an arm’s length away. As a result, banks are left trying to find the balance between having retail locations open for consumers and cutting back costs. So far, there's no easy answer.
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No, California's housing market didn’t fall "off a cliff" in July

The silver lining in the state's housing market
At first look, it appears California’s housing market in July significantly struggled, with single-family homes and condominiums falling a whopping 10.4% for the month. But PropertyRadar dug a little deeper into the data, finding that while sales did decline, it wasn’t as bad as first expected.
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Unprecedented Louisiana flooding drastically alters local housing markets

New displacement sends spike in rental demand
The havoc wreaked by the flooding in Louisiana is far from over. In fact, it’s really just beginning. The sudden displacement of thousands of families sends some looking for a home away from the flooded areas. What's more, the pool of potential homeowners and properties available for sale are shifting dramatically.
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