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Best places to score a Black Friday deal on a house

Biggest home discounts and most price cuts
Brena Swanson
It’s Black Friday. Shoppers are landing all sorts of retail deals at their favorite stores. But the deals go beyond just the cash register. Here’s a list of the top cities for also securing a great deal on a home purchase.
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Credit Suisse settles Assured Guaranty mortgage lawsuit

Terms remain undisclosed
Jacob Gaffney
Assured Guaranty said in a statement posted on its website that it had reached an agreement to resolve the dispute without disclosing the terms.
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Jobless claims jump 21K in one week

4-week rolling average also climbs
Trey Garrison
Right when you'd think holiday hiring would be picking up, jobless claims rise 21,000 in one week. This does not bode well.
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BofA’s $16.65 billion toxic mortgage settlement gets green light

All legal and regulatory hurdles now clear
Ben Lane
With all of the regulatory and legal complications now ironed out, the massive $16.65 billion settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice, certain federal agencies and six states to resolve claims over toxic residential mortgage-backed securities is now finalized.
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Former Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman lists Dallas home

Paid $4.6 million last year; wants $5.3 million now
Ben Lane
After selling his long-time home in the chic Dallas enclave of Highland Park, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman purchased two homes last year, one for $4.6 million and another for $4.3 million. Now, Aikman is looking to sell the more expensive of the two homes and he’s looking to make a profit as well.
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Second jobs create obstacles for home buyers

Full-time job income plus part-time job income just not enough
Brena Swanson
The government is working to expand the credit box, but it just is not happening fast enough as borrowers with second jobs struggle to qualify for mortgages.
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NYC broker jailed for burglarizing $7.6 million home he sold

Former Corcoran Group broker sentenced to up to nine years in jail
Ben Lane
A Manhattan real estate broker will spend the next three to nine years of his life in jail after he was found guilty of burglarizing a $7.6 million townhouse on the Upper West Side. So how did he choose his target? He was the broker who handled the sale of the house.
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FHFA changes Fannie and Freddie REO sales policy

Eases financial burden to homebuyers
Brena Swanson
The Federal Housing Finance Agency updated one of its policies relating to the sale of real estate owned properties. It’s not really a huge market change, but it is worth a mention.
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Wolters Kluwer Financial Services offers demo of TILA-RESPA product

Compliance, workflow software for lenders in new environment
Trey Garrison
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is rolling out TILA-RESPA focused compliance and workflow solutions, offering live demos of the product for potential clients to deal with the regulatory rules that go into effect industry wide on Aug. 1, 2015.
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Want a free Bentley? Sell this house

Agent who finds buyer for $10 million house gets added bonus
Ben Lane
Whoever finds a buyer for the nearly $10 million home will not only get his or her commission on the sale, the seller is also throwing in a new a 2015 Bentley at no charge. Just consider it a little cherry on top of your normal compensation.
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