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Here’s how first-time homebuyers in U.S. stack up to their Canadian neighbors

U.S. falling behind when it comes to down payments
First-time homebuyers in Canada and the U.S. both seem to be putting off buying a home amid rising home prices. However, the similarity between the two countries ends once these first-time buyers decide to make their purchase. While homebuyers in the U.S. are increasingly looking to lower down-payment options, down payment amounts in Canada reached an all-time high.
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Embrace Home Loans expands into Texas

Opens new office in Dallas suburb of Frisco
Recent reports from the Texas Association of Realtors and Fitch Ratings call out how hot Texas real estate right now, as more homes were sold last year than ever before. Seeking to strike while the iron is hot, Embrace Home Loans announced this week that it is expanding into Texas and opening its first office in the state.
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Impac reports best year in more than a decade

Mortgage originations surge
Impac Mortgage Holdings locked in a record financial year on Thursday, recording adjusted operating income of $96.9 million, or $6.52 per diluted common share, for all of 2016. This is significantly up from a year ago and a big contributor to this growth was purchase originations.
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Game-changing real estate technology makes its way to Dallas

NTREIS strikes up partnership with Remine
Remine announced its new partnership with the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, which will bring game-changing technology to more than 30,000 Dallas-area Realtors. Remine will allow Realtors to identify and market to would-be homebuyers at a time when real estate in Texas is hotter than ever.
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FHFA: Rising interest rates not slowing down home prices…yet

No end in sight for low housing inventories
Home prices continued their strong growth in the fourth quarter despite rising interest rates. Although interest rates are up, housing inventory is down, causing home prices to increase. However, the FHFA’s deputy chief economist explains it may simply be too soon to see an effect on the market from increasing interest rates.
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Freddie Mac: Market uncertainty disorients mortgage rates

30-year mortgage continues to stray from Treasury yield
Mortgage rates increased slightly, once again breaking from the 10-year Treasury yield, which saw a more significant decrease. Freddie Mac’s chief economist explains the divergence between the two numbers stems from rising uncertainty in the market.
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Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration could drop home prices

Even legal immigrants backing out of homeownership
President Donald Trump’s policies cracking down on immigration could mean drastic changes to the housing market once the policies start taking effect. Even legal immigrants are showing more caution when it comes to buying a home, saying they are unsure about their future in the U.S.
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