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BofA mining clients for mortgage opportunities

An ongoing strategy to bring in more business
Existing Bank of America customers could be the key in helping the bank bring in more lending business, especially if they don’t have a mortgage with them. The mega bank is looking toward its own customers to help boost revenue during a time that banks are struggling to post growth.
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Financial purge: Big bank stocks plunge

Dramatic crash in oil prices to blame
The DOW is not looking good as financial names took a big hit Thursday. Reeling off a 400-point loss, oil prices dropped below $27 a barrel for the second time in recent weeks. It settled at $26.21, the lowest point since 2003.
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MBA: New home purchases soared in January

Estimate surpassed expectations
Even though new home purchases dropped 6% in December, for the month of January, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Builder Application Survey shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 14%.
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These are the top 5 most vacant cities in the U.S.

Not quite ghost towns, yet
The housing market continues to recover from the recent financial crisis. For the month of February, a recent RealtyTrac report shows that vacancy and “zombie foreclosures” are down 4% from a year ago nationwide. However, there are still some minority markets where its increasing.
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