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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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Survey: 45% of non-homeowners say finances keep them from buying

Nearly 30% say they can’t afford a down payment
Nearly half of all non-homeowners say that their financial situation is preventing them from buying a home, a new report from Bankrate.com showed. According to Bankrate’s survey, nearly 30% of all non-homeowners say that they can’t afford a down payment, despite only needing to save 3%.
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