Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro markets for housing

The Census Bureau is cooking the new home sales numbers

You can’t make bricks with imaginary straw

The 12 hottest housing markets right now

And the biggest losers in the price growth race
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Articles by Brena Swanson

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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Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro markets for housing

Denver and Las Vegas the only repeats
Brena Swanson
September's top five improving metro housing markets according to Freddie Mac's latest Multi-Indicator Market index only repeated 2 cities, leaving room for two cities in one southern states to get their names on the list.
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Pending home sales reverse course

Slightly drop from last week’s levels
Brena Swanson
Despite pending home sales posting a slight decline, it is still above year-over-year levels for the second month straight, and the rest of the news for homes sales doesn’t look bad either.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates stay frozen heading into holidays

Rates remain around 4%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates once again barely budged from last week’s numbers, with most staying unchanged. Here’s where rates stand heading into Thanksgiving weekend.
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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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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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Higher fees proposed for FHA mortgages

MBA: This is far in excess of what the FHA needs
Brena Swanson
A provision in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 could cost mortgage lenders more money than necessary. At least that is what the Mortgage Bankers Association argues in this letter.
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S&P Case-Shiller: Home-price growth maintains downward trend

Southeast is the only region showing any substantial strength
Brena Swanson
The pace of home price growth continues its downward trend as top cities across the country report a slight decline in price increases.
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CFPB proposes 7 big changes to foreclosure process for mortgage servicers

Adds guidance on extended borrower protections
Brena Swanson
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing additional measures to ensure that homeowners are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. Here are the key changes.
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Nationstar buys title company

More plans to grow geographically
Brena Swanson
Solutionstar Holdings, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar, announced it is expanding further into the mortgage business and snapped up a mortgage title company. It is also expanding operations into some of the nation's largest housing markets.
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