This chart proves mortgage credit availability isn’t improving

Zillow: Top 10 markets to buy and sell your home now

California takes over one list

Wealthier Americans mean a bigger bond market

More liquidity means more debt
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Articles by Brena Swanson

FHA-backed mortgages drop 19%

Lenders put limit on federal insurance
Brena Swanson
Major lenders and regulators are working hard to find common ground when it comes to home loans to lower-income Americans. As talks continue, the percent of federal Housing Administration loans given to borrowers with weaker credit scores is dropping.
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LenderLive Network names new SVP

Charlie Kent brings 20 years of industry experience
Brena Swanson
LenderLive Network named Charlie Kent as the servicer’s new vice president of national sales for its settlement services division, where he will be responsible for developing new client relationships and supporting existing ones.
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RPM Mortgage expands to East Coast

Acquires Regency Mortgage
Brena Swanson
RPM Mortgage acquired Regency Mortgage, a 14-branch private mortgage lender with operations in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and Florida. This means Regency’s loan originators will have access to a larger menu of loan products, in addition to more technology and compliance support.
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Zillow: Top 10 markets to buy and sell your home now

California takes over one list
Brena Swanson
Now that the pace of home price appreciation is finally starting to slow, it is easier to see the truth behind which local markets favor either buyers or sellers. Zillow compiled a list of the top ten buyer and seller markets, with the West Coast dominating one list.
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Home Depot credit card breach surpasses Target's

Estimates 56 million credit cards breached
Brena Swanson
Home Depot continues to investigate its massive credit card breach, which is shaping up to be bigger than Target’s breach back in December 2013. And the true financial costs of the breach have yet to be determined.
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reQuire grows, acquires Final Trac

Terms of deal not announced
Brena Swanson
“The added experience, skills and relationships they bring to the team will allow reQuire to more rapidly expand its service offerings and position the company as the ‘go to’ source for risk mitigation solutions in real property transactions,” Matt Klein, reQuire’s president, said.
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CHARTS: How Stonegate will thrive in a flat market

3 areas drive growth
Brena Swanson
Stonegate Mortgage will not only succeed in 2014 but it will also grow during a flat market, according to Stonegate Mortgage’s CEO Jim Cutillo. These charts show how.
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Household wealth hits new record

Key to boosting the economic recovery?
Brena Swanson

Americans' wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter, following a rise in stocks and home prices. This could ramp up consumer borrowing, which could be the key to boosting the economic recovery.


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Top 10 fastest growing cities in the nation

Most already home to thousands of millennials
Brena Swanson
Most of the fastest growing cities in America have one thing in common: they are all home to major universities filled with millennials about to join the workforce. NerdWallet compiled a quick list showing exactly where housing is growing.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates move to 3-month high

Biggest one-week gain this year
Brena Swanson
"Although mortgage rates were up very modestly this week, with mortgage rates at the top end of that narrow range, it is enough to put the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate at a 3-month high," Bankrate said.
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