Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

Looking back, the housing industry is totally Scrooged

Here's the HousingWire/Star Wars Christmas 2014 special

FHA loans could face "tidal wave of defaults"

All indices hit series high

Another mortgage lender launches 3% down loan

Falls in line with FHFA
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Articles by Brena Swanson

America’s housing market value soars to $27.5 trillion

Houston ranks first in home price appreciation
Brena Swanson
America’s housing market value has drastically increased over the past year. As Zillow notes in the article, this goes to show just how important the housing market is.
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Accenture: 3 big predictions for mortgage lending next year

Will housing survive or thrive?
Brena Swanson
Ghazale Johnston, a managing director with Accenture Credit Services, outlined in an interview with HouingWire 3 topics she believes will take precedence in 2015. And here they are.
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Ellen DeGeneres lists two Los Angeles condos

Priced close to $16 million
Brena Swanson
On screen, Ellen DeGeneres is known for her comedic talk show. But along with her days on television, DeGeneres is known for her love of fixing up and selling houses.
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Fitch Ratings: Housing in Texas and California are officially overvalued

Oil’s impact on two of the largest states
Brena Swanson
While many Americans’ wallets are thankful that gas prices are drastically low, Texas and California may not be as enthusiastic. And the root of the problem: Oil prices.
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Another mortgage lender launches 3% down loan

Falls in line with FHFA
Brena Swanson
United Wholesale Mortgage is one of the first wholesale lenders to fall in line with the Federal Housing Finance Agency's newest initiative to expand the credit box to first-time homeowners, adding a 97% loan to value product to its offerings.
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Fannie Mae: Will housing make full recovery in 2015?

Can't do much worse than 2014
Brena Swanson
Although 2014 is wrapping up to be a less-than-stellar year for the economy, mortgage lenders believe 2015 will get the nation back on track. But will housing see a surge in activity? Yes, and no.
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Fannie Mae explains 6 ways to push borrowers to refi

Time is running out
Brena Swanson
The FHFA continues to drill into homeowners that the Home Affordable Refinance Program and the Home Affordable Modification Program are not scams. To help push borrowers along, Robert Koller, director of credit risk management with Fannie Mae, gave six quick facts that could make all the difference to getting people to refinance.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates once again drop to new yearly lows

Drop further below 4%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates have decreased throughout this year, recently hovering around 4%. And now, according to Freddie Mac's latest mortgage report, they're even lower.
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Ocwen accused of stalling short sales

NYDFS and CFPB investigate
Brena Swanson
Ocwen just can't get out from under the spotlight of housing regulators. This time the servicer is being accused over whether it improperly stalled short sales by borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.
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Auction.com: Here's who is renting and where

Higher home prices equal higher return
Brena Swanson
Auction.com surveyed investors bidding on properties online and at live events across the country. And while the findings reveal that investors gravitate toward flipping properties, there are distinct differences across the country. These charts help show what those differences are.
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