Here’s why the FHFA is not a fan of principal reduction

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Nearly half of California millennials still with parents
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Articles by Jacob Gaffney

Bank of America Merrill Lynch concludes Dodd-Frank killed housing

Not coming back to life soon, either
July 25, 2014
“In testimony to Congress on QRM, Mr. Frank noted changing the US residential mortgage market was foremost among the very purpose of the statute,” said analysts Flanagan and Katz. And change that market it did — by sucking the life out of it.
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Here’s why the FHFA is not a fan of principal reduction

Who's going to pay for that?
July 25, 2014
We have another woe-is-me homeowner paraded out for emotion exploitation from pro-reduction policy wonks and "if it bleeds it leads" journalists. Where is the opinion of the mortgage servicer? Or the mortgage lender?
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Goldman Sachs: When will our kids move out?

Nearly half of California millennials still with parents
July 25, 2014
After crunching some numbers, Shan concludes that ultimately millennials will need to get jobs to get them to finally move out. This process, parents will be sad to learn, may take many, many more years.
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HousingWire TECH100 winner FormFree issued pioneering patent

All-digital verification is now a thing
July 23, 2014
The move toward digital lending appears officially unstoppable as FormFree Holdings just received a patent for AccountChek, the world's first automated asset verification system for the lending industry.
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Ginnie Mae ditches paper and goes electronic application

Electronic filing to start very soon
July 23, 2014
Ginnie Mae, the only issuer of government-backed mortgage bonds, announced it is moving away from paper-based issuer applications to an all-electronic system. As of September 1, all applicants will be required to file electronically, via the Application Connection.
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Google workers disturb homeowners' peace

Google said it responds to complaints
July 23, 2014
Google Fiber contractors are supposed to leave property in the condition they found it or better. According to local press in Kansas City, this isn't always the case.
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Fannie Mae offers new suite of HomePath financing

Goodbye HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation
July 22, 2014
In the updated selling guide, Fannie Mae announced three financing “flexibilities” for investing in Fannie Mae-owned properties. And here they are.
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CNBC video: Home shortage could be due to real estate agents

Pocket listings drag down inventory?
July 22, 2014
Unsold inventory is 6.5% higher than a year ago, when there were 2.16 million existing homes available for sale. Could the hidden 'pocket listing' real estate market be to blame?
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Homeowner awarded million-dollar mortgage settlement

Will homeowner ever receive a dime?
July 21, 2014
What's unusual is the sheer size of the settlement, which PHH Mortgage Services is fighting and other lawyers say is excessive. Lawyers for Philip Linza said the award included $514,000 in compensatory damages and $15.7 million in punitive damages.
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BB&T profits fall on weak mortgages

CEO blames underwriting costs
July 21, 2014
It's been a bad quarter for the bank. According to MarketWatch, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based bank's profit fell to $425 million from $547 million a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the bank earned $0.58 compared with $0.77 a year earlier.
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