Only “Number Jesters” report 2Q economic growth at 4% pace

4 factors weighing down housing in the second half of 2014

Will housing collapse?

Altos: Critics wrong about housing, it’s going to soar

2015 will see notable price appreciation
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Articles by Jacob Gaffney

FTC: Bill collectors posed as cops to threaten arrest

Tried to collect debts discharged in bankruptcy
July 30, 2014
The latest Consumer Financial Services Alert, from law firm Ballard Spahr, highlights alleged nefarious tactics from bill collectors in New York, including threatening to arrest borrowers.
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Altos: Critics wrong about housing, it’s going to soar

2015 will see notable price appreciation
July 29, 2014
Clients will begin receiving a report Wednesday afternoon, but HousingWire was able to get a sneak peek, and the results say that critics are wrong about housing. According to Altos, it’s going to soar in 2015.
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Blackstone adviser: Investors worried about ‘serious correction’

Byron Wien still holds his line
July 28, 2014
“But there are enough other positive signs that I am not altering my favorable forecast. If housing continues to be weak, I will probably have to change my view.”
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It’s official: Zillow will own Trulia

"Better agents make for better advertisers"
July 28, 2014
During a conference call on the deal, Rascoff said the real ad potential for the two companies, to make some serious profit, is working to move real estate marketing from offline to online.
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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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