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

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

2015 will see notable price appreciation

The real reason Fannie and Freddie don't do principal modifications

Looking out for your retirement

Blackstone adviser: Investors worried about ‘serious correction’

Byron Wien still holds his line
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Investors Unite gets the cold shoulder at Guggenheim Securities

Maloni makes the case for keeping Fannie and Freddie
July 29, 2014
Guggenheim Securities held a by-invitation-only event last week in New York for big GSE investors, but members of Investors Unite — that is, the retail investors — were shut out. All except one, who spoke to HousingWire on the condition of anonymity.
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Could the post office get into the mortgage business?

It’s not as crazy as you might think
July 29, 2014

For consumers, having a little more choice in banking wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. We’ve certainly seen what banks can do when left to their own devices. But on the other hand, it’s not like the post office is a bastion of economic excellence either.


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4 tech troubles brokers and agents need to fix right now

The mortgage market could use this help
July 29, 2014
From agents approaching going mobile with the wrong priorities to brokers not using available data that could give great insight into their business to anyone not understanding the value of online ratings — there are many ways real estate professionals aren’t getting the most out of their technology.
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The dirty, possibly anti-trust secret Zillow/Trulia don’t want you to know

Citron Research: This powerhouse isn’t really either
July 29, 2014
The media consensus has been that the Zillow/Trulia acquisition creates a powerhouse – a model village, so to speak, of real estate online listings. But Citron Research says that this may be more of a Potemkin village.
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The real reason Fannie and Freddie don't do principal modifications

Looking out for your retirement
July 29, 2014
Why is the government resisting principal mods? Because there is one big investor in MBS that the government is worried about – pension funds.
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Here’s why the week ahead will make or break housing and the economy

FOMC, initial 2Q GDP and jobs report will put the stamp on 2014
July 28, 2014
The best directions in the world won't help you get somewhere if you don't know where you are standing. We could do without the media spin on the economy and housing.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Goldman's $1B FHFA settlement?

America’s lost decade; FHA fees drag; Mortgage lending, RMBS slow to a crawl
July 28, 2014
Goldman is looking at a $1 billion settlement with the FHFA, Americans' household wealth has plunged 36% from 2003, and FHA fees may be a big drag on the housing economy.
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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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What will the Zillow-Trulia hookup mean for housing?

Listing Goliath could change the balance of power
July 24, 2014

Zillow is acquiring rival Trulia for $3.5 billion in a move that would create a Goliath of online real estate listings. So how is it going to affect the industry, consumers, and even the media?


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