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Opinion, commentary, and analysis on everything that makes the U.S. housing economy tick -- not to mention the ghosts in the machine, too. Written by HW's team of editors and reporters each business day.

Fact is, no one knows anything about former HUD secretaries

Here’s what you missed about Julián Castro as he leaves office
How many Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretaries have there been total? The correct answer: 16. But don’t worry if you got it wrong, you’re far from alone. Only 24% of people got the question correct on a recent HousingWire quiz. So now that’s clear no one has a clue about the past HUD secretaries, here’s a quick run-down of current HUD Secretary Julián Castro’s time in office before he exits.
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Realtors answer: What's the most disturbing history you've learned about a house you were selling?

More than 5,000 comments in 48 hours on Reddit
What started out as a 13-word question on Reddit, virally spiraled into unsettling, long responses from tons of users. Let me be the first to warn you, you’re about find yourself deep, deep, deep into a very disturbing comment thread. Serial murders, liquified human remains, and so much more. This story is NOT for the faint-hearted. You've been warned.
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The essential guide for lenders to help Millennials buy a home

Here are 7 helpful tips
Every generation faces defining economic events that alter their collective perspective. For Millennials, their coming of age moment occurred during the largest housing market downturn in American history. The housing market coupled with the ubiquitous availability of real estate and market information online has created a new era of homebuyers in Millennials. These tips will help you navigate how to help them as a lender.
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Former CFPB attorney pretty much just confirmed the worst fears of the mortgage industry

We may be right, after all
In "The Tragic Downfall of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Ronald Rubin, a former enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former chief advisor on regulatory policy at the House Financial Services Committee, highlights what he calls the heavy politicization of the CFPB. In doing so, Rubin also just confirmed the worst fears of the mortgage industry.
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Here are HousingWire's top 10 articles of 2016

Thanks to our loyal readers for making this another great year
The past year was record-breaking for HousingWire in just about every metric we have, and that’s all thanks to you, our loyal readers. You push us to do more, to do better, to reach higher, to dig deeper, to keep fighting, and we have no plans of stopping. So here, as we begin a new year, are HousingWire’s top 10 articles of 2016, as determined by our readers.
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Senate Democrats miss the mark calling Trump Treasury pick “foreclosure king”

What kind of foreclosures are we talking about here?
According to Jack Guttenberg Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania writing in the Huffington Post, Democrats may find it troubling to get the “foreclosure king” label to stick, primarily due to a level of misreporting in the media.
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What happened to all that mortgage settlement money?

New York Times' Dealbook provides look at 8 massive mortgage settlements
While the headlines don’t show up quite as often as they once did, it still seems like that every few weeks another bank is settling with the federal government (or other parties) over the mortgage misdeeds of the past. Each of those settlements checks in the multi-billion dollar range, but what happens to the settlement money after the banks pay up?
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Tell HousingWire about your company's good news

Help us help you
Was your company named one of the best places to work in your city? Let us know. Did your business reach a milestone in longevity, software development or number of customers served? We want to hear about it. Here's how to help us spread the word.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Reasons to be optimistic in 2017

Forecasts for the holiday season and beyond
This year is almost over, and housing industry experts are all making their predictions for 2017. Although not everyone agrees on what next year will look like after President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated and in the midst of a rapid rise in interest rates, most economists have a positive outlook for next year. 
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