The 12 hottest housing markets right now

The 12 hottest housing markets right now

And the biggest losers in the price growth race

Does Fannie Mae support appraisers?

Here comes Collateral Underwriter

Higher fees proposed for FHA mortgages

MBA: This is far in excess of what the FHA needs
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Pending home sales reverse course

Slightly drop from last week’s levels
Brena Swanson
Despite pending home sales posting a slight decline, it is still above year-over-year levels for the second month straight, and the rest of the news for homes sales doesn’t look bad either.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Mortgage giants warm to principal reduction?

Also 2015 housing finance forecasts galore and key mortgage industry metrics
Trey Garrison
Is principal reduction about to become more common? Who hit the bulls-eye in forecasting 2014, and who just offered bull? And of those hawkeye prognosticators, what do they have to say about 2015? Get it here and get it early.
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Existing home sales tick up 1.5% in October

Second month in a row of gains brings pace to highest in 11 months
Trey Garrison
Existing-home sales rose in October for the second straight month and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
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FHA actuarial report is a Rorschach test for Washington players

Proof of structural failure or proof it’s all hunky-dory?
Trey Garrison
The Federal Housing Administration released Monday its actuarial report on the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund for single-family programs, and a lot of very divergent voices have equally divergent opinions on what it means.
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Realtors applaud Obama’s call for strict Title II net neutrality

NAR fears premium pricing for video-heavy online listings
Trey Garrison
A week after the White House and Democrats took a historic beating in the midterm elections, the White House issued a statement with its forceful support of the FCC’s taking up a Title II net neutrality that would essentially treat the Internet like a public utility.
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Are landlords responsible for pot-growing renters?

It’s still not legal under federal law
Brena Swanson
While 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal pot use, along with four states legalizing recreational use, marijuana is still illegal according to federal law, which could leave some landlords in a bind if their renters are caught.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: What GOP control means for housing

Affordable housing minefields, getting an FHA loan, and more
Trey Garrison
Are we heading back down the path of dangerous lending and dodgy, politics driven housing policy, or is this much ado about nothing? Plus, wither Washington with the GOP at the helm?
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Prediction: Realtors almost totally unnecessary by 2025

Report predicts half of today’s occupations gone in 10 years
Trey Garrison
Buying a home may become more of an online process than you can even imagine now – especially by the year 2025.
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Can subprime loans solve the credit crunch?

Could re-energize the housing market
Daren Blomquist and Peter Miller
This means that right now, today, lenders can offer FHA-insured subprime loans, loans where the lender has no risk because the FHA provides 100% coverage for any lender losses. Do lenders make such loans? Not hardly.
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FHFA's Watt: Realtors are next step for expanding mortgage credit

Housing Director urges agents to “actively encourage their customers”
Brena Swanson
Now that Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced his plans to expand the credit box, he went to next source of strengthening homeownership: Realtors.
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