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Freddie Mac: Top 5 most improved housing markets

Despite weak market, still improving
Brena Swanson
While the housing recovery remains at a snail’s pace, it is still improving, with the markets that exhibit stronger local economies and favorable demographics on an even faster pace of improvement. And these 5 metros top the charts for most improved.
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Zillow: Fewer homes underwater in second quarter

Blocks first-time buyers from moving
Brena Swanson
Although the percentage of underwater homeowners continues to heal, the remaining pain is left to struggling borrowers of low-price homes.
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Florida housing market settles into “new normal”

Property inventory up, prices up
Brena Swanson
“We are now beginning to see that the 'new normal' is really the 'old normal' with statistical patterns reminiscent of the market that prevailed prior to the frantic run-up of prices,” Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo said.
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Wall Street returns to buying risky mortgages?

News doesn't always reflect reality
Brena Swanson
Due to the constant news following the recovery, an article in Yahoo made the point that when sifting through the financial pages these days, it’s hard to figure out if America is still agonizing over the crisis or wringing hands about the chances for the next one.
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HUD scorecard: Housing recovery trudges along

Housing indicators mixed in July
Brena Swanson
July’s housing scorecard posted much of the same, falling in line with the past several reports. This month's scorecard, in particular, was impacted by mixed market indicators.
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The housing market’s new normal?

2 things will have to change if we want the old market back again
Brena Swanson
What if the market the way it is now is the new normal?
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Freddie Mac: Housing growth remains stagnant

...But it's not all bad news
Brena Swanson
"We remain cautiously optimistic the housing recovery will continue, albeit slowly, until we see more tightening in the labor markets to give personal incomes a much-needed jolt,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said.
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Growth in rest of 2014 won't make up for record slump in 1Q

Fannie: Expect 1.5% GDP after slowest 1Q since recession
Trey Garrison
Economic growth during the second half of 2014 likely won’t be strong enough to offset the weak activity from the first two quarters of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.
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Fitch: Housing market getting ready to grow

Expects second half upturn, leading to strong 2015
Ben Lane
In 2015, new home sales should increase by 20.4% over 2014, according to projections from analysts from Fitch Ratings. Existing home sales are also projected to regain the 5% loss expected in 2014.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Former CFPB head eyes White House?

The bubble’s last days; New HUD rule the “Common Core” of housing
Trey Garrison
Four housing charts to ruin your Monday (take the red pill), the housing recovery is coming to an end, and a little-known proposed HUD rule that could lead to the federalization of local housing and zoning decisions are all mixed into your spicy, bold morning brew.
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