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Pending home sales drop 7.3% YOY on flat wages, short supply

Biggest drop and biggest miss of 2014 augurs ill for housing
July 28, 2014

Pending home sales dropped off in June, according to the National Association of Realtors, dropping 1.1% from May and falling 7.3% from June 2014 in the biggest decline in 2014 and the biggest miss of expectations in 2014 as well.


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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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How hard is it to get a mortgage?

Depending on your circumstances, it’s not as hard as you may think
July 24, 2014
The Wall Street Journal identifies two distinct segments of potential borrowers — one can get credit fairly easily while the second group has a significantly more difficult time.
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The 7 dumbest big purchases — a house isn't one of them

July 24, 2014

Typically these items are just downright absurd, yet we've convinced ourselves that they're an important, practical, or smart purchase anyway. 


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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates push buyers to market

Despite slight rises, rates still low
July 24, 2014
"Mortgage rates have entered the summer doldrums, showing very little movement one way or another. The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rates has fluctuated within a very narrow range – one-tenth of a percentage point – since mid-May," Bankrate said.
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The first: Jefferies trader Litvak gets 2 years for TARP fraud

Sole conviction of rogue RMBS trader carries $1.75M fine
July 23, 2014
Former Jefferies & Co. Managing Director Jesse Litvak was sentenced to two years in prison for lying to clients about mortgage-backed securities, Bloomberg is reporting. The conviction is the first of its kind and very rare generally.
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Is this the way to cut housing costs when facing hardship?

The household is the biggest household expense
July 23, 2014
What’s the No. 1 way people would reduce their housing costs if they were hit with an unexpected financial burden?
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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
July 23, 2014
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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Mortgage applications rise 2.4% as roller coaster continues

Refinance share of mortgages reaches four-month high
July 23, 2014
Mortgage applications increased 2.4% from one week earlier, after a series of drops and a few peaks over the last few weeks, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 18, 2014.
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Black Knight: Foreclosures hit lowest level since May 2008

Twenty-six months of declines; prepay rate is up
July 23, 2014
The national inventory of loans in foreclosure declined again in June, down 1.5% for the month, almost 36% for the year, making this the 26th consecutive month of declines, Black Knight Financial Services reported.
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