Housing shouldn’t look at any color but the color of money

Housing shouldn’t look at any color but the color of money

People with bad credit and bad habits should be squeezed out of housing

Who is Nat Hardwick?

Former LandCastle Title CEO owns NASCAR team, rubs elbows with PGA pros

Lawsuit alleges former LandCastle Title CEO embezzled $30 million

Nat Hardwick allegedly used funds for private jets, gambling
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Here’s why home price growth will slow to 4% in 2015

Capital Economics says lingering crash weakness still dragging
Trey Garrison
Home-price growth has slowed across the board, and Capital Economics says the slowdown is on track to meet the company's forecast for inflation to slow to 4% in 2015.
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Title insurance premium volume in 2Q dropped 16.6% YOY

Industry generated $2.7 billion in 2Q2014 versus 2Q2013
Trey Garrison
Title insurance premium volume declined 16.6% during the second quarter of 2014 when compared to the same period a year ago, according to American Land Title Association, a trade association for the industry.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates stay low heading into holiday

Rates barely move amid mixed housing news
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates barely moved due to mixed news on the housing market heading into the holiday weekend, with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.10% for the week ended Aug. 28.
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Mortgage applications rise 2.8% after weeks of low interest rates

Refinance share continues to grow hitting 56%
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications increased 2.8% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 22, 2014.
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Ellie Mae’s July origination report shows share of purchase loans up

Even better, time to close falls to its lowest
Trey Garrison
Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight report shows that for July, the share of purchase loans rose to its highest level in the series, while time to close fell to its lowest.
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Black Knight: Foreclosure starts are up for the third consecutive month

Overall foreclosure inventory continues to fall
Trey Garrison
Foreclosure starts in July were up for the third consecutive month even as the overall inventory continues to decline, according to Black Knight Financial Services.
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Realtor.com economist talks millennials, mortgages and affordability

Republic 3.0 lands solid Q&A with Jonathan Smoke
Trey Garrison
A new centrist political blog – Republic 3.0 – is hitting the housing industry right where it lives, starting with its interview with the web domain's new chief economist, Jonathan Smoke.
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HousingWire asks if immigrants can save housing, Fannie Mae answers yes

Immigrant ownership grew as native ownership dropped in the 2000s
Trey Garrison
Immigrant homeownership rates grew through the 2000s even as native-born homeownership declined after the bubble burst.
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New home sales decline to four-month low, down 2.4%

Sales up YOY but well below analyst expectations
Trey Garrison
New home sales disappointed in July, coming in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 412,000, which is 2.4% below the revised but still paltry June rate of 422,000.
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Black Knight: Home prices in June rose 5.5% YOY

Home price appreciation continues to slow
Trey Garrison
At the national level, U.S. home prices in June were up 0.8% from May, and 5.5% from this time last year, but yearly increases in home appreciation continue to slow. The last three months Y/Y increases were May: 5.9%, April: 6.4% & March: 7.0%.
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