Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Ocwen settles "frustrating skirmish" with California

Zillow plans event to “hack” housing

Offers $10,000 prize for creative solutions to jumpstart market

CFPB goes after Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for mortgage kickback scheme

Mega banks will pay $35.7 million total
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Builder confidence and housing starts, sales and prices headline the week

Closing the book on 2014 housing with final reports
Trey Garrison
With just a few mortgage-focused earnings coming out this week the emphasis will be on a slate of housing metrics coming from homebuilders, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Census Bureau. Here’s what to expect.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: The increasing risk of low mortgage rates

Plus a roundup of housing starts, home prices and home sales
Trey Garrison
Everyone loves lower mortgage interest rates, but there is a downside over the long haul that housing and investors need to consider. Here’s the scoop — plus a preview of the week to come.
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Cash home sales continue decline, falling to 35.5%

Share of cash sales could hit pre-crisis levels in 2017
Trey Garrison
Cash sales made up 35.5% of total home sales in October 2014, down from 38.7% in October 2013, and the trend is continuing downward. Here’s what’s happening and what it means for housing.
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Will 2015 be better for California’s housing market?

Number of underwater borrowers shrinks 28.5% for the year
Brena Swanson
Now that California is past last year’s tepid housing market, it should fare better in 2015, thanks to mortgage interest rates trending lower and loosening mortgage standards.
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Housing sales weak heading into 2015

Capital Economics: Housing not off the rails
Trey Garrison
The sharp decline in new and existing home sales in November is not a sign that the housing recovery is coming off the rails, but it is troubling.
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RealtyTrac: Distressed home prices hit new 5-year high

Median homes prices remain flat
Brena Swanson
While median sales prices of single-family homes and condos reported little movement compared to a month ago, the same can’t be said for distressed home prices, which reached their highest level since December 2009.
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Lack of millennial homebuyers drags on housing

Veros: Prices, credit reduce first-time homebuyers
Trey Garrison
Despite the easing of credit restrictions, millennial reticence is dragging down first-time homebuyer sales.
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Home-price growth will stabilize around 4% through 2015

Capital Economics: Lower LTV will offset any drags
Trey Garrison
Despite likely coming interest rate hikes and depressed energy prices, Capital Economics expects home-price growth to stabilize around 4% in 2015. Here's why.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Oil’s crash will impact MBS market

Mortgage fraud is still a problem, plus the gift of housing metrics
Trey Garrison
Oil's dramatic drop is going to have a big impact on agency and non-agency MBS. Here's what it means. Plus, it's a surprisingly busy week for housing metrics. We have the details.
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Realtor.com forecast: Millennials will break out in 2015

Existing home sales and mortgage rates up, affordability down
Trey Garrison
Realtor.com’s chief economist Jonathan Smoke is launching his first annual forecast, and he's dramatically breaking away from the crowd with a different view of what 2015 holds for housing and mortgage finance.
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