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Freddie Mac: Mortgages rates rise from yearly lows

Rates increase across the board.
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates moved away from last week’s yearly lows and slightly increased across the board, with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.98% for the week ended Oct. 30.
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Moving up: Statebridge approved by Freddie Mac

Company continues to grow in many ways
Brena Swanson
Freddie Mac officially approved Statebridge Company as a servicer, fulfilling one of its strategic goals set when it was founded in 2008. Statebridge is a mortgage servicer based in Denver, Colorado.
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This is why California is in the middle of another housing crisis

Affordability and mortgage lending issues abound
Joel Singer
It’s ironic that when the first Millennials were born, their Baby Boomer parents couldn’t afford a home either. Looking back to October 1981, interest rates on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage exceeded 18%. It wasn’t until rates fell below 10% in 1986, and to the 7% range in the early 2000s, that affordability ceased to be a major impediment to homeownership. Today, California’s housing affordability problem is back and here's why.
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Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro housing markets

Not just L.A. and NYC
Brena Swanson
"The good news from MiMi this month is the improvement across more markets and not just the large markets like Los Angeles and New York which receive so much of the attention,” said Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates continue to fall below 4%

Hit lowest level in over a year
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates continued to fall after last week’s significant drop and dipped to the lowest level since the week of June 6, 2013, the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey said.
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Freddie Mac: The 4 ingredients for housing recovery

Recovery still has a ways to go
Brena Swanson
"Combined, these forces, once firing on all cylinders, can provide the lift off needed for economic growth to be stronger in 2015,"said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist.
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Freddie Mac CEO: We will help increase mortgage lending

Competition among two is still competition
Jacob Gaffney
The CEO from the government-sponsored enterprise, Freddie Mac, said that his firm is increasingly becoming more competitive in the mortgage market and will look to see how its "credit box could be more fully utilized.”
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Mel Watt and Julian Castro announce housing policy changes

MBA calls the policy changes "extremely positive"
Sarah Wheeler
Attendees at the Mortgage Bankers Association's Annual Convention & Expo think the changes are good. Really, really good.
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Here’s how FHFA opening the credit box could affect the industry

Compass Point: Originators, builders, mortgage insurance benefit
Trey Garrison
It’s likely that Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt will announce a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability when he speaks at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo on Oct. 20.
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Is the Massachusetts AG's run for governor compromised by GSE buyback lawsuit?

Nonprofit CEO also co-chairs Coakley’s campaign finance committee
Ben Lane
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley stands accused of failing to disclose close ties between her gubernatorial campaign and a nonprofit that’s at the center of the State of Massachusetts’ lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over buyback programs.
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