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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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Zillow, Trulia merger expected to get FTC go-ahead

Stocks soar by midday
Jacob Gaffney
While shareholders approved the deal last month, there were a few hold-ups from regulators. By midday today the share price is up more than 5% for Trulia and more than 10% for Zillow.
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Texas mortgage market will still shine in 2015

Oil bust? Give me a break
Marcus McCue
Despite everything going on in the oil industry, the Texas housing market is still poised to shine in 2015. Texas-based Guardian Mortgage explained that 2015 looks to be both bigger and better than last year; itself a pretty decent year.
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Zillow: Will owners of low-end homes start moving up?

Homeowners finally in a position to sell
Brena Swanson
Homeowners at the bottom of the housing tier emerged from 2014 in a stronger position than in previous years, potentially opening the door for the whole market to start shifting up in housing.
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Maryland woman sent to prison for stealing from open houses

Searched for expensive houses and posed as buyer
Ben Lane
According to local authorities, Sally Spaisman, 58, would search the Internet for expensive homes that were on the market, show up at the open houses pretending to be a buyer and use her free reign of the house to steal expensive jewelry from the owners.
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Here are the hottest neighborhoods for 2015

This year it’s all about affordability
Brena Swanson
This year, buyers are finally shifting away from urban and expensive homes. Instead, it’s all about affordability, and this new list from Redfin found the best of both worlds — the most affordable and convenient neighborhoods for 2015.
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Why right now is the perfect recipe for more mortgage lending

Rates, employment, mortgage products all boosting housing
Brena Swanson
The refinance and purchase market are being set up for a strong start to 2015. Between low interest rates and new low down payment products, both exiting homeowners and first-time buyers should take a look at these reasons to reassess their housing situation.
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There’s no more room for appraisal fraud

Amount of fraud tumbles in last year
Brena Swanson
Appraisal fraud has drastically tumbled ever since the financial crisis. Which sounds like a good thing, right? According to one expert, it isn’t. The solution put in place might ruin the appraisal industry.
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America’s most expensive home goes on the market

The $195 million price tag is “really quite reasonable”
Brena Swanson
There are only a handful of people who can afford this $195 million home in Beverly Hills, California. As it turns out, the seller of the home made his fortune by betting that people would default on their mortgages during the financial crisis.
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Real estate agent narrowly escapes kidnapping by registered sex offender

Agent was lured to model home and taken prisoner
Ben Lane
A California real estate agent is safe after escaping a kidnapping attempt by outsmarting a registered sex offender, who lured her to a house under false pretenses and held her at gunpoint.
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The top 20 cities for housing investments

Texas rules the list
Brena Swanson
As more people decide to jump into either homeownership or become investors, there are still plenty of places were housing is a pretty safe bet. And Texas and Florida appear to taking over the list of best places.
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