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Despite drop in pending home sales, California Realtors positive on spring buying season

Affordability and inventory shortages still major concern
Housing inventory shortages and affordability concerns dampened California’s strong start to the new year. But regardless of the dip, California Realtors are still positive about the upcoming spring home-buying season and expect improved market conditions in the near term.
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Spotlight on what new HUD budget will do to LA's homeless housing efforts

Future of section 8 housing in LA
The city of Los Angeles just started to get the ball rolling on its efforts to solve its homelessness crisis. However, due to President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal that would severely cut costs for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city’s homeless efforts might not go according to the original plan.
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California home sales start 2017 on a strong note

Median sales price drops below $500,000 for first time since March 2016
While winter usually means a decline in home sales, California just saw its first increase in home sales between December and January since 2012, a sign that the Golden State could be in for a strong housing year.
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California regulator reveals what Ocwen did wrong

Auditor found "hundreds" of violations of law
Ocwen Financial announced late last week that it successfully extricated itself from the mortgage servicing restrictions placed on it by the California Department of Business Oversight. The final settlement total included $198 million in debt forgiveness. So why was the settlement so big? Turns out that Ocwen’s operations weren’t exactly squeaky clean for the last few years.
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Ocwen reaches $223 million settlement with California over servicing violations

Mortgage servicing restrictions lifted, can now acquire California MSRs
Ocwen Financial announced late Friday that it reached a $223 million settlement with the California Department of Business Oversight, ridding itself of the restrictions that hampered its mortgage business in California for more than two years. The settlement includes a cash payment of $25 million. Ocwen is also required to provide an additional $198 million in debt forgiveness.
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House flipping is back…in California, at least

Wall Street Journal reports on return of flippers
House flipping, which served as one of the canaries in the coal mine before the house collapse, is apparently back on the map, in California, at least. In the words of one flipper, “the floodgates have opened” when it comes to finding financing for flipping.
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California home sales decline as market moves into autumn

Follows seasonal trends
Summer is over, and the housing market is transitioning into the fall and winter months. As a result, California home sales followed typical seasonal trends in September and decreased. Madeline Schnapp, director of Economic Research for PropertyRadar, takes a longer-term view to give a better picture of the market.
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Will California real estate experience the toughest year yet in 2017?

Projected to have lowest housing affordability in six years
The trials that plagued the California housing market in 2016 aren’t expected to get too much better in 2017. The California Association of Realtors' forecast for 2017 is out and some parts of it look very familiar. Once again, the real estate market is projected to face a major supply shortages and affordability constraints.
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