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New home sales drop in August

Still up from last year
New home sales dropped in August after July witnessed its most significant increase since the housing crisis. Annually, however, new homes sales in August still increased. Industry experts talk about the report, and why it still shows positive signs for the housing market.
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Regions Bank next on DOJ hit list, will pay $52.4 million for FHA-lending violations

Becomes latest lender to be accused of violating False Claims Act
Over the last few years, the Department of Justice used the False Claims Act as its weapon of choice against the mortgage industry, using the law to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration. And now, Regions Bank is the latest on the DOJ’s hit list, after agreeing to settle False Claims Act charges for $52.4 million.
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EXCLUSIVE: Security vulnerabilities discovered in FHA systems

Watchdog review discovers weakness in government's systems
Some of the systems used by the Federal Housing Administration’s single-family insurance program are vulnerable to security breaches, an investigation by the agency’s watchdog uncovered recently. Details on the nature of the “vulnerabilities” are limited at this point, as the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development chose not to share the full results of its investigation with the public.
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HUD: Children still overexposed to lead paint dangers

Here's what they want to do about it
The Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to protect more children living in federally assisted housing from lead paint exposure. To that end, HUD is proposing a new rule that would lower the acceptable threshold of lead exposure in a child’s blood to match the standard used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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New home sales post biggest July gain since the housing bust

Sales up by double digits in all areas
New home sales kept up the strong pace from June and soared in July, and while the news didn’t come as a surprise, it’s definitely welcome, according to these industry experts. Here’s proof that demand for new homes remains solid in a low interest rate, low unemployment environment.
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Housing industry's biggest trade groups push FHA to reconsider PACE rules

Concerned about energy improvement loans being given super priority status
Last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration announced that the FHA will soon begin insuring mortgages that also carry liens created by energy retrofit programs, as long as the energy lien remains subordinate to the mortgage. But the fine print of the new rules has the housing industry's largest trade groups concerned.
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New home sales reach 8-year high

Beats economists’ expectations
New homes sales not only beat out experts’ expectations, but also hit an eight-year high. Although home prices are up, it does not seem to be discouraging the demand for new homes.
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Obama administration presents a look at life after HAMP

Feds provide a preview of what's next
Time is ticking on the government's Home Affordable Modification Program and Home Affordable Refinance Program, as both will end on Dec. 31, 2016. In a comprehensive report published Monday, the Treasury, HUD, and the FHFA say that while these programs are set to end this year, the government plans to continue working with the mortgage industry on various loss mitigation programs moving forward, but caution that the industry needs to be prepared to do more.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is housing talk finally coming to the 2016 election?

A full rundown of all things housing in the race for the White House
Well, we're smack dab in the middle of election season now, and housing is thus far, decidedly not on the agenda. But is that all about to change? While Republican nominee Donald Trump didn't touch on housing in his acceptance speech last week, the Republican Party platform does call for significant changes to the country's housing finance system. As for the Democrats, the party made two big moves over the weekend that could bring housing into the conversation.
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