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Mortgages: Has Dodd-Frank failed?

Industry needed its 250 new standards
Daren Blomquist and Peter Miller

The need for Wall Street Reform arose precisely because the financial industry was under-regulated. No less an authority than Alan Greenspan, the former head of the Federal Reserve and chief architect of the less-regulation approach, told Congress in 2008 that “those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief.” 


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Is the boom era for home flipping ending?

RealtyTrac: Trends return to historical normal
Brena Swanson
"Home flipping is settling back into a more historically normal pattern after a flurry of flipping during the recent run-up in home prices in 2012 and 2013," said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
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What's Google have to do with mortgages?

How a recent study of digital expectations relates to lending
Matt Corcoran

Mega-tech brands like Google and Amazon not only have the deep pockets and relationships to enter the space if they wish, but also have the hardware and software framework of the digital channels required to deliver a trustworthy consumer experience around something like a mortgage.


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Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac’s broker network

Becomes network’s exclusive partner in San Diego County
Ben Lane
As a member of the RealtyTrac Network, Real Living Lifestyles will have the ability to integrate its broker-branded listings into the realtytrac.com website. “The network also offers all of its members high-profile, homepage branding as well as incorporating their insight into the real estate news cycle,” RealtyTrac said.
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RealtyTrac: Cash purchases disappearing from home sales

Institutional investors keep cooling down
Ben Lane
“The flurry of purchases by institutional investors and other cash buyers that kicked off two years ago when U.S. home prices hit bottom is finally showing signs of subsiding,” said Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president, noting that the U.S. median home prices bottomed out in March 2012.
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RealtyTrac: One-third of U.S. counties drop in home affordability

Falls below 14-year average
Brena Swanson
"The scales are beginning to tip away from the extremely favorable affordability climate we’ve seen over the last two years, with one-third of the counties analyzed now less affordable than their long-term averages,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
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1 in 6 homes still seriously underwater as home price growth slows

Down 26% from 2013, but decline slowed with slowing price gains
Trey Garrison
Some 9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater in the second quarter, representing 17% of all properties with a mortgage, RealtyTrac reports.
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Foreclosures skyrocket in Northeast, West Coast

Nationwide foreclosure activity lowest since December 2006
Trey Garrison
Foreclosures of all types were filed on 109,824 residential properties in May, a 5% decrease from the previous month and a 26% decrease from May 2013, which brought it to the lowest monthly level since the early days of the housing bubble and crash in December 2006.
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WATCH and CLICK: Where are home prices peaking?

Homes hit new 10-year peaks in 2013, 2014
Brena Swanson
More counties are starting to hit new 10-year home price peaks in 2014, but this video and chart tells the story best.
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The 14 very best big money markets for flipping homes

Bonus: 22 most active house flipping markets
Trey Garrison
Home flipping isn’t the share of home sales it used to be; it stood at 3.7% of the total homes sold in the first quarter of 2014. But there’s still gold in them thar hills, so to speak, as profits from flipping a house are up to 30%. Notably though, the returns in the top 14 markets are more like 70-80%.
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