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Digging deeper: May new home sales increase has weak foundation

Gains in northeast not so much market-driven
Trey Garrison
Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 came in earlier this week at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000, which is up 2.2% from April, and on an annual basis, were up a staggering 19.5%. Sounds like a sign of strength, right? Not so much, when you peel back the layers. Want to know more?
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Moody’s: FHA premium cut will increase home sales by 45,000 this year

Provides a "meaningful boost" to housing economy
Ben Lane
According to the Moody’s report, the FHA premium cut will reach its maximum impact in mid-2016, when Moody’s Analytics’ model expects annualized home sales to increase by 100,000 as a result of the FHA cut, with 40,000 additional single-family housing starts in 2016 as well.
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Moody’s: Lenders making more credit more easily available

Trey Garrison
Lenders are making credit more available to borrowers with less than perfect risk scores because of declining loan losses and the improving economy.
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Making mortgage lemons

Tighter underwriting doesn't make up for strong oversight...it just limits the market
Mark Fleming
Requiring very high credit scores may reduce the risk of default, but it doesn’t prevent us from making a mortgage lemon and only serves to dramatically reduce the pool of eligible borrowers, writes Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.
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Full-blown housing recovery remains an illusory goal

Average FICO score sits 50-pts above pre-crisis levels
Kerri Ann Panchuk
A full-blown housing recovery could push the nation closer to full employment, but a confluence of factors have made this an illusory goal, researchers claim in a new report from Moody’s Analytics and the Urban Institute.
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Housing finance reform remains a hurdle for Capitol Hill

Zandi: Since GSE takeover nothing meaningful has changed
Megan Hopkins
The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held an open hearing Thursday to push forward with housing finance reform. The only problem is while most lawmakers know it's needed, a comprehensive, linear and widely accepted solution has yet to gain major traction in Congress.
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Zillow data available to Moody's Analytics customers

Brena Swanson
Zillow announced it is offering its full suite of real estate aggregate data and related indices to customers of Moody's Analytics, which includes Zillow’s Home Value Index and negative equity data.
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US payrolls grow by 176,000 jobs

HousingWire Staff
Private sector payrolls grew by 176,000 jobs from July to August, down slightly from July when roughly 198,000 positions were added.
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Jobless claims fall by 15,000 filings

Lowest level in six years
HousingWire Staff
The labor market continues to steadily improve, with the number of applications for unemployment insurance falling to 320,000 filings, the lowest level in almost six years, the government said Thursday.
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Moody’s enhances risk assessment tool for bank stress tests

HousingWire Staff
Moody’s Analytics released an enhanced version of RiskCalc™ Plus, its tool for measuring the probability of default and a key credit risk management tool.
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