Freddie Mac: Here are the top 5 improving metro markets for housing

The Census Bureau is cooking the new home sales numbers

You can’t make bricks with imaginary straw

The 12 hottest housing markets right now

And the biggest losers in the price growth race
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Goldman Sachs launches first jumbo mortgage bond since crisis

Bringing RMBS back
Ben Lane
One of the most notorious names from the mortgage crisis is back. Goldman Sachs, which was at the forefront of the toxic mortgage crisis that nearly crippled the U.S. economy, is preparing to launch its first post-crisis prime jumbo residential mortgage-backed securitization.
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Texas apartment group joins disparate impact challenge

Association says Fair Housing Act doesn’t allow doctrine
Trey Garrison
Should disparate impact theory be allowed in Fair Housing Act issues? The Texas Apartment Association is going all in to say no, and here's what it could change.
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Credit Suisse settles Assured Guaranty mortgage lawsuit

Terms remain undisclosed
Jacob Gaffney
Assured Guaranty said in a statement posted on its website that it had reached an agreement to resolve the dispute without disclosing the terms.
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The Census Bureau is cooking the new home sales numbers

You can’t make bricks with imaginary straw
Trey Garrison
High initial print that beats expectations is followed by a dramatic downward revision. This didn't happen once, but for the last five months straight.
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New home sales squeak out weak gain in October

Again Census revises previous month’s print down
Trey Garrison
New home sales squeaked out a 0.7% gain, but that's only because of smoke and mirrors and a weird surge in the Midwest. Take a look.
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The 12 hottest housing markets right now

And the biggest losers in the price growth race
Trey Garrison
RealtyTrac’s data for October breaks out the housing markets with the most price gains, the ones that are slowing, and what’s happening with short sales and foreclosures. Where does your market fit in, and what does it mean?
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Median home price in October increases to highest since Sept. 2008

RealtyTrac: High level still 19% below 2006 peak; growth slowing
Trey Garrison
Price appreciation slowed in more than half the major metro markets, but 20 of them reached a new post-recession high. Here's what that means going forward for housing.
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Excessive regulation of mortgage lending drags down bank profit

MBA: Compliance, risk management expense is the new normal
Trey Garrison
Banking revenues were up but there's an elephant in the room called mortgage lending, and around that elephant's neck is an albatross. Guess what its name is.
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HOAs have a new weapon in dealing with delinquencies

Morningstar: Nevada ruling means SFRs should examine exposure
Trey Garrison
A recent Nevada Supreme Court may provide HOAs a much needed tool in dealing with delinquencies. How will it affect SFR risk?
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FHFA: Home prices absolutely flat in September

Home price growth continues to slow
Trey Garrison
Home prices were absolutely flat in September, following a weak August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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