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So Fannie and Freddie Weren’t the Problem…

Popular Economics Weekly We are learning just how much mortgage fraud was committed by 17 national and international banks and other financial entities that the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) originally sued to recover some $200 billion in losses to … Continue reading

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Will Housing Starts Save Inventories?

The Mortgage Corner Will new housing construction improve the very low inventory levels that are restricting housing sales? It is hard to know at present if this slowdown is due more to the severe winter weather, lack of inventory, or … Continue reading

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January New-Home Sales Soar

Financial FAQs The Polar Vortexes haven’t stopped everything.  It looks like new-home sales are picking up in midwinter, a sign that existing-home inventories are too low. Sales of new single-family houses in January 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales Soaring

The Mortgage Corner There aren’t enough new homes being built, apparently, as new U.S. homes sold at an annual rate of 444,000 in October, up 25.4 percent from 354,000 in September, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday. And the inventory … Continue reading

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Conforming Loan Limits Won’t Decline in 2014

The Mortgage Corner The Federal Housing Finance Agency has just announced it is keeping conforming loan limits at the same level in 2014 for most areas in the country. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can guarantee mortgages up to $417,000 … Continue reading

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Existing Home Sales Take Off

The Mortgage Corner Existing-home sales have finally taken off, a sign that real estate might now be leading the economic recovery. Real estate has historically led past recoveries, by employing so many construction workers and professional services, but not this … Continue reading

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Housing Prices at Seven-Year High

The Mortgage Corner The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index just reported home prices were accelerating strongly going into  a very strong April start to the Spring housing season. The Case-Shiller 20-city data show a very strong 1.1 percent monthly adjusted … Continue reading

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