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Dodd-Frank Reform and Tenant Protections in Foreclosure
Thu, 24 May 2018 23:22:36 +0000

On Thursday, President Trump signed Senate Bill 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, into law. The bill, designed evolve and streamline regulations put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week. The reform bill has many implications for the industry, most of ...

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Existing Home Sales vs. Housing Supply
Thu, 24 May 2018 23:12:26 +0000

After seeing a brief uptick in the first quarter, existing home sales slipped in April, according to a report. What were the other factors that led to the decrease? Click through to learn more.

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Untapped Urban Development Potential
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:24:37 +0000

Urban sprawl, by its very nature, means cities are forever expanding outward. Initially, their borders expand, and then eventually, as they bump up against those constraints, the challenge becomes figuring out ways to make the most use of the space and resources available. With housing at a premium and inventory failing to keep up in ...

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Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace?
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:05:47 +0000

A quarterly report on home prices by the FHFA says that home prices in some regions remained flat in the first quarter. Watch this video to learn what it means for the overall housing market.

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Best Markets for Single-Family Rental Investment
Thu, 24 May 2018 19:07:33 +0000

With rent prices increasing right alongside home prices in many markets, rental investment can pay serious dividends for those savvy enough to do their homework before they invest. But like the old adage goes, one critical element is “location, location, location.” With that in mind, HouseCanary recently examined the state of rental investment, including single-family, ...

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The Changing Makeup of Consumer Debt
Wed, 23 May 2018 22:18:59 +0000

Mortgage debt makes up a noticeably smaller share of total consumer debt than it did a decade ago, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report, covering data for March 2018. According to the Equifax report, mortgage debt now accounts for 71.2 percent of total consumer debt. That’s down from 78.4 percent in ...

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Watt: “These Conservatorships are Unsustainable”
Wed, 23 May 2018 20:53:02 +0000

In his testimony before the Banking Committee, Melvin Watt, Director, FHFA outlined the challenges facing the conservatorship of the GSEs and why it was the Congress’ responsibility to decide on housing finance reforms.

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Buying vs. Renting: A Financial Perspective
Wed, 23 May 2018 15:22:18 +0000

In a little under two years, owning a home becomes more financially viable than renting an identical home, according to the latest Zillow Buy-Rent Breakeven Horizon. It takes just under 1 year and 11 months for homeownership to be more beneficial than renting in the first quarter of the year, which is just over a ...

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The Industry Pulse: Updates on Assurant, Veros, and More
Wed, 23 May 2018 14:12:05 +0000

From rewards and recognition to new appointments and initiatives, get the buzz on the industry's latest news in this weekly update. Assurant, Inc., a New York-based global provider of risk management solutions, has announced the appointment of Marc Hinkle as Managing Director of Assurant Valuations, a title, valuation and settlement services company. Hinkle will oversee ...

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Montgomery Confirmed: Industry Comments on New FHA Commissioner
Wed, 23 May 2018 14:00:21 +0000

After months of delays, Brian Montgomery’s nomination for Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has finally been approved by the Senate by a vote of 74-23. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve with Secretary Carson and the team at HUD to further equal access to affordable ...

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