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Existing-Home Sales Slide 2.5 Percent in April

After moving upward for two straight months, existing-home sales retreated in April on both a monthly and annualized basis, according to the National Association of Realtors. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity last month. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 2.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual ...

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First-Time Homebuyers Pull Back For The First Time Since 2014

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A new report released Thursday shows that first-time homebuyers bought fewer homes than the previous year for the first time since 2014. The report from Genworth Mortgage Insurance, an operating segment of Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW), says that the number of loans for owner-occupied homes dropped 2% from a year ago. “This quarter’s decline in first-time homebuyer sales reflects ...

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Strong Demand Pushes Up New York City Rents Ahead of Peak Rental Season

Ahead of peak rental season, apartment shoppers can expect to see slightly higher rent prices than last year, particularly in areas with lower-priced homes, according to StreetEasy’s April 2018 Market Reportsi. However, those searching for rentals at higher price points and in areas of the city with large quantities of new development are likely to have greater negotiating power. In Manhattan, rents increased in ...

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Newt Gingrich's Record: Uncomfortable But True

I’m going to say something uncomfortable to many of you, but it has to be said: Newt Gingrich has a history of flip-flopping on issues which rivals that of Mitt Romney. There, I said it. I’m not the only one to say it, either. Let’s look at Gingrich’s record: On global warming: He supported government sponsoring of alternative energy programs. He ...

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Home Sales Follow Seasonal Trend, But Remain Higher Than a Year Ago

DENVER, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — October home sales were 9.0% above sales in October last year, according to The RE/MAX Monthly Housing Report, a survey of housing data from 53 metropolitan areas. As the market settles in for the winter, an expected monthly decline in home sales from September to October registered 9.8%.  However, October is the fourth consecutive month to ...

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Fannie and Freddie: Dark Clouds Looming Over Near-Term Outlook

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The economy was hit by a barrage of disappointing news during the last month, which led to a significant downgrade in the overall macro economic forecast released today by Fannie Mae’s (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group. While the August 2011 Economic Outlook does not forecast a double dip recession, the downgraded forecast reflects ...

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Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Average mortgage rates continued to fall week-over-week, once again marking the year’s lowest levels according to the LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, which tracks the lowest and average mortgage rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network. On August 16, average home loan rates offered by LendingTree network lenders were 4.35% (4.59% APR) for 30-year fixed mortgages, 3.59% ...

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Massive Overhang of Existing Homes Putting Downward Pressure on U.S. Home Prices and Demand

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A massive inventory of existing homes is dampening the recovery in the U.S. housing sector according to Brendan Lowney, macroeconomist with Forest Economic Advisors (FEA). Lowney estimates excess home inventories at 2.5 million. He says that this oversupply has put downward pressure on home prices, which in turn has caused a variety of undesirable effects, such ...

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Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

NEW YORK, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mortgage rates increased this week, following a nine-week streak of declines. The benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate is now 4.71 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.41 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed mortgage jumped up to 3.86 percent and the larger ...

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Mortgage Banking Giant Agrees to Pay Homeowner $30,000 as Part of Settlement Agreement

With pending counterclaims of fraud and predatory lending, Deutsche Bank agrees to pay defendant $30,000 and issue a letter to correct credit to settle a New Jersey foreclosure action PHILADELPHIA, June 14, 2011 — Shaffer & Gaier, LLC announced today that its client has agreed to a $30,000 cash settlement with Deutsche Bank in an action filed by the banking ...

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Fannie and Freddie Fatcats Still Raking in Taxpayer Dollars. $35M in Bonuses

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives raked in over $35 million dollars in bonuses while sucking another $153 BILLION dollars out of taxpayers for being nothing more than an epic failure. A report issued Thursday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of the Inspector General shed some light on the following payoffs for incompetence, ineptitude or just plain theft ...

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Whitehouse Ignores the Rule of law, refuses to report on Fannie and Freddie once again!

       The Whitehouse continues to stall on reforming the money train known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, even though they are breaking their own so-called Financial Reform, ( also known as the Dodd-Frank Bill) laws to do it. This article is a part of the continuing exposure of the fraud, corruption and waste of taxpayer dollars by the F&F (Fannie ...

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Fannie, Freddie and Foreclosures- Exploring the True Costs to the US taxpayer

Introducing Fannie Mae, their mission and purpose as explained on fanniemae.com: “Fannie Mae, (Federal National Mortgage Association) is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) chartered by Congress with a mission to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets.” Yet they have managed to do just the opposite of the purpose for which they were created. With record ...

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