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Realtors: This is how your buyer wants you to contact them

Homebuyers are increasingly looking to texting as a way to communicate with housing professionals on the go during the home buying process, however, certain topics are off-limits for this method of communication. A new Ellie Mae study found that as…

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Northwest housing activity heats up at start of 2018

Housing activity in the Northwest sped up at the start of 2018 despite fears that tax reform would slow it down, according to the latest report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. But although interest rates are rising and inventory is…

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House Democrats submit amendments for HUD budget

House Democrats are fighting against the proposed budget set forth in finance committee with 14 proposed amendments to various areas of housing and other funding. Of the Democrats’ 14 proposed markups to the bill, six of the amendments were adopted…

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Changes to Fannie, Freddie Could Do Harm: Report

Changes to the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are on the table—and although they intend to mitigate risk to taxpayers, they could harm homeowners in the process, according to an analysis by Zillow. Borrowers, in fact, could…

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Caliber Home Loans launches app suite

On Monday, Caliber Home Loans announced the launch of a new mobile platform with three mobile phone apps tailored and customized for its three user groups – borrowers, Caliber’s sales force and business associates. Source: 1

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Senate postpones vote for Dodd-Frank reform bill

The Senate announced it would postpone the vote on its Dodd-Frank reform bill until sometime this week after it couldn’t agree on the bill’s more than 100 amendments. While the vote was originally expected last week, an onslaught of amendments…

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Prices Starting to Top Out

Home prices are starting to top out, with appreciation decelerating as the market moves toward a peak, according to the Buy vs. Rent Index published by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU). “Housing markets are slowing, suggesting…

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February Jobs Impress

Fed Has Green Light February brought the economy an impressive 313,000 jobs and 4.1 percent unemployment, with average hourly wages up four cents to $26.75. Construction jobs, notably, rose by 61,000. “[These] employment numbers strengthen the view that the U.S.…

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Changes Coming to USDA Rural Housing Loan Eligibility

Access to affordable, safe mortgage financing is a struggle for many rural Americans. Large banks and mortgage lenders often do not operate in rural areas. The condition of many homes, while typical for rural areas, do not meet the property…

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