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Home Sales Drop, Home Prices Rise in the Bay State

In the Bay State, single-family home sales dropped 2 percent in November--the first time year-over-year sales dropped since April, according to the latest report by The Warren Group. For the first time since April, homes sales posted a decrease and the fewest number of sales recorded for a month.

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Home Prices Continue Rising, Sales Steady

Home sales continue to seesaw--while levels increased from the previous year, they dipped from the previous month in October, according to the latest market report from RE/MAX. Following historic seasonal trends, October home sales edged 2.8 percent lower than September, but still pushed 2.2 percent higher than sales in October 2012. At the same time, median home prices were 11.9 percent above prices seen last October.

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GSE Purchases Insurance to Encourage Private Market Participation

In an effort to mitigate potential losses incurred by a questionable pool of single-family loans, Freddie Mac announced Tuesday that it has obtained an insurance policy underwritten by Arch Reinsurance Ltd. The policy will cover up to $77.4 million of credit losses for a portion of the credit risk associated with a pool of single-family loans funded in the third quarter of 2012. The move is in line with the GSE's goal of sharing credit risk with the private market.

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DebtX, SEBA Sell Multi-Billion Portfolio for HUD

DebtX has partnered with SEBA Professional Services to will sell a $5 billion portfolio of non-performing residential loans for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The loan sale consists of two parts: One part is a national offering of approximately 24,000, single family loans totaling $4 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB), which will bid October 30 and December 10, 2013.

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Homeowners ‘Springing’ into Action, According to Report

Recent data show homeowners are getting ahead of the curve and listing their properties earlier than in previous years as the spring selling season approaches. A report by Realtor.com shows listing inventories increased 1.15 percent month-over-month in February, and houses stayed on the market for an average of 98 days, down 9.26 percent from January. Month-over-month list prices also increased to $189,900. This recent spate of news indicates to some that a growing number of "move-up" homebuyers are less reluctant about venturing into the market.

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Fiserv Projects Home Price Growth into 2017

The latest numbers from the Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes show that the housing market may finally be on solid footing again. Average U.S. home prices increased by 1.2 percent in Q2 2012 from the same quarter last year. The year-over-year increase is the first since 2006 when excluding 2010, which was influenced by the federal homebuyer's tax credit. Fiserv projects that housing prices will grow annually at a rate of 3.3 percent from mid-2012 through Q2 2017.

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