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Author Archives: Colin Robins

Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News' sister site.

Millennials are Heading to Suburbia

Analyzing data from the United States Census, Trulia's chief economist Jed Kolko found that the population growth of millennials in big, dense cities was outpaced by big-city suburbs and lower-density cities. Kolko also found that baby boomer growth in big, dense cities also fell short of growth in the big-city suburbs.

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GSEs Foreclosure Prevention Actions Nearly 3.2M through Q1

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed nearly 3.2 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of the government's conservatorship of the two companies in 2008. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Foreclosure Prevention Report, 88,000 actions were performed in the first quarter of 2014 alone.

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Survey: Realtors Continue to Invest in Mobile Technology

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) set out to answer a very simple question—how much are realtors spending on new technology for their businesses? NAR conducted the 2013-2014 Realtor Technology Survey, which found that realtors continued to invest in technology for their business in 2013 and spent more than they had in previous years.

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HUD: Allegations Settled over Maternity Leave Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has settled with Utah-based Mountain America Credit Union allegations of discrimination against prospective borrowers on maternity leave. Mountain American Credit Union is the second largest credit union in Utah and the 35th largest credit union in the United States.

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McAlister Real Estate Hires Senior Associate

McAlister Real Estate announced the addition of Brock Hudson as a Senior Associate. In his new role, Hudson will be responsible for finding opportunities in the firm’s markets of Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

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Zombie Properties Continue to Linger Nationwide

Zombie properties serve as a lingering reminder of a housing market still in the midst of self-correction. They serve as a legacy of the recent housing crisis, a byproduct of lengthy foreclosure timelines and mercurial state foreclosure statutes. RealtyTrac recently released a nationwide analysis of zombie properties, examining both states and institutions that have the most zombie properties.

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May Equity Home Sales Continue to Rise in California

Higher home values have continued to fuel more equity home sales, making up more than 80 percent of all home sales for the past 11 consecutive months, according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR). The group noted that pending home sales receded slightly in May, as investors pulled out of the market due to higher home prices.

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Associa CEO Wins 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Associa, North America's largest community association management firm, announced its president and CEO John Carona has won the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southwest Region in the service business category.

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Freddie Mac’s Portfolio Shrinks 2.1% in May

Freddie Mac released its monthly volume summary for May 2014, tracking information on the company's mortgage-related portfolio, securities issuance, risk management, delinquencies, debt activities, and other investments. The summary found that overall, Freddie Mac's total mortgage portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 2.1 percent in May.

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HUD, Real Estate Company Settle Allegations of Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Brotman Enterprise, LLC will pay $25,000 as part of an agreement resolving allegations of discrimination. The Philadelphia-area real estate company settled with HUD as part of a Conciliation Agreement.

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