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Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing

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In the real earnings report for February 2015, the BLS reported that real average hourly earnings – hourly earnings adjusted for inflation – increased by 22 cents year-over-year from $10.32 to $10.54 year-over-year, an increase of 2.1 percent, despite a drop by one cent from January's average of $10.55.

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Fannie Mae: Economic Growth Slows in Q1; Economy Still Expected to ‘Drag Housing Upward’

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The temporary factors that slowed economic growth include a drawdown in inventory, unusually high snowfall in some parts of the country, and the West Coast port slowdown. Fannie Mae expects the reducing of those factors in the second quarter combined with upbeat labor market conditions and positive consumer and business fundamentals to push GDP growth to 2.8 percent in 2015, ahead of 2014's pace of 2.4 percent.

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Analyst: Majority of Mortgage Professionals Unwilling to Pay for Liability Relief

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Despite the fact that 89 percent of the mortgage industry professional surveyed by the Collingwood Group last September said regulations were hurting their business, 76 percent of respondents in March's Mortgage Industry Outlook Report said they would be willing to pay up to 25 basis points when asked how much they would pay "to be relieved of all liability for future buybacks, indemnifications and/or lawsuits."

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Mortgage Default Rate Declines For First Time in Seven Months

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According to February's first mortgage default index, the rate ticked downward to 1.00 percent in February from 1.02 percent in January after seven months of increases since falling to its lowest level of 0.88 in July 2014. February's first mortgage default rate represents a decline of 23 basis points from February 2014 (1.23 percent). The rate recently experienced its largest increase in the previous 15 months (five basis points) from November to December 2014.

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Negative Equity Remains a ‘Serious Issue’ Despite Year-Over-Year Decline

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Despite the year-over-year decline in the percentage of underwater residential properties, negative equity remains a serious issue, according to Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. For the full year of 2014, 1.2 million borrowers regained equity – but nearly five and a half million properties remained in negative equity as of the end of the year after approximately 172,000 homes slipped into negative equity from the third quarter to the fourth quarter in 2014.

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