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Residential Construction Activity Increases

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Residential construction is on its way up, with building permit authorizations for privately owned housing units increasing by 8.1 percent from June to July and rising 7.7 percent from July 2013, according to data released on August 19 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Delinquency Rate Falls for 10th Straight Quarter

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The national mortgage delinquency rate declined for the 10th consecutive quarter in Q2 2014 and is at its lowest level since 2008, according to TransUnion's quarterly mortgage report. The rate of U.S. mortgage delinquencies, defined as those in which the borrower is more than 60 days delinquent on the mortgage account, fell from 3.61 percent in Q1 to 3.46 percent for Q2 (a change of 4.2 percent).

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CFPB Warns Servicers to Follow Loan Transfer Rules

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin on August 19 for mortgage servicers, outlining how they should handle the loan transfer process. The bulletin includes a reminder to mortgage servicers to pay close attention to the new common-sense mortgaging rules implemented by the CFPB in January 2014, aimed at protecting consumers from being harmed during loan transfers.

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California Home Sales Still Slow Despite 3.9 Percent Jump

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Single family home and condominium sales in California experienced a month-over-month increase of 3.9 percent for July but saw a 9.2 percent decline year-over-year, according to PropertyRadar's July 2014 Real Property Report for California. Sales for single family homes and condos for the first seven months of 2014 year-to-date are at their lowest levels since 2008, the report stated.

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CFPB Raises Loan Thresholds For 2015

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is increasing the loan thresholds used to determine the maximum points and fees for QM loans. The new rule, published in the Federal Register on Friday, updates the limits on points and fees that loans must meet in order to fit the QM definition and be considered a "safe" loan.

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