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CFPB: Consumers ‘Fraught with Anxiety’ Closing Mortgages

CFPB: Consumers ‘Fraught with Anxiety’ Closing Mortgages

As part of its “Know Before You Owe” initiative to streamline mortgage lending, CFPB released Wednesday the results of a year of research on the closing process, including comments collected from both consumers and market participants. The findings indicate frustration all around. “Mortgage closings are often fraught with anxiety,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

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New Home Sales Plummet 14.5% in March

New Home Sales Plummet 14.5% in March

Monthly data released Wednesday by HUD and the Census Bureau shows sales of new homes last month plummeting 14.5 percent from February to an estimated seasonally adjusted yearly rate of 384,000. The last time transactions ran so low was last July, when they came to 383,000.

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FHFA House Price Index Rises Slightly In February

FHFA House Price Index Rises Slightly In February

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its monthly House Price Index (HPI) for February, revealing continued growth even as winter weather slowed the market. The broad measure of the movement of single-family home prices in this purchase-only index went up by .6 percent, and with the exception of November 2013, marked nearly two straight years of increases.

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Fed: Economic Activity Increases Due to Better Weather

Fed: Economic Activity Increases Due to Better Weather

Reports from the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts indicate economic activity has increased in most regions across the country since the end of February as the unusually harsh winter came to an end. As in the last Beige Book report, the word "weather" appeared more than 100 times in the Fed's latest release, though the theme this time was generally one of improvement rather than sluggishness.

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HUD and Dubuque, Iowa Settle Allegations of Discrimination

HUD and Dubuque, Iowa Settle Allegations of Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an agreement with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, settling allegations that the city discriminated against African Americans. The agreement stemmed from allegations of discrimination in the administration of the city's Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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FDIC: Community Banks Remain Resilient Amid Industry Consolidation

FDIC: Community Banks Remain Resilient Amid Industry Consolidation

A new study conducted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) suggests that small bank's fears over increased regulations and consolidation are largely unfounded. The study, "The Continued Resiliency and Importance of Community Banks Amid Long-Term Industry Consolidation," comments that bank consolidation is largely restricted to very small and very large banks.

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Freddie Mac Extends Mortgage Relief to Washington Disaster Victims

Freddie Mac Extends Mortgage Relief to Washington Disaster Victims

Freddie Mac commented Wednesday that its' full menu of mortgage relief policies are available for borrowers who are affected by disasters in the state of Washington from recent flooding and landslides. The company said, "Freddie Mac's disaster relief policies enable servicers to help borrowers with homes in presidentially declared Major Disaster Areas where federal Individual Assistance programs are being made available."

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