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FHFA Releases Q1 Price Index

The FHFA’s Q1 House Price Index Report was released Wednesday showing house prices up for the 23rd time in a row. Additionally, they were also up for the 21st time in a row year-over-year. Though this seems positive, Q1’s rate of growth nationally was minimal compared to the quarterly growth rates in years past.

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First-time Buyers Account for 60 Percent of Purchases

According to a new report, first-time homebuyers now make up 60 percent of all home purchases. On GSE loans, first-time buyers comprise 47 percent of loans, while on FHA loans, they account for 82 percent. The uptick is likely due to an improved economy, lower unemployment, rising income, and more new home construction

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FDIC Bank Revenues Rise 12 Percent

According to a new report, FDIC-insured banks saw a jump in income over the first quarter. The institutions reports a 12.7 percent rise in revenues over the year. Total loan balances at FDIC banks are slowing down.

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Buying Remains the Cheaper Option, but for How Long?

Buying might still be cheaper than renting in major U.S. metros, but rising prices and stalling rents could soon flip that dynamic. A new report by Trulia shows how the most expensive U.S. markets could see a rise in rentals. A lot depends on federal policy over the next couple years.

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CFPB vs. PHH: Two-Year Battle Coming to a Head

The highly anticipated hearing for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and PHH Corporation took place Wednesday in front of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Court of Appeals agreed to revisit their October decision ...

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Foreclosures Hit 10-Year Low, Despite April Uptick

The total national loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure), spiked 13 percent from in April from March putting a little over 2 million properties past due. However, according to experts, there is no need for alarm. The rise is primarily due to the calendar with April ending on a Sunday.

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