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Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer and editor based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked for various newspapers, magazines, and publications across the nation, including The Dallas Morning News and Addison Magazine. She has also worked with both the Five Star Institute and REO Red Book, as well as various other mortgage industry clients on content strategy, blogging, marketing, and more.

GSEs Complete 15K in Foreclosure Prevention Actions

An FHFA report reveals the GSEs completed nearly 15,000 foreclosure prevention actions in January, bringing their total to 3.8 million since the beginning of conservatorship. The report also revealed that GSE foreclosure starts jumped 10 percent for the month, while third-party and foreclosure sales increased 16 percent. The seriously delinquent rate stayed steady, while delinquent loans 30 to 59 days and 60-plus days both dipped.

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Quicken Reports Widening Appraiser-Homeowner Disconnect

New data shows the disparity between appraised values and homeowner expectations has grown—and for the fourth straight month. A few markets are bucking the trend, many on the West Coast. Denver saw appraised values outpace homeowner estimates the most in March.

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Immigrant Homebuyers Helped Post-crisis Bounceback

According to a new report, immigrant homebuyers helped the housing industry recover from the recession in a big way—and it will continue influencing the markets in the years to come. Suburbs, in particular, will see large immigrant homeownership growth, as most are looking for single-family homes in affordable areas. These communities need to be proactive in preparing for more immigrant residents.

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Wells Fargo Reclaims $75 Million from Execs

Following an independent investigation of its sales practices, Wells Fargo has reclaimed $75 million from its former CEO, John Stumpf, and Head of Community Banking, Carrie Tolstedt. This brings the organization’s total executive compensation actions up to $180 million. The organization has also named replacements for Stumpf and Tolstedt and implemented several other changes.

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Lenders Preferred Refinancing Over New Purchases Post-Crisis

A new study suggests that after the Fed began quantitative easing in 2008, many lenders began leaning more toward refinancing applicants than those seeking new purchase loans. This was likely due to the stronger payment history and less risk associated with these applicants. Weaker, less-capitalized banks were more likely to follow the trend.

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Most Improved Markets in Portland and Charlotte

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, recently weighed in on the National Housing Market Index released by AEI and First American. According to the NHMI, the most improved ones were Portland, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina; Baltimore; Atlanta; and Tampa, Florida. Home sales have increased in these regions by more than 25 percent since 2012.

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New Jersey, Illinois, Texas Demand Highest Property Taxes

According to a new analysis of property tax data, property taxes are highest in the NE, with New Jersey resident’s paying more than twice that of the national average. Following close behind were Illinois, Texas, New Hampshire and Vermont. Hawaii came in with the lowest property tax rates.

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Cordray Stands Up for CFPB in House Hearing

CFPB Director Richard Cordray will go before the Housing Financial Services Committee to address the Bureau’s two most recent semiannual reports. In his prepared remarks, Cordray is prepared to discuss credit reporting, financial incentives, and debt collection, among other things. He will also defend the CFPB’s purpose amidst the political debate currently encircling it.

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Home Prices Won’t Drop Anytime Soon

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A new report shows the likelihood of drops in housing prices—for all states and major cities—is pretty low over the next two years. This is because of low interest rates, short supply, and a tightening job market. If pricing declines do occur, they’re most likely in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska, as well as Oklahoma City.

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Cleveland, Detroit Top Rental Investment Markets

A recent report revealed that the nation’s top grossing single-family rental markets are mostly noncoastal, Midwestern states, with Cleveland, Ohio, taking the top spot. At No. 2 and 3 were Detroit and Dayton, Ohio, respectively. Memphis and Toledo rounded out the top five.

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