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Brian Honea's writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master's degree from Amberton University in Garland.

AACER: Third-Lowest Monthly Bankruptcy Filings Total of 2015 Reported in August

Bankruptcy filings nationwide totaled 67,712 over 21 filing days for the month of August, the third-lowest monthly total in 2015 and a decline of more than 7,000 from August 2014, according to August 2015 AACER bankruptcy data reported by Epiq Systems. Filings were lower in August 2015 by 7,522 from the previous August. The total of 67,712 for the month was third-lowest this year behind January (59,087) and February (65,054).

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Existing-Home Sales Gains May Be Slowing Down

While existing-home sales have seen solid gains in 2015, reaching levels not seen since before the crisis seven years ago, the rate of increase may be slowing down, according to data released by Auction.com on Tuesday.

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Delinquency Rates Remain Low Across SFR Securitizations

According to Morningstar, the retention rate for month-to-month leases improved for most of the transactions in July after dropping in 15 out of 17 transactions in June. The retention rates of scheduled lease expirations remained within Morningstar's expectations for July, in the mid-70s. 

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Agency Purchase Loans Become Riskier

Also according to AEI's July report, 71 percent of Agency purchase loans had down payments of 5 percent or less, and 25 percent of them had DTI ratios greater than the QM limit of 43 percent. The median FICO score for first-time buyers was 709, a bit below the median for all individuals in the United States.

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