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Author Archives: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Contact Christina at christina.hughesbabb@thefivestar.com.

Home Purchase Sentiment Down After Hitting ‘Peak’

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Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) this month reported a 1.7 point decline in home-purchase sentiment following three consecutive months of increases, the researchers said. The HPSI stands at 80 points for November. Since last year at this time, ...

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The Week Ahead: The Impact of the 2020 Wildfires

The property data analysts at CoreLogic host a complimentary webinar Tuesday, December 8, at 11 a.m. CT, entitled, "A Horizon on Fire: Where Do We Go From Here?" Organizers, noting that 2020 has been a record-breaking year across the board, ...

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Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’


Some 18 million homeowners and renters are late to pay the monthly housing bill, and about a third of those expect to face eviction or foreclosure in the coming months, reported the US Census Bureau in November. According to an ...

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Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters has been a staunch voice advocating on behalf of, in her words, "current homeowners, renters, potential owners, and more than 19 million prospective millennial homeowners." To that end, Waters Friday ...

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New Challenges for Self-Employed Borrowers

Beginning December 14 it will be a little more difficult for self-employed borrowers to secure a Fannie Mae-backed mortgage loan. As of mid-month, the GSE will require self-employed loan applicants to provide their most recent three months of business bank ...

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Distressed Property Investing in the Coming Year

As foreclosure moratoria expire in 2021, depending on actual and anticipated extensions, there are a couple of likely scenarios for servicers, says real estate investor and contributor to Millionacres, a Motley Fool publication, Liz Brumer. In the end, she concludes ...

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Increasing Natural Disasters Endanger Affordable Housing Supply

Flooding and other natural disasters are increasing, scientists say, putting the nation's already dwindling affordable housing supply at risk, according to a peer-reviewed environmental research paper entitled, "Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Threaten Affordable Housing," by Climate Central and the National ...

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Real Estate Valuations in a Time of Crisis

On Wednesday, January 20 from 1-2 p.m. CST, a panel of industry pundits will participate in a complimentary virtual roundtable session presented by Clear Capital entitled "Managing Mortgage Servicing Challenges in Uncertain Times: How Modern Real Estate Valuations Will Help." ...

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FHFA Extends Foreclosure Moratorium


FHFA Wednesday announced the fourth extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through "at least" January 31. This extension will continue the moratorium on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) evictions until at least January 31, 2021, according to ...

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