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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.

Forbearance Activity ‘Warrants a Close Eye”

After inching up last week, forbearances fell by 137,000 since last Tuesday, due to October's forbearance expiration activity. The experts at Black Knight say this was "roughly what was expected for the first week of the month, though there is ...

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Should Consumer Protections Account More for Fintech?

The global health crisis is harming many Americans' financial histories, which, in the long run, could prevent large numbers of families from securing lending for a home. While federal proposals and programs have sought to safeguard consumers' FICO credit scores, ...

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Habitat for Humanity to Congress: ‘Act Now for Housing’

About 30-40 million American homeowners and renters face foreclosure or bankruptcy and loss of housing when protective moratoria expire December 31, studies show. The global nonprofit Habitat for Humanity is demanding that Congress return to Washington, D.C., as soon as ...

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Nonprofit Calls on Policymakers to ‘Act Now for Housing’

About 30-40 million American homeowners and renters face foreclosure or bankruptcy and loss of housing when protective moratoria expire December 31, studies show. The global nonprofit Habitat for Humanity is demanding that Congress return to Washington D.C. as soon as ...

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Uncertainty Presents Risk to Mortgage Investors

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The uncertainty of the presidential election—however long that lasts—is bound to incite interest rate volatility, something that presents a peril to the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) market, according to Christopher Maloney, a market strategist and former portfolio manager who writes for ...

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‘Shaky’ Economy Hasn’t Slowed Rise in Home Equity

Of the 58.9 million mortgaged homes in the United States, 16.7 million considered equity-rich, meaning that the combined estimated amount of loans secured by those properties was less than 50% of their estimated market value, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' ...

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The Politics of Housing: Market Metrics Across the Nation

Experts in the housing industry have offered varied opinions about the election outcome—which, at the time of publication, is uncertain—and how it might impact the housing market, lenders, and property owners. Financial Times posted an Election Day report about how ...

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9.9 Million Americans May Miss Housing Payments

On the cusp of November, the United States Census Household Pulse Survey, which deploys real-time data on a range of ways in which people’s lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, showed some 9.9 million Americans had little to ...

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The Week Ahead: The FHA Offers CWCOT Guidance

Next week, on Wednesday, November 4, the FHA via a complimentary webinar will offer guidance on the Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) program "in which the mortgagee attempts to secure a third-party purchaser for the mortgaged property so that ...

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