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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.

Stimulus Could Help Keep American Economy ‘Afloat’

money in the pocket

A couple of articles published this week on Axios.com, a provider of technology, economy, and political news, take a lesser-seen optimistic approach to matters including a recent report about millions of Americans missing mortgage and rent payments and news about ...

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Serious Delinquency Rate Improves for First Time Since March

This past September is the first month—since COVID-19 first began effecting the economy—to record a drop in the serious-delinquency (90+ days past due) rate, Black Knight reported Thursday. "The number of seriously delinquent mortgages (90+ days) fell by 43,000 in ...

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Explaining September’s Existing-Home Sale Surge

Existing-home sales in September "soared," according to a report Thursday from National Association of Realtors (NAR). An existing home in September sold for a median price of $311,800, a 14.8% gain compared with September of last year. That's one takeaway ...

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How COVID-19 Impacts Underwriting Standards

Mortgage interest rates are at record lows and purchase loan application data indicates tremendous demand for homebuying, according to the data analysts at CoreLogic. In an article published Wednesday, CoreLogic compared the credit attributes for conventional conforming loans in Q2 ...

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Delinquency Rate Doubles Great Recession Peak


In July 2020, 6.6% of mortgages in the U.S. were delinquent by 30 days or more including those in foreclosure; this represents a 2.8-percentage point increase in the overall delinquency rate compared with July 2019. The CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights ...

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FHA Announces COVID-19 Forbearance Request Extension

HUD Building

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is extending the date for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages to request an initial forbearance from their mortgage servicer to defer their ...

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FHFA’s Calabria on Loan Extensions and New GSE Rule

FHFA Director Mark Calabria spoke Monday at a virtual event, where his session focused on the agency’s current priorities— the talk included two announcements, one about a new GSE-feedback rule, and the other related to extensions to loan flexibilities. Calabria ...

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New-Home Construction in Areas at Risk of Wildfire

According to data related to wildfires, new homes continue to be constructed in high risk areas. Cape Analytics used artificial intelligence to analyze wide swaths of geospatial imagery to help insurers and other companies better understand properties and property risk, ...

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