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Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News' sister site.

Inventory Levels Continue to Improve in Florida

Florida's housing market had more new listings, an increase in median prices, and an uptick in inventory in May, according to Florida Realtors. Completed sales of single-family homes totaled 23,013 across the state, an increase of 3.6 percent over the May 2013 figure.

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VRM Mortgage Services and PCV Murcor Recognized for Diversity

DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural social media site, recognized VRM Mortgage Services (VRM) and PCV Murcor (PCV) as two of the nation’s "Top Businesses" for 2014. The award recognizes and honors individuals who have established themselves as a world-class community of entrepreneurs.

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Foreclosure Inventory Continues to Shrink in May

Black Knight Financial Services released its "First Look" at May Mortgage data, which found that foreclosure inventory declined to its lowest level since July 2008. As a percentage of total inventory, foreclosure pre-sale inventory is 1.91 percent, down 5.56 percent month-over month.

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Home Prices Increase 6% in May

In its May 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, RealtyTrac reported that U.S. properties sold at an estimated annual pace of 5.1 million in May. The pace of sold homes remained virtually unchanged from April, with a small increase of less than 1 percent from May 2013.

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FHFA: April Refinance Volume Similar to 2008

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its latest Refinance Report, examining data as of the end of April 2014. The FHFA found that overall refinance volume rose slightly in April, but remained at levels more comparable to those seen in 2008.

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Realtor.com Still Sluggish Amidst DDoS Attack

Move, Inc., reported that it is continuing to combat the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which has interrupted its websites' operations since mid-day June 17. The company said in a release that they are "working around-the-clock" to mitigate the attack and restore operations.

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FHFA Announces $99.5M Settlement with RBS

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), functioning as the conservator for Freddie Mac, announced a settlement with RBS Securities, Inc. RBS will pay $99.5 million, resolving claims against RBS in FHFA v. Ally Financial Inc.

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Former Fannie Mae CEO Joins Prospect Mortgage

Prospect Mortgage announced the appointment of Michael J. Williams as Prospect's new CEO. Williams will lead Prospect into its next phase of growth by leveraging his experience within the mortgage finance industry.

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Ellie Mae: Refinances Decline Slightly in May

Ellie Mae released its Origination Insight Report for May, analyzing data from over 3.5 million loan applications that ran through Ellie Mae’s Encompass mortgage management solution. The company found that refinances declined slightly for the month to 33 percent of all loans, down from 37 percent in the previous month.

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