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Author Archives: David Wharton

David Wharton, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@DSNews.com.

Homebuying Power, State-by-State

affordability

How much home will $300k buy you? That depends on where you’re living. Here’s where that stack of money will stretch the furthest.

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Ocwen Borrower Outreach Focused on Foreclosure Avoidance

borrower outreach

The servicer has announced three borrower outreach events designed to help families in the New York metropolitan area who are struggling to make their mortgage payments. Click through to learn more details about these events.

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Rent Price Trends—Industry Implications

House for rent

According to the June 2018 National Apartment List Rent Report, the national rent index increased 0.4 percent month-over-month (MOM), which makes four months of rent increases in a row. Apartment List notes that this upswing in rent growth is consistent ...

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Home Affordability Challenges in Microcosm

affordability

Markets across the country are struggling to maintain a sufficient supply of affordable homes, but a recent Urban Institute report reveals just how out of reach some high-demand areas, such as the San Francisco Bay region, have become for most homebuyers.

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How Widespread Is Negative Equity?

During the height of the housing crisis, approximately 30 percent of homeowners were in negative equity, owing more than what their homes were worth. A decade later, how have those numbers changed? Click through to read a recent report providing new insights into underwater mortgages.

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The Week Ahead: A Snapshot of Home Price Trends

home prices

CoreLogic will release the latest edition of their Home Price Insights Report on Tuesday, tracking home price trends across a broad geographical area. Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.

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What Makes the Perfect Neighborhood?

neighborhoods

A new survey of more than 2,000 potential homebuyers reveals what people are looking for when it comes to their ideal place to live, and why the "vibe" of a neighborhood might be just as important as the home itself.

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Breaking Down Consumer Debt Collection Complaints

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (formerly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) has released a new Complaint Snapshot, exploring consumer complaints regarding modern debt-collection practices. The Bureau has received approximately 400,500 debt collection complaints since July 2011, amounting to 27 ...

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Wells Fargo Grants Support Sustainable Housing for Veterans

The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation awarded the grants as part of its third annual VeteranWINS grant program, supporting community-based nonprofits focused on addressing homelessness, rehab, and transitional housing for veterans.

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