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Author Archives: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport, with more than six years of writing experience. She has served as Editor-in-Chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington. She has covered events such as the Byron Nelson, Pac-12 Conferences, the Women in Dallas Film Festival, to freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, she is an avid jazz lover and reader. She can be reached at demetria.lester@thefivestar.com.

CoreLogic Unveils New Discovery Platform

CoreLogic has announced the launch of Discovery Platform, a cloud-based data exchange and property analytics ecosystem. Powered by the industry’s first integrated property identifier, CoreLogic’s CLIP ID, and built on more than 50 years of data spanning 99.9% of U.S. ...

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Ginnie Mae/Fed Bank of Chicago Program Reaches MBS Milestone

The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago announced today that total issuance under the Mortgage Partnership Finance® Program (MPF®) recently surpassed $3 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The MPF Government MBS product ...

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Median Household Income Increases 5%

First American Financial Corporation, a provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions and the leader in the digital transformation of its industry, has released the April 2022 First American Real House Price Index (RHPI). The RHPI measures ...

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Million-Dollar Metros: California Cities Top List

According to new research from LendingTree, home prices have risen significantly over the past two years, and paying $1 million or more for a house seems excessive as well as unattainable to most Americans. However, just because million-dollar homes aren’t ...

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Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly From April

Pending home sales inched higher in May, ending a six-month streak of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors. Regionally, month-over-month results were mixed as the Northeast and South experienced increases while the Midwest and West posted decreases. Year-over-year ...

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More Renters Seeking Warmer, Rural Areas

Out-of-state applicants for rental properties increased 42% from 2020 to 2021, according to a new data analysis from TransUnion. In that same period, rental applications in rural areas increased 28%, while urban rental application volume rose just 10%. The primary ...

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HUD Allocates $30M+ in Funding for State, Local Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday announced it has allocated $30.1 million in noncompetitive funding for HUD’s state and local fair housing enforcement agencies across the country under its Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP). The FHAP ...

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Existing-Home Sales Retreat Nationwide

Existing-home sales retreated for the fourth consecutive month in May, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Month-over-month sales declined in three out of four major U.S. regions, while year-over-year sales slipped in all four regions. Total existing-home sales ...

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Housing Affordability Hits 15-Year Low

Inflating mortgage costs, driven by skyrocketing prices and interest rates, have made mortgages less affordable than at any time since at least 2007. According to the latest market report from Zillow, demand for homes has pulled back in response —easing ...

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