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Report: High Sold-to-List Price Ratio Confirms Bidding War Activity

Last year, some analysts were speculating the large supply of REOs and shadow inventory would keep the market depressed, but instead, the market is dealing with a lack of inventory available for sale, ProTeck Valuation Services noted in its May Home Value Forecast (HVF). ""[I]n reality the shortage of housing inventory has led buyers to bid more competitively against one another leading to significant home price increases and tighter housing conditions,"" said Tom O'Grady, CEO of Pro Teck.

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Banks Provide $50.6B in Relief, Settlement Obligations Nearly Met

The five banks that took part in the national mortgage settlement are getting close to completing their consumer relief obligations a year after the landmark deal was reached. So far, the five banks--Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial--have provided $50.63 billion in consumer relief to over 621,700 borrowers, according to an update from the settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. The provided relief comes out to about $81,437 per borrower.

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Housing Groups Consider Impact of Immigration Reform

As Congress moves to consider immigration reform, the housing industry is also weighing in on how certain provisions will impact the market. According to the NAHREP, allowing a path for the legalization of undocumented immigrants could mean $500 billion in new real estate transactions. The NAHB also provided input on immigration reform and asked lawmakers to establish a ""fair and workable"" E-Verify system during a congressional round table discussion last week.

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MBA Proposes ‘Up-Front Risk Sharing’ Concept for Mortgage Market

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) shared a proposal to bring private capital back into the mortgage market while decreasing costs for taxpayers and borrowers. In a recent paper, the MBA explained the up-front risking sharing concept, which calls for the GSEs to offer risk-sharing at the front end of transactions. The proposal also suggested Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should accept loans with ""deeper levels of credit enhancement"" in exchange for reduced guarantee fees and other loan level charges.

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