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Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire.

Economic Analysis Points to Recovery

As the economy continues toward recovery, albeit at a slower pace, the housing market will continue to display vibrancy amid an increase in residential construction spending, according to the latest Economic & Housing Weekly Note published by Fannie Mae. “Data ...

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MBS Performance at Five-Year Low

Efforts by the Federal Reserve to prop up the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) market do not appear to have worked as well as hoped, according to a new data analysis released by Bloomberg. As of Sept. 29, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. ...

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COVID-19 Worsening Impact of Wildfires

More than 2.5 million acres of California have burned this year, surpassing the state’s previous wildfire seasons for total acreage burned, according to a new data report from CoreLogic, which added that latest Climate Prediction Center forecast extending through November ...

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Foreclosure Wave Could Culminate in ‘Major Event’

The near-future will be bringing a wave of foreclosures, according to a Federal Reserve economist, but this will not be at the severe levels experienced in the aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown. In a presentation titled “Housing Insecurity in ...

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FHFA Updates Collection of Mortgage-Acquisition Data

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has revised the datasets for the Public Use Databases​ (PUDBs) of single-family and multifamily mortgage acquisitions by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The revisions include newly available 2019 data and final versions of data ...

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Study: How the Pandemic Is Impacting Mortgage Delinquencies

Nearly 11 million households fell behind on their mortgage and rent payments during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report published to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Research Institute for Housing America (RIHA). The ...

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