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Foreclosure Inventory Drops by One-Third, Still Elevated

Short Sales

Foreclosure inventory in January was down by one-third over the year, although completed foreclosures ticked up over the month, according to CoreLogic’s National Foreclosure Report released Thursday. Demonstrating an 11.8 percent increase over the month, completed foreclosures totaled 48,000 in January.

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Wells Fargo Cuts 700 Mortgage Jobs

According to a report from The Charlotte Observer, Wells Fargo is laying off another 700 mortgage workers across the country. The bank announced Thursday the layoffs would affect mortgage processors and underwriters the hardest. What is causing the lending giant to cut jobs nationwide?

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Institutional Investor Sales Decline

RealtyTrac released its January 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report on Thursday, revealing institutional investors made up 5.2 percent of all U.S. residential property sales in January. Institutional investor sales are down from 7.9 percent in December, and down 8.2 percent from January, 2013.

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Another Man Sentenced in Florida Wire Fraud scheme

A Florida man was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 12 months and one day in prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme. Vernell Burris Jr. was sentenced to prison along with two other previously sentenced co-defendants, Christopher Godfrey and Dennis Fischer, in a continuing SIGTARP case.

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CFPB Director Calls for Increased Financial Literacy

For Richard Corday, the equation is simple: In the Land of the Free and the home of the free market, American citizens should be as informed about and capable of self-governance in their personal finances as they are in the democratic process, especially when it comes to borrowing for a mortgage.

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Las Vegas Mirrors National Home Price Slowdown

Short Sales

A new report released by DataQuick revealed Las Vegas homes sold at the slowest pace in five years this January as median sale price dipped from the previous month. Home prices remained 22 percent higher than a year earlier, but mirroring a national trend, price growth has slowed.

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Inequality Marks Recovery; Home Prices to Stabilize

The Demand Institute, a non-advocacy, non-profit think tank jointly operated by the Conference Board and Nielsen, released Wednesday a new report entitled: "A Tale of 2000 Cities: how the sharp contrast between successful and struggling communities is reshaping America." The report "finds that a large proportion of housing wealth is concentrated in a relatively small proportion of America's cities, towns and villages."

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New Homes Grow Larger – But Who’s Buying Them?

New Homes

According to a report issued by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average size of a new home is increasing, and the population of buyers may be the main reason for the average home's expanding size. Data culled from the Census Bureau and presented at NAHB's International Builder's Show in Las Vegas showed some interesting trends in new home production.

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Home Prices Rise in 38 States in Q4

Home prices rose 7.7 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, while prices for other goods and services ticked up 0.7 percent, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index, which calculates home prices among mortgages held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A total of 38 states reported rising prices in the fourth quarter of the year, a significant showing but fewer than the 48 from the previous quarter, according to the FHFA.

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