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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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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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Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Portfolio Decrease

Freddie Mac released its Monthly Volume Summary for January, 2014, noting their total mortgage portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 1.9 percent in January. Despite a slight uptick in December, 2013, Freddie Mac’s ending balance has been declining since June, 2013.

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Is the Strongest Part of the Housing Recovery Over?

Real Estate Market

Although 2013 was the strongest year for home prices in nearly a decade, is a slowdown on the horizon for 2014? The S&P Dow Jones Indices released Tuesday its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, which had some interesting revelations for the housing market in the future.

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Qualified Mortgage Guidelines Haven’t Lowered Risk

A new report by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) says mortgage risk remains unaffected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) qualified mortgage (QM) guidelines. The group’s National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI), a measure of loan performance under stressful economic conditions, increased to a reading of 11.8 percent in January from 10.6 percent at the end of 2013.

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Black Knight’s Home Price Index Shows Increase

The Data & Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services released on Monday its latest Home Price Index (HPI), noting an increase of .1 percent in home prices to $232,000 for the month of December. The figure represents the price of non-distressed sales by taking into account price discounts for real estate owned (REO) and short sales.

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