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Mortgage Rates Fall Back Down

Mortgage interest rates across the board dropped back down this week, following three straight weeks of increases for long-term, fixed-rate home loan products. Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s VP and chief economist, explained that the upward trend was reversed by reports of low, benign inflation figures.

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Foreclosures Still Climbing in California

Despite the fact that lenders in California are voluntarily postponing the majority of foreclosure sales – 73 percent, to be exact – ForeclosureRadar says its market data reveals a steady increase in the number of foreclosed homes in the state sold at auction.

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Home Warranties May Entice Buyers

A recent study conducted by a national real estate company and American Home Shield, a home warranty company based in Memphis, Tennessee, found that homes offered with warranty protection sold an average of 23 days faster than homes with no warranty coverage.

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CRL Puts Price Tag on Foreclosure Impact

According to the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the impact of the foreclosure crisis not only has devastating consequences for the displaced households, but in its wake, the spillover effect is eating away at the value of nearby homes by startling sums.

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Mortgage Apps Fall to Seven-Month Low

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey on Wednesday, which showed that home loan applications dropped to their lowest level since last November, as rising mortgage interest rates have led to an increase in borrowing costs.

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Lending Down at Bailed-Out Banks

Federal regulators completed unprecedented stress tests of the largest banks’ balance sheets last month, and found that 10 of the 19 institutions screened had enough capital on hand to not only sustain lending in the current environment, but could continue lending even if economic conditions worsen.

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IAS: Home Prices Leveling Off

Denver, Colorado-based Integrated Asset Services, LLC (IAS) says its latest study on home prices indicates some return to normalcy in markets that have been hit hardest by the housing downturn. The company’s IAS360 House Price Index for April reflects the first non-declining numbers in 10 months.

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Foreclosures Drop Six Percent

Foreclosure filings fell six percent during the month of May, according to the U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released by RealtyTrac on Thursday. Despite the monthly decline, the nation’s foreclosure numbers are nearly 18 percent higher than they were in May 2008.

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Mortgage Rates Highest in Seven Months

Long-term mortgage interest rates have climbed to their highest levels since late last year, casting a dark cloud on any early signs of a housing recovery and stalling the recent wave of refinances many struggling homeowners employed to get out from under unsustainable mortgages.

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Survey: Refinances Continue to Decline

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Mortgage Applications Survey on Wednesday, for the week ending June 5, 2009. The association’s study shows that refinances, typically an effective tool for lowering distressed homeowners’ monthly payments, continued to fall last week – a trend that has prevailed for several weeks now.

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