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DOJ Policy Change Could Impact Crisis Suit Payouts

A memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions has revealed a policy change at the U.S. Department of Justice: DOJ attorneys can no longer send settlement money to community groups or third-party vendors not directly harmed by the defendant in question. The practice had become common under the Obama administration, as prosecutors tacked on additional settlement costs to fund groups fighting community blight and serving other mortgage-related purposes across the nation. Critics of the practice called it a “slush fund” for promoting partisan political goals.

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Blame it on Refis

According to new analysis of GSE loan performance data, refinances may be, in large part, to blame for the housing crisis. An uptick in “using homes as ATMs” lead to sloppier underwriting and an uptick in defaults on refis leading up to the collapse. Refis were significantly more likely to be seriously delinquent than purchase loans during this time.

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Immigrant Homebuyers Helped Post-crisis Bounceback

According to a new report, immigrant homebuyers helped the housing industry recover from the recession in a big way—and it will continue influencing the markets in the years to come. Suburbs, in particular, will see large immigrant homeownership growth, as most are looking for single-family homes in affordable areas. These communities need to be proactive in preparing for more immigrant residents.

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California Foreclosure Starts Approach 8-Year Low

For three straight quarters, California foreclosure starts remain little changed, hovering at a level last seen in early 2006. According to a market study released by DataQuick, steady economic growth and higher home values are responsible for the steady pace of new foreclosures.

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