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Fed’s MBS Phaseout May Drive Up Rates

Many expect the Federal Reserve to begin pulling back from the MBS market later this year or early next. A new analysis delves into the options the Fed has for its pullback--as well as the impact each of those options may have on the market. Whichever the Fed choose, expert say it will impact mortgage rates either way.

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Housing Still Affordable, Despite Pricing Upticks

Though prices are up and mortgage rates are rising, housing is still pretty affordable—at least by historical standards. According to new data, the beginning of 2017 saw steady credit access, rising borrower FICO scores, and a decline in refinance transactions. The average FICO score of a first-time GSE buyer in January was 739.7.

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Could Housing Counseling Use an Upgrade?

Housing counseling as a resource to reduce the need for loan modification and foreclosures has been shown to be very beneficial since the housing crisis, but is there still more housing counseling can do to further impact homeowners?

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