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Experts Say Fed Minutes Could Signal Hike

Experts Say Fed Minutes Could Signal Hike

The Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its April meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and if industry experts are on track, they could point to another rate hike on the horizon. Regional Federal Reserve Presidents Neel Kashkari, Robert Kaplan and James Bullard have all weighed in on the issue. The Fed previously raised rates from 0.75 points to 1 in March.

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Freddie Mac Portfolio Up 0.5 Percent

Freddie Mac Portfolio Up 0.5 Percent

Freddie Mac’s latest summary report reveals an increase in both its total mortgage portfolio and its mortgage-related securities. Its mortgage portfolio rose 0.5 percent over the year, while its mortgage-related securities and guarantees jumped by 2.1 percent. The government-sponsored enterprise has funded $127 billion mortgages year-to-date.

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Purchase Loans Outpace Refis

Purchase Loans Outpace Refis

Purchase loans are up and refis are down according to a recent report. Refis are down significantly over the past six months, while purchase loans are on the rise. Time to close is also narrowing for the month on both purchase and refi loans, averaging just 41 to 42 days per loan.

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Disparate Tech Holds Lenders Back

Disparate Tech Holds Lenders Back

Today’s mortgage servicers are suffering from overly disparate technology solutions, and those disconnected systems are holding businesses back, according to a new report. In response to increased compliance follow the housing crisis, most available mortgage technology has become product-specific, and that’s created a disconnect that requires fractured, inefficient processes that are costly and unwieldy. The report proposes an overlay system to bridge the gaps and provide more consistency.

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West Sees Biggest Jumps in Home Prices

West Sees Biggest Jumps in Home Prices

New data shows that the West—specifically the Northwest—had the top-performing market for Q1 2017. Seattle and Portland had two of the strongest showings in terms of price growth, while the region as a whole saw prices rise 8 percent over the year. The worst market for the quarter was Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Buying Gap

The Buying Gap

Female renters have a harder time buying a home than their male counterparts. According to recent analysis, this is due to several factors, including lower wages, more student loan debt, more risk aversion, and lower credit scores. Closing the wage gap could help, though that isn't projected to happen until 2052.

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Appeals Court Revives BNY Case Against Chase

Appeals Court Revives BNY Case Against Chase

A years-old case between Bank of New York Mellon and JPMorgan Chase is back on again—at least in part— after a New York state appeals court revived the suit this week. BNY claims that JPMorgan and affiliate WMC Mortgage breached contracts, failed to repurchase certain defective loans, and failed to provide notice of faulty loans. The case was originally filed in 2015.

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Orlando Best for First-time Buyers

Orlando Best for First-time Buyers

Orlando is the single best spot for first-time homebuyers, according to a new analysis. Tampa took the No. 2, followed by other cities in the Southeast and Midwest. The analysis took into account median home value, forecasted values, inventory, and other factors.

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Housing Affordability Inches Upward

Housing Affordability Inches Upward

Housing affordability is finally starting to improve. According to a new index, affordability is up from Q4 of 2016. More than 60 percent of all homes sold in Q1 were affordable for the nation's median income of $68K.

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For Affordable Living, Head South

For Affordable Living, Head South

For those looking to save on housing, heading southward may be the answer. According to a new study, Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest housing costs in the nation, coming in 31.6 percent and 26 percent lower than the national average, respectively. Mississippi was also named the most affordable city in the country, taking into account healthcare, housing, utlities, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.

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