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How Effective is the CFPB?

How Effective is the CFPB?

With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Dodd-Frank Act coming under federal scrutiny, Trulia wondered how effective the consumer protections have been in the CFPB’s first half-decade. According to the firm, very. A new report suggests the bureau has been a powerful ally for U.S. mortgage holders in all markets.

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Bank of America Posts Solid Q1 Gains

Bank of America Posts Solid Q1 Gains

Bank of America posted a 40 percent growth in overall net income for Q1. Growing consumer banking revenues seem to be the key. But the bank’s mortgage platform is down from a year ago, even as overall loan revenue is up.

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Fannie Mae Keeping Its Outlook Steady

Fannie Mae Keeping Its Outlook Steady

The April Economic and Housing Outlook report from Fannie Mae paints a steady picture of an economy the GSE expects to give no big surprises. The combination of potential political unrest home and abroad and a smoothly growing housing market are keeping the GSE’s predictions on the safe side. Still, housing is a significant bright spot this year.

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Fewer Homes Available to Moderate Earners

Fewer Homes Available to Moderate Earners

A new study by Trulia shows that while doctors can still afford most markets, teachers, first responders, and restaurant workers are getting increasingly shut out of markets where they work. Availability for solid, even above-median earners in coastal California is especially low. However, even there, some pockets of affordability exist.

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Unemployment, Job Growth Both Down in March

Unemployment, Job Growth Both Down in March

While the unemployment rate dropped in march, so did the number of jobs created in a month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded the fewest new jobs created in nearly a year last month. But some experts believe winter weather could have just created a temporary blip.

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Fair Housing Still a Concept More Than a Reality

Fair Housing Still a Concept More Than a Reality

The Fair Housing act was supposed to level the playing field for American minority groups nearly 50 years ago. While segregation and homeownership among blacks and Latinos has improved in some areas, age-old issues still linger. And it’s been especially rough since the recession.

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Appreciation Driving $4.7T Equity Economy

Appreciation Driving $4.7T Equity Economy

With nearly $5 trillion available to borrowers, the equity economy is at an 11-year high, according to a new report by Black Knight. Fewer borrowers are underwater on the heels of a strengthening appreciation market, and refis are nearly half of all new loans. More than two-thirds of tappable equity is in the hands of borrowers with low-rate mortgages.

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Sellers’ Biggest Hurdle? Finding Another Home

Sellers’ Biggest Hurdle? Finding Another Home

The flipside of the sellers-market economy of 2017 is that sellers looking to buy a new home are running into the same problems as all other buyers. A new study by Redfin shows that two-thirds of sellers are worried about finding a new property once they sell. And low inventories are reeling from the increasing speed of sales.

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Existing Sale Prices Looking Up for March

Existing Sale Prices Looking Up for March

The latest look at existing home sales by Ten-X anticipates a bump in home sales and prices. The firm’s Nowcast model projects March existing home sales of 5.6 million units and a median sale price of $232,55. But inventory, especially for starter homes, remains tight everywhere.

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