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U.S. Home Prices Now Within 0.6% Of Peak Set In July 2006

U.S. Home Prices Now Within 0.6% Of Peak Set In July 2006
September 28, 2016
U.S. home prices increased 0.7% on an unadjusted basis in July compared with June and increased 5.1% compared with July 2015, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. That brought home prices to within 0.6% of the record high set in [Read More]

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FHFA Offers Insight Into GSE Foreclosure Prevention

FHFA Offers Insight Into GSE Foreclosure Prevention
DS News | September 28, 2016
The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its second quarter Foreclosure Prevention Report which shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 48,438 foreclosure prevention actions in the second quarter of 2016, bringing the total number of foreclosure prevention actions to more than 3.7 million since the start of the conservatorships in September 2008.

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ALTA Consumer Survey Shows 40% Confused by Title Fee Calculation on Closing Disclosure

ALTA Consumer Survey Shows 40% Confused by Title Fee Calculation on Closing Disclosure
Digital Journal | September 29, 2016
ALTA’s survey, which polled 2,000 current and prospective homeowners (planning to buy within the next year), revealed that homeowners find the CFPB’s new mortgage disclosures confusing or deceiving.

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Drop in Refinancing Pushes Mortgage Applications Lower by 0.7%

Drop in Refinancing Pushes Mortgage Applications Lower by 0.7%
CNBC | September 28, 2016
Refinance volume, which now accounts for 62.7 percent of all applications, fell 2 percent from the previous week, seasonally adjusted, but were up 34 percent from a year ago, when mortgage rates were higher. Mortgage applications to purchase a home increased 1 percent for the week and were 10 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

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Yellen Says Economy Likely Ready for Rate Hike Later in 2016

Yellen Says Economy Likely Ready for Rate Hike Later in 2016
ABC News | September 28, 2016
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no “fixed timetable” for raising interest rates but she believes the economy is ready for a rate hike by the end of the year.

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What’s all the Hype with Blockchain?

What’s all the Hype with Blockchain?
This technology is being developed for use in an array of financial transactions, including potentially the recording of property records. Frank Pellegrini, CEO of Prairie Title Services, Mark Ladd, vice president of regulatory and industry affairs at Simplifile, and Wesley Miller, CEO of ATS Secured, will clear up some of the confusion about blockchain during a session titled “What’s all the Hype with Blockchain?” at ALTA’s Annual Convention. Have questions about this technology? Post them to the blog and the speakers will address them during the presentation.

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