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HAMP-ered: A Slack Lifeline for Drowning Homeowners HAMP-ered: A Slack Lifeline for Drowning Homeowners

The New York Times' Gretchen Morgenson dives into a recent report on the government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which showed that banks have rejected nearly three of every four applications for help. Read more

New Home Prices, and Loan Sizes, Reach Record Highs in June
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New Home Prices, and Loan Sizes, Reach Record Highs in June

The NAHB's Paul Emrath weighs in on recent Federal Housing Finance Agency data... Read more

Share of Seriously Underwater Foreclosure Properties Drops to New Low
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Share of Seriously Underwater Foreclosure Properties Drops to New Low

RealtyTrac has released in second quarter Home Equity & Underwater Report which... Read more

Anybody Home? Census Releases Housing Vacancy Rates
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Anybody Home? Census Releases Housing Vacancy Rates

Along with new numbers on the homeownership rate, the Census Bureau reported on... Read more

Rent-to-Own Homes Make a Comeback
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Rent-to-Own Homes Make a Comeback

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto looks at the rising rent-to-own trend, as... Read more

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Higher Share of FHA-Backed Loans Shows Growth at Lower End of Market Higher Share of FHA-Backed Loans Shows Growth at Lower End of Market

The NAHB's Robert Dietz dives into the latest new home sales data from the Census to chart the rise of FHA financing over the last two quarters. Read more

How Sensitive Is Housing Demand to Down Payment Rules and Mortgage Rates?
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How Sensitive Is Housing Demand to Down Payment Rules and Mortgage Rates?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Andreas Fuster and Basit Zafar look at how... Read more

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How Lenders View the Supreme Court’s Housing-Law Ruling How Lenders View the Supreme Court’s Housing-Law Ruling

Some are predicting costly repercussions from last month’s decision upholding a legal tool for challenging housing and lending practices with a discriminatory effect. Others say, get a grip. Read more

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Is This What Will Push Millennials Into Homeownership? Is This What Will Push Millennials Into Homeownership?

MarketWatch's Daniel Goldstien looks at the recent uptick in FHA mortgages and connects the dots back to some of the moves the agency made over the last year to make credit more accessible. Read more

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Time Limits for Public Housing Get a Boost Time Limits for Public Housing Get a Boost

The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Levitz dives into the movement toward imposing term limits and/or work requirements of those who use Section 8 housing vouchers, a federal housing assistance program. Read more

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