Mortgage & Finance

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RealtyTrac Sees New Wave of Risk in HELOC ResetsRealtyTrac Sees New Wave of Risk in HELOC Resets

RealtyTrac has released a new report analyzing resetting home equity lines of credit from the housing bubble era of 2005 to 2008. Net, net, 1.8 million of such resets may happen on homes currently underwater, which could trigger a new wave of default risk. Read more

Has Credit Availability Swung Back to Normal?
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Has Credit Availability Swung Back to Normal?

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta research economists Jessica Dill takes a look at... Read more

Rates Pull Back From Recent Gains
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Rates Pull Back From Recent Gains

Zillow's Lauren Braun reports that mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell... Read more

Property Tax Rates by County, Heatmapped
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Property Tax Rates by County, Heatmapped

RealtyTrac has taken a deep dive into property taxes, mapping out average taxes... Read more

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New-Home Prices Go Up as Rates Edge LowerNew-Home Prices Go Up as Rates Edge Lower

National Association of Home Builders economist Paul Emrath notes that Federal Housing Finance Agency data on interest rates for purchase loans show that new home loan rates slipped under the 4% wire in January, for the first time in seven-plus months. Read more

Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise
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Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise

The 30-year fixed-rate average rose for the third week in a row, climbing to 3.8%.... Read more

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Home-Loan Delinquencies Revert Toward Norm as Housing HealsHome-Loan Delinquencies Revert Toward Norm as Housing Heals

Wall Street Journal staffer Joe Light reports on Mortgage Bankers Association data that the foreclosure crisis receded further in the fourth quarter, as the rate of borrowers falling behind dropped to the lowest level since 2007. Read more

Rates on the Rise
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Rates on the Rise

Zillow contributor Lauren Braun posts that the current rate borrowers were quoted... Read more

Concerns Grow Over Fannie, Freddie Shrinking Profits
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Concerns Grow Over Fannie, Freddie Shrinking Profits

Shrinking profits at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reviving calls by for Congress... Read more

The Economist: Fannie and Freddie Have Never Been Better
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The Economist: Fannie and Freddie Have Never Been Better

The Economist reports that not only are America's mortgage-insurance giants making... Read more

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