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Refi Apps Begin to Gain Steam

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Mortgage applications increased 11.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Oct. 17, 2014. This week’s results did not include an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday.Click to continue

Zillow Mortgages: Fixed-Rates Remain Below Four Percent

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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) on Zillow Mortgages is currently at 3.81 percent, unchanged from this time last week. The 30-year FRM hovered around 3.85 percent for most of the week, dropping to 3.70 percent Wednesday before rising to the current rate.Click to continue

New Credit for Revolving Home Equity Loans Rises More Than 21 Percent Year-Over-Year

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Equifax has announced its latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report, the total balance of new credit for revolving home equity loans year-to-date in July 2014 is $65.9 billion, a six-year high and a year-over-year increase of 21.4 percent.Click to continue

Defining a Settlement Service Provider

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Question: We continually hear about the importance of the “Settlement Service Provider” in originating residential mortgage loans. But it seems sometimes that almost everybody involved in a loan transaction is such a company. Is there a list that we can go by to determine who is and who is not a Settlement Service Provider?Click to continue

Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Rises in Q2

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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased by $24.9 billion in the second quarter of 2014, as three of the four major investor groups increased their holdings.Click to continue

U.S. Housing Production Rises 6.3 Percent in September

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For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the million-mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production in September rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.Click to continue

NIMBY, Hamptons-Style

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When most people think of the Hamptons, the luxury real estate market on New York’s Long Island, perhaps the last thing that comes to mind is affordable housing. And the school board of a ritzy Hamptons community is working hard to keep affordable housing out of their neighborhood.Click to continue