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Mississippi Lags Far Behind in Housing Recovery

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The official nickname for Mississippi is “The Magnolia State.” In view of recently compiled data, it could also be called “The State That the Housing Recovery Forgot.”Click to continue

New-Home Sales Rise Slightly in September Over August

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Sales of newly built, single-family homes inched up 0.2 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units, the highest level in six years, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales numbers for August were revised down from 504,000 to 466,000.Click to continue

Fixed-Rates Drop to 18-Month Low

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Freddie Mac has released the results of its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting fresh lows for the year for the second consecutive week amid declining bond yields. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.92 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Oct. 23, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 3.97 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.13 percent.Click to continue

MBA Forecasts $1.19 Trillion in Originations in 2015

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced that it expects to see $1.19 trillion in mortgage originations during 2015, a seven percent increase from 2014. While MBA anticipates purchase originations will increase 15 percent, it expects refinance originations to decrease three percent.Click to continue

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