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Why 2014 Will Be a Downer for Mortgage Lenders By Peter Miller, Contributor April 15, 2014 There’s little doubt that 2014 is going to be a tough year for mortgage lenders, something which has been apparent for some time. The New World of Mortgage ‘Buffers’ By Peter Miller, Contributor April 8, 2014 There’s a great curiosity in the real estate marketplace: interest rates are low while home values have yet to reach the prices seen in 2007 and yet borrowers are having trouble getting loans. CFPB Accused of Discrimination By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer April 7, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Agency has come under fire for broad workplace discrimination. Biggert-Waters: Do You Live Near a Flood Zone? Elevation Tool By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer April 4, 2014 When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the city withstood the winds of one of the most ferocious storms in modern history, but the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers was unable to protect the citizens of the Big Easy. GSE Reform: Maxine Waters Unveils a Rival Housing Finance Bill By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer April 3, 2014 California Rep. Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled an alternative housing finance reform proposal on March 27 to rival three other bills. International Buyers on the Move (Video) By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President April 3, 2014 We’re hearing more and more from agents and brokers in the RealtyTrac Agent Network and Broker Network that international buyers are flocking to the U.S. residential real estate market. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Were They Ever Broken? By Peter Miller, Contributor April 1, 2014 The government has collected more than $20 billion in the past year from lenders who sold allegedly-subpar mortgages and related securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with more settlements likely to come. Best & Worst Markets for Rental Returns: Heat Map By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President March 31, 2014 Cash-flowing rental properties allow investors to build wealth over the long term in the form of an appreciating asset while also generating monthly income. Is American Real Estate Out Of The Woods? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 28, 2014 For some time virtually all markers have pointed to an improving US real estate picture and yet there remains an undercurrent of unease. So are we out of the financial woods or aren’t we? Why The Mortgage Marketplace Is Never Normal By Peter Miller, Contributor March 26, 2014 The Urban Institute has come out with a new study which suggests that as many as 1.2 million people per year are not getting mortgages because of tight lending standards. Print Email

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