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FHFA Expands Push for Diversity on Federal Boards

FHFA Expands Push for Diversity on Federal Boards

*+-The FHFA now requires that Federal Home Loan Banks and their Office of Finance include demographic data related to their boards of directors in their annual minority and women inclusion reports to the agency. The banks also must now include descriptions of their outreach activities and strategies designed to promote diversity in nominating or soliciting nominees for positions on boards of directors.

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Report: Oil-Rich States Could See Housing Price Drop

Report: Oil-Rich States Could See Housing Price Drop

*+-The national average risk score for home price declines in most markets, according to the index, is holding at a steady 8 percent (since February) DeFranco said. However, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas, the report found, each are at a 33 percent risk of seeing home prices drop.

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FHFA: Home Prices Nearing Pinnacle Reached in 2007

FHFA: Home Prices Nearing Pinnacle Reached in 2007

*+-U.S. house prices overall rose 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from January to February, according to the agency’s monthly House Price Index report. Prices were up 5.4 percent nationwide compared to this time last year. The HPI is calculated by using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Study Finds Population Growth Influences Home Values

Study Finds Population Growth Influences Home Values

*+-The three fastest-growing areas of the country were largely immune from the effects of the housing crisis, leading Massachusetts-based Pro Teck Valuation Services to conclude that population growth is a strong indicator of home values, according to a report the company released Wednesday.

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Fannie Mae Expands Its Assessment Software

Fannie Mae Expands Its Assessment Software

*+-Fannie Mae’s software upgrade is part of an effort it’s been rolling out since the beginning of the year. The GSE introduced Collateral Underwriter to the market in January and has nearly 800 lenders registered as users already, according to the Monday announcement. For some, the new system makes immediate and obvious sense.

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Quicken Loans Lawsuit Accuses HUD and Justice Department of Coercion

Quicken Loans Lawsuit Accuses HUD and Justice Department of Coercion

*+-Quicken, the largest lender of Federal Housing Administration mortgage loans in the country, filed its suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, claiming the agencies have been trying to bully the company into making “blatantly false” statements and demanding the company pay “an inexplicable penalty or face legal action,” according to a statement released by Quicken Friday.

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