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MReport Announces its 2015 “Power Players” & “Leading Ladies” Honorees

MReport Announces its 2015 “Power Players” & “Leading Ladies” Honorees

-+*MReport’s August 2015 ‘Women in Housing’ issue highlights the accomplishments and achievements of the working women in the housing industry. In this issue, MReport introduces their 2015 “Power Players” and “Leadings Ladies” that are revolutionizing the industry. This issue is also dedicated to the issues women face in trying to obtain the dream of homeownership and a mortgage loan.

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Flagstar Hires President of Mortgage

Flagstar Hires President of Mortgage

-+*Flagstar Bancorp, Inc., recently announced that Leonard Israel has joined Flagstar as president of mortgage, where he will be responsible for all aspects of Flagstar's mortgage originations business. Israel will report to Flagstar President and CEO Alessandro DiNello.

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Mississippi Ranked Among Best States to Get a Mortgage; New York Ranked Among Worst

Mississippi Ranked Among Best States to Get a Mortgage; New York Ranked Among Worst

-+*Consumers that are looking to purchase a home must consider the varying mortgage rates and home prices in different states. GOBankingRates recently released a report, ranking all the states according to where it's easiest and cheapest to get a mortgage. The company reviewed all 50 states based on the local rates offered on 15-and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in the first quarter of 2015, weighted with the average home listing price in the state.

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Report Finds Overland Park is the Best City for First-Time Homebuyers; Compton Deemed the Worst

Report Finds Overland Park is the Best City for First-Time Homebuyers; Compton Deemed the Worst

-+*When purchasing a home, consumers often analyze the home further than just the outward appearance. WalletHub released a report on Monday, reviewing the level of attractiveness for cities all over the U.S. to determine how attractive a home is to first-time homebuyers. The report found that Overland Park, Kansas is the best city for first-time buyers, while Compton, California was labeled as the worst city for first-time buyers.

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Foreign Homebuyers Discouraged by Strong Dollar U.S. Markets

Foreign Homebuyers Discouraged by Strong Dollar U.S. Markets

-+*Although home sales in the U.S. have reached their highest peak since 2007 during the first four months of 2015, foreign homebuyers are not adding to these growing sales. According to a blog by Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist, in relation to the same period one year ago, home sales jumped 9 percent with the help of lower fixed mortgage rates by one-half percentage point, but foreign buyers did not help with this increase.

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GSE Risk-Sharing Innovations Could Alter Housing Finance Reform

GSE Risk-Sharing Innovations Could Alter Housing Finance Reform

-+*In the last eight years, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have guaranteed at least half of all new mortgage originations. In a report released on Thursday by the Urban Institute (UI), authors Laurie Goodman, director of Housing Finance Policy Center at UI and Karan Kaul, a research associate at UI determined that the two GSEs play an important, indisputable part in the U.S. mortgage market, but also pose a huge risk to taxpayers.

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Research Finds that Student Loans Hinder Millennials From Saving for a Home

Research Finds that Student Loans Hinder Millennials From Saving for a Home

-+*The conflicts of student loan debt surpass just actual repayment. Trulia research titled "The Debt of Wrath: Do Student Loans Affect Saving for a Home?" recently found that college degrees hinder young millennials from saving up for a 20 percent down payment on a home due to student loan repayment, but in the most expensive markets, only those with a college degree will be capable of saving up enough for a home in their lifetime.

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Veteran Spouses in Same Sex Marriages to Receive Home Loan Benefits

Veteran Spouses in Same Sex Marriages to Receive Home Loan Benefits

-+*Following the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same sex marriage nationwide, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently announced that it will offer home loans and other benefits to the spouses and children in all same sex veteran marriages. The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 26, 2015 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.

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NetDirector Expands its Footprint into Loan Origination

NetDirector Expands its Footprint into Loan Origination

-+*NetDirector, a provider of cloud-based data and document exchange services for the mortgage banking industry, recently signed an agreement with enterprise lending solutions provider, Mortgage Machine Services, to enable them to comply with the upcoming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) requirements, according to a recent press release.

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