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Despite Q1 GDP Contraction Housing and Economy Outlook Remain Positive

Despite Q1 GDP Contraction Housing and Economy Outlook Remain Positive

-+*In its second of three estimates of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the first quarter released Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued a downward revision of what analysts had already deemed "paltry" growth of 0.2 percent in the advance estimate for Q1 reported at the end of April. According to the BEA's second estimate for Q1, which is based on more complete source data than were available for the advance estimate, the GDP contracted at an annual rate of minus 0.7 percent.

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FHFA Indices Shows Interest Rates Down for April

FHFA Indices Shows Interest Rates Down for April

-+*​Interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from March to April, according to several Federal Housing and Finance Agency (FHFA) indices of new mortgage contracts. The FHFA conducted a Monthly Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) to find interest rate data, which provides monthly information on interest rates, loan terms, and house prices by property type, loan type, and by lender type, as well as information on 15-year and​​​ 30-year fixed-rate loans.

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JPMorgan Chase’s RMBS Settlement of $500 Million Approved With Pension Funds

JPMorgan Chase’s RMBS Settlement of $500 Million Approved With Pension Funds

-+*A federal judge has approved JPMorgan Chase's $500 million settlement with four pension funds over the sale of faulty mortgage-backed securities by Wall Street investment firm Bear Stearns before the financial crisis, according to media reports. JPMorgan Chase, the nation's largest bank, acquired Bear Stearns in March 2008 at a stock-only price of $236 million, or $2 per share. In their lawsuit, the pension funds accused Bear Stearns of selling $17.6 billion worth of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the crisis.

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Pending Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2006

Pending Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2006

-+*The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported in their Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) that, pending home sales increased in April for the fourth consecutive month and reached their highest peak in nine years. All four major regions saw growth in April, led by the Northeast and Midwest.

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AD&C Loans Expand for the First Quarter

AD&C Loans Expand for the First Quarter

-+*In the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) Eye on Housing blog, Robert Dietz, VP for tax and market analysis, found that the volume of residential AD&C loans outstanding expanded 4.8 percent during the first quarter of 2015. This will mark the 8th consecutive quarter of growth.

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