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Cash Sales Share at Lowest Point Since 2008

The share of cash sales in the housing market have dropped to their lowest point since September 2008. According to the CoreLogic July 2015 MarketPulse report, cash sales made up 33.7 percent of total home sales in April 2015, a decrease from 37.4 percent in April 2014.

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National HPI Inches Closer to June 2006 Peak

Black Knight Financial Services' Data and Analytics division released its May 2015 Home Price Index report. The report, which examines residential real estate transactions found that U.S. home prices were up 1.1 percent in May, increasing 5.1 percent on a year-over-year basis.

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Opposition Filed to BofA’s Appeal to Dismiss $1.27 Billion Mortgage Fraud Verdict

The U.S. government has filed an opposition to Bank of America's appeal to dismiss a $1.27 billion penalty in a mortgage fraud case, according to media reports. Bank of America was ordered to pay a $1.27 billion civil penalty by Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York in July 2014 as a result of the bank's alleged role in selling toxic mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae andFreddie Mac before the crisis.

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Low Down Payment Initiatives Offer Homeownership to Qualified, Locked Out Buyers

New low down payment initiatives extend homeownership opportunities to qualified borrowers who might otherwise be locked out. According to Freddie Mac's July U.S. Housing Market Insight & Outlook, pre-crisis low payment underwriting allowed layered risk, while post-crisis low payment underwriting controls credit risk by requiring features that reduce risk. Pre-crisis payments were variable, while post-crisis payments are predictable.

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Judge Orders Treasury to Disclose Fannie & Freddie Conservatorship Documents

A ruling in the Federal Claims Court on Tuesday made by Judge Margaret Sweeney will force the U.S. Treasury to disclose all of Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s conservatorship documents. Over 10,000 discovery documents will be released to the United States District Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. and the United States District Court. Fairholme Funds made the request in court against the GSEs, claiming that their investor ownership stake was taken unlawfully from them by the government when the conservatorship occurred. Fairholme's efforts are a step toward getting their ownership stake returned to them.

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