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Home Sales, Prices Continue to Decline in Connecticut

Home Sales, Prices Continue to Decline in Connecticut

The Warren Group reported Tuesday stating that 2,735 single-family homes were sold in Connecticut in August, a decline from 2,898 in August 2013. It was the third month in 2014 in which single-family home sales declined year-over-year in Connecticut, according to the Warren report.

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Consumer Confidence Suffers Backslide in September

Consumer Confidence Suffers Backslide in September

The Conference Board reported a drop of nearly eight points in its monthly measure of consumer sentiment, putting the group's index at 86 from August's upwardly revised reading of 93.4. Economists had expected a slight nudge upward to 92.5 from an originally reported 92.4 the previous month.

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HELOC Lending Volumes Bound 27% in Q2

HELOC Lending Volumes Bound 27% in Q2

Experian estimates new mortgage origination volumes totaled $292 billion for the months of April through June, reflecting a 15 percent increase from a slow first quarter. Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) led in gains for the quarter, totaling $35 billion—up 25 percent over the same period last year. Over the last 12 months, HELOC originations totaled $120 billion, marking a 27 percent increase from the prior period.

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U.S. Home Prices Stall in July

U.S. Home Prices Stall in July

Including seasonal factors, the S&P/Case-Shiller 10- and 20-city indices both posted a 0.5 percent decline from June to July, S&P Dow Jones Indices reported. Those losses compare to declines of 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, from May to June. The National Index, recently added as a monthly (rather than quarterly) measure, inched up a meager 0.2 percent, a step up from its 0.1 percent drop in June.

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Changes in Leadership at Fannie Mae

Changes in Leadership at Fannie Mae

Government-sponsored enterprise Fannie Mae recently confirmed two high-level personnel changes within the organization. Leslie Peeler, SVP in charge of Fannie Mae's National Servicing Organization, is leaving the GSE for a senior position with IBM's mortgage group. Last week, the GSE also confirmed the departure of COO Terry Edwards, scheduled for early 2015.

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Mortgage Loan Risk Flat in August

Mortgage Loan Risk Flat in August

AEI's National Mortgage Risk Index measured 11.3 percent last month, little changed from July's index, the group said. As a stress test, the index measures the percentage of loans that would be at risk of turning sour in the event of an economic downturn. Though the index has come down in recent months, it remains nearly twice the acceptable level "conducive to a stable market," AEI said.

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HARP Refinance Share Down to 13% in July

HARP Refinance Share Down to 13% in July

​Refinance activity remained more or less level from June to July, though interest in the government's Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) continued to dwindle, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported. The falloff in HARP refinancing continues even as the government works to revitalize the program.

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Personal Income, Spending Pick Up Steam in August

Personal Income, Spending Pick Up Steam in August

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported Monday that personal consumption expenditures increased $57.5 billion—0.5 percent—month-over-month in August. The increase in spending followed a meager revised increase of less than 0.1 percent for July. Spending was helped by a 0.3 percent pickup in personal income, totaling an increase of $47.3 billion.

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