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Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington's student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News' sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news.

Millennial Optimism Boosts U.S. Housing Confidence

American consumers' enthusiasm for the housing market rose over the summer from the year's start, but expectations for future market performance have become more subdued, according to survey results released by Zillow. Among the thousands of Americans surveyed, confidence is higher among renters as purchase conditions continue to look favorable and rent prices climb.

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U.S., BofA Continue Fight in ‘Hustle’ Case

The ongoing legal battle between the U.S. government and Bank of America over the sale of soured loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial meltdown continued last week as lawyers for the government argued against a motion to throw out a fraud verdict rendered against the bank.

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Florida Home Sales, Prices Keep Going Strong

Florida Realtors released Monday its data on the state's housing market in August, reporting a 4.2 percent year-over-year rise in single-family home sales to a total of 21,594. "For several months now, stability and consistency are key trends we're seeing in Florida's housing market, as the state’s jobs outlook remains steady and the economy continues to grow," said Florida Realtors' president, Sherri Meadows.

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Report: Student Debt to Drive 2014 Home Sales Down 8%

Going against recent assertions that student debt may not prove as big a hindrance to the housing market as feared, a new report from researchers at John Burns Real Estate Consulting argues that student loans could cost the industry tens of billions of dollars this year alone.

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Existing-Home Sales Fall as Investors Retreat

According to transaction data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing-home sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, a decrease of 1.8 percent from July's sales pace of 5.14 million and a drop of 5.3 percent compared to last year. The group's chief economist, Lawrence Yun, pinned August's slower pace to a decline in all-cash purchases made by investors.

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New York Man Indicted for $146M Real Estate Fraud Scheme

Selim Zherka, a resident of Somers, New York, was arrested by federal agents on Thursday and charged with falsifying information to obtain loans totaling more than $146 million from three banks: North Fork Bank (now Capital One), Sovereign Bank (now Santander), and Signature Bank, according to an announcement from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).

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Leading Economic Index Slows from Summer Gains

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (LEI) increased 0.2 percent last month to 103.8, half the increase expected by economists. The index grew 1.1 percent in July and 0.7 percent in June. "The LEI continued to rise in August, although at a slower rate than in July," said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board. "Despite concerns about investment picking up, the economy should continue expanding at a moderate pace for the remainder of the year."

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Mortgage Closing Rate Hits New High in August

Examining a sample of loans initiated in May, mortgage technology provider Ellie Mae calculated a closing rate of 61.1 percent for all loans in its August report, up from 57.7 percent in July's report. "The closing rate in August was the highest since we began tracking this data three years ago," said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae. "This was further indication that lenders are working every deal and making sure leads don't slip away."

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$50M-Plus Monthly Servicing Portfolio on Offer

New York-based Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation (MIAC) announced the offering of a new $50 million per month mortgage servicing flow portfolio. The portfolio, which is made up of more than two-thirds Ginnie Mae and nearly one-third Fannie Mae loans, is being offered by a "well capitalized mortgage company that originates nationally," said MIAC, which is acting as the seller's exclusive representative on the offering. The seller will provide full representations and warranties for the loans included.

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