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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.

Home Prices See Slower Growth as Jobs Become Driving Factor

Trulia reported Tuesday that asking prices for on-sale homes climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent month-over-month nationwide in January, marking the smallest monthly gain since August. Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko says the slowdown reflects a change in the factors influencing price growth.

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Zillow, Citi Announce Digital Marketing Alliance

In a joint release, Citi announced it has entered into a digital marketing alliance with Zillow, giving the megabank a heightened presence on the online marketplace's website and its related sites, Zillow Mortgages and StreetEasy.

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Appraisers, Homeowners Come Closer on Home Value Estimates

Quicken Loans said Tuesday that appraisers' home value estimates came in an average 0.18 percent higher than homeowners' estimates last month. The difference marks the narrowest gap between opinions since September 2013, when appraisers' estimates came in higher than homeowners' for the first time in seven years.

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Agency Bulk MSR Portfolio Now On Offer

The newest offering is a Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae MSR portfolio with $736 million of unpaid principal balance, according to an announcement from MountainView Servicing Group, which is acting as adviser on the sale.

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Housing Recovery Still Struggling in Minority Communities

Based on Zillow's latest homeownership data, the company estimated in a report on Monday that 12.4 percent of applicants who applied for a conventional mortgage loan in 2013 were denied. While the denial rate for white applicants was slightly better than the national average at 10.4 percent and only a little worse for Asians at 13.3 percent, black and Hispanic applicants stood a much higher chance of being turned down.

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Americans’ Economic Optimism Spills Over into Housing

Sixty-seven percent of American adults responding to Fannie Mae's January National Housing Survey said now is a good time to buy a home, the company reported Monday, while 44 percent said now is a good time to sell. Both figures are up from December, when positive responses were at 64 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

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Credit Unions Report Significant 2014 Growth

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) revealed Friday that credit union memberships grew by 3.6 percent last year, the highest growth rate since 1994. Loan portfolios also saw a solid increase over the year.

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ARMCO Adds Advanced Reporting with Tableau Integration

ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), a provider of Web-based quality control software for the mortgage industry, announced this week the addition of new enhancements to its Web Audit Technology via integration with analytics software leader Tableau Software.

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