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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.

California Home Sales Weaken in August

Real estate information firm CoreLogic DataQuick estimated Friday that August home sales in the state—including new and resale houses and condos—totaled 37,228 last month, down 6.0 percent from July's estimate of 39,608. Compared to a year ago, sales fell 12.5 percent short. California sales have come in below average every month for more than eight years, the firm said.

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Consumer Sentiment Hits 14-Month High

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment edged up more than two points in a preliminary September reading, putting it at a 14-month high of 84.6. The increase in the headline index was driven by a more than four-point improvement in the gauge of consumer expectations, which rose to 75.6.

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Forecast Still Positive for Economic, Housing Growth

UCLA Anderson Forecast's third quarterly report of 2014, released Thursday, points to real GDP growth of about 3 percent over the next two years, following last year's full-year growth of 1.9 percent. Though housing has struggled to keep up its momentum so far this year, the market is still expected to fuel economic growth.

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Housing’s Slowdown: Setback or the New Normal?

After a summer of ups and downs, mortgage application volumes (as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association) stunned in early September with a 7.2 percent week-over-week drop, bringing the association's index to its lowest level in 14 years. While there are a number of factors that could have played a role in the latest plunge, general unsteadiness in the current economic picture remains the underlying problem.

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New Case-Shiller Index Shows Smaller Fall, Recovery in Housing

As more companies launch their own home price metrics, the much-watched Case-Shiller indices have readjusted their methodology to adapt—and revealed a different picture of home prices in the last few months than originally reported. While the new index comes as a "welcome improvement," it also throws a wrench into what analysts previously knew about home prices during and after the crash, says Paul Diggle, property economist for Capital Economics.

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Survey: Economists Push Back Predictions for Interest Rate Hikes

A new survey released by the Wall Street Journal finds most don't expect the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates until mid-summer 2015 or later. In a poll of economists nationwide, the Journal found only about a third believe the Fed will start hiking up rates before June next year. That number is down from 45 percent of economists in the publication's August survey.

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Mortgage Rates Move Up from 2014 Lows

Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate came up slightly to 4.12 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending September 11, marking the first increase after three weeks of year-low averages. A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.57 percent in Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

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