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Research Finds that Student Loans Hinder Millennials From Saving for a Home

The conflicts of student loan debt surpass just actual repayment. Trulia research titled "The Debt of Wrath: Do Student Loans Affect Saving for a Home?" recently found that college degrees hinder young millennials from saving up for a 20 percent down payment on a home due to student loan repayment, but in the most expensive markets, only those with a college degree will be capable of saving up enough for a home in their lifetime.

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Index Says Oil-and Gas-Producing States at Highest Risk for Home Price Increases

Arch Mortgage Insurance (MI) Company, a provider of private mortgage insurance and a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Capital Group Ltd., recently released the Summer 2015 edition of its Housing and Mortgage Market Review. The review contains the latest Arch MI Risk Index model results which revealed that the national average risk of price declines remains unchanged at 8 percent and North Dakota and Texas have elevated risks due to oil and gas exposure and higher home prices in relation to incomes.

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The Enterprises & CSS Develop Industry Advisory Group

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS) jointly announced on Wednesday the development of an Industry Advisory Group. The group will provide feedback and share information on efforts to build the Common Securitization Platform (CSP) and implement the Single Security.

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Tight Lending Standards Cause Credit Availability Index to Drop

The Total Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) decreased in June, indicating that lending standards are tightening, according to a release from the Mortgage Bankers Association on Tuesday. The Total MCAI, which was benchmarked to 100 in March 2012, declined by 0.5 percent in June down to 122.

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Mortgage Rates Down Following Crisis in Greece

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has dropped five points from last week, following the widespread crisis in Greece. According to Zillow Mortgages, the current rate is 3.88 percent. It rose to 3.97 percent on Wednesday and stayed there throughout the holiday weekend, then fell to the current rate early this week.

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Housing Construction Jobs Open Up

In May, the amount of open, unfilled construction sector positions increased over a slightly downwardly revised April estimate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) analysis presented by Robert Dietz on their Eye on Housing blog. The number of construction jobs increased from 137,000 in April to 149,000 in May on a seasonally adjusted basis.

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Report Finds that Home Prices Increased by 6.3 Percent in May

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.3 percent in May 2015 compared to this time last year, according to CoreLogic’s May 2015 Home Price Index Report (HPI). This will make 39 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices nationally.

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Consumer Housing Optimism Could Mean Healthier Purchase Market

Consumer attitudes toward the current condition of the home selling market and future home rental prices may launch purchase activity forward for the rest of 2015, according to Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey. Optimism among consumers about the housing market has reached new survey highs and strong job and income growth are making consumers appear more favorable in the selling market, indicating a possible increase in the existing home supply.

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