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NAHB Reports Housing Market Activity Increase for Q1

Housing and economic activity has returned to or exceeded normal levels in 68 of about 360 metropolitan areas in the country (about 19 percent) as of the end of Q1 2015, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released Wednesday.

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Bill Seeks to Address TRID Deadline Concerns

With the deadline for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules going into effect on August 1, many lenders are increasingly concerned about possible penalties should they not be fully compliant by this date. To address these anxieties, Congressmen Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico) and Brad Sherman (D-California), joined forces to introduce a bill (H.R. 2213) that would provide temporary leniency from lawsuits and law enforcement. If passed, it would remain in effect until January 1, 2016.

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First Quarter Net Income Nearly Doubles for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac's net income for the first quarter of 2015 totaled $524 million, nearly double the total of a profitable but somewhat slow fourth quarter, according to Freddie Mac's Q1 2015 Financial Report released Tuesday morning. It marked the 14th consecutive quarter of profitability for Freddie Mac.

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Homeownership Escapes Low Earners

According to a study released by Zillow, low income and rising home values have made homeownership unaffordable and unattainable for the country’s lowest paid workers. Over the past two years, one-third of Americans have not been able to afford homes due to low wages. As the housing market recovered, incomes did not.

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Arch Mortgage Insurance to Host Complimentary Webinar

Arch Mortgage Insurance (Arch MI), a provider of private mortgage insurance and a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Capital Group Ltd, will host a complimentary webinar discussing the recent release of their Spring 2015 Edition of its Housing and Mortgage Market Review. The webinar will discuss the latest findings of the report, including the latest trends that influence the housing market today and a discussion of how states in the oil market could be affected by the recent drop in oil prices. Arch MI aims to help industry professionals understand what is happening in the nation’s housing market and why with their exclusive Housing Update Webinar.

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Report: Lenders’ Share of Purchase Volume Picks Up in March

Lenders' share of mortgage purchase volume increased for the first time in 2015, jumping 5 percent according to the latest Origination Insight Report released by Ellie Mae, a leading provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry. The report found that purchases represented 46 percent of lenders’ overall volume in March, compared to 53 percent in mortgage refinancing volume.

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OCC Announces Bank, Federal Savings Association Growth in South

Financial conditions are improving in the Southern United States, according to a report released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The report, which details the performance of national banks and federal savings associations (FSAs), showed that nine states in the OCC’s Southern District showed improvement in 2014. Those states included Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

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