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Racial Disparities Found in Servicing, Lending, & Credit Access

The wealth gap among Americans widened dramatically after the housing market collapse. This placed many black homeowners at a huge economic disadvantage, leaving them with limited access to servicing, lenders, and credit. New research by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found that all households lost wealth from 2007 to 2009 at the height of the housing bust and recession. However, in 2009, median white household wealth ceased to decrease, while median black household wealth dropped steadily.

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Over Half of States are in ‘Stable’ Housing Market Range

More than half of the states plus the District of Columbia, along with more than a third of the nation's largest metro areas, were categorized as in the "stable" range in April on the strength of a healthy spring homebuying season, according to Freddie Mac's April 2015 Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) released Wednesday.

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CFPB Moving Proposed TRID Extension Date from October 1 to October 3

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced a proposed amendment to the Know Before You Owe mortgage rule, commonly known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which would move the effective date of the rule to Saturday, October 3, 2015. According to CFPB, the Bureau is issuing the proposed amendment to correct an "administrative error" that would have pushed the TRID effective date back at least two weeks from its original effective date of August 1, 2015.

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CFPB Points Out Illegal Mortgage Activities in Supervisory Report

In order to provide transparency, reduce risks to consumers, and comply with Federal consumer financial law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently shared its eighth Supervisory Highlights report. The report covers the illegal practices that the Bureau uncovers in areas such as consumer reporting, debt collection, student loan servicing, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, and fair lending for the first four months of the year.

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Economy Expected to Recover From First Quarter Decline

After a decline in economic activity in the first quarter, research has shown that a complete turnaround is expected for the second quarter. Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group found indicators of the U.S. experiencing a moderate rebound in economic growth for the current quarter.

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Housing Forecast Highlights Expected Changes for the Second Half of 2015

With the housing market still in recovery from the recession, homeownership is not a commodity that everyone can afford. In fact, it is a luxury. Forbes writer, Erin Carlyle pointed out a housing forecast titled "What to Expect in the Second Half of 2015" that the homeownership rate in 2005 was 69.1 percent, while today, it’s 63.7 percent, the lowest level the nation has seen since 1993. The forecast highlights that sellers are in an ideal market as the demand for housing is back, but for buyers, home prices are not very favorable and continue to rise.

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Expert Analyzes Housing Market Strength in Oil Metros

Housing market watchers have been waiting to see what will happen in parts of the U.S. with heavy oil-related employment, according to CoreLogic’s report on their Insights Blog titled “Housing Market Strength in Oil Metros, Equity Position of Texas Oil Metros is Strong.” Between the fall of 2014 and this spring, oil prices fell 42 percent causing those who consistently monitor the housing market to wonder about the effect that this will have on the real estate industry.

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Industry Anxiously Awaits Disparate Impact Ruling

With word the highly anticipated disparate impact ruling expected to come forth by the end of June, industry leaders cannot help but grow increasingly curious regarding this Supreme Court case. The Supreme Court heard the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al. (Texas) v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (IC) on January 21 and have yet to make a decision on this case.

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