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Housing, Economic Sentiments Turn Sour

In its latest National Housing Survey, Fannie Mae found housing sentiment among U.S. consumers was down in July compared to recent months, with fewer expecting continued growth. According to the findings, only 42 percent of Americans surveyed said they expect home prices to keep rising over the next year, continuing a downward trend that started in April.

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Mortgage Rates Remain Stuck

Nearly three months after first settling into the 4.10 percent to 4.20 percent range, long-term fixed mortgage rates continue to show little movement. According to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate this week came to an average 4.14 percent (0.7 point), up slightly from 4.12 percent in the last survey.

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Fannie, Freddie to Pay $5.6B on Second-Quarter Profits

The U.S. government is set to see another $5.6 billion from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as both GSEs continue to post solid earnings. Both companies released on Thursday their earnings reports for the second quarter, reporting subdued profits compared to recent quarters as settlement earnings and other previous one-time benefits subside.

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Survey: Agent/Client Relationship Key for First-Time Buyers

A new customer satisfaction survey released by J.D. Power breaks down the top priorities among clients working with real estate brokerages, ranking the customer/agent relationship as most important factor for homebuyers—particularly first-timers, who benefit most from clear communication, says Christina Cooley, director in the diversified services industries practice at J.D. Power.

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As Housing Gains Slow, Some Markets Shine Brighter

In its June National Housing Trend Report, Realtor.com reported the national housing market continued to gain some strength as summer got under way, though the rate of recovery dimmed somewhat. While current and seasonal trends would suggest home sales will see a slowdown in the coming months, national indicators are masking some of the activity happening in individual markets, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com.

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Connecticut Home Sales Pick Up Strength in June

Single-family home sales in the Constitution State totaled 2,799 in June, according to the Warren Group, marking a 5.8 percent increase from a year ago. It was the fourth time so far this year that home sales have performed better annually. Throughout the entire second quarter, sales totaled 6,679, down nearly 5 percent compared to the year-ago period.

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Mortgage Apps Down for Second Straight Month

According to data reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and compiled by Capital Economics, mortgage application volumes slipped an additional 3.4 percent in July following June's 0.1 percent decline. Declines were nearly even in both purchase loan volumes, which fell 3.6 percent, and refinances, which were down 3.3 percent.

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