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Redfin: September Home Prices Avoid Usual Seasonal Retreat

Home prices in September were up 5 percent year-over-year while home sales posted a 4 percent annual increase, even as housing metrics began their typical seasonal declines, according to Redfin's analysis of activity across 19 major U.S. markets. Between August and September, these 19 markets saw prices decline just 0.8 percent, which Redfin says is a smaller decline than is customary at this time of year. Over the same period, home sales dropped 17 percent├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øa figure the company says represents "a typical seasonal decline."

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Analysts: Record-Low Rates Give Weak Boost to Refinances

Even with the record-low mortgage rates seen today, refinancing numbers are still not as high as expected. In CoreLogic's most recent MarketPulse report, Sam Khater and Molly Boesel noted, "the overall level of refinancing is still low given current mortgage rates, and there are still many homeowners nationwide with above market rates." Despite the new expansions from HARP 2.0, including the removal of its 125 percent LTV ceiling, other restrictions are still preventing homeowners from refinancing.

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Industry Leaders Focus on Workforce Housing

Workforce Housing in the New Economy took center stage during a recent conference hosted by the University of Miami's School of Business Administration, School of Architecture, and Office of Civil and Community Engagement. Featuring expert commentary from past and present leaders for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Consumer Federation of America, and Habitat for Humanity, the Florida-based event provided insight into the policies, programs, and regulations that are impacting housing for U.S. workers.

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NAR: Distressed Sales Leading to Inaccurate Appraisals

In a September National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey related to home appraisals over the past three months, 11 percent of Realtors said a contract was cancelled because a home was appraised at a value below the negotiated price. Another 9 percent said a contract was delayed, and 15 percent said a contract was renegotiated to a lower sale price. One reason for the low values, according to the NAR, is because some appraisers are not taking into account the difference between distressed and non-distressed homes when making comparisons.

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Former Goldman Sachs Execs to Launch Kingsguard Advisors

Two former Goldman Sachs executives have joined forces to establish Kingsguard Advisors, LP. Announcing the November 1 launch date of their new venture, the co-founders of the company also revealed that they have formed a strategic partnership with Investcorp.

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