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Texas Lender’s Top Officers Honored

Texas company Guardian Mortgage Lenders has been honored in its home state for the second consecutive year. Four of Guardian├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós originators were recently named among top mortgage professionals in D Magazine├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós annual list. Loan officers Lynn Hood, Rick Hodges, Marcus McCue, and David Stout ranked in the publication├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós standings, which are nominated and judged by a panel comprised of D Magazine Top DFW Realtors and other residential real estate professionals in the region.

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NAR: June Existing-Home Sales Saunter Back

Despite a forward leap by prices, a surge in contract cancellations led to a sudden easing in existing-home sales over June, according to a National Association of Realtors report. Analysts at the trade association placed blame for the lax numbers at the feet of wary lenders and continuing economic uncertainties. According to the report, upward-bound sales across regions like the South and Midwest contrasted with dips in the Northwest and Northeast, alongside a steadily slacking condo sector.

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Freddie Mac: Double-Dip Less Likely

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On Monday mortgage giant Freddie Mac published its monthly Economic and Housing Market Outlook, revealing a recovery in the rental sector and diminishing possibilities for a double-dip recession, with home sales expected to rise above the same for last year by as much as 3 to 5 percent. Households continued to feel concern over their finances, delaying action on larger-than-average purchases. Moreover, the rental housing market crept by with only a 15.2 percent pickup over the past year and through the first quarter this year.

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Obama Nominates Two for Ag Lending Board

In a statement released Monday, the White House announced that it would nominate two persons with national standing to serve on the board of directors for the Federal Agriculture Mortgage Corporation, the GSE otherwise known as Farmer Mac.

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Tax Deferrals Over for Reverse Mortgage Holders

Oregon's senior citizens with reverse mortgages will no longer be eligible for the state├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós tax deferral program. The initiative recently announced that reverse mortgage applicants won├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót be considered for the program. Homeowners already using the deferral advantage were told in July that they are required to reapply for the statewide program no later than July 25. Additional alterations to the program's format include more stringent asset limits, stricter income criteria, and a five-year minimum for prior residency in the qualifying home.

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Teamwork for ProTeck and AMC

ProTeck Valuation Services and American Mortgage Consultants are teaming up to deliver advanced real estate tools, and ProTeck will now provide real estate valuation and reconciliation via AMC.

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Ginnie Mae Backs Carrington Mortgage Services

On Tuesday Ginnie Mae gave the green-light to mortgage lender and servicer Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC to issue single-family mortgage-backed securities, allowing the company to package and securitize FHA loans.

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New Bill May Extend Conforming Loan Limits

On Monday lawmakers introduced a bill that would extend the current conforming loan limits for another two years a deal that could continue federal insurance for homeowners with high conforming jumbo loans. Rep. John Campbell (R-California) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-New York) co-sponsored the bill, titled the Conforming Loan Limits Extension Act, which would fix the limit for jumbo loans backed by GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration at $729,750.

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LPS Online Platform Gets a Boost

Lender Processing Services released a statement announcing today that the Real Estate Board of New York chose its MLS Portal to operate as the platform for its new Web site, which allows New Yorkers to search for homes.

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