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Mortgage Applications Slide as Interest Rates Fall

Mortgage applications fell 2.1 percent from the week before, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The trade group found declines for applications amid new historic lows for mortgage rates. According to the MBA, average contract interest rates for home loans broke new records across the board. New lows for interest rates included the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with conforming balances (3.79 percent), the 30-year loan with jumbo loan balances (4.05 percent), and the 15-year loan (3.15 percent). Five-year and one-year adjustable-rate mortgages likewise fell to a new low of 2.71 percent.

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Don Imus Lists Waterfront Estate in Connecticut

Radio icon Don Imus and his wife, Dierdre, have listed their Connecticut property for $19.9 million. RealEstalker reports that Imus has taken the waterfront estate on and off the market multiple times, dating from 2009, and when it was originally put up for sale, the Greco-Georgian property carried a much higher price tag of $30 million.

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Best Markets for Buyers and Sellers: Zillow

San Francisco, San Jose, and Las Vegas metro areas were named as the top markets for sellers, while Chicago, Milwaukee, and Cleveland were categorized as markets where buyers have more power, according to a report released from Zillow Tuesday. In the top seller├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós markets, price cuts are uncommon and homes often sell for at or near their asking price. Sellers' markets were not necessarily ones where home values are rising, but places sellers are more likely to sell their home for close to asking price and where listings spend less time on the market.

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Recovery Builds Momentum with Regional Price Gains: Clear Capital

National home prices saw both quarterly and yearly gains in June, and all four regions across the U.S. posted quarterly increases, according to the Home Data Index (HDI) released by Clear Capital Tuesday. Home prices rose by 1.7 percent in June from the previous quarter and a year ago, and growth is expected to continue into the second half of the year at a rate of 2.5 percent, Clear Capital reported. Out of all four regions, the West saw the greatest quarterly increase at 3.5 percent, followed by the Midwest (1.2 percent), the South (1.5 percent), and the Northeast (0.8 percent).

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CFPB Seeks Input on Redesigned Mortgage Forms

The CFPB has officially proposed mortgage disclosure forms designed to enhance understanding. The forms are a result of research, testing, writing, and review and are being created to help consumers comprehend the terms of their mortgage and the costs involved. The proposed forms are part of the agency's Know Before You Owe project and are to be provided after applying for a loan and before closing."When making what is likely the biggest purchase of their life, consumers should be looking at paperwork that clearly lays out the terms of the deal," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

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Housing Confidence Picks Up in June Despite Worries

Downturns in economic confidence hasn├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót shaken consumers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó optimism in the housing market, Fannie Mae├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós National Housing Survey for June showed. According to the survey, the average home price expectation rose to 2 percent in June, up 0.6 percent from May and the highest recorded value since the survey began two years ago. In addition, 35 percent of respondents expect that home prices will go up in the next year, the highest level recorded since the survey├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós inception. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they think mortgage rates will go up in the next 12 months.

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Aite Analyst Evaluates the CMBS Market’s Past and Present

Aite Group is speaking out on contemporary issues in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) marketplace. The company's senior analyst, John Jay, recently released his statements in response to a New York Times article evaluating the potential impact of pre-crisis commercial loans.

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MountainSeed Debuts New Commercial Valuation Tool

MountainSeed Appraisal Management, LLC, is targeting the commercial market with the launch of a new evaluation program. According to MountainSeed, the tool will make it easier for appraisers to extend commercial valuations to smaller lenders.

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Georgia Bank Closes as Authorities Search for Missing Banker

A Georgia bank closed Friday, with state authorities appointing the FDIC as receiver. The banker, accused of embezzling millions from the shuttered institution, remains missing after a two-week absence. Montgomery Bank & Trust, located in Alley, Georgia, closed its doors Friday, reopening as part of Ameris Bank. Ameris entered a purchase agreement with the FDIC to assume all of Montgomery Bank├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós deposits and about $12.4 million of its assets ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô mainly cash and cash equivalents, according to the FDIC.

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