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Realtors Confident in Housing Despite Credit Concerns

Confidence in housing among the Realtor crowd increased slightly in November, though concerns about credit availability continue to temper that optimism. A survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that among who reported transactions in November but ultimately did not close a sale, 9 percent said the homebuyer could not obtain financing, and of those, 6 percent reported the buyer gave up on purchasing the home. If lenders returned to "normal" credit standards, NAR says as many as 500,000 more sales could occur.

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Originators, Lenders to Redefine Relationships in 2014

As new regulations go into effect and a new mortgage market takes shape this year, lenders and originators must reconsider current relationships and look for partnerships that synch with their priorities, according to Hammerhouse Strategic Growth Partners. Hammerhouse has dubbed 2014 "the year of the originator free agency," stating in a recent release, "[T]he key trend impacting the residential mortgage market in 2014 will be the development of the free agency market for successful mortgage originators."

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NewOak Executive Returns to Lead Business Development

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NewOak announced the appointment of Neil McPherson as head of business development. McPherson, who was part of the original business development team when NewOak launched in 2008, returns to the firm with responsibility for coordinating NewOak├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós client development efforts across all its business lines: valuation and risk advisory, litigation consulting and dispute resolution, mortgage credit services, and financial technology solutions.

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Construction Spending Rises 5% Through November 2013

Construction spending in November reached an estimated seasonally adjusted rate of $934.4 billion, up from $925.1 billion in October and $882.7 billion in November 2012, according to the Census Bureau. Private residential construction spending rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted $345.5 billion in November. Year-over-year private residential construction spending increased 16.6 percent. Single-family construction spending rose 1.8 percent over the month, while multifamily construction spending rose 0.9 percent.

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