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Report: Jobs Recovery to Drive Up Home Prices

Even as housing inventory starts to recover, the basic fundamentals of supply and demand--as measured by new starts versus job growth across the nation--point to continued price growth, according to one expert at John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Nationally, the employment growth-to-permit (E/P) ratio is 2.5, up from 2.3 last year and well above the "equilibrium level" of 1.2. Eighteen of the top 20 markets have an E/P ratio higher than the equilibrium.

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Consumer Sentiment Weakens in Preliminary September Report

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment fell to a five-month low of 76.8 in September's preliminary report, spelling a potentially weak third quarter for consumption growth. The decline in overall sentiment was largely due to a drop in the Expectations Index, which measures consumer confidence for the next six months. That index fell to an eight-month low of 67.2. Meanwhile, the Current Conditions Index fell to 91.8.

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Mortgage Litigation Up in Q1, Consumer Claims Dominate

Mortgage-related litigation remained historically high in the first quarter, according to data from Mortgage Daily. The site's First Quarter 2013 Mortgage Litigation Index shows there were 227 mortgage-related cases tracked that saw activity in Q1--little changed from Q4 2012's 223 but up from 216 the year prior. Cases related to mortgage-backed securities, regulation, commercial mortgages, and investor problems all saw increased activity.

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CFPB Finalizes Changes to Mortgage Rules

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With months to go before the implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) qualified mortgage (QM) rules, the agency released several finalized amendments and clarifications created to ease the process.

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