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  • Fannie Mae Insider Takes Top Job With Lower Pay Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 5:40 PM ET
    Timothy J. Mayopoulos

    Fannie Mae’s general counsel will become the mortgage giant’s new chief, sources say -- and  will do so with less pay. Congress has slammed Fannie's salaries in the past.

  • Home Prices See Gains, But That's Not the Whole Story Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
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    It is not exactly a trend, but for the second-straight month, U.S. home prices saw year-over-year gains.

  • Jobs Report Signals More Trouble for Housing Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 11:44 AM ET
    Home For Sale - Reduced Priced

    “The May 2012 jobs report was a step backward for housing in every way,” says Trulia.com’s Jed Kolko, who pinpoints what he calls “clobbered metros.”

  • New FHA Foreclosures Spike Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 4:15 PM ET
    Foreclosed California home

    As lenders continue to try to modify delinquent mortgages or offer foreclosure alternatives, like short sales or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, the number of loans entering the foreclosure process are falling.

  • Lack of Distressed Supply Continues to Hit Home Sales Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 12:20 PM ET
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    The unexpected drop in signed contracts to buy existing homes in April should have come as no surprise. It is all about price point, supply, and where the action is/has been.

  • Home Prices Hit Lows, but ‘We See Signs of Hope’ Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 11:05 AM ET
    Vegas Homes

    “We have encouraging signs in the market," S&P/Case Shiller's Robert Shiller told CNBC Tuesday. "We are seeing some signs of hope.”

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    The "shadow banking" system has been massively curtailed and is now half as big as it was before the 2008 crisis, a new report for the sector shows.

  • Under Pressure, FHA Skews to Wealthier Home Buyers Friday, 25 May 2012 | 12:20 PM ET
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    The Federal Housing Administration is often credited with saving the home finance market during the worst of the latest housing crash, but that was not without a very high price.

  • Huge Spike in Home Prices Is Not Real Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:27 AM ET
    Housing market increases

    Numbers showing the biggest price jump in housing prices since January of 2006 are different. That jump was real, this latest spike is not.

  • Refinancing Now: Lower Rates, Fees Coming Soon Monday, 21 May 2012 | 4:25 PM ET
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    The government is about to make refinancing FHA mortgages more affordable — and potentially easier — for hundreds of thousands of homeowners.

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    As real estate investors rush to buy distressed properties and reap the rewards of a still-heating rental market, two distinct phenomena are suggesting caution, perhaps extreme caution.

  • Many Eligible Borrowers Passing Up Foreclosure Reviews Monday, 21 May 2012 | 11:52 AM ET
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    Months after the first invitations were mailed, only a small percentage of eligible borrowers have accepted a chance to have their foreclosure cases checked for errors and maybe win restitution. USA Today reports.

  • Fixed Mortgages: New Lows for 15-, 30-Year Loans Friday, 18 May 2012 | 2:41 AM ET
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    Average U.S. rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages fell to record lows for the third straight week. The steady decline has made home-buying and refinancing more affordable than ever for those who can qualify. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Foreclosures Move East as Hardest-Hit Markets Clear Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
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    Foreclosure activity in April fell nationally to the lowest level since the summer of 2007, but government intervention and the recent $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement are now changing the face of the crisis.

  • Foreclosures Fall...And That's a Bad Thing? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:53 PM ET
    Foreclosure

    A new report came out this morning with a curious headline: “Foreclosure Activity Declines, Hurting Investors.” I read it twice. You would think declines in foreclosure activity would be a good thing, that is, would help, not hurt. Not in this bizarre housing market.

  • After a Dip, Homebuilder Sentiment Surges Again Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 10:02 AM ET
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    Builder confidence jumped five points in May, which is a sign that the nation’s homebuilders are feeling far better again, after an unusually warm winter wreaked havoc with the usual traffic and sales trends.

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    President Obama has visited a “responsible” couple who owe more on their mortgage than their Nevada home is currently worth. But did they act responsibly?

  • Mortgage Market Still Hampers Housing Recovery Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
    Mortgage

    The Realtors say it, the home builders say it, and now the chairman of the Federal Reserve is saying it: “Some creditworthy borrowers are still having trouble getting a mortgage.”

  • BofA Settlement: Moral Hazard? Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 2:54 PM ET
    BofA Settlement: Moral Hazard?

    Breaking down the details of Bank of America's mortgage reduction plan, with Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Manhattan Institute and Susan Wachter, Wharton University of Pennsylvania.

  • The Mortgage Gamble Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 1:07 PM ET
    The Mortgage Gamble

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports on a widespread, but controversial new move by Bank of America to try and keep thousands of homes from foreclosure. CNBC's Rick Santelli weighs in.