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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- Wells Fargo has gone to court to challenge a financial-crisis lawsuit recently brought against it by the Justice Department, saying a prior multi-bank $25 billion mortgage settlement already cleared it of some liability.

  • Nov 1- A significant portion of customers in Wells Fargo& Co's $1.9 trillion mortgage servicing portfolio remain strong candidates for refinancings, the head of the bank's home lending unit said on Thursday.

  • Few housing solutions offered in presidential race Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 1:22 PM ET

    HENDERSON, Nev.-- This suburb in a battleground state is pockmarked with half-built subdivisions, foreclosed homes and voters like Leslie Levin. But here and in hotly contested Florida, the damage to the housing market is still painfully visible.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Tuesday extended their disaster-relief policies to borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Tuesday extended their disaster-relief policies to borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are expected to require less taxpayer aid and may be able to stop tapping government coffers as early as next year, the U.S. housing regulator said on Friday, partly because the health of the bailed-out companies has improved.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Labor Department releases third-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for October, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for September, 10 a.m..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Bank of America Corp employees could face civil fraud charges as part of a federal lawsuit accusing the bank of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion in losses by selling toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a prosecutor said on Thursday. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were bailed out and put in government conservatorship in 2008..

  • UPDATE 3-Pulte profit, orders grow but investors cautious Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:14 PM ET

    *Q3 earnings 30 cts/share vs year-ago loss of 34 cents. Oct 25- PulteGroup Inc, the second-biggest U.S. homebuilder, reported its highest quarterly earnings since the collapse of the housing market, thanks to a surge in new orders and increased sales of new homes at higher prices.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for September, 8:30 a.m..

  • US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.41 pct. Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Average U.S. mortgage rates rose only slightly this week and continued to hover near record lows, a trend that has helped boost home sales and refinancing. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30- year fixed mortgage edged up to 3.41 percent, from 3.37 last week. Three weeks ago, the rate touched 3.36 percent.

  • Oct 24- Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz chided U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not seriously addressing the troubled U.S. housing market during the recent series of presidential debates.

  • *US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. NEW YORK, Oct 24- The United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion of losses by selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • *US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. Oct 24- The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses.

  • *US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. Oct 24- The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans that later defaulted to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, leading to more than $1 billion of losses.

  • US sued Bank of America over alleged mortgage fraud Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    Oct 24- The United States on Wednesday filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of deliberately generating and then selling thousands of toxic home loans that later defaulted to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • US suit alleges 'brazen' fraud at Countrywide Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    The suit, filed Wednesday by the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, also underscored how Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide in July 2008, just before the financial crisis, backfired severely. He also charged that Bank of America has resisted buying back soured mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which bought loans from Countrywide.

  • Fed cites moderate US growth, takes no new action Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Two weeks before a U.S. election focused on the economy, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that its help is still needed to increase growth and lower unemployment. The Fed took no action after a two-day policy meeting. It wants time to assess whether the aggressive steps it launched in September will help the economy.

  • NVR 3Q net income rises, new home orders up Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    The homebuilder and mortgage company breezed past Wall Street expectations and shares at one point traded close to $914, a seven-year high. On Thursday, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported that the rate on the 30- year fixed mortgage fell near its record low, while the 15- year fixed mortgage set a record low of 2.66 percent.

  • US rate on 30-year fixed mortgage near record low Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The average U.S. rate on a 30- year fixed mortgage has fallen to near its record low set earlier this month. The rate on the most popular mortgage dipped to 3.37 percent from 3.39 last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. Two weeks ago, the rate reached 3.36 percent, its lowest level on records dating to 1971..