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U.S. Home Prices Hit Another New Peak

May 31 — The Data and Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. released its latest Home Price Index report, based on March 2017 residential real estate transactions. The Black Knight HPI utilizes repeat sales data from the nation’s largest public records data set, as well as its market-leading, loan-level mortgage performance data, to produce one of the most complete and accurate measures of home prices available for both disclosure and non-disclosure states. Non-disclosure states do not include property sales price information as part of their publicly available county recorder data. Black Knight can obtain the sales price information for these states by combining and matching records across its unique data assets.

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Existing Home Sales Decrease to 5.5 million Units in May

May 31 — Ten-X, an online real estate transaction marketplace, has released its latest Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast which indicates a slight decrease in May existing home sales. According to the Nowcast, May sales will hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate between 5.37 and 5.73 million with a targeted number of 5.50 million, down 1.2 percent from NAR’s reported April sales and down 0.54 percent from a year ago.

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Freddie Mac Proposes Plan to Increase Home Ownership in Underserved Areas

May 15 – Freddie Mac is attempting to remedy underserved housing markets with its Duty to Serve plan, which details proposals for addressing some of the country’s most persistent affordable housing problems. (more…)

FDIC Publishes Guide to Products and Programs Offered by Federal Home Loan Banks

April 6 – The FDIC has published a new guide to help community bankers learn more about the programs and products offered by the Federal Home Loan Banks  to facilitate mortgage lending.

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Americans Remain at Risk from “Cyber Confusion” Both at Home and in the Workplace

February 14 – -Kaspersky Lab and HackerOne, a bug bounty platform, have announced results of the Hacking America: Cybersecurity Perception study, which revealed that American businesses and consumers still need a more comprehensive understanding of cyberthreats and how to protect personal and sensitive business data online.

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National Homeownership Rate Dops for the 12th Consecutive Year

February 3 –  The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®) has announced for the second year in a row, United States Census data demonstrates Hispanics were the only ethnic demographic with an increase to their homeownership rate, which surged from 45.6 percent in 2015 to 46.0 percent in 2016. The improvement came in a year when Hispanics also led in net household formations, adding a total net increase of 330,000 households.

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1.5 Million Dollars in FHLB Dallas Home Repair Grants Snapped Up in One Week

February 3 – As it has since 2009, demand for home repair grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) continued in 2017. In only seven days, nearly 300 qualified homeowners submitted applications, through more than 40 FHLB Dallas member institutions, for $1.5 million in Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) grants.

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Program Strives to Educate Multicultural Borrowers on Home Buying

January 17 – National Mortgage Insurance Corp., a subsidiary of NMI Holdings Inc., is helping to educate mortgage lenders on how to best reach out to multicultural borrowers. The company is educating lenders through speaking engagements, webinars and social media. (more…)

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Awards More Than 23.5 Million Dollars Through Its Competitive Affordable Housing Program

December 2 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has announced that more than $23.5 million was granted through its competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) to help finance 39 affordable housing projects located primarily in Illinois and Wisconsin. Click here to view descriptions of the 2016 AHP awards.

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Bank of America Expands the Affordable Loan Solution Program to Help Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Homebuyers

October 21 – Bank of America, in partnership with Self-Help Ventures Fund and Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC), has announced the doubling of its annual commitment to its Affordable Loan Solution™ mortgage program from $500 million to $1 billion, ensuring continued support for an innovative mortgage program that has provided more than 90 percent of its recipients first-time homeownership financing.

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