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UP CM launches RERA website

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, on July 26, 2017, said that his government was fully committed to safeguarding the interests of home buyers and redressing their problems. Adityanath launched the website of the UP Real Estate Regulatory ...

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Current Mortgage Rates for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Welcome to the Total Mortgage Current Mortgage Rates Blog. There’s some economic data out today, but first, your daily mortgage rate forecast/advice. Don’t feel like reading? Check out our market outlook series. Market Outlook 7.24.17 from Tota...

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9 Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill by up to $750

We all want to save energy and money, right? But it’s not always so easy – perhaps you don’t have the time for a home energy audit, or maybe there simply isn’t room in the budget for that energy-saving appliance you want. No worr...

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RICO Madness: The Nuisance of Owning and Operating a Marijuana Facility

On June 7, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Safe Streets Alliance, et al. v. Hickenlooper, et al., (No. 16-1048), an opinion that could open the doors to property use litigation involving marijuana facilities. One of the...

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How Mortgage Rates Connect To The Fed Funds Rate

The Fed adjourns from a 2-day meeting Wednesday. The group doesn’t set mortgage rates but it can influence them. How this week’s meeting could affect your refinance and purchase mortgage rate. Source: The Mortgage Reports...

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 2, Issue 2

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Natural Resources lawyers. This publication is intended to provide quick, useful bites of CEQA news that we hope can be a resource for your real-time… ...

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CFPB Adopts TRID Rule Amendments and Proposes to Address Black Hole Issue

As we reported previously, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued long-awaited amendments to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA)/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, also known as the&#...

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Digging into the Hamptons’ biggest projects

From the Hamptons market report: It’s not a secret that in the Hamptons, it can take awhile to get things done. Long Island’s East End is a region known for its luxury housing and rural seclusion — not for the willingness of its many municipali...

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The week in luxury: A map of NYC’s priciest apartment sales

Each week, The Real Deal and CityRealty look back at Manhattan’s priciest apartment sales. Source: The Real Deal...

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Lender Fee and Pricing Changes; CFPB Suit Dismissed, HMDA webinar

Posted To: Rob Chrisman What should lenders and loan officers be concerned about? What’s threatening their livelihood, besides all cash buyers, venture capital firms buying houses for rentals, and Baby Boomers staying put with their 3.5% 30-year mo...

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DOJ Settles Race And National Origin Fair Housing Act Case For $70,000

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case filed in Massachusetts for $70,000 in which the Complainants asserted discrimination based on race and national origin. As a part of its investigation,R...

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In search of donations: NASA’s famed Apollo Mission Control Center

Houston, we have a problem. Source: money.cnn...

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Extend Gains in Super Quiet Conditions

Posted To: MBS Commentary As expected, today could be better characterized as a highly-regulated narcotic sleep aid than an interesting trading day for bond markets. The dreams were sweet, at least, with 10yr yields drifting down to their best levels...

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Reforms in real estate and construction – impact on investment attractiveness of Ukraine (Ukranian)

The latest legislative changes in the real estate and construction sector have allowed for the growth of the acquisition of real estate, to strengthen the protection of the rights of owners of real estate and even simplify and improve the procedure&#...

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Mortgage Rates Lowest in July

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates moved lower today, setting yet another new low for the month of July. For the past 2 weeks, rates have been pushing back against a fairly abrupt spike that took place heading into the month. Concerns over...

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With Expiration Looming, NAR, NAHB Applaud Flood Insurance Renewal Progress

Posted To: MND NewsWire It remains to be seen if it passes into law, or how it will hold up during the process, but housing industry groups say an agreement has been hammered out for renewing the federal flood insurance program . Both the National As...

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State-Level Changes Across the Board; Housing and Rates

Posted By: Rob Chrisman Under the heading, “What’ll they think of next?”, especially for aging Boomers, comes stairs that store energy and help the next person walk up them! State-Level Changes When lenders complain about federal regulation and...

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MBS Day Ahead: Low Volume and Light Liquidity Expected. Here’s What That Means

Posted To: MBS Commentary One of the hallmarks of classic (read: old school) technical analysis is the role of volume in confirming market movements. For instance, if 10yr yields break through a key technical level, the next question many traders wil...

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MBS RECAP: Markets Had ECB Almost Perfectly Pegged

Posted To: MBS Commentary Talk about your anticlimactic conclusions! It’s not that the European Central Bank (ECB) was likely to make any meaningful changes in its policy stance today, but it nonetheless served as an important opportunity to co...

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Mortgage Rates Hold 3-Week Lows After Central Bank Announcements

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates held relatively steady today, keeping them in line with the lowest levels in more than 3 weeks. There was relatively little market movement in response to the policy announcement from the European Central...

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Single Security Praised by Urban Institute

Posted To: MND NewsWire The single agency security toward which the GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), have been working for several years, is not yet operative, but it just got a round of...

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Vendor and Lender News/Updates; Academy Buys First Mortgage and Cunningham

Posted To: Pipeline Press This morning we’ve had the usual Thursday initial jobless claims economic release. At the other end of the teeter totter, here’s an amazing stat to talk about at Happy Hour tonight. It is estimated that 50% of net busine...

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Ellie Mae Reports Few Changes in Loan Characteristics

Posted To: MND NewsWire Refinancing held its ground in June, with that share of the mortgage market remaining at 32 percent. While that is a significant decline from the 47 percent share the first month of the year, it is little changed from the June...

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Low Rates Stoke Second Month of Prepayment Gains

Posted To: MND NewsWire Black Knight Financial Services said on Thursday that continued low interest rates fostered another increase in prepayments . The national prepayment rate, considered a sign of refinance activity , rose 5.3 percent in June on ...

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MBS Day Ahead: Bonds Hoping Draghi Keeps Things Green

Posted To: MBS Commentary Mario Draghi is the President of the European Central Bank (ECB). That’s the EU’s version of the Fed. Like the Fed in the past, the ECB is still adding new bond purchases to its balance sheet (the Fed tapered tho...

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MBS RECAP: Eerily Quiet Ahead of Central Bank Announcements

Posted To: MBS Commentary Much has been made of tomorrow’s European Central Bank (ECB) Announcement, mainly because of its proximity to ECB President Draghi’s comments on June 27th. That’s when Draghi said deflation was being replac...

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Mortgage Rates at 3-Week Lows

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates moved lower today, despite slightly weaker underlying bond markets. This has been an ongoing phenomenon in recent days. Bonds improve, implying lower mortgage rates, but lenders wait to drop rates until b...

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Upcoming Events; Disaster Updates; Yield Curve Flattening

Posted To: Pipeline Press In a broad generalization, when people have money to invest they usually think about stocks, bonds, or real estate. (Yes, I know there are other assets, like precious metals, restaurants, your sister-in-law’s nail salon…...

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Housing Starts/Permits Convincingly End Recent Slump

Posted To: MND NewsWire Housing permits and starts both reversed their respective two-month slides in June, and both did so convincingly , far outpacing analysts’ expectations. Activity was especially strong in the Midwest. The U.S. Census Bure...

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MBS Day Ahead: Trust The Technicals?

Posted To: MBS Commentary This commentary will begin it’s life as the “day ahead” entry for July 19th, 2017, but it may as well be a “knowledge base” entry for the validity of technical analysis. There are already severa...

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Mortgage Apps Bounce Back After Holiday Losses

Posted To: MND NewsWire Mortgage application volume bounced back during the week ended July 14, following a sharp downturn a week earlier. That week had been shortened by the Independence Day holiday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its Market ...

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A fifth of UK property now rented in the private sector

Buying a home used to be seen as one of life’s big milestones for Brits. Alongside getting married, starting a career and having kids, owning a home was seen as one of those things that everyone would do eventually. But times have changed, and over...

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Legal Notebook: All road(way)s lead to a contractual dispute

The recent decision of RV Pty Limited v Connector Park Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] TASSC 22 concerned a dispute between two land development companies in relation to a contract which required the construction of an access road. The judgment provides a̷...

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EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments et al. (July 13, 2017, Case No. S223603) – Why it matters: The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) RegionalR...

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New Move-in ready Homes in Inspirada at Montero

Inspirada is a new master-planned community in Henderson near Bicentennial Parkway and Sun City Anthem Dr.  Inspirada features miles of community trails, recreation center, an outdoor amphitheater, tennis courts, dog park, playgrounds, basketball co...

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MBS RECAP: Best Day For Bonds Since Late June

Posted To: MBS Commentary If there is one thematic event at the heart of the past 4 weeks, it was a series of comments from European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi back on June 27th, essentially foreshadowing a winding-down of asset purcha...

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Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Should Abandon the Standing at Inception Rule in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, in Rigby v. Bank of New York Mellon, Case No. 1D16-0665, appears to be considering receding from the “standing at inception” doctrine in the mortgage foreclosure context. That rule requires foreclosing&...

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Mortgage Rates Moderately Lower

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates fell today, but continue lagging behind the movements seen in underlying bond markets. Part of that has to do with the timing of bond market swings over the past few days, but lenders also simply want to ...

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Sellers: Stage your living room to help decrease a home’s market time

Taking the time to stage a home can make a significant difference in how long that home stays on sale, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Profile of Home Staging report. The report found that 62 percent of sellers’ agents sa...

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Foreign Homebuyers Surge into U.S. Market

Posted To: MND NewsWire Our neighbors to the north seem to think the grass is pretty green on this side of the fence. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) says that foreign investment in the U.S. residential market skyrocketed to a new high d...

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Price Concerns Constrain Builder Confidence

Posted To: MND NewsWire Home builder confidence continues backing down from its post-crisis peak earlier this year, although the National Association of Realtors (NAHB) calls results of its July survey “solid.” The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housin...

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Current Lending Environment; FHA, VA News; HELOC Resets Doing Well

Posted By: Rob Chrisman How much would you pay to keep your job, or find a new one? Political analysts forecast that two wealthy contenders for the 2018 Illinois governor spot (yes, that Illinois, with its financial difficulties) will spend more than...

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MBS Day Ahead: Bonds Thinking About a "Lead-Off" Ahead of Thursday

Posted To: MBS Commentary It remains the case that Thursday is the focal point of the week, with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi set to tell reporters how far away we are from a tapering announcement. Tapering is understandably a h...

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Mortgage Rates Higher Despite Friendly Market Movement

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch Mortgage rates are largely dictated by movements in bond markets–specifically mortgage-backed securities (MBS). When bonds improve, prices rise and investors are willing to pay more to buy loans. This results in r...

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How to receive your free copy of “Inside France” – a luxury property market report by Home Hunts

Thinking about buying a luxury property in France? Read Inside France today for the latest French property market insights and advice on how to get the best real estate deal Home Hunts is proud to release the 2017 edition of its prime property insigh...

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Set Huge Ridiculous Goals

Goals A lot of people will tell you to dream big. Keller Williams associate Keven Stirdivant, of the Long Beach pacific estates (Calif.) market center, will tell you to dream bigger. Source: KW...

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Use Less, Save More: Energy-Efficient Tips for Lowering Your Utility Bills

We all enjoy being warm and cozy in the winter, and cool as a cucumber in the summer – but the energy bills that keep us there can get out of hand quickly. In fact, the average American household spends roughly $200 per month on energy bills, a...

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7 Ways to Ensure Your Potential Tenant’s References are Real

Any responsible Baltimore City property owner knows the importance of tenant screening when it comes to placing tenants in their property. You want to make sure the tenant you are considering has no criminal background, has verifiable income that can...

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Alyson Hannigan Lists Her Atlanta Penthouse for $1.395M

Before Alyson Hannigan was Willow Rosenberg on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or Lily Aldrin on “How I Met Your Mother,” she was an Atlantan. The now-famous actress was raised in the Atlanta area following her parents divorce during her early chi...

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Another Wells Fargo Scandal?

Wells Fargo is at it again… A scandal-plagued Wells Fargo has found itself in the midst of a new controversy involving “stealth” modifications of consumers’ mortgages while they are in bankruptcy. According to The New York Times, a class acti...

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UCPB Foreclosed Properties for sale as of June 2017

This is the updated list of UCPB foreclosed properties for June 2017. You may download/view the complete listing and other details from United Coconut Planters Bank, below. Reminder – Please read : If you want to inquire with regard to any of the...

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Panama City Realty Group Congratulates Jennifer Mackay for another year Capped

The Panama City Realty Group is very pleased to congratulate team leader – Jennifer Mackay for Capping at Keller Williams Success Realty. Read more about Capping… What is Capping Capping is one of the perks of being a Keller Williams Brok...

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April 2017, a Mixed Month for Greenwich Real Estate Sales

by Mark Pruner 203-969-7900 April was one of those months where you could look at the glass as half full or empty. Our inventory was slightly down compared to last year with 631 listings down 12 listings from last year makin...

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What is a mortgage pre-approval? Why do you need a mortgage preapproval?

Guest post by Tammie Redelback, Mortgage Advisor, MortgageLine Powered by Dominion Lending Centres   Thinking of buying a property, but don’t know where to start? One of the inital steps is to speak to your lender about your mortgage pre-appro...

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Open House Sunday March 12th 2017 Lake Ridge VA

                                       Opportunity is Knocking!                         Open House Sunday 3-12-2017                               2pm to […]...

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3 Business Structure Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make

Let’s start with: Why have an LLC? There are mainly two reasons why you want any kind of business structure: Pay less tax, and protect your assets. Before you jump into creating your LLCs for your real estate holdings, there are a few things to con...

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Is there a Canadian housing bubble crisis? Thoughts from real estate consultant Jim Reid

A recent CMHC report has raised alarms concerning overvaluation in real estate markets of several Canadian cities. We’ve reached out yet again to real estate consultant Jim Reid, who has been offering expert insights on agent strategies and Canadia...

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New NSW Licensing Reforms

Over the weekend the NSW Government announced some of the biggest ever reforms to Real Estate Licensing, that directly affects everyone working in Real Estate in NSW. This paper identifies a range of reforms that the Government intends to introduce i...

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Three Reasons to Catch the Current at The Swift

Edward Andrews Homes has announced its second intown Atlanta community near Grant Park: The Swift. Opening for sales this month, The Swift invites buyers to step out and enjoy the vibrant, energetic community that seamlessly blends with the electric...

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