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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 3.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 20, 2020.
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New Home Sales Essentially Flat in October, Continuing Strong Fall Season
Sales of newly built, single-family homes in October dipped 0.3 percent to 999,000 from an upwardly revised September number, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite the monthly decline, the October rate is 41.5 percent higher than the October 2019 pace, and on a year-to-date basis, new home sales are up 20.6 percent in 2020.
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With FHFA Release of 2021 Loan Limits, NAR Urges Improved Access to Safe, Affordable Financing
National Association of Realtors® President Charlie Oppler issued the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency today unveiled 2021 loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Increases Slightly to 5.48 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance increased from 5.47% of servicers' portfolio volume in the prior week to 5.48% as of November 15, 2020.
Top Five Cities Where Affordability Declined the Most, According to First American Real House Price Index
First American Financial Corporation(NYSE: FAF),a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today released the September 2020 First American Real House Price Index (RHPI). The RHPI measures the price changes of single-family properties throughout the U.S. adjusted for the impact of income and interest rate changes on consumer house-buying power over time at national, state and metropolitan area levels.
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Refinancing your home is about to get more expensive. This is why
If there's one part of the economy that is doing well, it's the mortgage industry. Record low mortgage rates are driving so many people to refinance that the housing market is on track to see $2 trillion in refinances in 2020, second only to 2003, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. But beginning December 1, refinancing will likely cost homeowners more. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will charge a new -- and hotly contested -- "adverse market fee" on refinanced mortgages.

COVID-19: Real Estate - A 50-State Guide to COVID-19 Property Policies and Regulations - November 2020 #3
The global COVID-19 outbreak has encouraged widespread orders to protect renters and owners of commercial and residential real property. In this 50 state-by-state survey we offer a summary of cities and states that have enacted policies or implemented moratoriums for evictions or foreclosures due to COVID-19.

No Coverage Under E&O Policy for Insured's Loss of Funds Sent Pursuant to Fraudulent Instructions
The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, applying New Jersey law, has held that an insurer does not need to cover more than $480,000 that an insured transferred pursuant to fraudulent instructions. The court determined that the circumstances implicated an exclusion that precluded coverage for loss that arose out of the theft or misappropriation of funds.

Chicago Title acquires Minneapolis' Commercial Partners Title
Chicago Title, a member of the Fidelity National Financial family of companies, has acquired Commercial Partners Title in Minneapolis. "This purchase was a strategic acquisition for us", said John Wunderlich, executive vice president of Chicago Title. "Chicago Title's commercial footprint in Minnesota primarily involves national customers doing business in Minneapolis. Commercial Partners has a dominant position in the local Minneapolis marketplace.

Jane Young: How to protect yourself against title theft
There is a common assumption that title lock services offer insurance to protect property owners against title theft. Title lock services are not insurance and do not put a lock on your title; instead they provide a monitoring service. They will notify you if your title has been transferred out of your name. They do not prevent the fraud - they send you an e-mail after the fraud has occurred.

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