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Why Hasn't the Real Estate President Fixed Housing Yet?
With the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, plus existing government insurance programs, a 2014 report found that more than 70 percent of new residential mortgages were backed by the federal government. In fact, the Federal Housing ...


Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.89 percent
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans dropped to 3.89 percent from 3.94 percent last week. The rate stood at 3.60 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65 percent in 2016, the lowest level in records ...

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This Political Fight Is a Big Threat to Fixing the Mortgage Market
Lawmakers have begun laying the groundwork for legislation that could redefine the government's role in the mortgage market. The effort comes three years after a bipartisan bill stalled in the Senate amid disagreement over requirements that Fannie Mae ...

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Houston Chronicle

US Supreme Court could change the political map of Texas
Houston Chronicle
Unlike the Texas challenge, which focuses in the racial makeup of political districts, the legal fight in Wisconsin is over the partisan makeup of the state's boundaries, which also favor Republicans. But the two criteria are closely related. "If you ...

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Investor's Business Daily

Could The Housing Market Meltdown Happen Again?
Investor's Business Daily
Susan Wharton Gates, who worked for Freddie Mac from 1990 until she resigned in 2009, provides a long litany of past sins that led to the housing crisis, including "expansive Federal Reserve monetary policies, loosely regulated subprime mortgage ...

Mortgage Rates Tuesday, May 30: Mostly Steady; Economic Reports Looming
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The remarkable recent period of calm mortgage rates may be coming to an end soon. With President Trump back in Washington, politics may boil over into the stock and bond markets again. And this short workweek also comes loaded with a number of ...

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BBC News

Five ways politicians can win over young voters
BBC News
But their government has invested in greater rental regulation, where rents are only increased if improvements are made, tenants have long term agreements and are able to save money in a different way to paying a mortgage. "Germany looks 10-20 years in ...

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America's 11 Most Interesting Mayors
We surveyed dozens of national and local political junkies, and came up with 11 leaders who are compelling for the fights they are waging, their personal backstories and how they are transforming their cities, often without Washington. ..... The ...

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Party politics tally with buy-to-let characteristics - Mortgage Solutions
Mortgage Solutions (registration) (blog)
The results are according to the latest LendInvest Buy-to-Let Index, which ranks each postcode area in England and Wales on a combination of capital value ...

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The Cycles in Mortgage Insurance
Motley Fool
Lapera: Yeah, and not just Washington politics, but, like you mentioned, the housing cycle tends to be very boom and bust, and the problem is private mortgage insurers are not the ones writing the loans for the houses. In that case, it's two steps of ...

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