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Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed housing

by Tommy Andres Dec 17, 2018
Ten years ago the economy broke and changed the way we live.
There are now more renters than homeowners in almost half of major U.S. cities, according to census data from 2006 through 2016. Above, a residential area near Pittsburgh in 2010.
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What layoffs in the mortgage industry say about our economy

by Justin Ho Nov 16, 2018
It’s been a year of transition for Wells Fargo after a series of scandals in its consumer banking business. The company’s paid billions of dollars in penalties and just announced it’s cutting 900 jobs in its mortgage division. The job…

Re-Fi? Standby … Rates are not great right now

by Andy Uhler Oct 19, 2018
Five years ago, refinancing made up 75 percent of the mortgage business. Today, it’s just around 37 percent. With climbing interest rates, demand has dipped and the mortgage industry is poised to shed jobs. Click the audio player above to…

Re-Fi? Standby … Rates are not great right now

by Andy Uhler Oct 19, 2018
Five years ago, refinancing made up 75 percent of the mortgage business. Today, it’s just around 37 percent. With climbing interest rates, demand has dipped and the mortgage industry is poised to shed jobs. Click the audio player above to…

Mortgage rates hit highest level in 7+ years

by Jed Kim Oct 12, 2018
It’s getting more expensive to get a mortgage. Data out this week from Freddie Mac shows the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.9 percent. That’s the highest it’s been in seven years. What does that mean for prospective home buyers? …

At $6 trillion, "tappable" home equity reaches new high

by Amy Scott Sep 26, 2018
So far, homeowners are resisting cashing out.
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Freddie Mac CEO: "The mortgage system is very safe and sound"

by Amy Scott Sep 6, 2018
Donald Layton on the U.S. housing market 10 years after the financial crisis.
Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton announced he is retiring this week.
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House approves partial rollback of some Dodd-Frank regulations. Are we ready?

by Kimberly Adams May 22, 2018
The House of Representatives Tuesday approved a bill that dials back some of the banking regulations put in place after the financial crisis. Among other things, it raises the threshold for which banks are considered to be big (“systemically important…

Why did the Avengers partner with a mortgage lender?

by Aaron Schrank Apr 27, 2018
App-based lenders, like Rocket Mortgage, are getting more and more powerful.
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Could the 2008 financial crisis happen again?

by , and Mar 14, 2018
Economists look back on the 2008 financial crisis and the changes in banking regulation that have occurred since.
Midtown buildings are reflected in a window at Bear Stearns headquarters March 24, 2008 in New York City. 
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