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Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Their Slide, Falling to Two-Month Lows
Washington Post, Aug. 17, 2017--Kathy Orton (MBA mention)Global and domestic unrest put downward pressure on mortgage rates this week.
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Fed Minutes: Central Bank Split Over Path of Rate Hikes
CNBC, Aug. 17, 2017--Jefff CoxA fissure appears to be developing at the Federal Reserve over when to raise interest rates. One side preaches caution in a low-inflation environment while another worries about delaying.
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Opinion: Crowdfunded Real-Estate Investments: 3 Ways To Do It
MarketWatch, Aug. 17, 2017--Charles ClintonSo-called "donation crowdfunding" has been eclipsed by crowdfunded investing, where investors purchase small stakes in projects ranging from tech startups to real-estate developments.
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2017 Top Brokers
National Real Estate Investor, Aug 15, 2017--David BodamerThe top commercial real estate brokers based on total global transaction volume in 2016.
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3 Mortgage Firms Among US’ 500 Fastest Growing
Mortgage Daily, Aug. 17, 2017--Sam GarciaThree mortgage businesses were among the 500 most rapidly growing companies in America. A few more residential lenders were among the 5,000 fastest-growing firms.
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HARP Extend Despite Diminishing Volume
Mortgage Daily, Aug. 17, 2017The government-funded refinance program for borrowers on government-sponsored enterprise mortgages with little equity has been extended despite fading activity.
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Mortgage Refinance Forecast Raised Over $40 Bil
Mortgage Daily, Aug. 17, 2017The latest real estate finance forecast has mortgage refinance production for this year and next year up by more than $40 billion from what was expected a month ago.
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The 2008 Financial Crisis: How It All Began
Wall Street Journal, Aug. 17, 2017 (subscription)In August 2007, the first blow was struck that shattered everything American investors thought they knew about markets.
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