October Housing Starts: Slow and Steady Wins the Month

October housing starts rose by nearly 4 percent, HUD and the Census Bureau reported yesterday, a welcome signal that momentum appears to be rising among home buyers and home builders.

First American: Mortgage Fraud Risk at Three-Year Low

First American Financial Corp., Santa Ana, Calif., said frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications fell for the sixth consecutive month in September to its lowest level since December 2016.