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HouseCanary Offers RE/MAX Agents Pricing Insights

HouseCanary has partnered with RE/MAX to provide its agents with powerful pricing insights. As a part of the partnership, RE/MAX agents can now access HouseCanary Value Reports through the organization’s Approved Suppliers portal. The reports offers accurate home valuations and three-year pricing forecasts.

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The Week Ahead: FSC to Hold Financial CHOICE Hearing

In the wake of President Trump’s executive order targeting Dodd-Frank and Consumer Protection, the Financial Services Committee (FSC) will hold a hearing to discuss the Financial CHOICE act. Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling first unveiled the rules and principles guiding Financial CHOICE last June, and the act was approved by the FSC in September. At the center of the act is a plan eliminate bailouts and hold Wall Street accountable. Additionally, the act calls for banks to be better capitalized, and to reduce the strain of regulation on smaller banks.

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Home Values Rise 6 Percent, Inventory Dips

New data shows inventory is down 5 percent over the year, with the biggest decreases in Minneapolis, Columbus, and Seattle. Home values are up 6.8 percent year-over-year, hitting $196,500 for the month of March. Values appreciated most in Tampa, Dallas, and Seattle.

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SunTrust’s Income Boosted by Mortgage Servicing

SunTrust Banks, Inc. reported its Q1 2017 results. The bank posted a net income of $451 million, or $0.91 per average common diluted share. This is a three percent increase over the previous quarter and a four percent year-over-year increase. The bank noted that higher mortgage-related income and investment-related income pushed the noninterest income up by $32 million.

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Critics Fear Crisis After Latest Exec Orders

Critics have begun to speak out after President Trump signed two executive orders calling for the review into “too big to fail” and a number of financial oversight entities. Some even fear it could signal another financial crisis is on the horizon. Trump’s orders specifically require a review of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Orderly Liquidation Authority.

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Delinquency Rates, Foreclosures Dip to Historic Lows

According to month-end data from March, the national delinquency rate has fallen to its lowest point in 11 years, hitting 3.62 percent. The number of non-current properties and the total inventory of loans under foreclosure, both fell to historic lows as well. Prepay speeds increased—a typical indicator of increasing refi activity.

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Paper Proposes Plan for GSE Reform

A new white paper has proposed a detailed plan for reforming the nation’s GSEs. Offering a roadmap toward reform, the paper also outlines how to handle the transition to a new GSE system, as well as the secondary markets role in the move. The paper is designed to help legislators move GSE reform along—a goal the new administration has made clear.

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Greenspan: Dodd-Frank Stifling Stock Market

According to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Dodd-Frank has caused stock prices to soar and rolling it back would have a positive impact on the economy. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, Greenspan discussed Dodd-Frank, tax cuts, and more. Dodd-Frank has been a hot-button topic since President Trump orders a review of the law back in February.

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Non-foreclosure Solutions Remain Strong

New data shows that 30,000 permanent loan modifications and 95,000 non-foreclosure solutions were completed for the month of February. The month saw only about 22,000 foreclosure sales. Around 90 percent of families that had a rate-resetting loan modification for the month avoided foreclosure.

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