Government Takeover?, Propaganda, Regulatory Cliff, Trouble?, Exiting Rentals, Settlement Money Misuse?, Short Sales, MEW Again?, Rebuttable Presumption, Basel 3, Investor Driven, FNMA Automatic Rrepurchase

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(4 debaters) Home Loans From Washington? – … But should the government consider cutting out the middleman, as it does with student loans, and issue mortgages itself? … – NY Times
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Project S.H.A.M.E.: Recovered History: How Wall Street-Funded Self Help Propaganda Greased the Real Estate Bubble – By Yasha Levine – Naked Capitalism
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(another cliff) Teetering on Another Cliffhanger – By JIM MCTAGUE – Corporate America faces another challenge: a pending “regulatory cliff.” (EPA has 620 rules pending)Barrons
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There’s A Troubling Dynamic Developing In The Market For New Homes – Sam Ro – … Specifically, you’ll see signs that supply is outpacing demand. In the wake of yesterday’s huge housing starts report, Wall Street Examiner’s Lee Adler noted that starts appeared to be outpacing sales. … – Business Insider

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Some Smart Money is Already Exiting the Single Family Rental Landgrab – Yves Smith – Reuters describes how one of the funds that was first to get on the “buy single family homes out of foreclosure and rent them” bandwagon has decided to exit. Ochs Ziff is selling its comparatively small (300 home) Northern California portfolio at a profitNaked Capitalism 
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(more on Och-Ziff) New Hedge Fund Landlords Learning The Price Of Hubris – Russ Winter – Seeking Alpha 
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(not seem right) States Divert Nearly Half of Settlement Money Earmarked for Housing – BY: CARRIE BAY – … The nonprofit group found state governments have diverted $988 million, funneling the money instead to their own general funds or toward non-housing ventures. … – DS News

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C.A.R. Survey Finds Short Sales Less Frustrating, but Still Difficult – BY: ESTHER CHO – DS News
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The ‘Mortgage Equity Withdrawal’ Boom…Here We Go Again? – Cullen Roche – Seeking Alpha

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(QM, rebuttable presumption, safe harbor) CFPB Mortgage Rule Said to Give Lenders More Protection -By Carter Dougherty and Clea Benson – Bloomberg

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Basel requirements could shift mortgage servicing rights – By Kerri Ann Panchuk – Housingwire

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(investor not consumer driven) This Is The Housing Bubble Beneath The “Recovery” – Submitted by Tyler Durden – … primary residence ‘buyers’ are down remarkably, while ‘investors’ are up dramatically – now at pre-crisis bubble levels! … – Zero Hedge 
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Fannie Mae takes finger off automatic repurchase trigger – By Paul Jackson – Fannie Mae said it won’t require lenders to automatically repurchase loans with early payment defaults, reversing course on a key provision in the government-sponsored enterprise’s new representation and warranty framework. – Housingwire 
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