Insurance Company RMBS, Case-Shiller, Price to Rent Ratio, Restricting Inventory, HARP2, Fewer Appraisers, Nearby Foreclosures, Realtors Accuse, Homeownership Increases, Defaulter Comeback, Homeownership & Vacancy Rates, ZIRP Hurts Savers

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Insurance companies remain exposed to RMBS risks – By Kerri Ann Panchuk – Housingwire
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S&P/Case-Shiller: Home prices rise 0.9% – By Kerri Ann Panchuk  – U.S. home prices edged up 0.9% in August as 19 of the 20 cities studied in the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index posted positive monthly gains from July. – Housingwire

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House Price Comments, Real House Prices, Price-to-Rent Ratio – by Bill McBride – Calculated Risk 
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Restricting MLS inventory is reviving homebuildingOC Housing News

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HARP 2 : Typical HARP Refinance Lowers Mortgage Payments 34% – Dan Green – The Mortgage Reports http://themortgagereports.com/11531/harp-2-typical-harp-refinance-lowers-mortgage-payments-34
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(fewer appraisers?) AMCs: Prepare for Appraisal System to Change, Fees to Rise – by Elizabeth Ecker – Reverse Mortgage Daily 
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(link to report) Report: $2 Trillion in Home Equity Lost to Nearby Foreclosures – BY: TORY BARRINGER –  Foreclosures have drained nearly $2 trillion in home equity from neighborhoods across the United States, according to a report from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).The M Report
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Agents Suggest Banks May Be Holding onto REOs – BY: ESTHER CHO – DS News

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Homeownership Increases in Q3, Rate Remains Flat – BY: MARK LIEBERMAN, FIVE STAR INSTITUTE ECONOMIST – The M Report
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Study: Defaulters Having More Trouble Returning to Mortgage Market – BY: TORY BARRINGER  – … According to research associate William Hedberg and senior economist John Krainer, only about 10 percent of borrowers with a prior serious delinquency regain access to the mortgage market within 10 years of their default. …The M Report

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HVS: Q3 Homeownership and Vacancy Rates – by Bill McBride – The Census Bureau released the Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report for Q3 2012 this morning. – Calculated Risk 

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(ZIRP makes savers poorer, spenders richer) Bernanke: Redefining ‘Savings’ Doesn’t Make Savers Richer – by QFinance – Seeking Alpha 
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