Seller Financing Returns, Housing Starts to Double?, Rents Still Rise, Housing Stocks, Japan Real Estate, Fitch Says HP Overvalued, Reverse special Report, Art Cashin on Bonds, Fixing GSEs, Meet Jack Lew

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Under the Radar – Skirting Dodd-Frank and CFPB? (the new loan sharks?) ‘The New Subprime’ Mortgage: Risky Loans Emerge in Twist on Seller Financing – By Teke Wiggin – … putting homeownership within reach of borrowers who can’t qualify for a conventional mortgage. But they also carry terms that some experts say are predatory. … (10% interest rate, 10% down, 7 year balloon, Double the Default Rate)AOL Real Estate

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BILL MCBRIDE: Housing Starts Are Going To Double – Joe Weisenthal – Business Insider

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Rents Continue to Rise, Albeit Slightly Slower – BY: KRISTA FRANKS BROCK –  … according to Carrolton, Texas-based RealPage, a software provider for rental communities. After rents for new leases rose 4.8 percent in 2011, rents rose 3 percent in 2012. – DS News 
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(buy housing stocks?) Barclays Keeps Positive Builder Outlook as Housing Skies Clear – BY: TORY BARRINGER – The M Report 
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Looking into the Japanese real estate mirror: Residential home prices in Japan back to levels last seen 30 years ago in spite of near zero percent mortgage rates. – Dr. Housing Bubble

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Fitch warns home prices overvalued – By Megan Hopkins – Despite national home prices increasing by more than 2%, the largest gain since before the market peak, Fitch Ratings believes national prices are 10% overvalued. – Housingwire 
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Special Report: The Year Ahead for Reverse Mortgages—2013 – By Elizabeth Ecker – Reverse Mortgage Daily 
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It’s time to fix Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – By Charles Lane – Washington Post Editorial  
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(how to know when) ART CASHIN: The End Of The Bond Bull Market Will Be Signaled By A Stampede –The thing that I will watch for is mortgage applications.  If the public begins to believe that the trend in rates has turned, that rates are heading higher, I believe you may begin to see a stampede of people trying to lock up those low mortgage rates. … – Business Insider

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Meet Jack Lew: Tim Geithner’s Replacement – Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge

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