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Bargainers agree to 
raise size of FHA-
backed loans

WASHINGTON — Congressional bargainers have agreed to increase the size of mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration in a compromise being hailed by the housing industry but criticized by conservatives. Under the deal by House and Senate negotiators, the ...

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And who said no one in 
real estate is making money? (access required)

Michael Williams, the CEO of Fannie Mae, won me over this week when, while testifying on Capitol Hill about big fat Fannie executive bonuses and multimillion-dollar salaries, he said this: “These are challenging jobs under challenging circumstances and we need ...

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HUD leader touts 
home stabilization efforts

PHOENIX — The Obama administration’s top housing official touted the government’s efforts to stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosures during a visit to a Phoenix neighborhood Thursday. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan visited two homes bought out ...

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Appraisal anguish (access required)

Realtor Thomas Harte had a contract on a 1920s-era home in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. The five-bedroom, four-bath, fully renovated house at 425 Clement Ave. was listed at $790,000. With a tax value of $1.23 million, Harte thought the home would ...

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HARP plan not music to industry’s ears (access required)

The Obama administration rolled out revisions to a program last month designed to prevent some homeowners from going into foreclosure. But many question the Home Affordable Refinance Program’s effectiveness and say that it’s too narrow and limited to make an ...

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Limited effect: FHA lowers loan caps, but Charlotte impact expected to be slight (access required)

This month, the Federal Housing Administration’s single-family home loan limits dropped in more than 600 counties across the U.S., including some in the Charlotte area. On its face, it sounds like more grim news for the housing industry: Lower loan ...

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