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US mortgage applications tumble to a 13-year low (access required)

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for mortgages has fallen 63 percent since a May peak, reflecting a cooling housing market and higher borrowing rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association says applications fell a seasonally adjusted 6.3 percent last week ...

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Housing market continues to improve for sellers (access required)

Preliminary August data from the Carolinas Multiple Listing Services Inc. continue to indicate a strengthening housing market, with the number of sales, home prices and new listings rising while the inventory and average number of days on the market declined.

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Millions of homeowners remain underwater on mortgages (access required)

As of Sept. 1, 10.7 million residential homeowners in the U.S. are deeply underwater on their mortgages and another 8.3 million homeowners are just about staying afloat. According to a report released on Wednesday by RealtyTrac, an Irvine, Calif.-based real estate analytics firm, the 10.7 million homeowners who are deeply underwater to begin this month – meaning they owe 25 percent or more on their mortgage than what their home is worth – is down from the 11.3 million deeply underwater homeowners reported in May.

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