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  • How Canada is not like the United States: Home mortgage edition

    How Canada is not like the United States: Home mortgage edition
    Those of us who write about the housing market and the virtues of the 30-year fixed home loan -- as we did Wednesday -- can calibrate our watches by how long it takes a reader to respond as follows: "Hey, Canada doesn't have 30-year fixed mortgages, and...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates drift lower, 30-year fixed at 4.41%

    Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates drift lower, 30-year fixed at 4.41%
      Signs that the economic recovery was weakening caused mortgage interest rates to drop early this week, with lenders telling Freddie Mac they were offering 30-year fixed loans to solid borrowers at an average rate of 4.41%. That was down from 4.51% a...
  • The housing market is still a drag on the economy--but why?

    The housing market is still a drag on the economy--but why?
    Housing has stood out as the sick man of the U.S. economy in bad times and better times. For all its work on economic stimulus in various forms, the Obama administration has never been able to get its hands around a solution for the housing crash. That'...
  • Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.53% from 4.48%

    Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.53% from 4.48%
    The economy is brightening as 2014 arrives — but that could signal higher borrowing costs for homebuyers as the Federal Reserve scales back its efforts to lower interest rates and the chance of higher inflation increases. Lenders were offering 30-...
  • L.A. trails most cities in office rental market recovery

    L.A. trails most cities in office rental market recovery
    Office vacancy rates continued to decline in most cities during the fourth quarter of 2013, prompting landlords to ask for higher rents in more than half of the country. U.S. office buildings absorbed 14.3 million square feet of empty space in the...
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac may be too profitable to shut down

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac may be too profitable to shut down
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials swooped in to rescue mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008 with the largest of all the financial crisis bailouts — a combined $187.5 billion — because they were considered too big to...
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac got $7.9 billion in bank settlements in 2013

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac got $7.9 billion in bank settlements in 2013
    WASHINGTON --  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collected $7.9 billion from large financial institutions to settle suits over bad mortgage-backed securities purchased by the seized housing finance giants during the subprime housing boom, their federal regulator...
  • Freddie Mac: Home loan rates level off; 30-year fixed at 4.51%

    Freddie Mac: Home loan rates level off; 30-year fixed at 4.51%
    Mortgage rates leveled off in familiar territory this week, home finance giant Freddie Mac said, with lenders offering 30-year fixed loans to solid buyers at an average of 4.51%, down from 4.53% last week. Fifteen-year fixed mortgages, popular with...
  • Janet Yellen expected to be confirmed by Senate as Fed chief Monday

    Janet Yellen expected to be confirmed by Senate as Fed chief Monday
    WASHINGTON -- Senators on Monday are expected to confirm Janet L. Yellen as the next head of the Federal Reserve, scheduling a late afternoon vote that could be the closest ever for a leader of the central bank. Yellen, 67, a former UC Berkeley...
  • New regulator delays Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgage fee increases

    New regulator delays Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgage fee increases
    WASHINGTON -- The new regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Wednesday he was delaying planned fee increases by the seized mortgage finance giants because he wanted to assess the impact on the housing market. Melvin L. Watt, who was sworn in as...
  • Sens. Warren, Coburn propose more disclosure on federal settlements

    Sens. Warren, Coburn propose more disclosure on federal settlements
    WASHINGTON -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tom Coburn on Wednesday introduced legislation requiring federal agencies to disclose more information about settlements that end government investigations, such as whether the money paid by companies is tax-...