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Volume 18 - Number 8

April 18, 2014

Mortgage Hassles Prompt Cash House Purchases

Some 30.0 percent of homes purchased in March avoided the use of mortgage financing, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. While mostly associated with investors, a fair share of current homeowners rely on cash for home purchases as a way to avoid the hassles associated with mortgage closings. The cash share of home-purchase financing has increased fairly steadily since August, when 26.5 percent of home purchases ...

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